Top Ten

May 19, 2009

uCalgary receives $113 million for 2 infrastructure projects

The federal and Alberta governments have made a $113-million joint investment in 2 major capital projects at the University of Calgary as part of Ottawa's $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Part of the funding will be used to build an energy-efficient cogeneration plant, which will save uCalgary $3.5 million in energy costs every year, as well as reduce the university's carbon dioxide emissions by 80,000 tonnes annually. The remaining funds will be put towards state-of-the-art digital learning tools for the Taylor Family Digital Library and a $15-million High Density Library at the Spy Hill campus. uCalgary News | Calgary Sun

"Dark day" for McMaster

In a letter published in last Saturday's Hamilton Spectator, Canadian Association of University Teachers executive director James Turk writes that Paul Bates' appointment to a second term as dean of business at McMaster University, despite that the business school faculty voted non-confidence in him last fall, signals a "dark day" for the university. Turk says the university's board of governors has delivered a "troubling message" that the views of McMaster faculty do not factor into whom the board appoints to senior administrative positions. Hamilton Spectator

US students' interest in Canadian PSE on the rise

A number of Canadian institutions are reporting increases in applications from US students. Applications from American students to Dalhousie University are up 14% this year. In the past 7 years, the University of Toronto has seen applications from US high school students triple. Canada's embassy in Washington DC reports that about 9,000 Americans studied at Canadian colleges and universities this year, up from 2,300 12 years ago. The growth is being attributed to increased marketing by the government, enhanced recruitment initiatives by schools, and lower costs compared to US institutions. Globe and Mail

uToronto study examines why Canadian-trained nurses migrate to US

According to a new study from the University of Toronto, opportunities for ongoing education and full-time employment are key factors contributing to the migration of Canadian nurses, particularly baccalaureate-educated nurses, to the US. The study found that Canadian nurses working in the US were more likely to be employed full-time and hold graduate degrees than their counterparts in Canada. The study's lead author says the findings suggest "a serious depletion of nursing human capital is on the horizon." uToronto News

Ivey executive development program #1 in Canada

The University of Western Ontario's Richard Ivey School of Business placed first among Canadian business schools in the 2009 Financial Times Executive Education ratings. Ivey tied for 10th place globally with Madrid-based Instituto de Empresa Business School and INSEAD, a graduate institution with 2 full campuses in Europe and in Asia. Other Canadian schools among the top 45 listed in the rankings are Queen's University School of Business (31), the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management (32), and York University's Schulich School of Business (38). 2009 Financial Times Executive Education rankings

e-Learning network opens at Conestoga's Stratford campus

A new elearnnetwork distance education centre opened at Conestoga College's location in Stratford yesterday. Students at the centre will able to complete college and university courses without having to leave their community by using e-learning stations equipped with the latest audio and videoconferencing technology. This year the Ontario government is investing $2 million to open 12 new elearnnetwork centres and to support 5 existing centres in southern and eastern Ontario. Conestoga News Release | elearnnetwork

Loyalist College eyes government funding for science and technology centre

Loyalist College is hopeful that the federal and Ontario governments will each contribute $8.3 million to its Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre. The centre would comprise 60,000 square feet of new "green" learning space and the refurbishing of existing industrial training space. The facility would allow the college to accommodate an additional 250 students. Belleville Intelligencer

4 Canadian universities to host lectures on science behind Angels & Demons

Within the next week, York University, Carleton University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Victoria will each hold public lectures covering the science behind the recently released film Angels & Demons, whose storyline features an apparent plot to destroy the Vatican with a canister of antimatter stolen from CERN, an international particle physics research facility. The lectures are part of a series taking place across North America explaining the real science behind antimatter and particle physics research. York News Release | Carleton Physics Events | uVic Events Calendar | Angels & Demons Lecture Night -- The Science Revealed

Postscript: May 21, 2009
In addition to the 4 Canadian institutions we mentioned yesterday, the Universities of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Winnipeg are also participating in the continent-wide lecture series exploring the science behind the new film Angels & Demons. uAlberta and uSask have already held their respective events, while uManitoba and uWinnipeg are co-sponsoring a lecture taking place this Saturday. uAlberta ExpressNews | uSask News Release | uWinnipeg News Release

Stanford brings office hours to Facebook

In March, Stanford University launched its Open Office Hours experiment on Facebook. The Stanford Open Office Hours starts off with an introductory video from a faculty member on the university's Facebook page, inviting questions from participants to which the professor will answer on video in subsequent weeks. A Stanford official says the project is a natural evolution of the university's existing efforts to provide easy and wide access to its research and knowledge through media such as YouTube and iTunes U. Stanford News Service | The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | Stanford Facebook page

Apollo Group may acquire British for-profit education provider

The Apollo Group Inc, the parent company of the University of Phoenix and Fredericton-based Meritus University, is considering purchasing BPP, the UK's only for-profit education provider with degree-granting authority. British politicians and educators interviewed by the Times Higher Education note that the potential acquisition would mark a significant change in British higher education. One Newcastle University professor says the purchase would be a great step forward in establishing a competitive education market in the country. Times Higher Education