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A bill introduced in the Legislature today will strengthen Nova
Scotia's position as a leader in advanced technical education and
research, while enhancing economic growth, said Education and
Culture Minister Robbie Harrison.

Under the bill, the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS)
and Dalhousie University will amalgamate April 1, 1997, a move
that will position the amalgamated university as a fundamental 
cornerstone of the economy and future of Nova Scotia. The
legislation will give formal effect to the agreement to
amalgamate Dalhousie and TUNS that was signed by the universities
and province this past July.

"The amalgamation will open doors to more students and faculty
and position the institution internationally, making it a magnet
for business and industry," Mr. Harrison said. "Dal and TUNS have
also indicated they are looking at building enrolments to allow
more students to take advantage of learning opportunities at this
new centre of excellence."

Dr. Ted Rhodes, president of TUNS, said, "This amalgamation will
enable us to better serve current and future generations of
students who wish to pursue advanced technical education in Nova
Scotia. TUNS looks forward to an exciting future within the
amalgamated new university."

Under the legislation TUNS becomes a constituent part of
Dalhousie. As part of the amalgamation, TUNS will become a
college with a faculty of computer science, faculty of
engineering, and faculty of architecture.

TUNS, Dalhousie and the province are already partnering to bring
new business and industry to Nova Scotia and the amalgamation
will act as a springboard to launch other initiatives, Mr.
Harrison said. Recently Newbridge Networks, Keane Software, and
Cisco Systems have all recognized the benefits of doing business
in a province with leading edge technical education and research,
he said.

Dr. Tom Traves, Dalhousie president, said, "We're already seeing
the strategic value of this amalgamation. Together we're more
competitive in advanced education and research and can enhance
opportunities for students and for the citizens of our province."

The Department of Education and Culture will provide $3 million
in new funding, over three years, to support the amalgamation.
The minister said part of this funding will be used to appoint 
new professors who bring not only a background of excellence in
teaching, but also in fundamental and applied research. They will
also assist in attracting additional private and public sector

Mr. Harrison said students will benefit in a number of ways.
Computer science education in Nova Scotia will be strengthened as
a result of the amalgamation. In addition, engineering students
will now be able to complete their degree in four years instead
of the five now required, allowing students to save a year's
tuition, and to enter the workplace sooner. It also brings the
engineering program in line with all other engineering faculties
in North America. Throughout the amalgamated university, students
will have access to a wider range of academic offerings.


Contact: Catherine MacIsaac  902-424-2795

trp                     Nov. 27, 1996 - 2:20 p.m.