Today's Top Ten

July 7, 2022

BC, Mexican states sign agreement to increase opportunities for students, teachers

The Government of British Columbia and Mexico’s Jalisco and Guanajuato state governments have signed new agreements that will increase opportunities for students and teachers to study abroad. BC has signed two memoranda of understanding (MOU) that will support the development of opportunities pertaining to international student movement, reciprocal study placements, institutional partnerships, student and teacher exchanges, and more. “The flow of post-secondary students, educators and ideas between British Columbia and Mexico increases innovation, which supports economic and social prosperity for both regions,” said BC Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Training Anne Kang. BC (BC)

Northern adopts new National Cyber Security Standard

Northern College has become the first educational institution in Canada to implement CyberCatch's new National Cyber Security Standard in Canada. CyberCatch’s CAN/CIOSC 104 Compliance Manager was created in partnership with Canada's CIO Strategy Council to help Small and Medium Organizations (SMOs) streamline compliance with security standards by implementing all necessary cyber security controls and automatically testing them. "Northern College is proud to adopt Canada's National Cyber Security Standard," said Northern President, Dr Audrey J Penner, "complying with the National Standard is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do, given the increasing level of cyber threats to all educational institutions in Canada." Newswire (ON)

North West, UWindsor, UManitoba announce new programs

North West College, the University of Windsor, and the University of Manitoba have recently announced new programs. Starting in Fall 2022, North West will be offering a Liberal Arts program in partnership with the University of Regina. Students will learn the critical thinking and communication skills needed for further education or their careers, and can graduate with either a 1-year certificate or a 2-year diploma. UWindsor will be offering a new Indigenous Studies minor for humanities and social science students. The minor has been developed by Indigenous faculty members and will cover a range of topics, including Indigenous literature, history, philosophy, and political science. UManitoba’s PhD in Management program will be introducing a new concentration in Supply Chain Management in order to train professors and academic researchers who can help meet the growing need for supply chain professionals in Canada. North West | UWindsor | UManitoba (National)

SFU celebrates approval of Burnaby Mountain Gondola

Simon Fraser University is celebrating the approval of the Burnaby Mountain Gondola by the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council. The gondola will use a tri-cable system and will be build along the proposed route one, which is the fastest option and will have the lowest operating cost, environmental impact, and footprint. It will replace two bus routes to the campus. “There’s a huge benefit for students in their time of commuting,” said SFU VP external relations Joanne Curry, who expressed hopes that the gondola could be ready by 2027. “But it’s also about reliability that they can count on getting to class, getting to exams. We’ve been advocating for over a decade with so many groups and people at SFU, so we’re just thrilled.” CityNews says that the next steps include determining how to get funding for the gondola, which is expected to cost over $210M. CityNews | Daily Hive (BC)

UMoncton, MtA launch educational collaboration to challenge understanding of NB literature

The Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University have launched an educational collaboration that brings together professors from three disciplines to challenge students’ understanding of New Brunswick literature. Students enrolled in UMoncton’s Comparative Literature course taught by Dr Andrea Cabajsky, MtA’s English Literature class taught by Dr Andrea Beverley, and MtA’s French Literature course taught by Dr Kirsty Bell have come together to collaborate on group activities and initiatives. The course used avant-garde, Indigenous, queer, and other kinds of texts to challenge students to look for intersectionality within literature. The course included guest speakers to enhance student engagement and enable students to hear from different perspectives. MTA | UMoncton (NB)

NAC-Memorial Partnership launches project based on Inuit traditional knowledge

Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University are partnering on research exploring Inuit Qaujimanituqangit (IQ) (traditional knowledge) in Nunavut institutional research. The project examines trends, needs, and outlooks in Nunavut and includes collaborative work to gather, preserve, and digitize archival material about life in the north. Memorial Associate Professor Dr Max Liboiron explains that the project aims to aid community partners in becoming their own researchers and preservers of IQ so that the project itself can "[become] obsolete." "The critical thing to know about this applied research is that it is northern-led," said NAC-MUN Partnership director Jesse Jacobs. "It is research that is being done by the North for the North." Memorial (NL | NV)

Rimouski releases plan to address debt with residence renovations

CÉGEP de Rimouski has provided the Government of Quebec with its financial recovery plan as it faces a total debt of $3.6M, reports TVA Nouvelles. Rimouski director François Dornier said that the institution’s budget has been balanced, and that the cégep will be seeking a partner to manage its student residences. Rimouski has proposed $15M in renovations on the residence to increase capacity so that the cégep can offer accommodations to a greater number of international students. TVA reports that some students have expressed concerns about the residences being used for profit. TVA Nouvelles (QC)

Victoria College increases financial aid for under-represented students.

The Victoria College at Victoria University in the University of Toronto has launched its new Robins Access Awards Program and celebrated a $2.5M gift from the estates of Valerie Brook and Allen Paul Walters. The awards program, consisting of various Opportunity Awards, will provide over $300K a year to Victoria College students, especially those from under-represented and at-risk groups demonstrating financial need. The program honors the work of Victoria U President William Robins, who advocated for inclusion programs at the institution. The $2.5M gift will be used to support more Opportunity Awards. Victoria College (ON)

RRC Polytech finalizes new lease with Southport for aircraft program

Red River College Polytechnic has announced that it is finalizing a new lease with Southport that will allow it to use the Southport facility as home for its Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson (AMJ) course. Portage Online reports that the polytechnic previously tried to relocate the course to the Stevenson Campus in Winnipeg, but the decision was deferred due to a variety of issues. As part of the five-year commitment, RRC Polytech will be undertaking an Aviation and Aerospace sector review to better understand the sector’s needs going forward. Portage Online (MB)

Brock fine and performing arts building attains Gold LEED certification

Brock University has announced that its Marilyn I Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts has become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified. The building, which underwent work to improve its efficiency and sustainability, was rated under the Building Operations and Management category and attained Gold LEED certification. “The majority of the costs and environmental impacts of a building occur during the life cycle of the asset, not during construction,” said Brock Facilities Management Director of Asset Management and Utilities Mary Quintana. “By pursuing LEED O+M, Brock is demonstrating its commitment to long-term thinking as part of its commitment to sustainability and world-class operations.” Brock (ON)