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November 18, 2008

$3-million gift for uManitoba med school

The University of Manitoba announced yesterday it has received a $2.5-million donation from alumnus Dr. George Yee to establish the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation and the George & Fay Yee Fellowship in Health Service Design and Quality Improvement. The centre will provide academic leadership in healthcare system design in an effort to improve patient care and safety in Manitoba and beyond. uManitoba News

Concordia chancellor donates $2 million to biz school

Yesterday, Concordia University chancellor David O'Brien announced a $2-million gift to create the David O'Brien Distinguished Professorship in Sustainable Enterprise and the David O'Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise. Under the leadership of the dean of Concordia's John Molson School of Business, the centre will assist organizations in developing sustainable strategies for environmental protection, social justice, and ethical corporate governance. Concordia News Release

Queen's shifts Homecoming to spring

Queen's University has decided to move its Homecoming weekend from the fall to the spring for a period of 2 years. The university will hold a "homecoming-style" Spring Reunion from May 22 to 24, 2009, in conjunction with the MiniU weekend. Removing the fall Homecoming will allow Queen's to focus its efforts on terminating the unsanctioned Aberdeen Street Party. The revised Homecoming will include traditional events such as class reunions and the Tricolour Guard dinner. Queen's News Release | Globe and Mail | CBC

Students rally for and against York strike

On Monday, hundreds of York University students appeared on campus to protest the strike by teaching assistants and contract faculty. The rally was organized by students who set up Facebook groups and a website to vent their frustration over the strike. The rallying students called on the Ontario government to use back-to-work legislation. Following the rally, student unions from neighbouring University of Toronto and Ryerson University joined the striking workers to show their support. UTSU News Release | Toronto Star | Toronto Sun | CityNews | Maclean's OnCampus

uWaterloo senate approves Dubai campus plan

On Monday, the University of Waterloo's senate voted to "endorse in principle" the school's proposed campus in Dubai United Arab Emirates. The plan is to operate 2+2 programs in which students spend their first 2 years of study at the Dubai site, then come to Waterloo for the last 2 years. The initial programs are to be chemical and civil engineering, IT management, and finance and risk management. Tuition fees generated from those programs would fund 32 new faculty positions in the engineering and math departments, as well cover other costs for operating the Dubai programs. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

GO Transit donates bus to Centennial College

On Monday, GO Transit donated a retired bus to Centennial College's School of Transportation. The bus will be used as a training tool for students in the Truck/Coach and Heavy Duty programs to learn how to inspect, maintain, and repair large passenger vehicles. This is the first bus GO has donated to an educational institution for this purpose. GO Transit News Release

Globe and Mail publishes "Report on MBA Schools"

Yesterday, the Globe and Mail ran a special section on Canadian business schools. The current economic turmoil is reinforcing the need for business professors to teach best practices. More and more MBA applicants tend to be further along in their careers and are just starting families. The "Report on MBA Schools" includes a profile on a new McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA program, an examination of business school fees, and a feature on the Class of 1963 from UWO's Richard Ivey School of Business. Last week, the Globe published a section on Canada's community colleges.

Immigrant parents save up for children's PSE

According to a new report from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, most immigrant parents allocate limited family resources to save for their children's future education. The report found that the more immigrant parents expect their kids to attend PSE, the more likely they are to save for it. Families in which one parent is an immigrant are more likely to save for children's post-secondary studies than those with Canadian-born parents. Families in which both parents are foreign-born face financial barriers in saving for PSE, as a great number of such families fall in the low-income bracket. CMSF News Release | Read the full report

MSVU launches online contest

Mount Saint Vincent University is running an online contest called "Head Space," which builds on the university's current ad campaign with the tagline "Independent Thinking Lives Here." Contestants are asked to submit original thoughts and encourage friends to rate them. Each week, the author of the top-rated thought will receive an iTunes gift certificate. The grand prize is $750, and the winner will be announced in January. Head Space | View the entries

Digital library access for Alberta Aboriginal colleges

Aboriginal colleges in Alberta now have online access to their own library collections following last week's launch of the First Nations Information Connection. The web portal allows students and faculty at 6 First Nations colleges to take full advantage of the Lois Hole Campus Alberta Digital Library, in which a wide selection of academic material is shared by other provincial post-secondary institutions. The portal includes links to material relevant to Aboriginal studies, including sections on native languages and residential schools. uAlberta News Release | Edmonton Journal