MITACS research network expanding to UBC

MITACS research network expanding to UBC

Vancouver, BC – June 22, 2009 – Canada’s only mathematical sciences research network, MITACS – the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems - is expanding its operations to the University of British Columbia.

“Our expansion to UBC is about the future of MITACS,” said Dr. Arvind Gupta, MITACS CEO and Scientific Director. “The unique partnerships we’ve fostered between industry, government and academia over the last decade have propelled MITACS into becoming Canada’s premier R&D organization for fostering multi-disciplinary, academic-industry projects.MITACS, a federally-funded Network of Centres of Excellence (or NCE) connects Canadian businesses, government and community association with the mathematical sciences research expertise within the nation’s universities to develop cutting-edge tools to support the growth of our knowledge-based economy.

“I want to thank our colleagues at Simon Fraser University for their pioneering work in establishing MITACS,” said Stephen Toope, UBC President. “While MITACS will be headquartered at UBC, as a true networked centre of excellence, the research will continue throughout the 51 institutions that are working together to improve Canada’s global industrial competitiveness.”

With 11 offices across Canada including Toronto, Winnipeg, Montréal, Fredericton, Burnaby, Ottawa and St. John’s, MITACS expansion to UBC will enable the network to further support the goals and objectives of Canada’s scientific community. MITACS was established in 1999 and has been headquartered at Simon Fraser University since 2001.

“MITACS has played a leadership role working with Canadian industry since its inception a decade ago,” says Virginia Greene, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of BC. “We’re supportive of this expansion to UBC as it supports the long-term stability and sustainability of an organization committed to helping to grow our knowledge-based economy, with a focus on tradable services.”

 The expansion to UBC will also support the continued growth of the MITACS ACCELERATE Internship Program which connects the province’s up-and-coming graduate student researchers in any faculty or department with B.C. companies for short-term, applied research projects that are generally four-months in duration. The focus and scope of the project is developed in partnership between the intern, company and the intern’s supervising professor; each project addresses a key business or technology challenge.  Participating companies – from a range of industry sectors, including the life sciences, technology, clean technology, natural resources, energy and business services – co-fund the internships.



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