Top Ten

May 9, 2007

Telfer School of Management announced at uOttawa:

In what is described as the largest endowment gift ever made to a Canadian business school, GoldCorp Inc. chairman Ian Telfer has donated $25 million to the University of Ottawa, 30 years after he graduated from the school with an MBA. The gift is expected to "catapult the faculty into the upper ranks of business schools in North America," and the school will be named after Telfer. The donation puts uOttawa's fundraising campaign over its target a year ahead of schedule. The Ottawa Sun


UWO differentiates itself again on athletics:

While Brock and Carleton are cutting back spending on varsity athletics, the University of Western Ontario announced yesterday a $1.7 million commitment to its varsity athletes over the next four years. Funding will be restored to 18 currently non-funded varsity teams, a $700,000 fund for new athletic scholarships will be established, and a targeted athletics fundraising campaign will be launched to support future scholarships.  Western News

AUCC reiterates university growth projections:

In the Globe & Mail Report on Business, Claire Morris, president of the AUCC, writes about the 2007 Trends report, reiterating the Association's projections of increasing demand for university spaces because of rising university participation rates, by 70,000 to 150,000 students. "Future excess capacity in some provinces will allow institutions to reach out to new and currently underrepresented student groups. Constrained capacity in other areas will force universities to seek investments in capacity and quality, on which future growth in both supply and demand for higher education hinge." The Globe & Mail

New Francophone articulation agreements in Sudbury:

Laurentian University and College Boreal have signed an agreement that will increase French-language PSE opportunities in Ontario.  Four pairs of programs will now recognize credits and allow smooth transfer between the two schools, in justice studies, kinesiology, business, and medical radiation technology.  More agreements between the two institutions are expected to be announced.  Northern Life

Acadia tuition to decrease for NS residents:

Acadia says that come September there will be no tuition increases for its students, and tuition for students who are Nova Scotia residents will actually decline by $500. The new fee structure announced yesterday finally separates tuition from Acadia’s other fees, enabling students to compare pricing across institutions more accurately.  Acadia News Release

High school enrichment programs build relationships:

2,600 middle and high school students from 14 different school boards have been unleashed on Carleton, uOttawa and La Cite collegiale this week.  The Enrichment Mini-Courses program has run for the last 27 years, giving advanced students a chance to explore outside their regular curriculum.  The program is seen as a way to get high achievers onto university campuses and begin developing a recruitment relationship.  The schools offer scholarships to a select few of the students who participate.  The Ottawa Citizen

Winners announced in Memorial's "Rant Like Rick":

Observers are saying that Memorial University’s "Rant Like Rick" campaign shows the power of online recruitment. Students were challenged to submit diatribes on choosing between universities in the style of Canadian comedian Rick Mercer.  The contest was promoted on TV, in movie theatres and online via YouTube and Memorial’s prospective student website. From 27 submissions, the judges selected the 3 winners, who each won tuition vouchers for 2 semesters. Memorial plans to run the contest again next year. CBC | Winning Entries

New Nursing PhD at Dal:

Dalhousie’s recently-expanded School of Nursing curriculum received coverage in yesterday’s Halifax Chronicle-Herald.  The new PhD in Nursing is the first and only in Atlantic Canada.  Paired with the school’s 2 Masters programs, the doctorate aims to increase the number of nursing professors and instructors available in the province.  An entry-level Masters program in Nursing, similar to ones at Yale and McGill, is currently being developed.  The Chronicle-Herald

Tracking eyeballs on the web:

Dr. Roel Vertegaal, a computing professor at Queen’s University, is catching a lot of glances this week with his eyebox2 invention.  The portable device measures the effectiveness of advertisements based on how many people look at specific billboards and screens, tracked by a portable camera device. The device is effective at catching eye movement from up to 10 metres away (previous technologies in this area were useless at any distance greater than 60 centimetres).  Parteq Innovations News Release

"Harvard to close Beijing campus":

In actual fact, Harvard does not have a Beijing campus that we are aware of, although the school does have a commitment to the study of Asia. This "spoof" article discusses the trends in overseas satellites. Johns Hopkins Gazette