Top Ten

April 16, 2008

Royal Roads launches $100-million Legacy Campaign

Royal Roads University, in Victoria BC, has launched a $100-million fundraising campaign to support academic, heritage and sustainability initiatives at the university and its historic campus.  The Legacy Campaign plans to raise $60 million through donations and a further $40 from the government and private sector.  $15 million will be directed to academic projects, and another $15 million to restore the campus, which is also a national heritage site.  The campaign launched with $10 million in donations already in the bag.  RRU News Release | Times Colonist

York pushes forward proposed $150-million med school

Pursuing the medical school plans announced last July, York University has hired a "veteran leader" in health-care education to head up the project.  Peter Walker, former dean of medicine at uOttawa, has been named special advisor to York's president, and will lead the $150-million proposal.  Dr. Walker hopes the school will open with a class of 100 students in 2012.  He envisions the school as a chance to build from the ground up and develop a new model for medical education.  The Globe & Mail

uWindsor president agrees, police overreacted

Dr. Ross Paul, president of the University of Windsor, wrote a formal letter of complaint to the Windsor Police Service on April 10th.  On January 20, an on-campus event attended by mostly black students was broken up by more than 24 police officers and a police dog.  Several students were arrested and released without charges.  In March, a student group, SAABR, called for an official investigation into the police action.  The student group now feels "validated" by the president's letter, which acknowledges that the police overreacted, and that racial profiling may have been the cause.  Maclean's On Campus | SAABR media release 

CMEC releases Learn Canada 2020 vision

Yesterday, Canada's education ministers released Learn Canada 2020, a new framework document outlining a vision for learning from ECE to PSE. To improve the quality and accessibility of PSE, CMEC plans to eliminate the gap for Aboriginal students, enhance and stabilize the long-term capacity of PSE, create a consistent voice for Canadian education internationally, implement national learning assessment programs and performance indicators, and create a long-term approach to collect and analyze nationally and internationally comparable data and research. CMEC News Release | CMEC Joint Declaration (3-page PDF)

SFU applications up 3% thanks to international partnerships

Applications to Simon Fraser University's first-year degree programs are up 3% at all 3 campuses.  More than half came from students outside BC and Canada. "Our international partnerships and collaboration with colleges and universities in Asia and other areas are increasing first-year international student applications."  SFU's revised admission process is also delivering early admission confirmations dramatically faster -- arriving as early as April 17. SFU News Release

uManitoba receives $47 million for Project Domino

The Manitoba government has announced $47 million towards uManitoba's $100-million campus redevelopment project.  Project Domino will restructure several major facilities over the next few years, starting immediately.  The University's vision for the project includes successfully preserving and restoring the historic integrity of the institution, "while showcasing forward-looking innovation in sustainability."  Manitoba News Release

Manitoba delivers 1,100 new apprenticeship spaces and tax credit

Manitoba's education system will benefit from 1,100 newly-funded apprenticeship spaces.  $3.8 million will create new seats in construction, industrial/manufacturing, transportation and the service industry.  This is the first step toward an ultimate goal of 4,000 new apprenticeship seats.  A new Apprenticeship Tax Credit will also benefit employers who hire certified journeypersons from apprenticeship programs.  Manitoba News Release

UNB "Only One U" Facebook contest winner announced

Last month, we described the "Only One U" Facebook tuition contest mounted by the University of New Brunswick. Yesterday, UNB announced the winner: Ryan Anstey from PEI has won a $5,500 UNB tuition credit, which he plans to use towards his law degree. Contest entrants were asked to create a Facebook group showcasing why they wanted to attend UNB, and why they should receive the top prize. "This contest has not only created gains for us through awareness, but we've gained a great student." Ryan's group collected more than 1,300 members. UNB News Release | Only One U microsite | View the winning group

York email addresses blocked as spam by MSN Hotmail

Recently, York University has been the victim of a series of attacks by spammers attempting to gain access to York email accounts. The attackers present themselves as University email administrators, and ask members of the York community to provide their password information.  Accounts that are successfully hacked are then used to send spam messages. Although York has quickly disabled these compromised accounts, the outgoing spam has caused several major email services, such as MSN Hotmail, to temporarily block email from any York address. This is the first Canadian campus to suffer from a scam that has hit more than 80 schools in the USYork Y-File

New Zealand launches racy international recruitment ads

In late 2007, Education New Zealand launched an ad campaign and web portal promoting NZ as "the education destination of choice for young couples keen to move away from the watchful eye of their parents."  The almost wordless videos show young couples in racy situations who are then interrupted by their parents. Superimposed headlines at the end read: "Get further away from your parents. Study in New Zealand. You'll go far." The portal helps students pick a NZ school based on program, area, and their preference for snow, surf or city buzz.  It also includes a "Canadian Blog" section.  Hot Tub spot |   New Zealand Educated (with thanks to a reader at SMU!)

NZ Chopsticks ad