UGC asks varsities to observe December 7 as Armed Forces Flag Day

In a letter sent to the heads of such institutions, the commission asked them to acknowledge the 'supreme sacrifices' made by our valiant Armed Forces personnel   The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all the universities across the country to observe December 7 as the Armed Forces Flag Day to commemorate the “supreme sacrifices” made by ...

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SFU to launch first French-language PhD in BC

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Simon Fraser University has launched a French-language PhD program in Education focused on language, cultures, and literacies. According to SFU, the program is the first French-language PhD to be offered at a university in British Columbia, and focuses on the role of literacy and language education as vectors of social change. SFU assistant professor Geneviève ...

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UoGuelph launches Canada’s first sports business institute

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The University of Guelph has launched the International Institute for Sports Business and Leadership, which is described as the first sports-oriented business institute in Canada. According to Founding Director Norm O’Reilly, the Institute will bring together industry leaders and scholars through its research events, facilities, professional sport, participation sport, and links to health and wellness. ...

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CapilanoU officially opens new Learning Commons space

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        Capilano University has officially opened its Learning Commons. According to a CapilanoU release, the new hub provides space, technology, and students services in one centralized location. “From the morning it opened, the Learning Commons was full to capacity” said CapilanoU Associate Vice President of Student Success Cyndi Banks. “We now have as many as 100 students ...

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UQAM receives $1M from Transit AT for research chair

The Université du Québec à Montréal has received $1M from Transat AT CEO Jean-Marc Eustache in support of UQAM’s Transat Chair of Tourism. The donation comes as part of the institution’s 100 millions d’idées campaign, and was made on the 25th anniversary of the chair. Eustache noted that the competitiveness of the tourism sector punctuates the ...

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UQAM launches overhauled communication BA

The Université du Quebec à Montréal has launched a new Bachelor’s Degree program focused on human and organizational communication that will replace its former Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (Human Resources). According to a release, courses have been changed to better align with research in the field and improve the link between theory and practice, and ...

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McGill to launch graduate offerings for Retail Management program

After successfully launching the Retail Management concentration of its BCom degree program, McGill University’s Bensadoun School of Retail Management has announced that it will accept its first cohort for the PhD in Management with a Specialization in Retail Management in September of 2019. The School will also introduce a Master’s program in 2020, a McGill ...

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Carleton launches energy efficiency think-tank

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Carleton University has launched Efficiency Canada, a national organization designed to bring researchers, businesses, utilities, and government into dialogue as they advocate for sustainable energy use. “We’re not a typical industry association,” said Corey Diamond, Executive Director of Efficiency Canada. “We’re a hybrid of research and advocacy, rooted in the independence of a university.” According ...

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Canada announces over $45M for college research partnerships, innovation

The Government of Canada has announced that it is investing $45M into 94 college research partnerships. The funds will enable colleges and companies to provide local students with training and employment opportunities, grow the local and regional economies, and address challenges that affect Canadians. “Partnerships between business and industry and colleges and polytechnics play an ...

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MB announces new pathways for international students

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The Government of Manitoba has announced two new pathways for international students under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced that the International Student Entrepreneur Pathway and Graduate Internship Pathway will support entrepreneurial initiatives by international undergraduate and graduate students. “By providing students a fast track to nomination for permanent residency, ...

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UWaterloo opens engineering building featuring Robohub

The University of Waterloo has formally opened its new Engineering 7 building. The seven-storey building houses several classrooms and labs, 3D printing facilities, the Engineering Ideas Clinic, and the Robohub. The Robohub has an extra-high ceiling, allowing for flying drones and other activities to take place in the area. “Being able to access this facility ...

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AU becomes first Canadian post-secondary institution to officially collaborate with Amazon Web Services

  Athabasca University is poised to enhance its online learner experience and streamline its administration after becoming the first post-secondary institution in Canada to officially collaborate with Amazon Web Services. An AU release notes that the collaboration will modernize the school’s IT infrastructure, in addition to seeing the two organizations design, implement, and manage cloud education ...

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Research Infosource releases Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2018

  Research Infosource has released the Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities 2018 rankings. In the overall rankings, the University of Toronto took first place, followed by the University of British Columbia, Université de Montréal, McGill University, and the University of Alberta. In the Research Universities of the Year listings, the Medical category was lead by UofT, ...

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BC announces subsidized international student health care

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            The Government of British Columbia is preparing to fully subsidize public health care for international students. Graeme Wood of Glacier Media writes that the subsidy poses a potential annual cost of $100M. BCCFS Chairperson Aran Armutlu told Wood that international students deserve the same concessions as domestic students who enjoy free health care, adding that international student fees ...

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Concordia to make digital learning environments more accessible

Entente Canada-Québec grants Concordia $550,000+ for online learning accessibility

Concordia University has received $550K from Entente Canada-Québec, a provincial funding envelope, in support of an initiative to make the university’s digital learning environments more accessible. A Concordia release states that the initiative seeks to build a provincial knowledge-exchange network; benchmark existing accessibility levels of its digital learning environments; promote accessible design tools in learning ...

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Five Canadian schools featured in Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings

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  The Financial Times has released the results of its Executive MBA Ranking 2018. The global rankings saw five Canadian programs rank in the top 100: York University’s Kellogg-Schulich EMBA (#32), University of Toronto Rotman’s EMBA (Tied for #47), Queen’s University and Cornell University’s partnership EMBA Americas (#56),  Western University’s Ivey EMBA (#62), and the University of Ottawa’s ...

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UBC opens new Innovation Hub in downtown Kelowna

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  The University of British Columbia has opened a new Innovation Centre in downtown Kelowna, BC. A UBC release notes that the goal of the hub, along with a counterpart centre in Vancouver, is to combine research findings and entrepreneurial spirit to develop innovative new products, policies and practices that will improve lives around the world. ...

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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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