After years became obsolete, Louis A. at the Université de Moncton in Edmondston. The science lab at the Lebel Pavilion will be completely renovated and modernized over the next few months.
The university has received a financial boost in the order of $ 780,000 divided equally between the governments of Canada and the governments of New Brunswick. The investment will include the redevelopment of teaching sites and the acquisition of furniture and technical equipment.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by Rena Arsenault, MP for Medavaska-Restigouche.
“This investment will provide modern space to students, professors and researchers who meet their training, research and development needs, and who promote the production, sharing and dissemination of knowledge,” the deputy said during a press briefing.
Madeleine Dubey, vice-president of the Universite de Moncton’s Edmundston campus, was all smiles for this long-awaited announcement within the institution. According to him, the science laboratory at the Louis A. Lebel Pavilion needs to be thoroughly cleaned.
“A lot of work has been done at UMCE over the years, but when you arrived in the lab area you could see that there was definitely a lag and an immediate need. The last time we touched it, I believe it Was in the 1960s. So it was a necessity, because laboratory standards have changed since that time, ”she explains.
It notes that this modernization can have a positive impact in terms of recruitment.
It is estimated that more than 100 students use this lab every week or sometimes. They are enrolled in around 14 programs in Health Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry, Engineering and Forestry.
“Laboratories are used in large numbers by our student body. Yes in science and health sector, but also in other fields like education where future teachers learn to teach science in schools by practicing themselves, ”says Ms. Dubey.
Modernization work should be done in summer and should be completed on time for the next academic year.
The project in total is over $ 780,000 announced on Tuesday. According to the vice-rector, other donors and other announcements should be unveiled within the next few weeks. The total cost of the project remains unknown as of now, but it would have already been compromised by $ 1.5 million.