SK budget invests $60M to address pandemic-related challenges for students, institutions

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  The Government of Saskatchewan has released its 2021-22 Budget, which includes an additional investment of $60M over two years to address pandemic-related challenges for postsecondary students and institutions. This investment will support the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw Campus’ mezzanine replacement project; fund IT projects at Dumont Technical Institute, regional colleges, and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies; enable SK ...

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UCalgary plans to create Sikh Studies program

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An information booth is set up at the Dashmesh Cultural Centre in northeast Calgary to raise awareness of a fundraising campaign to support a Sikh studies program at the University of Calgary.   The University of Calgary has announced that it is planning to create a Sikh Studies program. Through collaboration with Alberta’s Sikh community, the university ...

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SAIT launches two vision-care programs, invests $1M in optical lab

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  The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s School of Health and Public Safety has created two vision-care sciences programs and invested $1M in an optical lab to meet industry needs. SAIT collaborated with members of industry to create the Optician Diploma program and the Ophthalmic and Optometric Assisting Certificate program. Students in the certificate program will ...

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Interpreting CVs to effectively evaluate job candidates

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  Those involved in the process of hiring new faculty should learn how to “read” CVs in order to more effectively evaluate job candidates, writes David D Perlmutter. The author explains that while academics are always asked for their CVs, administrators and search committees may not know what to look for in them. The author suggests ...

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NAIT launches four skilled trades programs, receives TAC accreditation for five engineering programs

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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has launched four new School of Skilled Trades diploma programs: Advanced Plumbing Technology, Advanced Welding Technology, Automotive Service Technology, and Electrical Installations Technology. The two-year diploma programs will teach students the skills and knowledge needed to write the exam required by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Students have the ...

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McGill celebrates 200th anniversary

McGill University has announced that it is celebrating its 200th anniversary. The university is celebrating with a special broadcast – Celebrate 200: Launching Our 3rd Century – as well as Bicentennial celebrations that will be held throughout the year. “As we embark on our third century,” said McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier, “McGill’s greatest strength will ...

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CEWIL, Canada, partner to create work-integrated learning opportunities

Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada and the Government of Canada have partnered to provide greater access to work-integrated learning opportunities. Supported by $16.3M in funding, CEWIL will fund grants to support the creation of curricular work-integrated learning opportunities and will accept proposals for new WIL experiences through the new CEWIL iHUB. At least ...

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Carleton, Bruyère Research Institute partner on health tech

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Associate Vice-President (Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships) Sandra Crocker   Carleton University has partnered with the Bruyère Research Institute to establish a health tech partnership. The three-year initiative will see Carleton and the Bruyère Research Institute collaborating on research focused on remote and virtual care and on applications in biomedical engineering, software, sensors, and simulators. “Together we can ...

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NAIT, Schneider Electric partner on NAIT’s Centre for Grid Innovation

NAIT's Centre for Grid Innovation (CNW Group/Schneider Electric Canada Inc.)   The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has partnered with Schneider Electric to complete phase two of NAIT’s Centre for Grid Innovation and extend the centre’s capacities. The partnership will support the installation of Schneider Electric's EcoStruxure Microgrid Operation (EMO) and Microgrid Advisor for Energy Optimization and ...

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Western joins Business + Higher Education Roundtable

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      Western University has announced that it has joined the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), a national consortium of postsecondary partners devoted to creating more work experience opportunities for students. The membership will bolster Western’s student work-integrated learning opportunities in order to increase innovation and collaboration. “It’s all about offering the best preparation for, and ...

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NS invests $16.8M in computer science programs

The Government of Nova Scotia has announced that it will be investing $16.8M into computer science programs in NS. The funds will support accelerated digital adaptation and the development of digital talent in NS, and will contribute to economic recovery. St Francis Xavier University will receive $794K to expand and enhance its computer science programs; ...

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Douglas, SFU create guaranteed transfer pathway for Engineering Certificate graduates

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Douglas College and Simon Fraser University have created a pathway to allow Douglas engineering students to pursue further education in SFU’s School of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE). Through the pathway, eligible Douglas students who have completed Douglas’ Engineering Certificate program are guaranteed entry into the second year of SFU’s Bachelor of Applied Science program. “With ...

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King’s UC strengthens collaborative ties with international partnership

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King’s University College and the Chandigarh Group of Colleges Jhanjeri Mohali (CGC) of Punjab, India have entered into a partnership agreement. The five-year agreement will see the institutions work together through joint research activities, joint training, research in disciplines of mutual interest, and faculty and student exchanges. “This virtual signing is a King’s first and ...

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Sault aviation program acquires $1M aircraft

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One of the new aircraft being added to Sault College’s aviation program is a new, twin-engine Piper Seminole, which college officials say is a state-of-the-art machine. (Mike McDonald/CTV News)   Sault College has announced that it has expanded its Aviation Program’s fleet of aircraft with the acquisition of a twin engine Piper Seminole valued at over $1M. ...

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UWaterloo bringing self-driving shuttle bus to campus

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The University of Waterloo expects to have a self-driving shuttle bus – reportedly the first for an academic institution in Canada – on campus by this September. CTV News states that the eight-seat bus can navigate the university’s Ring Road route on its own, successfully stopping at intersections and avoiding obstacles. The “WATonoBUS” was developed by a ...

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Tips to build high quality online courses: Opinion

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Instructors can build higher quality courses through spending time needed to reframe office hours, post-assignment debriefs, and module surveys, writes Candy Ho, inaugural assistant professor, integrative career and capstone learning, at the University of the Fraser Valley. The author describes strategies that she used to strengthen relationships with her students, such as rebranding office hours ...

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Carleton launching WiE&IT program this Fall

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Carleton University has launched the Women in Engineering and Information Technology (WiE&IT) Program, which the university says is one of the first industry and government sponsored programs of its kind in Canada. The program will include relationship-building events; mentorships; a network of ambassadors and volunteers; a special fund for equity, diversity, and inclusion work. “Supporting ...

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Canadian university rankings in QS World University Rankings 2021

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26 Canadian universities have been listed in the QS World University Rankings 2021, three of which were featured in the top 50 institutions: The University of Toronto (tied for #25), McGill University (tied for #31), and University of British Columbia (#45). Université de Montréal (#118), University of Alberta (#119), McMaster University (#144), University of Waterloo ...

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