The University of Manitoba has opened its doors to students and faculty members displaced from their institutions because of the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina.
“The University of Manitoba community is shocked by the magnitude of this disaster,” says Dr. Emőke Szathmáry, president and vice-chancellor.
“It is difficult to comprehend the stress that individuals are under – many losing loved ones, possessions and their institutions of work and study. I know that our community will welcome individuals from the hurricane areas with open arms.”
As part of its accommodation for displaced students and staff from the American Gulf Coast, the University of Manitoba has pledged to:
• accept undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at universities in the affected areas.
• for students with no documentation, a letter from them attesting as to their academic background will be sufficient to issue a letter of acceptance.
• deem students to be from Minnesota and therefore pay tuition fees charged to Canadian students (the Province of Manitoba and the State of Minnesota entered into a reciprocal agreement whereby students pay the tuition charged at the university of registration).
• welcome faculty members with the provision of office space, and laboratory space, if requirements can be met. These arrangements might appeal, in particular, to faculty members who have some collaboration with University of Manitoba faculty members.
• arrange accommodation for students and faculty members.
• work with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) which is liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs to expedite entry into Canada for students and faculty members wishing to spend time at a Canadian institution
• arrange for graduate and undergraduate students to enrol in the University of Manitoba Students’ Union Health and Dental plan, which provides coverage for dental and medical services.