Top Ten

July 23, 2007

$18 million for Saskatchewan health-care training

In an effort to provide new education and training opportunities for health professionals, the Saskatchewan government has committed to invest another $18.4 million annually to open up 112 health-training seats.  Increases in training capacity will be shared between the University of Saskatchewan (College of Medicine and College of Nursing) a nd SIAST in Regina and Saskatoon. Saskatchewan News Release

Billion-dollar Edmonton

Clinic pushes on: Following the confirmation of an extra $332 million in provincial funds to cover rising costs of the $909 million project, construction on The Edmonton Clinic will begin as planned this September. Scheduled to open in 2011, and expected to rival the world-famous Mayo Clinic in the United States, the clinic will become a major training and research centre for the University of Alberta's health-sciences faculties.  Edmonton Journal

NAIT receives approval to offer BTech degree

On Friday, "an historic day," Edmonton's Northern Alberta Institute of Technology announced its 4th applied degree program, a Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management. (NAIT also offers applied degrees in Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems.) Grads will "fill a gap in the workplace between technologists and engineers." An industry survey found 98% of employers supported the degree program. Toward the end of the program, students will complete an applied design or research "Capstone project" with industry or government. The first student intake will begin this fall.  NAIT Press Release

Fanshawe hospitality program seeks new home

With 600 students and little room left on campus, Fanshawe College is looking to relocate its hospitality program in downtown London, Ontario. Currently located on the main campus on the east side of the city, the move downtown is said to add to the educational experience, making it easier for students to work in hotels and restaurants as part of the co-operative education component of the course.  Fanshawe is looking at several central sites, including a former library building. The student-run restaurant, Saffron's, would remain on campus.  London Free Press

Humber to partner in providing new online program for truckers

In what is touted as the first program of its kind in Canada, Humber College has partnered with software developer CarriersEdge to establish an online college curriculum for professional drivers. The Certificate in Small Business Management for the Trucking Industry was designed to allow professional drivers to continue developing their skills while on the road, and includes both business coursework from Humber and trucking-specific courses from CarriersEdge. The program is set to launch in September 2007. | CarriersEdge 

New NSCC campus faces transit challenges

With only one ferry running at peak times and few transit buses servicing the area, getting 1,800 students to the new Nova Scotia Community College's Woodside campus is raising concern with local councillors. According to Metro Transit officials, to adequately increase service levels would require buying a new ferry, which comes with a price tag of $6 to $10 million.  Despite the knowledge that hundreds of students will be attending the new campus this fall, Metro Transit can’t do anything until it knows how many will actually rely on transit.  The Chronicle Herald

Mohawk Engineer aims for space

A 35-year-old engineer from the Mohawk community of Kanesatake near Montreal, Duncan Cree may someday be the world's first Mohawk astronaut.  Already the first Canadian native to be accepted into the International Space University in France, Cree has made a life of overcoming barriers faced in his community and has now set his sights on the possibility of entering Canada's astronaut training program.  In his fourth year of doctoral studies after obtaining his bachelor's and master's degrees from Concordia, Cree is looking to set an example within his community of what one can accomplish if they follow their dreams. The Globe & Mail

Hogwarts comes to US college classrooms

We can't let this weekend's release of the final novel in the Harry Potter series pass unacknowledged.  Universities across the US are adding Harry Potter to the curriculum in a variety of disciplines, and are being rewarded with full classes and excited students.  With a profound connection to a new generation of PSE students, courses in English, philosophy, Latin, history, and science that incorporate Harry Potter are keeping students just as engaged in the classroom as they are in playing quidditch.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)