Top Ten

August 21, 2007

$110 million Engineering centre at uWindsor

The Ontario government has announced $40 million in capital funding for the new Centre of Engineering Innovation at the University of Windsor. The facility will "help establish Windsor as a primary North American centre for automotive and manufacturing engineering," and the department as a global leader. The $110 million centre will be the launch pad for a new approach to engineering that will bring industry partners and academia together in a "manufacturing courtyard."  Ontario News Release | uWindsor News Release | The Windsor Star

uCalgary asked to re-evaluate East Village campus

The University of Calgary has spent 3 years developing a plan for a new $235 million urban campus in Calgary's East Village, to accommodate 15,000 students, including 2,500 UofC continuing education students, and the balance from Bow Valley College, Athabasca University, SAIT and uLethbridge. Now the province is asking uCalgary to re-evaluate the project, assemble even more PSE partners (such as Mount Royal College and ACAD), and re-examine the impact of the new campus on existing campuses. The Calgary Herald 

Canadians want ombudsperson to address student loans

78% of Ontarians believe the federal government should establish an Ombudsperson Office to handle student loan borrower disputes.  According to the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, borrowers feel there is no fair or timely mechanism to resolve their disputes. Atlantic Canadians were the strongest supporters of the proposed Ombudsperson (86% in favour).  MPs received 149 direct complaints from student borrowers in 2006.  OUSA News Release 

uSask launches largest Indigenous resource database

uSaskatchewan's library has launched an online tool that brings together its collection of Indigenous electronic resources.  Books, articles, theses, review, government reports, photographs and maps are all made available in what it claims is the largest free database of full-text Indigenous resources in Canada. "The Indigenous Studies Portal is a ground-breaking, strategic response to the University of Saskatchewan's plan to play a leading role in Aboriginal education, research and scholarship."  uS ask News Release | iPortal

uToronto offers 12-week orientation for incoming Chinese students

The University of Toronto - Scarborough is offering a 12-week "crash course" in Canadian culture and language to students from China who are beginning four-year degrees at the school in September.  Students live in residence and cook their own food, adding independent lifestyle skills to the curriculum.  Intensive language training is combined with trips to Canadian cultural landmarks such as Niagara Falls and the McMichael Art Gallery, and lectures on Canadian history, government, geography and tax laws. The Toronto Star 

UBC earns international commendation for Green habits

UBC is the only Canadian university included in Grist magazine's Top 15 Green Colleges and Universities of 2007. Maine's College of the Atlantic came in number one.  UBC was number 7.  Harvard, Yale and uMaryland also made it into the Top 15.  UBC is described as "a leader in the greening of Canadian campuses," having adopted a sustainable development policy in 1997, the first in Canada.  UBC offers 300 sustainability-related courses.  Grist Magazine | UBC Sustainability

New security measures implemented at Dawson College

Montreal CEGEP Dawson College has installed emergency phone lines, deadbolt locks on classroom doors, and a new intercom system, as part of an initiative to "revamp" the school's security system for the new school year.  While last year's campus shooting might be on the minds of current students and staff, a student union official reports that security hasn't been "first and foremost" on the minds of incoming students.  The Globe & Mail 

St. Clair College welcomes first students to downtown facility

Next month, 500 St. Clair College students in journalism, graphic design, advertising, hospitality management, and tourism and travel programs will move to a new downtown campus. Additional programs will relocate to downtown in 2008.  Students will be closer to the community and enjoy increased internship and industry networking opportunities.  The Windsor Star 

MBA interest pushes business applications through the roof

Application numbers for graduate business programs are on the rise at the majority of US universities. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) reports that a strong economy and high employment make heading back for an MBA an economically sound decision.  Two-thirds of full-time business programs saw an increase in applications this year. Only PhD programs did not see universal increases.  The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) 

Part-time studies have both pros and cons

For students coping with heavy demands in their personal and professional lives, studying part-time is often the only accessible way to pursue PSE.  The number of part-time students in the US is currently on the rise. Some say this is attributed to the rising cost of higher education, which requires students to work long hours to pay the tuition bills. 85% of part-time students are employed (versus only 50% of full-time students), and 47% of them work full-time hours. US News & World Report