What we need on PEI is successful high tech development on the scale of Slemon Park
The best way to make that happen is through the establishment of a serious Computer Science program at UPEI including graduate studies.
I don’t mean to denigrate the current department but their own website says it: only 9 in the faculty. Update – in 2010 the number has shrunk to 6 professors.
‘Students from our department have an excellent record of placement at the country’s top graduate schools, including University of Toronto, Waterloo, British Columbia and McGill.’
If your goal is prepare students to go onto other schools, they will. When they graduate they get jobs somewhere else.
You can’t develop a serious IT sector without brain power: young people with graduate degrees in computer science. Microsoft couldn’t even think about a lab here. They need hundreds and hundreds of the latest graduates to come up with cool technology.
When I had Aquilium here in the 90′s we were doing leading edge stuff for back then. We could not find top programmers et al we needed simply because UPEI was not churning them out.
I gotta go practice guitar. This is depressing.