Maclean’s releases full 2019 university rankings

Maclean's has released its 2019 University Rankings. The top three schools in the Primarily Undergraduate category were Mount Allison University, the University of Northern British Columbia, and Trent University; the top three schools in the Comprehensive category were Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, and University of Waterloo. In the Medical Doctoral Schools category, the ...

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UQAM, MBAM partner to provide graduate students with privileged access

Université du Quebec à Montreal’s Faculty of Arts and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal have signed an agreement that will provide privileged access to the museum to over 600 UQAM graduate students. Faculty Dean Jean-Christian Pleau explained students would be able to access the museum’s collections, attend special events and conferences, and receive a ...

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Innovate BC provides nearly $1M to SFU, UBC for research

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Innovate BC has awarded nearly $1M through its Ignite Awards program to fund four research projects in the province. Researchers at Simon Fraser University received two $300K awards to support research in clean technology and transportation/mechanical engineering. Researchers at the University of British Columbia received a $241K award and a $103K award to support projects ...

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Make Social Service Mandatory For Students, says Vice President

Make Social Service Mandatory For Students, says Vice President

He was addressing the valedictory function of the V P Deenadayalu Naidu's centenary celebrations(file) BENGALURU:  Urging teachers to teach students morals, values and ethics, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday advised educational institutions to make social service mandatory for their wards. "Make social service or service to armed forces or voluntary organisations like National Service Scheme ...

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“Grievance studies” hoax sparks debate over social justice in the academy Scandal has erupted over an academic hoax that saw peer-reviewed journals publish fake papers discussing topics such as rape culture in dog parks, fat bodybuilding, and the imperialist tendencies of AI programming. Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star argues that the publication of the articles shows how academic fields concerned with social justice have “fallen foul to the same kind of motivated reasoning and naked partisanship that is currently engulfing the country as a whole.” In response to the controversy, the Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed a group of professors with varying opinions on the hoax, with some insisting that it marks a much-needed wake-up call for academia. Others contend that all academic fields routinely settle into certain habits of thought, with the only difference being that the fields targeted by the hoax receive exponentially more criticism for doing so. Toronto Star | Chronicle of Higher Education WIL, Indigenous access, research among top priorities outlined in federal pre-budget submissions Work-integrated learning and increased post-secondary access for Indigenous communities are two of the major trends in this year’s pre-budget submissions to the federal government, writes Léo Charbonneau. Universities Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) have all called for expanded WIL opportunities throughout higher ed, with the BHER calling for 100% of the country’s PSE students to have a WIL opportunity during PSE. Several groups also called for increased research funding, including the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, and the U15 group of universities. University Affairs SPONSORED Canada’s largest conference on PSE marketing, recruitment & enrolment management Learn best practices to strategically grow your enrolment and engage students to support their academic success at the 2018 Strategic Enrolment Marketing & Management Forum. Space is limited. Register with Academica’s special discount code to save $50: ACACA50. Learn more → SEMM Forum Okanagan College to offer special intake for health care assistant training Okanagan College has announced that it will provide direct-access health care assistant training in the South Okanagan district. “Students will be making a living wage right out of school, in a profession that offers a variety of shifts, making it easy to find work that best fits their lives,” said Lisa Kraft, Associate Dean of Science Technology and Health for Okanagan. WorkBC states that the BC Ministry of Health has identified health care assistants as a priority occupation, with employment growth rates sitting at a projected 13% through 2022. An Okanagan release adds that demand will likely increase in light of the provincial government’s decision to inject funding for more staff at residential care homes for seniors. Okanagan UWindsor sexual assault prevention workshops foster changemakers The Bystander Initiative, an eight-year-old sexual assault prevention program at the University of Windsor, has experienced a recent explosion in popularity, reports CBC. Currently, the program runs two workshops a day twice a week, but Acting Director Frankie Cachon told CBC that she is considering adding a third day in response to demand. While students said that the $50 gift card that the Initiative uses as incentive to participate is nice, Cachon added that many of them place more value on the feeling that they are social changemakers. “We know, in our culture, there tends to be so much minimization of the harm … Our program is about cultivating a community of responsibility,” said Cachon. CBC USask prioritizes reconciliation in new strategic plan The University of Saskatchewan’s new strategic plan will prioritize “Indigenization,” reports CBC. The plan is rooted in what USask calls “courageous curiosity,” “boundless collaboration,” and “inspired communities.” “The world needs a university in which Indigenous concepts, methodologies, pedagogies, languages, and philosophies are respectfully woven into the tapestry of learning, research, scholarship, creativity, and community engagement,” the plan states. Meanwhile, the Indigenous Students’ Council has continued its ongoing boycott against USask’s reconciliation efforts, stating that Indigenous students on campus want an independent Indigenous students’ union. USask Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement Jacqueline Ottoman said that she will help any group that would like to form a union, but notes that students are responsible for their own governance structures. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | Saskatoon StarPhoenix Aurora social work program should be restarted, expanded to meet demand: report A social work program currently on hiatus at Aurora College in the Northwest Territories should be both restarted and expanded, according to a 60-page review conducted by the territorial government. The review was released earlier this week by Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green, who reportedly needed to obtain the report through an access to information request after the Department of Education allegedly refused to share it with her. The report states that social workers are in high demand in NWT, and that the program should be restarted and expanded in order to help meet this demand. CBC Alumna donates $5M to McGill for food security research

Institute at Macdonald Campus to be renamed in honour of Margaret A. Gilliam McGill University alumna Margaret A Gilliam has donated $5M to the university’s Institute for Global Food Security. A release states that the donation will help faculty and student researchers understand the root causes of global hunger, and to develop novel solutions for food insecurity ...

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Montreal gives student housing project a boost

"Our participation in this project is perfectly in line with our promise to develop 12,000 affordable and social housing units over the next years," Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says.

"Our participation in this project is perfectly in line with our promise to develop 12,000 affordable and social housing units over the next years," Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says   The City of Montreal will contribute $1.6M to a proposed 90-unit student housing co-op, triple its investment when the project was first announced in 2017, reports the Montreal ...

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SFU unveils ImageTech Lab

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          Simon Fraser University and Fraser Health have unveiled the SFU ImageTech Lab, a world-class clincial research facility that SFU states is the first-of-its-kind in Western Canada. The facility will advance brain and body research and will help to ensure British Columbia is globally competitive in advanced brain and body imaging. “The SFU ImageTech Lab adds ...

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UWindsor plans to open first foreign student recruitment office in India

Chris Busch, associate vice-president of enrolment management at the University of Windsor is working to set up a recruitment office in India to attract more international students. DAN JANISSE / WINWP   The University of Windsor is in the process of creating its first foreign student recruitment office, with the plan to place the office in India. “The idea is ...

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AB provides 400 spaces for tech students

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A $50M investment from the Government of Alberta will provide 400 additional seats for technology students throughout the province, reports CTV News. The announcement has followed the creation of the Talent Advisory Council on Technology, a 16-person working group that advises the province on the growing demands of the tech industry. “Alberta’s tech sector is growing quickly, ...

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UFV launches Food and Agriculture Institute

The University of the Fraser Valley has announced that it is launching the Food and Agriculture Institute. The new institute will foster food security through the study of sustainable agricultural land use and the development of applied research capacity. “I look forward to working with faculty to build on UFV’s ongoing success in the areas ...

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SFU launches Professional Master’s Program in Visual Computing

  Simon Fraser University has launched a new Professional Master’s Program in Visual Computing that the school says is the first of its kind in Canada. “Our curriculum will focus on computer graphics, computer vision, human-computer interaction and visualization,” says program director Hao (Richard) Zhang. “These technical skills can then be applied to areas such as AR/VR/MR, design ...

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Laurentian opens Research and Engineering Centre

A new engineering building is located in Founders' Square, between the Parker and Fraser buildings at Laurentian University. (Erik White/CBC) Laurentian University has opened the $30M Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation, and Engineering Building. The building houses a collaborative research hub, an innovation and commercialization space, a state-of-the-art facility for industry and scholars, engineering labs, and includes space ...

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QC boosts university funding, deregulates foreign tuition

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Hélène David, Quebec’s Higher Education Minister, has announced a $1.5B funding boost for QC’s university network over the next six years, in addition to $6.3M for smaller universities. According to the Montreal Gazette, the investment amounts to an 11.3% increase from 2016-17. The Gazette also states that the province has deregulated international tuition, a move that will impact ...

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UQO, non-profit partners launch Centre d’excellence en cybersécurité

L’Université du Québec en Outaouais has announced the launch of the upcoming Centre d’excellence en cybersécurité. The Centre, which will receive $750K from the province, is part of an initiative by a non-profit initiative consisting of 23 partners in digital technology research and innovation. UQO Rector Denis Harrisson stated that the Centre accompanies the university’s efforts ...

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SK student aid has dwindled by nearly $19M in six years

CBC has learned that the Saskatchewan government has allocated $21M for the Saskatchewan Student Aid fund, $18.6M less than its 2011-12 amount. University of Regina student Julian Wotherspoon told CBC that the province is “squeezing [students] with financial aid and then they're squeezing the university with operational grants and other funding.” The SK Ministry of ...

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Humber, Cisco team up for IT innovations

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Humber College and Cisco have reportedly teamed up in a $4M IT infrastructure initiative. A Humber release states that in addition to internships and employment opportunities, the partnership will support the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation. The Centre will help small- and mid-level businesses incorporate automation technologies and data exchange into manufacturing. “By working with ...

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Brock Goodman Accounting programs re-accredited by CPA Ontario

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Brock University’s Goodman School of Business has announced that it has been re-accredited by Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Ontario for the master’s level. Brock states that the result of the accreditation is a redesigned Master of Accountancy program that would enable Bachelor of Accounting graduates to obtain a master’s degree and fulfil CPA education requirements ...

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