New school opens at Surrey

Jun 25, 2003, vol. 27, no. 5
By Terry Lavender

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The school of interactive arts and technology, part of the faculty of applied sciences, opened at SFU's Surrey campus on May 30 with Tom Calvert as acting director.

The school will offer graduate and undergraduate programs in interactive arts and technology. The interactive arts programs are mostly in place while the technology stream still has to be developed. In addition, the existing information technology programs will be redesigned and administered jointly by the new school and the schools of computing science and engineering Science.

Besides housing the school, the campus will also offer continuing studies courses and degree programs in business administration and education. Eventually, all SFU faculties are expected to have a presence at the Surrey campus.

The new initiatives come as the result of resolutions adopted unanimously by senate and the board of governors. They follow a year of planning and consultation about the future of the Surrey campus.

Senate and the board also recommended that “SFU should have a continuing presence in Surrey,” subject to the provision of adequate capital and operating funding by the provincial government.

Brian Lewis, the dean of applied sciences, called the decision to create the new school “a great step forward for Simon Fraser University and the community.” Lewis says the new school will develop joint programs with other schools in his faculty, specifically computing sciences and engineering science. “This creative alignment of interests and disciplines focusing on technologies and their applications will be unique in Canada.”

An ad hoc steering committee, headed by Bill Krane associate VP-academic, will coordinate the implementation of the rec-ommendations.

The steering committee will develop a longer-term vision and comprehensive academic plan for the Surrey campus, plan for the campus infrastructure (e.g., student services, library resources, space requirements), and investigate additional program and pedagogical opportunities for the campus.

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