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Humber College has partnered with Harley-Davidson Canada to offer its motorcycle training program with the exclusive use of Harley-Davidson motorcycles by January 2020. As part of the partnership, the motorcycle training program will be re-launched as the Humber/Harley-Davidson Training Centre. “We are excited to partner with Harley-Davidson Canada to offer our students a truly unique experience in motorcycle rider training,” says Andy Hertel, program manager of motorcycle rider training at Humber. “Our riders will learn on Harley-Davidson Street® 500 cc bikes, which are perfectly suited to real-life street riding." Humber

Humber partners with Harley-Davidson Canada on motorcycle program Top Ten Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:04

McGill University’s Brain@McGill, the University of Oxford, and the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich (ZNZ) have renewed their tripartite partnership agreement that has supported over 60 collaborations in a variety of research areas and exchange agreements. “The Tripartite partnership has engaged our respective research communities at all levels, as well as having led to new opportunities with the Velux Foundation,” said Principal Suzanne Fortier. “Projects that are intersectoral and international in scope – like those undertaken jointly by ZNZ, Oxford, and Brain@McGill – can only have a positive impact on our ability to overcome some of our most pressing challenges in neuroscience.” McGill

Neuroscience network involving McGill renews agreement Top Ten Mon, 06/12/2017 - 03:30

“While it is impossible to ‘futureproof’ a board, assessing its strengths and potential vulnerabilities can go a long way toward ensuring that it is prepared for what’s ahead,” write Peter Eckel and Cathy Trower for Inside Higher Ed. The authors note that all boards are different, not only in culture, but in scope of work and level of sophistication; yet there are fundamental best practices that tend to traverse these differences. For example, a board chair should easily be able to say whether there are written expectations for trustees, orientation processes for new members, and formal demands for board members to prepare for meetings. The authors outline a set of standards for assessing a board’s performance and culture, and conclude with the suggestion that while boards can conduct these assessments themselves, “they may be better served by having outside experts help craft questions and make sense of the results.” Inside Higher Ed

A forward-looking board needs to understand its strengths, vulnerabilities Top Ten Fri, 10/28/2016 - 03:30

The Red River College student who was assaulted during a work placement is seeking damages from RRC and the Behavioural Health Foundation, claiming that both parties acted negligently by leaving her alone with dangerous offenders. Jackie Healey is seeking general damages, “punitive, exemplary and aggravated damages,” legal fees and interest, and “other relief as counsel may advise.” RRC is conducting its own investigation into the circumstances leading up to the attack and its work placement policies and procedures. The investigation is expected to be completed before the start of the new academic year. Winnipeg Free Press | CBC

RRC student sues school after suffering attack at work placement Top Ten Thu, 08/04/2016 - 03:30

Colleges Ontario has launched a new television ad, called “Higher Education for a New World,” this week. The ad focuses on the success of graduates in a variety of career fields, including business, health care, and digital animation. “More than ever, parents and students are looking at postsecondary education to provide students with the professional qualifications and skills that lead to successful careers,” said Colleges Ontario President Linda Franklin. “It’s essential that we raise awareness of how college education opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities.” Colleges Ontario | Advertisement (YouTube)

Ontario colleges launch TV ad focusing on grad outcomes Top Ten Wed, 02/10/2016 - 03:30

Court documents indicate that Omar Khadr, a Canadian man who is awaiting the results of his appeal of 5 terrorism convictions in the US, will be offered a spot at The King's University in Edmonton in order to help him integrate back into the community. Khadr is currently seeking release on bail while the courts settle the convictions, which were specified in a plea bargain made with a military commission at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Khadr would study as a mature student, and plans are being made to allow him to study off-campus. University President Melanie Humphreys said that it may take some time before Khadr would be able to resume his studies, but explained that "this offer, should Omar choose to accept, is the logical step after 6.5 years of voluntary teaching service to get his high school degree." Humphreys acknowledged that some may oppose the offer, but said that "this is the best way to keep our community safe—to be in a relationship ... It's not a decision we took lightly and it's based on relations with people who know him well."  Edmonton Journal

Omar Khadr offered a place at The King's University Top Ten Tue, 02/03/2015 - 03:30

The strategic mandate agreement (SMA) between Ryerson University and Ontario identifies as the institution’s key areas of differentiation its support for interdisciplinary thinking and innovation; its collaboration with industry, the public, and the non-profit sector; and its distinctive “zone” model of entrepreneurial education. Ryerson is also identified as playing a unique role as a city builder. Ryerson is recognized for its focus on professional accreditation and experiential learning through programs such as its Digital Media Zone (DMZ). The SMA also cites as strengths Ryerson’s several entrepreneurial zones, including the Innovation Centre for Urban Energy (iCUE), the Fashion Zone, the Design Fabrication Zone, and the Transmedia Zone. Ryerson’s contributions to urban ecosystem research are also noted. The SMA further emphasizes Ryerson’s support for online learning, distance education, and adult learning, and its commitment to education access for underrepresented groups including first-generation students, Aboriginal students, persons with disabilities, and internationally educated professionals. The SMA identifies 5 proposed areas of program growth: innovation and entrepreneurship, design and technology, management and competitiveness, creative economy and culture, and health and technology. Ryerson SMA

Ryerson SMA focuses on support for entrepreneurial education, urban ecosystem research Top Ten Mon, 08/25/2014 - 03:30

Ontario has signed strategic mandate agreements (SMAs) with all 45 of the province’s publicly assisted colleges and universities. The SMAs push ahead with Ontario’s commitment to institutional differentiation, directing institutions to pursue growth in identified areas of strength while limiting expansion in areas where programs already exist. The SMAs will also help connect institutions with the economy by focusing on co-op opportunities, applied research, entrepreneurship, and skills training. The SMAs represent a shift in the relationship between the government and PSE institutions toward a “co-management” approach that advocates say will enhance transparency and accountability. “These aren’t things we’re dictating; we want to exercise stewardship over post-secondary education,” said Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Reza Moridi. Council of Ontario Universities (COU) President Bonnie M Patterson commented, "you will see in these agreements the many ways universities are preparing graduates for careers, and how universities are hubs of innovation, entrepreneurship and job creation that are helping to build Ontario." The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), however, said it had “serious concerns over the government’s Differentiation Agenda,” suggesting that the plan could affect institutional autonomy, academic planning, and academic freedom. Ontario News Release | Toronto Star | COU News Release | OCUFA Blog

Ontario signs strategic mandate agreements with PSE institutions Top Ten Mon, 08/11/2014 - 03:30

Institutions and students are stepping up to support vulnerable persons within campus and local communities amid COVID-19. The University of Lethbridge, for example, reoriented its Campus Care Parcels program for students experiencing food insecurity so that volunteers and participants could still engage while practicing social distancing, while Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts department donated food that would have been used in students’ labs and cafeteria meals to the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank. Two Carleton University students have relaunched the Lotus Project, an initiative to provide street survival kits for houseless persons in the area, and Brescia University College is helping the London Food Bank develop a virtual food bank website to help facilitate food donations and pick-ups. ULethbridge | Okanagan | CBC | Global News (BC, AB, ON)

Institutions, students provide food, care packages Top Ten Tue, 03/31/2020 - 03:39

Institutions, professors, and researchers across the country are creating innovative engineering and technological solutions to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgian College’s Research and Innovation team and University of Guelph Professor Scott Weese are working with local manufacturers to retool operations to create personal protective equipment and produce hand sanitizer, respectively. Staff and researchers at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design and Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are developing ways to use 3D printers to create printed medical supplies. University of Alberta Professor Mike Lipsett and University of Calgary Professor Mark Ungrin have developed a template for a medical ventilator that can be constructed from readily accessible parts. Georgian | UoGuelph | CBC | Western | Calgary Herald (ON, AB)

Canadian higher ed helps fight COVID-19 through innovative engineering, tech solutions Top Ten Mon, 03/30/2020 - 03:43