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Construction to Start Soon on UBC’s Asian Centre 2010

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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 u n - 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 t h e r e   a r e   l a r g e   n u m b e r s  of “foreigners”  in  medicine  at  th 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,  aculty  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  tofurther  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  a d  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 & C o . ,  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 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 points  out  hat 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. I ta l l 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  bemoving  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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