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Date: November 23, 2000

Compaq Gift Gives Economics Grad Students Educational Boost

UVic economics grad students can now simulate the computational power of corporations in their own computer lab, thanks to a donation by Compaq Canada. The gift of more than $100,000 worth of work stations, operating system software and licenses and consulting services creates many new opportunities for teaching and research for the department.

"For the first time, our economic graduate students and faculty have a dedicated facility offering them state of the art computational software on high-end systems," says Dr. John Schofield, dean of social sciences. "This computing environment significantly enhances our students' value to potential employers. We're extremely grateful for this generous donation."

"We are very pleased to be in the position to donate equipment to the University of Victoria that will enable students and faculty to conduct the highest quality research. More importantly, our donation will produce graduates with valuable skill sets," says David Booth, president and managing director, Compaq Canada. "We are excited that Canadian students can now stay in the country for their graduate and post-graduate studies."

Compaq Canada Corp has 3,000 employees in Canada working in 41 offices in nine provinces. The company markets software, commercial desktop and portable products, personal computers, network storage products, and industry-leading enterprise computing solutions.

Media contacts:
Dr. John Schofield, dean of social sciences, at (250) 721-7064

Dr. Joseph Schaafsma, chair of economics, at (250) 721-8531

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