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

Immigration Minister Christine Fréchett

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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McGill, Concordia concerned changes to PEQ language requirements will impact international recruitment, retention

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Under the new rules, students who come to Quebec to study in English and don't have a sufficient level of French will no longer qualify for a program that acts as a route to permanent residency.PHOTO BY ALLEN MCINNIS /Montreal Gazette files McGill University and Concordia University are concerned that recently proposed immigration rules that require ...

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Teams receive NSERC funding to work with international partners on climate change, clean energy projects

  Five research teams recently received funding to work with international partners on projects related to climate change and clean energy. The funding comes from the National Science Foundation Global Centres initiative, a collaboration between NSERC, SSHRC, the US National Science Foundation, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, and UK Research and Innovation. Projects involving ...

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CBU announces plans for new on-campus student residence

The MacDonald Residence at Cape Breton University. (CTV/Kyle Moore)

The MacDonald Residence at Cape Breton University. (CTV/Kyle Moore) Cape Breton University has announced plans to build a new, three-storey campus residence building. The building will have 12 apartment-style units, based on feedback from students who expressed interest in units that had kitchens so that they could cook for themselves. “[A]nytime we can add new housing ...

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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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QC report examines changing enrolment at universities, English-language cégeps; stability at French-language cégeps

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  The Government of Quebec’s Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) has published its findings on the linguistic breakdown of QC postsecondary students. The OQLF report found that the number of students attending French-language universities rose by about 55,000 students or 31.5% between 2002 and 2021, while attendance at English-language universities increased by about 20,000 ...

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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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UAlberta, Amii partner on undergraduate Artificial Intelligence Everywhere course


      The University of Alberta and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) have launched "Artificial Intelligence Everywhere," an online introductory course for all UAlberta undergraduates. Canadian Institute for Advanced Research AI Chairs and Amii Fellows Adam White and Alona Fyshe will lead the course, which covers AI from a non-technical, foundational perspective. “AI continues to reshape ...

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NAIT opens assistive tech centre, supports students of all abilities

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  The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology has opened an Assistive Technologies Centre where staff and students can trial assistive equipment and technologies to better support their studies. The centre has more than 100 pieces of technology–including different types of computer mice, aids to help with reading and writing, and a 3D printer–and experts on site ...

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        In an editorial for University Affairs, Benjamin Maiangwa (Lakehead University), Antony Puddephatt (Lakehead), and Oluwatomi Akinyede argue that the federal government’s failure to financially support its international students has serious consequences for the pursuit of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the postsecondary sector. The authors contend that the unique costs incurred by international students, ...

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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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YorkU Lassonde School launches full work-integrated degree program

  York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering recently launched the Digital Technologies program, which the university says is Canada’s first fully work-integrated degree program. Learners will be employed full-time for four years—spending 80% of their time on the job and 20% of their time engaged in theoretical, in-class learning—as they pursue a bachelor of applied science ...

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SMU launches new BComm curriculum

BComm student Adrianna Timmons (left) speaking at the 2023 PRME Global Forum Saint Mary’s University’s Sobey School of Business has launched a new curriculum for its Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) program. The curriculum includes core courses in sustainability, entrepreneurship, and operations management. The program will be customizable, with students able to choose the majors and minors ...

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UNB to launch three-year Bachelor of Nursing track

  The University of New Brunswick has announced that it will launch a three-year delivery option for its Bachelor of Nursing program in Saint John, starting in September 2024. Under this option, students will take three terms (instead of two) per year, allowing them to graduate one year earlier. The Government of New Brunswick will provide ...

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G20 Scorecard finds Canada has above-average research output in several fields, low open-access publishing

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The annual G20 Scorecard: Research Performance 2023 has been released, and this year’s edition includes data on how each member nation contributes toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In an interview with University World News, scorecard author Gordon Rogers explained that the measure draws on data from the Web of Science. This year’s results ...

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Brock to submit Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence for IQAP approval


          Brock University’s Digital Humanities Department and Computer Science Department has indicated that they are interested in launching Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence programs. The departments issued a Statement of Intent last week indicating that they wish to gain approval under the Institutional Quality Assurance Processes (IQAP) for these programs. At ...

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Lakehead’s Bachelor of Commerce, Finance Major program recognized by CFA Institute

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  Lakehead University’s Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Finance Major program has been recognized by the CFA Institute and welcomed into its University Affiliation Program. This recognition demonstrates to students and employers that Lakehead’s program effectively prepares students to sit for CFA examinations. Furthermore, through participation in this program, Lakehead is eligible to receive a number of ...

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