Summary of the Case for Support
Helping Students Obtain the Best Education
McGill University has launched the largest fundraising initiative in its history. The Faculty of Engineering’s campaign priorities total $70.5-million. Donations will be used to fund a series of programs and activities to improve teaching and research, support student services and recruit outstanding professors and students from across the globe.
Please see the Faculty of Engineering Case for Support [.pdf] , for the complete document on the Faculty's priorities and goals.
The Need for a New Breed of Engineer
Global economic forces, rapid scientific advances, cross-border migrations and new approaches to problem-solving are moving the engineering profession in directions that were unheard of a decade ago. By the year 2020 engineers will have to master new technical information and techniques in order to tackle increasingly complex social, economic and environmental problems. They will need a greater understanding of the global marketplace, they will need to collaborate more with multidisciplinary teams of experts and they will have to be far more attuned to the social ramifications of their ideas. Engineers will also need to develop new skill sets to help their fellow citizens understand the value and consequences of new technologies in everyday life.
Emphasis on People, Research & Industry Links
The Faculty of Engineering will continue to offer core programs in engineering, architecture and urban planning that are equal, or superior, to educational programs elsewhere in North America, but a growing emphasis will be placed on newly emerging fields of study, increased research activity, strengthening the Faculty’s human capital and greater ties to industry.
McGill Engineering's Strengths
McGill Engineering is recognized internationally for the expertise of its professors, the talent of its students, the contributions of its alumni and the exceptional quality of teaching and research in its five departments and two schools.
McGill Engineering is a leader — within McGill and across Canada — in encouraging interdisciplinary, inter-faculty and inter-institutional approaches to problem solving.
McGill’s location in downtown Montreal is ideal to prepare students for work in the global economy.
McGill Engineering is preparing to meet the needs of the generation to come by launching a major campaign to fund its most important academic priorities.
- Establish 13 endowed chairs to attract and retain top faculty to drive teaching and research in areas such as architecture, the environment, bioengineering, aerospace and aeronautics, integrated microsystems, nanotechnology and advanced materials — $39-million.
- Create additional endowed graduate fellowships as one of several strategies to significantly increase graduate enrolment. The fellowships will provide financial packages on a par with those offered to students by other top engineering schools worldwide — $16-million.
- Improve student financial aid and employment opportunities through significant investment in undergraduate scholarships and bursaries, academic advising, undergraduate research opportunities and undergraduate internships and co-op programs. These initiatives will ensure that a McGill education is accessible to all eligible students — regardless of their financial circumstances. They will also help undergraduates develop their work skills in order to compete on a level playing field with their peers from other world-class universities — $6-million.
- Create integrated bioengineering facilities to consolidate its existing and future strengths in this area. The facilities will serve as a hub for undergraduate activities in bioengineering, allow graduate students to benefit from mentoring in an advanced, interdisciplinary setting, and further develop already strong collaborations with biomedical researchers in the McGill Faculty of Medicine — $4.5-million.
- Upgrade laboratory and teaching facilities in its five departments and two schools. Facility needs are particularly great in disciplines within the Faculty of Engineering because of the dimensions of the equipment and the nature of the materials used. Quality space is also a major incentive in recruiting and retaining professors and students — $3-million.
- Establish a Distinguished Visiting Professors Fund to finance lectures, seminars and visits from high-profile international experts. The program will expose students and faculty members to state-of-the-art research and scholarly work — $2-million.