Top Ten

January 17, 2008

York warns students about sexual assaults

Toronto police are investigating a sexual assault report at York University's Keele campus, the third such report by a York student since September. Police are currently looking for a suspect.  Upon hearing of the attack, the University issued emails and posters to notify students.

Balsillie attracts high-profile academic from uToronto

Renowned academic and best-selling author of The Upside of Down, Thomas Homer-Dixon, has announced that he will leave the University of Toronto for a new position at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo.  Homer-Dixon's appointment is another high-profile feather in the cap of the school, which is funded by Waterloo's Research in Motion, and has been called the "Harvard of the North."  Homer-Dixon was attracted by the chance to "shape an institution that is going to have a huge influence on Canada."

Canada's growing aboriginal population is increasingly urban

A Census report released earlier this week finds that the number of Canadians who self-identify as aboriginal has increased 45% since 1996. Canadian aboriginals are increasingly found in urban centres: 54% live in cities.  The national aboriginal population is also found to be younger than the general population, and is growing at 6 times the average rate due to a higher birthrate. Self-identification may also be on the rise because of a renewed sense of confidence and pride in aboriginal culture.

BrandonU receives anonymous $1 million donation

Brandon University in Manitoba has received a $1-million anonymous alumnus donation towards its new $14-million fitness facility.  The project will renovate existing gym facilities, add a cardio fitness facility, expand the sports medicine facility, increase staff, student and community programming, and add three new gymnasia.  The entire Brandon community will be welcome to use the facility once built.

uWaterloo launches unique new pharmacy program

The University of Waterloo welcomed its first class of pharmacy students this week.  The uWaterloo program is one of only two programs in North America that offer a pharmacy co-op -- and is apparently the only such program in Canada. The program has the largest first class of pharmacy students in Canadian history.  Women make up 60% of enrolment in the class. 

Toronto, Manitoba "cool" to prospect of NCAA

Toronto's universities are expressing "mild" interest in the NCAA's Division II pilot project, confirming that the opportunity may benefit student athletes in track & field, and swimming.  York University's director of athletics has stated that York's participation would only be to supplement already existing programs, and that the University will remain committed to the Canadian sport system.  uManitoba and uWinnipeg are so far sticking with "no," so far as the NCAA is concerned.

College / university choice is not just about grades

Toronto student Nick Farnell is frustrated by the assumption that "smart kids go to university and everyone else goes to college."  With strong marks, he was expected to go to university, but has instead decided to attend Humber College because it is "the education that's best for me and it's going to take me the farthest."  The College Student Alliance's director of advocacy feels that "you can't be too smart for anything," and the choice between college and university depends on what career you want to pursue, not the strength of your grades.

New college network creates pathways for innovation

The Ontario College Network for Industry Innovation is a new group linking 10 of Ontario's top colleges along the Ottawa-Windsor corridor.  The network promises collaboration between institutions that will make it easier for small businesses to access technology expertise, and keep ahead in a competitive global marketplace. 

Japan struggles with decreasing applicant pool

40% of Japan's 744 universities might be facing extinction within the next 10 years, due to a shrinking pool of applicants.  After decades of declining birth rates, the population of 18-year-olds is down to 1.3 million (from 2.05 million in 1992).  By 2012, the 18-year-old population is projected to reach 1.18 million -- a 42.3% drop over 20 years.  30% of Japan's private 4-year institutions are already reporting difficulty meeting their enrolment quotas.  It has been predicted that North American and UK schools will face similar demographic challenges in the next decade.

China aggressively recruiting India's medical students

Thousands of India's students are headed to China for their education, particularly those interested in medical science.  Medical education in China is much more affordable, with costs about one-quarter what Indian students would pay domestically.  India's medical programs are also highly competitive, and are often full early in the admissions cycle.  Chinese universities have been aggressively recruiting students from India since 2004.