05/09/2014 10:36 EDT | Updated 07/09/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia announces $5 million in funding for university projects

SYDNEY, N.S. - The Nova Scotia government has announced $5 million in funding for projects at several universities.

Kelly Regan, the minister of labour and advanced education, was at Cape Breton University today to announced the latest round of support from the Excellence and Innovation Fund.

The money will be used for an ongoing project that will help the province's universities set up an electronic transcript system to streamline the application process, along with a transfer credit portal that will simplify the process of transferring credits from one university to another.

An online application portal will also be created to help students find information and apply to universities more easily.

The province says all universities will see savings from a shared IT service, including a common e-mail, calendar and collaboration tool.

As well, Cape Breton University will work with its Unama'ki College to make post-secondary education more accessible for aboriginal students, while Cape Breton, Saint Mary's and Acadia universities will study ways to create a Nova Scotia-China learning campus to offer local academic programs in the city of Zhuhai.