December 2, 2016 7:17 pm
Updated: December 2, 2016 9:01 pm

Multi-million dollar learning centre to be built at UBC-Okanagan

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A new teaching and learning centre will be built at UBC-Okanagan.  A major funding announcement was made at the Kelowna campus Friday afternoon.

The $40.6 million comes from both the Provincial and Federal Governments as well as students.  $35 million of that is going to build a teaching and learning centre adjacent to the library.  It will enhance student learning and research experience.

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“These investments will create well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today, while also delivering sustained economic growth for years to come,” M-P for Kelowna-Lake Country Stephen Fuhr said.  “By investing in a world-class institution like UBC-Okanagan through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are strengthening the foundation for building Canada into a global centre for innovation.”

“With investments like the new teaching and learning centre, and a number of upgrades at UBC-Okanagan, we’re providing students with the best-possible start as they prepare for in demand
careers in Canada’s leading economy,” Premier Christy Clark said.

The new facility will include a digital technology centre and a visualization lab to facilitate high resolution data modelling in research fields such as advanced manufacturing, materials science, and sustainability.

Students are contributing about $10 million towards the project.  A referendum was held in 2014 where 85 per cent of the student body agreed to pay an additional $75 a year to help fund the project.

About $5 million will be used to upgrade 11 other buildings around campus.

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