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Construction to Start Soon on UBC’s Asian Centre UBC Reports 1979-11-08

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W5 show on foreigners brings protest A recent  CTV  program  in- vestigating the presence of foreign students in Canada  contained  many “distortions and  inaccuracies,”  the Association  of  Universities and  Col- leges  of Canada (AUCC)  has charged. A strong  protest  has  been  filed by the AUCC with the president of CTV network and  the  producers of its “W5” show. The  program in  question was aired  Sept. 30. Host Helen  Hutchison  claimed  that “thousands of Canadians  are  being kept out of our universities by foreign students,”  citing such  subjects as engineering,  medicine,  pharmacy, and  computer science. “The program was built around a particular case  which  was entzrelv un- founded. ”stated Alan Earp, president of Brock  University (St.  Catharines) and  current president of the AUCC Against a  backdrop of scenes of Chinese  students at  the liniversity of Toronto (in fact, it was a  meeting of the Chinese  Students’  Association), W5 interviewed  a Canadian  student from  St.  Catharines who  was not ad- mitted  to  the University of Toronto’s pharmacy  program.  The  implication was made  that she  was refused admis- sion because the  space was taken by a foreign student,  In  fact, not one single visa student has  been admitted  to  the pharmacy  faculty. The program also implied that there  are  large  numbers of “foreigners”  in  medicine  at  the University  of Toronto.  The  fact is that there  are only  two  visa students in  a class of 256. At UBC, visa students in  1979-80 account  for less than  one  per  cent of all undergraduate  and professional program  students. (Professional pro- grams  include law,  medicine, den- tistry, architecture  and  pharmacy.) Of the  total 21,097 undergraduate  and professional enrolment, 203 are visa students this  fall. At the  graduate level,  16 per  cent  are  on  student visa, bringing  the  total of all visa students to 2.88  per cent of the  total  enrol- ment. Visa students  are  not  admitted  to UBC  unless they have  gone as far as they can  in  the  education system  of their own countries.  Each  application for  admission is assessed individually. Much of the  problem, the AUCC states, lies in confusion  between land- ed  immigrants  and those with student visas. Under Human Rights  legislation landed  immigrants  cannot  be  dif- ferentiated  from  Canadians  for  the purposes of  university admission. Visa students  account  for less than five per cent of the  total  enrolment  in  Cana- dian universities. Service  set A Remembrance Day  service  will be  held at 10:45 a.m.  Sunday, Nov. 11,  in  the foyer of the  War Memorial  Gymnasium at  the University  of B.C. The address will be given  by E.C.  Wilkinson,  a member of the 196th  Western Universities Bat- talion  Association, and  the  scrip- ture will be  read by J.V.  Clyne, the University chancellor. Reverend  L.R. Pocock will con- duct  the service  which  is open  to the  public. Music  will be  provided by the UBC Wind Symphony. Students, staff,  faculty  and  interested members  of  the University com- munity  are all  welcome. It was standing room  only in  the  Great  Hall of UBC’s Museum of Anthropology last week for the  opening of the museum’s  major  fall  show, a display of the graphic  art of Haida  artist  Robert Davidson. His  work  will be on  display  at UBC  until  February, 1980, and  then will  travel to the  Queen  Charlotte  Islands Museum  and  the  Provincial  Museum  in  Victoria.  Another  feature of the opening-night  ceremony was the  prewntation of a book on Davidson  prints, written by B.C. author  Hilary  Stewart. Chinese scholars  studying  here as part of  education  exchange Nine  Chinese  scholars will  be study- ing  at UBC this fall and winter as part of an agreement  to  further  the development of educational  ex- changes  and  co-operation  between Canada  and  the People’s Republic of China. The exchange is part of a Canada- wide program  which follows negotia- tions  between the Chinese Ministry  of Education  and  the  Council of Ministers  of Education,  Canada. Six  of the  nine scholars  have now ar- rived on  campus,  the latest  arriving last  weekend.  During  their  stay they’ll be living in  the low-rise complex of the Gage  residence.  Before  coming to Canada, they had  to  complete  inten- sive  courses in English comprehension and conversation, and most of the visitors expect to stay in  Canada  bet- ween one  and two years. The Chinese government is covering  their living Two of the Chinese  scholars  have costs. come  to UBC to study  medical  car- cinogenesis. Others  are  studying fish physiology, mineral  engineering,  elec- trical  engineering and oceanography. In  all  more than 100  Chinese scholars will study  and  carry  out research  in  Canadian  institutions this year. In  turn.  the  Chinese  government will promote accessibility  of Canadian scholars and  students to its  institutions of  higher  learning  through travel to China, access to research  materials and  attendance  at  regular courses. Discussions  will be  held  between the Chinese  ministry of education  and  the Canadian embassy in Peking to  pro- mote access for Canadian  students, postgraduates, and university pro- fessors. including  specialists in social sciences,  humanities and science and technology. A number of  UBC people  have recently  been to China to study  and travel Construction to start soon on UBC’s Asian Centre Van  Construction of Burnaby,  the lowest  of  six bidders,  has  been given the  job of completing  construction of the Asian Centre  at  the University  of British Columbia. The Van  bid of $2,797,187 was within budget. C.J.  (Chuck)  Connaghan, UBC vice-president  administrative services, said  he was encouraged by the  number of bids,  and by the highly competitive bidding.  He said work  would start  im- mediately, with the  building  expected to  be  ready  for  occupancy  early  in 1981. The UBC Board of Governors had set a budget of $3,591,952  for  comple- tion of the Asian Centre,  including landscaping  and  furnishings. The  centre will house UBC’s  Asian Studies  library of more  than 200,000 books,  as well  as  offices for  members of the  Department of Asian Studies and  the  Institute of  Asian Research. There will also  be a 250-seat auditorium for  performances  of Asian music,  theatre  and  dance,  and  an  ex- hibition  area. Work on  the Asian Centre  began in 1974,  following donation  to UBC by the Sanyo  Corporation of the massive roof  used on Sanyo’s  pavilion at Expo ’70 in Osaka,  Japan. But with the  ex- terior walls up  and  the roof on, funds ran  out in 1975 and work  was halted. The Asian Centre is located  on  the West  Mall at UBC. adjacent  to  the Nitobe  Memorial Garden, just off Marine Drive. chair in Accounting to be funded The  accounting profession  is in need of well-trained  university graduates,  and  at least one  major firm,  Arthur  Andersen & Co., is put- ting  substantial  capital money into  the university  system to  encourage  them. R. Beverley Harrison,  managing partner of the firm’s  Vancouver  office, has  announced  the  funding of the  Ar- thur Anderson I% Co.  Alumni Chair in Accounting at UBC. “We look upon it as an investment to  help meet the  continuing need for accountants who have  been  taught by business faculties  staffed with the best teachers  available,” Xlr. Harrison said. “Our firm and  our empiuyees have had a long-term  rclationship with  UBC  in thr funding t~i ;lccoun- ting  development.  ‘I.he crrabil>hment of  the  chair is a new and Intrlcstiyq departurr which we iri WI!~ heip to satidy a real nred.” Peter Lusztig. dean of (~omn~~:~~~ and Business Adminlstration  at L!K, says endowed  “chairs’  are relatively new in Canadian business  schools bat points  out  that this is his  faculty’s fourth. The others  are  thr United  Parcel Service Chair in ‘Transportat~un. the Philip H. White  Chair in I;rban Land Economics, and  thr Albcr: E. Itall Chair in  Finance. Establishment of a chair is d major financial  undertaking because it can require  an  endowment large  enough to fund  the  teaching  and research costs  of a  senior professor on  an  an- nual basis. “Each  case is different, depending  on  whether or not the  in- come is designed to cover both salary and related  expenses,”  Dean  Lusztig says. “If it covers both, we would be talking  about  funds well up in the six- figure  range  to  generate  the  required income. “But the endowment  offers  tangible benefits to  the  firm involved. It  meets their  desire to aid in  the development of recruitable  talent as well as suppor- ting  research  and  teaching  in  their particular  field.  It also  allows them  to plan  for  financing of such  support  on a long-term basis,  targeted  to  a very specific  field of study,” Lusztig added. RETIREMENTS Continued from p. 1 more  than 33 years  with  the Registrar’s Office. over her years at  the University. When She, too. has  seen  a  lot of changes she first joined  the staff of the Registrar’s  Office, there were  five peo- ple  in  the  department.  In 1949. three years after she  joined  UBC.  the University got its first IBM to  store  stu- dent  records,  she  recalled.  There were about  9,000  students  on  campus  at  the time,  many of them  ex-service  people whose education  had been interrupted by the  war. Ms. Law started  out  at UBC as a stenographer,  gradually moving up  to graduate  assistant,  administrative assistant, and most  recently, admis- sions  officer  examining the  records and applications of students wishing to  come to UBC. She  plans on retirement to follow her  early interests in  art  and  pottery making.  She’ll  be  moving  in December to  her  old family home  on Gabriola  Island,  a  part-time  home  on weekends and holidays  for many years. She’s looking  forward to perhaps  getting a kiln and  taking  sum- mer courses at  the Banff  School  of Fine  Arts. “1  look on  retirement  as  the  start of something  new,” Ms.  Law said, “not the  end of something.” 


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