Canadian postsecondary institutions support Global Climate Strikes

The University of British Columbia, Concordia University, and Montréal’s Dawson College are among the postsecondary institutions supporting students’ decisions to walk out of classes as part of the Global Climate Strike Initiative. Beginning this Friday, walkouts will begin across the country to coincide with the UN’s Climate Action summit in New York next week. Institutional ...

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John Abbott introduces new dramatic arts program for mature students

John Abbott College’s continuing education program has launched a new dramatic arts program geared towards mature students. The Montreal Gazette reports that the program, ACTion: Dramatic Arts 50+, is “starting slow,” currently offering one beginning course in playwriting and one in acting. The program’s creative coordinator Christine Davet speculates that ACTion courses might be attractive ...

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Institutions must address the environmental impact of academic air travel: Opinion

An Air Canada jet takes off against a bank of fog from Vancouver International Airport on Tuesday morning. Late Monday, the federal government updated its advisory for travellers to China ‘due to the risk of arbitrary enforcement of local laws.’

A recent survey conducted among Université de Montréal professors revealed that their annual air travel alone constituted nearly 85% of the average Canadian’s yearly CO2 emissions. Julie Talbot and Julien Arsenault write that if institutions are going to address the environmental footprint of academic air travel, they might need to explore solutions such as individual ...

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Canadian higher ed institutions play an increasingly important role in the fight against cybercrime

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        Several Canadian universities are joining the fight against cybercrime by offering cybersecurity training to students, professionals, and industries while providing safeguards for Canadian infrastructure. Sharon Aschaiek highlights recent contributions that Canadian higher ed has made to cybersecurity, which include the fall opening of Ryerson University’s $30M not-for-profit cybersecurity centre, the University of New Brunswick’s collaboration ...

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Fanshawe’s new aviation training program to create more choice for students, industry opportunities

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  Fanshawe College’s Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership program has been approved by the Government of Ontario. The three-year program expands Fanshawe’s current aviation offerings at the Norton Wolf School of Aviation Technology. Commencing in the fall of 2020, the program will focus on aviation leadership and flight training, providing more choice for aviation training in ...

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INRS, UBC, UAlberta, Trent collaborate with mining companies to fight greenhouse gas emissions

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L'Institut national de la recherche scientifique of the Université du Québec, The University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, and Trent University will collaborate alongside three large mining companies in a project that aims to combat greenhouse gas emissions by trapping carbon dioxide in mining waste. The project, led by UBC, will receive $2M ...

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StFX to offer Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence

St Francis Xavier University has announced the launch of a two-year, post-baccalaureate diploma in Artificial Intelligence. Students of the program will be able to take courses related to AI and develop the technical skills necessary to work in the field. StFX describes the program as valuable to those seeking to apply artificial intelligence to solve ...

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Canada represented strongly in 2020 World University Rankings

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Times Higher Education has released the World University Rankings 2020, which includes nearly 1,400 universities across 92 countries. This year, seven Canadian postsecondary institutions appeared in the top 200 positions: University of Toronto (18), University of British Columbia (34), McGill University (42), McMaster University (72), University of Montreal (85), University of Alberta (136), and the University ...

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Study: college bachelor’s grads have higher annual early-career earnings than university bachelor’s grads

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  STATISTICS CANADA       A study by Statistics Canada reveals that two years after graduation, college bachelor’s degree recipients garner earnings 12% higher than graduates of university bachelor’s degree programs. “Almost all of the associated earnings advantage that college bachelor's degree graduates held over university bachelor's degree graduates can be explained by the fact that college bachelor's degree ...

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UManitoba launches interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights

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Mia Bastien is working on a Master of Human Rights at U of M. The University of Manitoba has launched what The Winnipeg Free Press describes as Canada’s first interdisciplinary Master of Human Rights Program. According to the program’s director, Kjell Anderson, what makes the program unique is its broad perspective and its location within Winnipeg’s constellation of ...

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MUN launches accelerated option for BN program

Memorial University has launched a new accelerated option for the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) program that will replace the fast-track option introduced in 2002. MUN reports that the accelerated option is available to students with two years completed, or 60 credit hours, of an undergraduate program. “The advantage of our new option is that students ...

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St. Clair launches first four-year honours BAA program

Thirty St. Clair College students have begun their work in the college’s first four-year Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts Program in Social Justice and Legal Studies. “The students will learn how to advocate, how to complete grant applications for funding, how to develop programs, do analysis and research to determine the needs in the community ...

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YorkU announces launch of cloud computing strategy certificate

  In January 2020, York University’s Continuing Studies will launch a Certificate in Cloud Computing Strategy. YorkU states that the program is the first of its kind in Canada to be offered entirely online. The program aims to meet industry demands for skilled cloud architects and consultants. “The future of work is vastly different than anything ...

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Queen’s, Karta Initiative collaborate to provide educational opportunities for Indian students

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Queen’s University has entered a long-term contract with The Karta Initiative, an international charitable organization aiding students from emerging economies. The partnership will allow talented, low-income youth from rural India to study at Queen’s. “This partnership is part of our wide-ranging efforts to promote increased access to Queen’s for youth across Canada and around the ...

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Seneca’s new downtown location provides flexibility and accessibility

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  Seneca has opened a new downtown location in Toronto’s financial district. A college release states that Seneca Downtown offers professional and graduate education through a mix of in-class, online, and hybrid courses at a variety of times. “Seneca has a wide range of program choices for postsecondary graduates and also working professionals... Plus, Seneca Downtown ...

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Brock receives $5M to launch Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute

The federal government has committed $5 million toward Brock University’s new Validating, Prototyping and Manufacturing Institute. Pictured at the announcement from left are Niagara Region Chair Jim Bradley, St. Catharines MP Chris Bittle, Brock President Gervan Fearon, Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute Director Debbie Inglis, Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon, Brock Chemistry Instructor Paul ...

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Sustainability index recognizes Canadian institutions for green performance


          The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has released its 2019 Sustainable Campus Index, which recognizes top-performing colleges and universities in 17 sustainability areas. Several Canadian institutions were represented in the rankings. With regard to subject areas, Université Laval tied for first place in the Air & Climate section, the University of ...

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UQAM researchers receive nearly $3M for health research

Three researchers at the Université du Québec à Montréal have received nearly $3M in funding to support health research at the institution. The funds were provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The funds will go towards research on nervous mechanisms responsible for controlling locomotion, an analysis of mercury levels in freshwater fish in ...

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ON, Canada in talks to revive plans for French-language university

Ontario Francophone Affairs Minister Caroline Mulroney speaks to reporters following an early morning PC Caucus meeting at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto on Thursday, November 29, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS The Government of Ontario is negotiating with the Government of Canada about splitting the cost of the French university project that was cancelled late last year. ...

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