Top Ten

June 22, 2009

$12 million for research transfer activities at 5 institutions

Last Thursday, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada announced $11.5 million in funding from the College and Community Innovation Program for projects at La Cité collégiale, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Mohawk College, Sheridan College, and Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon. Launched in 2007, the CCI Program supports colleges and CEGEPs to foster research transfer activities in their communities through partnerships with local companies, especially small and medium-sized firms. NSERC News Release

WLU cuts funding for 8 varsity teams

As outlined in its latest budget, Wilfrid Laurier University has eliminated funding for 8 sports teams, which may lead to some of those teams being terminated altogether. While WLU's lesser-known sports are bearing the brunt of cuts made in the athletics department, the university's high-profile football team is also taking a hit with a $25,000 reduction in its annual operating budget. Several institutions in Canada have made wide-ranging cuts to their varsity teams this year due to the recession. The University of Windsor, for example, announced in March that it was cutting 6 of its sports teams. Waterloo Region Record

McMaster turns down $2-million land donation

McMaster University has declined a $2-million gift of downtown Hamilton land on which to build its family health centre. University officials told the Toronto-based developer who offered McMaster nearly 40,000 square feet of open land that they were more interested in considering other properties where there is potential to expand. McMaster's original plan was to acquire the local school board's downtown headquarters for the project, but that plan has now fallen through. One of the sites being considered is McMaster Innovation Park, where the combination of health-related projects would likely boost the university's chances of receiving government infrastructure funding. Hamilton Spectator

ICE to set up India liaison offices for Canadian institutions

The International Centre for Education Inc (ICE) is in the process of establishing representative offices in New Delhi (in the city’s World Trade Centre) and Mumbai (location to be announced) to bring Canadian colleges and universities a step closer to the international students they would like to recruit. The offices, which will accommodate up to 5 institutions each, will cost $1000 per month, including administrative assistance, with no agent fees, commissions, or membership dues. The initiative gives Canadian schools the opportunity to establish and build their brand in India’s burgeoning student market. The offices will be available starting this September. For more information, please contact info@ICEunlimited.com with the subject line “Rep. office in India”. In September, ICE will host “Canada-China-India: Synergy in Education,” which you can learn more about here.

MUN Class of 2006 satisfied with education, find relevant employment

According to new data from the Newfoundland and Labrador government, nearly 95% of undergraduate students and over 92% of masters students who graduated from Memorial University in 2006 reported satisfaction with their investment of time and money in their education at the university. Almost 91% of masters graduates and more than 81% of undergraduates found employment relevant to their field of study. Fewer MUN students are relying on student aid, the survey found. 14% of masters students and 47% of undergraduates had student loans in 2006, compared to over 19% and nearly 60%, respectively, in 2002. MUN News Release | Read the full report

RDC opens 4 new centres

Red Deer College held an opening ceremony last Thursday for 4 new facilities -- the Centres for Trades & Technology, Innovation in Manufacturing, Corporate Training, and Visual Art. The centres are strategically located together to encourage collaboration and innovation. The Alberta government committed $59 million to this project, which is the subject of the college's $35-million "Building Communities Through Learning" fundraising campaign. RDC News Release

uSask College Building recognized as historical site

Last Friday, representatives from the federal government were present at the University of Saskatchewan to unveil a plaque commissioned by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada that commemorates the national historical significance of the university's College Building. The Gothic-style facility was built between 1910 and 1912 as one of the first structures at uSask. The building was closed to the public in 1997 due to structural problems, and re-opened in 2005 after an extensive restoration process. The College Building currently houses administrative offices, university collections, student services, and Convocation Hall. Parks Canada News Release | Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Holland College introduces College Foundation program

Holland College has launched a College Foundation certificate program designed for students who do not meet the entrance criteria or are unsure about their career choice and therefore cannot gain the required experience. Following successful completion of the program, students will be better prepared to enter a 2-year diploma program. In an addition to 8 core courses, students can choose 2 elective courses from a number of fields of study, and the electives may be chosen from academic upgrading, university, or other Holland College programs. Holland College News Release

Nearly half of Canadians find national education system inadequate

According to a recent Harris-Decima poll, almost 50% of Canadians believe that the country's education system does not adequately prepare young people for work in the modern economy. 52% of Albertans find the system inadequate. 37% of respondents say high school does "very well" or "well" at preparing young people for the job market, while 62% believe graduate schools are doing well at providing young Canadians with the skills and abilities they need. Canadian Press

56% of Canadian Internet users are on social networks

56% of all online Canadians have a social network profile, up from 39% 18 months ago, according to a new Ipsos Reid survey. 85% of those with profiles have one on Facebook. 86% of Canadian Internet users between the ages of 18 to 34 have a profile, compared to 60% of those aged 35 to 54 and 44% of individuals aged 55 and older. The poll found that Canadians spend over a third of their Internet time each week on social networking sites. Ipsos Reid News Release | Marketing Magazine