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Business internationally accredited
SFU is one step closer to becoming internationally recognized since achieving international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB International is a globally recognized accrediting agency for business schools offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in business management. Fewer than 10 per cent of business schools worldwide carry the prestigious AACSB international accreditation. “This certification is important because it verifies that SFU business has the resources, processes and policies in place to deliver the highest possible standard of business education,” says Ernie Love, dean of SFU business.

He notes that AACSB accredited business programs must satisfy the expectations of 21 quality standards relating to curriculum, strategic management of resources and faculty and student interaction. The accreditation will be invaluable for attracting new faculty and PhD students, says Love. SFU business is now working to achieve European accreditation from European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) in order to achieve greater international recognition.

Belzberg library open on Sunday
Downtown on Sunday and looking for a place to study? Belzberg library at SFU Vancouver is now open on Sundays, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (until April 9), with full services including borrowing, course reserves, document pick-up and reference services. Academic computing labs are also open. Expansion of Belzberg library hours is a pilot project, says Karen Marotz, head of the library. “We are responding to many student and faculty requests and part of a review of Belzberg library services. We will evaluate the results of the new hours and, if successful, we plan to extend Sunday openings on a continuing basis in the fall and spring semesters starting in September.”

Applied sciences open house Feb. 11
Ever seen four-legged robots playing soccer? Now's your chance to watch robotic soccer, win an iPod and a whole lot more at SFU's faculty of applied sciences (FAS) annual open house, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the applied sciences building at the Burnaby campus. Discover Applied Sciences 2006 is designed to inform prospective students about FAS undergraduate programs. All of the faculty's schools with undergraduate programs - communication, computing science, engineering science, kinesiology and interactive arts and technology (based at SFU Surrey) - will showcase their most exciting and innovative ideas.

The FAS building's atrium and hallway will have hands-on displays, video games and information booths staffed by advisors, faculty, and students. Visitors can take lab tours, participate in interactive demonstrations and hear presentations from the schools about their programs. Plus grab a free lunch courtesy of the faculty. To register go to http://fas.sfu.ca/DiscoverFAS. Registration includes a chance to win the iPod.

Phone book now on web
Contacting colleagues is much easier now that the SFU phone book is on the web. With so many staff and faculty changes due to retirement and renewal, the ability to make updates quickly is a welcome feature. A PDF version can be downloaded to desktops and prints out in the same format as the print version. Mary Allen, an administrator with network service, operations and technical support is quick to point out that the phone book will continue to be printed, although the format may change. She notes, as well, that the PDF version of the phone book is also searchable and printable. It can be found at www.sfu.ca/phonebook/.











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