Top Ten

April 7, 2009

$50 million for Institute for Quantum Computing

Ottawa announced yesterday a $50-million investment in the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, as was promised by the Conservatives in the federal election in October. Through the funding, the institute "will be able to build, purchase and recruit the resources needed to lead the world towards the next generation of computer technology." Industry Canada News Release

UQAM strike extends into next week

On Monday, 91% of striking professors at the Université du Québec à Montréal voted in favour of extending their strike to April 14. The faculty want the university to hire 300 more professors, and are seeking wage parity with their counterparts at other Canadian universities. 45 people were arrested early yesterday morning for mischief and trespassing provoking assault after barricading themselves for several hours inside UQAM's main downtown campus building to speak with university officials. Montreal Gazette | CBC

Layoff worries soar at uCalgary

4 non-academic positions have been terminated at the University of Calgary's fine arts faculty, prompting a widespread concern about further job cuts across campus. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, which represents 4,500 non-academic staff at the university, has seen over 8 of its positions cut in the last 2 months, including those in the fine arts faculty. A uCalgary official says faculties are looking for ways to meet a funding freeze next year, but there has been no word of wider layoffs. Calgary Herald

Plane stolen from Confederation College flown into US

A 31-year-old Thunder Bay man is in custody in southern Missouri after he stole a Cessna 172 Skyhawk from Confederation College Monday afternoon and was chased by 2 F-16 fighter jets for several hours before ending the journey in Missouri. It is reported that the man, identified as Adam Dylan Leon, a student at the college, was hoping the military would shoot him down because he wanted to commit suicide. Leon is charged with one count of unlawfully entering the US, and could face up to one year in jail if found guilty. Confederation College News Release | Globe and Mail | Toronto Star | CanWest News Service | CBC

uToronto arts and science faculty approves flat tuition fee

On Monday, the University of Toronto's faculty of arts and science council passed a motion to implement a flat tuition fee that would charge full-time students for 5 courses, regardless of how many classes they take. Starting this fall, the faculty would charge students for 5 courses, whether they take 4, 5, or 6. In 2011, the flat fee would extend to those enrolled in just 3. Later this month, the plan will go before uToronto's business board, then go to its governing council in May for final approval. Toronto Star

89% of Ontario college graduates find work soon after graduation

According to new Key Performance Indicators released yesterday by Colleges Ontario, nearly 89% of last year's college graduates in the province secured employment within 6 months of graduating. Over 93% of employers said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of graduates they hired. Almost 83% of graduates were satisfied with the usefulness of their education in achieving their goals post-graduation, while more than 78% were satisfied with the overall quality of available services, programming, and resources. Colleges Ontario News Release | Read the results

Federal government assists STU in recruiting US students

Through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the federal government is committing $750,000 to help St. Thomas University develop a new marketing campaign targeting students in the US, particularly those living in the New England region. Preliminary research in the New England market indicates STU can capitalize on both its geographical proximity to the US and the relative cost advantage offered by lower tuition fees at the university. The funds will support the hiring of expertise to develop and execute a recruitment strategy, as well as any costs associated with website design, advertising, travel, publications, and promotional materials. ACOA News Release | Daily Gleaner

Humber reveals plans for Orangeville campus

Representatives from Humber College presented plans for its proposed Veterans' Way campus to Orangeville Town Council on Monday. The campus is expected to be completed in multiple phases, over 10 to 15 years, beginning in 2012. When completed, the campus will accommodate up to 2,000 students primarily in diploma programs, with degrees and apprenticeship programs to be added as demand increases. The Veterans' Way location will have a number of sustainable features, including area reforestation, geothermically conditioned buildings, and ground water pollutant reducing systems. Humber News Release

VCC opens new health science facility

On Monday, Vancouver Community College officially opened its $56.4-million health science building, to which the BC government contributed over $45 million. The 12,367-square-metre facility, which is home to over a dozen of the college's health programs, features simulated hospital wards and pharmacies to provide students with hands-on experience in a realistic setting. The building includes a new day-care centre and an adjoining outdoor play space for children of VCC staff and students. BC News Release | VCC News Release

Francophone PSE focus group launched in NB

The New Brunswick Department of PSE announced Monday the establishment of Groupe de concertation sur l'éducation postsecondaire francophone du Nord-Est, which will facilitate the creation of much closer ties between francophone institutions and communities to ensure programs offered in the northeast region of the province quickly meet local needs. The focus group's head office will be located at the Université de Moncton's Shippagan Campus, and will employ 3 people to oversee implementation of the group's recommendations and the development of proposals for applied training in the area. NB News Release