TD gives $350,000 to support School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences

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Monday, June 26, 2017
President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, SMCS student society president Anna Frankfurt, TD Canada Trust Senior Vice-President for the Atlantic Region Scott Belton, and SMCS Associate Dean Gordon MacDonald

Representatives from TD Bank Group visited the University of Prince Edward Island today to present a cheque for $350,000 to support the new UPEI School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences.

Donated through UPEI’s Inspire! Campaign, TD’s gift will be used towards programming, including experiential learning opportunities; scholarships and awards; and the establishment of the TD Student Learning Centre.

“TD is committed to helping Canadian youth realize their educational goals through supporting excellence at universities," said Scott Belton, Senior Vice-President, Atlantic Region for TD Canada Trust.  "We are thrilled to support the UPEI School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences with its mission that ensures future generations have the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to contribute solutions to complex and rapidly-changing industry sectors, including our own.”

“I thank TD for sharing our vision for the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “TD’s generosity will help UPEI provide transformative programming that prepares students to readily solve complex problems in data-intensive sectors that require highly quantified and analyzed decision making. The performance of these sectors impacts each of us more and more every day.”

The School was created based on the growing need for university graduates to be educated in developing sophisticated mathematical and computational techniques aligned with market needs, managing and extracting knowledge from unprecedented volumes of data, and integrating methods with powerful analytical software and technology tools.

“Our industry partners like TD tell us that there is a tremendous need for employees with expertise in mathematical and computational sciences,” commented Dr. Gordon MacDonald, Associate Dean of the School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. “TD’s generous gift will allow the School to leverage opportunities that will benefit our students’ personal and professional development and help supply market-ready graduates to various sectors.”

The cheque presentation was held in conjunction with a School of Mathematical and Computational Sciences Advisory Council meeting. The Advisory Council brings together expertise from across the country and around the world to ensure the School offers one of the region’s most comprehensive undergraduate programs in mathematics, computer science, and statistics.

 

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