Carleton, CHEO partner to build AI-powered pediatric surgery simulator

carleton    Carleton University students are working with researchers at CHEO to build an AI simulator for pediatric surgery training. Surgical trainees will be able to use the simulator to hone their skills for highly technical laparoscope procedures by allowing them to perform these procedures under the guidance of a computer monitor that mimics a patient’s body. ...

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SIIT receives $17M investment toward aerospace training program

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Boeing interim managing director Pierre Ruel (left) and SIIT president and CEO Riel Bellegarde (right) hold up a quilt to commemorate the company's $17-million investment. (Will Mandzuk/650 CKOM)   The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology is partnering with Boeing to address shortages in the aviation industry. As part of this partnership, Boeing will invest $17M into SIIT’s ...

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QC announces 2024-25 budget with investments in student success, training, housing


          The Government of Quebec has announced its 2024-25 budget, which includes investments of $4.9B for the health and education sectors. $421M over five years will be invested in promoting student success and retention, supporting training in priority areas and digital transformation, and maintaining housing stock and increasing the number of student accommodations. La Presse reports that this ...

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NS considers accelerated teaching degree proposals from Acadia, MSVU, STFX, USainte-Anne

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Nova Scotia's Advanced Education Minister Brian Wong says his department is assessing proposals from four universities that would speed up their respective bachelor of education programs. (CBC) The Government of Nova Scotia is assessing proposals from four universities that are hoping to offer accelerated education degrees, similar to that of Cape Breton University. CBU previously announced its intent ...

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IRCC announces study permit cap for college, university undergraduate programs will be “about 292,000”

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        The Globe and Mail and CIC News report that the federal government has indicated that the number of new study permits available for college and university undergraduate programs this year is “about 292,000.” Federal Immigration Minister Marc Miller previously announced that about 360,000 new permits would be available in 2024, but the Globe reports that the federal government has since indicated that this ...

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Canada announces revised requirements for international students

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marc Miller holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press) The Government of Canada has increased the cost-of-living financial requirements for prospective international students. Single study permit applicants—who previously had to prove they had $10K—will be required to prove that they have ...

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UWaterloo WatSPEED receives $3.1M to launch career accelerator programs in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity

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The University of Waterloo’s WatSPEED has received $3.1M from Palette Skills and the Government of Canada to launch two new career accelerator programs in Secure Coding and Advanced Manufacturing. These 13-week accelerator programs will be delivered in partnership with UpSkill Canada to address skills gaps in the cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing fields. “These new career ...

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Canada announces changes to International Student Program

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        The Government of Canada has announced several changes to the International Student Program to protect international students from fraud. Starting in December, postsecondary designated learning institutions (DLIs) will need to confirm each applicant’s letter of acceptance with IRCC to ensure that study permits are only issued with genuine letters of acceptance. IRCC will be adopting ...

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Maclean’s unveils University Rankings 2024

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  Maclean’s has unveiled its University Rankings for 2024, which evaluates Canadian universities based on their performance in five areas: students, faculty, resources, student support, and reputation. Rankings are divided into three lists—Primarily Undergraduate universities, Comprehensive universities, and Medical Doctoral universities—which are determined by a university’s size and speciality. The top five universities in the Primarily ...

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Universities Canada, CICan, CBIE respond to idea of two-tier system for international applicants

  Universities Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, and the Canadian Bureau for International Education spoke to The PIE News about the proposed two-tier system that would expedite the visa process for international students. Under the system, which could reportedly be introduced as soon as 2024, IRCC would not need to verify parts of applications that have ...

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QC Immigration Minister responds to McGill, Concordia concerns about changes to PEQ

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I think that McGill has an attraction, an appeal that is worldwide.They will be able to attract international students even though we have changed the rules of the PEQ diplomé," said Immigration Minister Christine Fréchette, seen in a file photo. PHOTO BY PIERRE OBENDRAUF/Montreal Gazette   Government of Québec Immigration Minister Christine Fréchette has responded to the ...

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Eight Canadian universities among the top 200 in World University Rankings 2024

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      Times Higher Education has released the World University Rankings 2024, which includes nearly 2,000 universities from over 100 countries. The ranking uses a slightly different method this year and measures an institution’s performance across five areas: teaching, research environment, research quality, industry, and international outlook. THE states that several countries shifted in terms of average ...

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Indian students worried, postsecondary institutions provide resources as Canada-India diplomatic tensions continue

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  Indian students who are interested in or currently studying in Canada are concerned about the impacts that the diplomatic tensions between Canada and India could have on their postsecondary education. University World Newsreports that students are afraid about a possible backlash and shared their concerns that Canada may stop issuing Indians student visas or that ...

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Senators urge governments to resolve challenges with international student program: Discussion Paper

                      Four Canadian senators—Sabi Marwah, Ratna Omidvar, Yuen Pau Woo, and Hassan Yussuff—recently published a discussion paper urging federal, provincial, and territorial governments to better manage the country’s international student program. International students have recently become the subject of ongoing debates pertaining to housing supply and affordability, but the senators contend that “international students are […] ...

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India issues travel advisory for students, nationals in Canada

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India has issued a new travel advisory encouraging Indian nationals and students to “exercise utmost caution” when travelling in Canada, reports CBC. “Given the deteriorating security environment in Canada, Indian students in particular are advised to exercise extreme caution and remain vigilant,” states the advisory. Students are also required to register with the High Commission ...

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IRCC considers expedited international study permits for “trusted” institutions

  The Globe and Mail reports that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is exploring the idea of creating a two-tier system that would expediate study permits for “trusted” institutions. The system would reportedly reward institutions that offer a “higher standard” of care and support for international students, explained Aissa Diop, spokeswoman for Immigration Minister Marc ...

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UWindsor celebrates installation of first-in-Canada electric-steam turbine chiller

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Hybrid chiller a first for Canadian universities The University of Windsor recently celebrated the installation of a dual drive, electric-steam turbine chiller, which will heat and cool buildings on campus. The chiller uses electricity and steam energy to minimize natural gas usage and is part of UWindsor’s plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is ...

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