There have been many discussions and concerns raised around the fiscal position of Queen’s University. I am writing today to share an update on how this situation impacts QSC, and to assure you that we are working with the Faculty of Arts & Science and Queen’s senior administration to ensure we are able to deliver quality education to our graduate and undergraduate students, and to continue our world-leading research.
Principal Deane reassured the Queen’s community that the University is working to ensure Queen’s stays financially healthy for the long term. Provost Evans remains committed to a sustainable future for Queen’s, and is co-leading the Queen’s Renew Project in collaboration with the Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) to ensure we can continue to achieve research and academic excellence now and into the future. Dean Crow is continuing to meet with students, faculty, and staff to discuss pathways for revenue generation and cost savings that will lead the Faculty of Arts and Science towards a balanced budget for 2025-26.
The School of Computing is still thriving and celebrating its successes, such as:
- Ahmed Hassan earning the prestigious Mustafa Prize, a science and technology award granted to top researchers and sciences from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states.
- Mahzabeen Emu receiving a prestigious Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
- Parvin Mousavi and Farhana Zulkernine receiving awards from the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF).
- Olivia Xu receiving the Cansbridge Fellowship.
- Sara Nabil earning the Ban Righ Foundation Inspiring Women Mentorship award.
- Anshul Pattoo’s research earning “Junior Nobel Prize” in Computer Science.
- Mohammad Zulkernine receiving the SGPA Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.
- Three QSC undergraduate students in the class of 2027 receiving the Schulich Leader Scholarships.
Despite the challenges faced by all Ontario universities, we are committed to academic and research excellence, and continue to work to provide an exceptional student experience. We are prioritizing resources to ensure the quality of delivery in our course offerings and to support our students, faculty and staff to succeed and grow.
We look forward to continuing to work with you all to maintain and build on the great things that make Queen’s School of Computing unique. As sure as we are that Computing as a discipline is key to the path forward for society, we are confident that Computing will be an integral part of Queen’s sound fiscal future.
Dr. Hossam S. Hassanein
Director, School of Computing