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New international public policy program at Laurier

Brodie Ross is in the right place at the right time.

Ross, 24, will be among the first students to enter a new masters of international public policy program in September at Wilfrid Laurier University.

He will receive a one-year Balsillie Fellowship, which gives him $15,000 to help fund his education, and he will work at the Centre for International Governance Innovation 10 hours a week.

He will attend the new Balsillie School of International Affairs when it opens in September 2008.

It’s a long road ahead, but Ross is on track to achieve his dream of becoming a Canadian diplomat.

“There’s just so much opportunity in Waterloo right now,” he said.

Billionaire Jim Balsillie recently announced a local spending initiative of a whopping $100 million that will help students like Ross develop an expertise in international relations.

The money — $50 million from Balsillie and $25 million each from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University over the next decade — will help create the new school of international affairs and boost the number of fellowships and research chairs Balsillie already funds.

A new $7.8-million building will be constructed on city-owned land beside the centre, a think-tank started by Balsillie at the corner of Caroline Street and Erb Street West.

Balsillie gave $17 million to the think-tank, an amount matched by the province, to aid its research.

The new school is generating excitement among researchers who will teach there.

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