Top Ten

August 1, 2007

Almost $50 million for threat research projects

3 research projects at uOttawa have received a total of $6.8 million in funding from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives Reach and Technology Initiative.  $48.8 million across 29 research, technology acceleration and technology demonstration projects throughout the country was announced in mid-June.  The projects are part of an effort to “strengthen Canada’s ability to deal with potential chemical, biological, radiological-nuclear and explosives threats. uOttawa News Release | CRTI News Release

UOIT earns first-in-country accreditation

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has earned national accrediation for its manufacturing and engineering programs, courtest of an exhaustive review by the Canadian Engineering Accrediation Board.  UOIT is now the home of the only accredited Nuclear Engineering program in Canada, as well as the only accredited Manufacturing Engineering program in Eastern Canada.  The accreditation process took almost a year to complete and included a visit to campus by CEAB. Durham Region News | UOIT News Release

Ontario positive about uWaterloo campus in Stratford

Ontario’s minister of finance has given public support for development of a university campus in Stratford, after meeting earlier this week with the community’s Mayor and the president of uWaterloo.  A campus in the area promises to strengthen the regional economy.  AM 920

York snags reknowned corporate lawyer for new Osgoode/Schulich centre

Ed Waitzer, one of Canada’s top merger and acquisition lawyers and the former chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission, has agreed to take on the new Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corproate Governance at York University.  The position was created with a $2 million gift from activist Stephen Jarislowsky and businessman William Dimma.  The chair is a joint project between the Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, and an initial step towards building a corporate governance centre at the university.  The Financial Post | York News Release

Rare Chinese cultural school to partner with NB PSE

The Confucius Institue, a Chinese cultural school, will open its third Canadian location in Moncton, NB this September. The institute will partner with universities and colleges in the province with plans to open satellite campuses outside of Moncton in the future.  100 such institutes are being opened around the globe by the Chinese government.  The BC Institute of Technology and uWaterloo are the only other schools to receive Confucius Institutes in Canada.  CI is a non-profit entity aiming to strengthen China’s relations with other countries by creating opportunities for students in other countries to study Chinese language and culture.  The Telegraph-Journal

Algoma University to forge ties between academic gamers and industry

Algoma University College has received a provincial grant towards establishing the first academic program in computer gaming in Canada.  The funds will be used to hire an advisor who will establish a computer gaming technology center, which will connect gaming technology graduate students with partners in the private sector.  “The intent is to provide support for startups, build linkages with industry partners, and provide opportunities to assist in the advancement of intellectual property development and commercialization in the field of computer games.”  Campus Technology

uSask student's union aims to bring awareness to housing shortage

Student housing in uSask’s hometown of Saskatoon appears to be in short supply.  The president of the student’s union reports 8 pages of students looking for housing and only 2 pages of available accomodations.  Some listings climb as high as $1200 per month for a fully furnished single bedroom unit, far outside a traditional student budget.  An event is being planned to raise awareness about rising housing costs in the area.  Saskatoon Homepage

Higher cost of education steers some students away from liberal traditions

Increased emphasis on the financial return on education will potentially increase the divide between liberal and vocational learning, according to the National Union of Students in the UK.  Students in the UK, particularly in England, are applying to higher ed institutions at a record breaking rate.  However, applications to honours degree programs are falling, especially from non-traditional students.  The Guardian

Mobile web use on the rise, particularly email

The iPhone may claim to be the future of the (mobile) internet, but quick and basic services such as email are most successful applications so far.  Mobile email access has been streamlined to the point where users sometimes prefer it over desk-access.  A recent AOL E-mail addiction survey reported that 59% of “mobile emailers” are actually checking email while in bed, and 53% check while in the bathroom.  Mobile email is on the rise in the US, and other functions such as social networking and web browsing will most likely follow.  Is your website “mobile compatible”?  Yahoo Mail, followed by the Weather Channel and ESPN were the top sites visted by mobile web users in 2006.  Biz Report | ClickZ

Set strategic goals before jumping into Web 2.0

Social networking is less about the specific services (Facebook vs MySpace), and more about the power of the shift towards social, interactive websites.  Before you run out and sign up for every promising new technology (Twitter, Stumble Upon, Second Life) identify your institution’s goals and then build your web 2.0 strategy around these, picking and choosing the tools that will be the most effective.  As Academica’s Director of Technology, James Walker, reminds me – the web is much more fluid than traditional marketing vehicles and change is almost always imminent. Ins ights on Admissions Marketing