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$2.2M for UPEI renovations to research and innovation facilities

The University of Prince Edward Island has received $2.2 million in government funding that will be used for renovations to two areas used by professors and students for research.

Joint funding received from the province and federal government

UPEI president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz speaks at a joint government funding announcement for the university attended by Charlottetown MP Sean Casey and Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant. (Katerina Georgieva/CBC)

The University of Prince Edward Island has received $2.2 million in government funding that will be used for renovations to two areas used by professors and students for research. 

Of that amount, $1.53 million will be used for renovations at Memorial Hall where the university's psychology research is conducted. The funds will repair the building's foundation, windows, walls, central air and heating systems in the building. 

UPEI Dean of Arts Neb Kujundzic said the department of psychology is the fastest growing department in arts faculty 

"This is a really timely investment from our point of view," said Kujundzic.

"There are many students who expressed an interest in psychology."

'Living lab' expanded

Renovations to the Clinic for Patient Oriented Research in the Steel Building will expand the 'living lab' clinic with $673,600 in funding. 

"The funding ... allows us to offer clinic space which enables us to provide the first pulmonary rehab program in the province,"  said William Montelpare, the patient-oriented research lead for science.

"We're actually working with Health PEI to provide the services, both an education program as well as quality of life and instruction in physical activities."

The university says the patient-oriented aspect of the project is important because it will provide a great space for more of the community to come onto campus and see the work being done there.

With files from Katerina Georgieva