Governments announce funding to boost online infrastructure

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Funding for online infrastructure

Athabasca University is receiving $7.65 million from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program funding in support of the Open Knowledge Environment, an innovative online infrastructure system. Specific projects will focus on research and collaboration and the development of learning management and content management systems.

The funding, which will be cost shared equally by the federal and provincial governments, was announced in Athabasca on July 30 by Fort McMurray-Athabasca MP Brian Jean, on behalf of industry minister Tony Clement, and Calgary Montrose MLA Manmeet Bhullar, on behalf of advanced education and technology minister Doug Horner.

This funding is in addition to a $3.8 million KIP grant for renovation of the science laboratory and library entrance and roof repairs that was announced in May. Work on these projects is already in progress.

About the KIP

The Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2 billion economic stimulus measure to support infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions across Canada, aims to improve existing campus infrastructure across the country by providing funding to support deferred maintenance, repair and expansion projects at universities and colleges.

For more information, contact:

John O’Brien
Manager, Media Relations
Athabasca University
403-298-2931
403-990-1131 (cell)