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

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W5 show on foreigners brings protest  chair in Accounting to be funded  A recent CTV program investigating the presence of foreign students in Canadacontainedmany “distortions and inaccuracies,” the AssociationofUniversities andColleges of Canada (AUCC) has charged. A strong protest has been filed by the AUCC with the president of CTV network and the producersof its “W5” show. The program inquestion was aired Sept. 30. Host Helen Hutchison claimed that “thousands of Canadiansarebeing 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 u n founded. ”stated Alan Earp, president of BrockUniversity (St.Catharines) and current president of the AUCC of scenes of Against abackdrop Chinese students at the liniversity of Toronto (in fact, it was a meeting of the Chinese Students’ Association), W5 intervieweda Canadianstudent from St. Catharines whowas not admitted to the University of Toronto’s pharmacyprogram.Theimplication was made that she was refused admission 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 t h e raerl ea r gneu m b e r s of “foreigners” medicine in the at University of Toronto. The factis that there are onlytwovisa students in a class of 256. At UBC, visa students in1979-80 account for less than one per cent of all undergraduateand professional programstudents. (Professional programsinclude law,medicine, dentistry, architecture and pharmacy.)Of thetotal 21,097 undergraduateand professional enrolment, 203 are visa students thisfall. At thegraduate level, 16 per cent are on student visa, bringing the total of all visa students to 2.88per cent of thetotalenrolment. Visa studentsarenotadmittedto UBC unless they have gone as far as they can in the education systemof their own countries. Each application for admission is assessed individually. Much of the problem, the AUCC states, lies in confusion between landed immigrants and those with student visas. Under Human Rights legislation landed immigrants cannot be differentiatedfromCanadiansforthe purposes of university admission. Visa students account for less than five per cent of the total enrolment in Canadian universities.  The accounting profession is in need of well-trained university graduates,andat least onemajor firm, Arthur Andersen & C o . , is putting substantial capitalmoney into the university system to encourage them. R. Beverley Harrison, managing partner of the firm’s Vancouver office, has announced the funding of the Arthur 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. “ O u r firm andour empiuyees have had a long-term rclationship withUBCin thr funding t ~ ;lccouni ting development. ‘I.he crrabil>hment ofthechair is a new and Intrlcstiyq departurr which we i r i W I ! ~ heip to satidy a real nred.” Peter Lusztig. dean of ( ~ o m n ~ ~ and Business Adminlstration at L ! K , says endowed“chairs’are relatively new in Canadian business schools bat pointsoutthat this is hisfaculty’s fourth. The othersarethr UnitedParcel Service Chair in ‘Transportat~un.the Philip H. White Chair in I ; r b a n Land Economics, andthr Albcr: E. Itall Chair in Finance. Establishment of a chair is d major financial undertaking because it can requireanendowment largeenough to fundtheteachingand research costsof a senior professor on an annual basis. “Eachcase is different, depending on whether or not the income is designed to cover both salary and relatedexpenses,”DeanLusztig says. “If it covers both, we would be talking about funds well u p in the sixfigure 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 supportingresearchandteachingintheir particular field. It also allows them to plan for financing of such support on a long-term basis, targeted to a very specific fieldof study,” Lusztig added.  Service set A Remembrance Day service will beheld at 10:45 a.m.Sunday, Nov. 11, in the foyer of the War Memorial Gymnasium the at University of B.C. The address will be givenby E.C. Wilkinson, a member of the 196th Western Universities BattalionAssociation, andthescripture will be read by J.V. Clyne, the University chancellor. Reverend L.R. Pocock will conduct the servicewhichis open to the public. Musicwill beprovided by the UBC Wind Symphony. Students, staff, faculty and interested membersofthe University community are all welcome.  It was standing room only in the Great Hall of UBC’s Museum of Anthropology a display of the last week for the opening of the museum’s major fall show, 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 MuseumandtheProvincialMuseuminVictoria.Anotherfeature 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 studying at UBC this fall and winter as part of an agreement further to the development of educational exchanges and co-operation between Canada and the People’s Republic of China. The exchange is part of a Canadawide program which follows negotiations between the Chinese Ministry of Education and the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada. Six of the ninescholars havenow arrived oncampus,the latestarriving last weekend. During their stay they’ll be living in thelow-rise complex of the Gage residence. Before coming to Canada, they had to complete intensive courses in English comprehension and conversation, and most of the visitors expect to stay in Canada between one and two years. The Chinese government is coveringtheir living costs. Two of the Chinesescholarshave  come to UBC to study medical carcinogenesis. Others are studying fish physiology, mineral engineering, electrical 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 studentsto its institutions of higher learning through travel to China, access to researchmaterials andattendanceatregular courses. Discussionswill beheldbetween the Chinese ministry of education and the Canadian embassy in Peking to promote access for Canadianstudents, postgraduates, and university professors. includingspecialists in social sciences, humanities and science and technology. A number ofUBC peoplehave 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 Vanbid of $2,797,187 was within budget. C.J. (Chuck) Connaghan, UBC vice-president administrative services, said hewas encouraged by the number of bids, and by the highly competitive bidding. He said work would start immediately, with the building expected tobereadyforoccupancyearlyin 1981. The UBC Board of Governors had set a budget of $3,591,952 for completion 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 theDepartment of Asian Studies and the Institute ofAsian Research. There will also be a 250-seat auditorium for performances of Asian music, theatre and dance, and an exhibition 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 exterior walls up and the roof on, funds ran out in 1975 and work was halted. The Asian Centre is located on the WestMall at UBC. adjacenttothe Nitobe Memorial Garden, just off Marine Drive.  RETIREMENTS Continued from p. 1 more than 33 years with the Registrar’s Office. She, too. has seen a lot of changes over her years at theUniversity. When the staff of the she first joined Registrar’s Office, there were five people in the department. In 1949. three years after she joined UBC. the University got its first IBM to store student records, she recalled. Therewere about 9,000 students on campus at the time, many of them ex-service people whose education hadbeen interrupted by the war. Ms. Law started out at UBC as a stenographer, gradually moving up to graduate assistant, administrative assistant, and mostrecently, admissionsofficerexamining therecords and applications of students wishing to come to UBC. Sheplans on retirement to follow her early interests in art and pottery making. She’ll moving be 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 gettinga kiln and taking summer courses atthe BanffSchoolof Fine Arts. “1 look on retirement as the start of something new,” Ms.Law said, “not the end of something.”  

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