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Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial currently has 4 campuses, including the main campus in St John's. Grenfell College was opened in 1976 in Corner Brook on the island's west coast.
Memorial University
Memorial received university status in 1949. In 1961 it moved from its crowded, centrally located campus to 89 ha on the city's northern outskirts (courtesy Memorial University).

Memorial University of Newfoundland

 Memorial University of Newfoundland, in ST JOHN'S, Nfld, is the province's only university. Founded in 1925 as Memorial University College, it serves as a living memorial to Newfoundlanders who died in World War I and subsequent conflicts. Memorial received university status in 1949 in one of the first acts of the legislature in the newly created Canadian Province of Newfoundland. In 1961 Memorial opened a new main campus in St John's, located on 89 ha in the centre of Newfoundland's capital city.

Memorial currently has 4 campuses, including the main campus in St John's. Grenfell College was opened in 1976 in Corner Brook on the island's west coast. Harlow College opened in England in 1981: the Harlow Development Corporation established a scholarship fund to help students on academic programs from Memorial University of Newfoundland who wished to live at the Harlow Campus while undertaking approved studies in Great Britain. In 1992 Memorial added its 4th campus, the Marine Institute, which had formerly been an independent post-secondary institution in St John's.

Memorial has 6 faculties (arts, science, education, medicine, engineering and business administration) and 7 schools (graduate studies, nursing, physical education and athletics, social work, continuing education, music and pharmacy) and offers degree programs in fine arts. It has also established special divisions that provide community service and promote research in areas of particular regional concern, including the Archaeology Unit, Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Botanical Garden, Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation, Canadian Centre for International Fisheries Training and Development, Centre for Cold Oceans Resources Engineering (C-CORE), Centre for Earth Resources Research, English Language Research Centre, Centre for International Business Studies, Centre for Management Development, Centre for Material Culture Studies, Centre for Offshore and Remote Medicine, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), Labrador Institute of Northern Studies, Maritime History Archive, Folklore and Language Archive, Ocean Sciences Centre, P.J. Gardiner Institute for Small Business Studies, Seabright Corp, Telemedicine, and Telemedicine and Educational Technology Resource Agency, among others.

Memorial is the largest university in Atlantic Canada with over 15 000 students.

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