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NEW CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE article by: Marika Kemeny BUILDING THE NEW CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE- GROUNDBREAKING AT GLENDON An official groundbreaking ceremony on the Glendon cam pus on September 20th marked the launch of a new buil ding, which will allow Glendon to fulfill its mandate as the Centre of Excellence for French-language and bilingual postse condary education in Southern Ontario. The President of York University, Mamdouh Shoukri and Glen - don Prin ci pal Kenneth McRoberts, were joined by John Milloy, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation, Paul Genest, the under Minister of In ter governmental Affairs, Deputy Minis ter of Franco - phone Affairs and Asso ciate Secretary of Cabinet, Jérôme Cauchard, the Consul General of France in Toronto, Paul-Arthur Huot, the Quebec Government Office Repre sen tative in Toronto and a host of other dignitaries, the body faculty, staff and stu - dents at the start of construction that should be completed in December 2011. "We are pleased that the Ontario government is investing in this facility to make Glendon College York University the Centre of Excellence for French-language and bilingual postsecondary education," said Mamdouh Shoukri, President and vice-chancel - lor of York University. "This new facility will enable our French language students a higher educational experience which is necessary for the evolution of business and politics." Minister John Milloy, for his part, expressed his enthusiasm for the pro ject and the excel lent coo pe ration bet ween the partici - pants. "The Onta rio govern ment is proud to work with Glen don Col lege to strengthen (the cam pus) to the well-deser ved repu ta tion for excellence in French-lan guage and bilin gual edu ca tion," said Milloy. "It's a great day for York, a great day for Glen don College and a great day for Ontario." Minister John Milloy Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts expressed his thanks to Minister John Milloy for his comments and his sup - port for Glen don. He also ack - now ledged the personal dona tion made by York Uni - ver sity President Emerita Lorna Marsden, and the con tri bu tion of the National Bank. "Glendon has a unique role in Southern Ontario," said McRoberts. "It is the only institution in the region to offer a range of academic programs in French in 22 undergraduate programs, primarily in the social sciences and humanities, as well as three master's programs and a PhD program. In addi tion, most of its full-time faculty are able to teach in French and English, and all staff are able to serve students in both languages.” McRoberts recalled that Southern Ontario now contains one third of the Francophone population of the province, a group that continues to grow. The region is also home to the largest concentration of French immersion students in the province. These facts support the “growing need for French-language education at the university level in our region.” In fact, the Glen - don student body has seen an increase by 40% in the last ten years, from 1700 to almost 2,700 students enrolled this year. "So it is clear that we have reached the limits of our current infra structure [...] and the decision by the Ontario government to invest $20 million in this campus comes at a critical time for Glendon," added Mr. McRoberts. "The new building will be con - nected to York Hall and will include modern classrooms and study areas for students and an amphitheatre with a capacity of 250 seats.” Principal Kenneth McRoberts, Minister Paul Genest and Minister John Milloy According to the Principal, "with the possibilities that this extra space offers, we have been able to establish several new prog - rams such as the Bachelor of Education for French tea chers, a bilin gual and trilingual iBA option in several of our cur rent prog - rams, a doctoral program in Francophone Studies, and a bilin gual MA in Public and International Affairs (MPIA). This is a uni que contri bution of Glendon in Public Service and Interna tional Affairs." Glendon Magazine 2011 ] 4 [ La Revue de Glendon 2011

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