Top Ten

August 27, 2007

Memorial to benefit from Hebron memorandum

Memorial University hopes to benefit from the approved Hebron-Ben Nevis offshore petroleum development project.  A large amount of the front-end engineering and design work for the facility will be done in province, and will make use of local specialists, particularly Memorial graduates.  $1 million has been set aside for skills training at both Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic.  $120 million of research and development spending is committed over the life of the project.  Memorial News Release | CBC | < em>Globe & Mail  

Alberta adds $18 million to Red Deer expansion

The Alberta government has announced $18 million to cover the increased costs of a major expansion at Red Deer College. The funds will help build new centres for trades, technology, innovation and manufacturing, and are part of a long-term capital plan for PSE training in the province.  AM 630

$10.1 million for Canadian cancer researchers

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, teamed with CancerCare Manitoba and CancerCare Nova Scotia, have announced $10.1 million in funding for cancer researchers across the country.  Only 7 projects were awarded funding from the national competition, 2 of which are led by uManitoba researchers. Projects from Dalhousie, Queen’s, and uAlberta also received funding.  CIHR News Release | (uManitoba Email News Release)

Laurentian welcomes Institute for Sports Marketing to campus

Laurentian University officially launched its Institute for Sports Marketing last week.  The new research centre aims to become a world leader in sports management research and has set the sky as its limit.  ISM has partnered with Lakeshore Properties and TrojanOne, a Toronto based marketing agency, for 2 multi-million dollar major research projects.  Northern Life

Ontario universities aim to recruit GTA overflow

While Toronto's universities are worrying about a forecast surge of 30,000 to 75,000 additional undergrad applicants as soon as 2012, other Ontario schools are already opening satellite campuses in or near the GTA. Business schools were first (Ivey, Queen's, Laurier) and McMaster's will soon open in Burlington. Trent has opened a satellite campus in Oshawa, Algoma U in Brampton, Lakehead in Orillia, Laurentian in Barrie, and Laurier and Nipissing in Brantford. All hope to see their GTA satellites grow over the coming years. Milton is one GTA community currently offering 2 hectares of land free to any PSE institution looking to establish a campus there. Maclean’s

Royal Roads launches MA in International Hotel Management

Royal Roads University will launch its new Master of Arts in International Hotel Management program in October.  The demand for trained hospitality industry professionals is on the rise.  The RRU program is a combination of distance courses and on-campus learning, to be as accessible as possible to hotel professionals.  Goldstream News Gazette

Call for national degree standards in Canada

Canada's provincial ministers for higher education took a step toward quality assurance for degrees, says an article in this month's University Affairs. Canada is currently one of the few OECD countries with no standardized national policy regarding degree quality or accreditation.  The rise of for-profit and distance PSE providers has made accreditation more important, particularly in BC where a number of institutions have been closed and have created bad PR for Canadian PSE overseas. University Affairs 

Web 2.0 damage control for marketing departments

User-generated content, such as blogs, Facebook groups, and online videos, are beyond the control of your PR office.  To minimize or avoid negative word of mouth crises, be human rather than corporate.  Show the public that you are listening to their dialogue by making changes based on what you hear, or posting comments on user blogs that you frequent. New Communications Review

SFSU delegates room assignments to students

Students headed to San Francisco State University were given a list of social network profiles from which to choose their preferred roommates.  Previously, students were issued their housing assignments a month in advance, and then headed onto Facebook and MySpace to read up on their new roommates.  Like clockwork, students would call the school to say they didn't like what they saw. To avoid complaints, the school is handing the decision process over to the students.  Inside Higher Ed

$5.43 billion in back to school spending

The Class of 2011 comes bearing stuff – and lots of it!  US college housing staffs are noticing a significant increase in the belongings being moved into dorms from last year, with carloads per student being the norm.  The "spartan residence hall" has been replaced with the expectations of an off-campus apartment, requiring not just study space but flat-screen TVs, iPod stations, and space to hang out.  Students and parents are spending US $5.43 billion on dorm and apartment furnishings this year, up from $3.82 billion last year.  Inside Higher Ed