Top Ten

July 2, 2009

NAIT Fairview campus merges with GPRC

On Wednesday, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology's Fairview Campus officially became the new branch campus of Grande Prairie Regional College, and is now known as the GPRC Fairview College campus. A 6-month study involving internal and external stakeholders is underway to determine the appropriate "program mix" for both the Grande Prairie and Fairview campuses. Merger celebrations are planned for Saturday. Fairview Post

Trent Oshawa campus approved

On Monday, Oshawa city council unanimously approved Trent University's proposal to build a $22-million satellite campus on a portion of a former auditorium site and a former elementary school site. The council also voted to offer the university a 75-year option to lease the auditorium lands at a cost of $1 a year. Renovations are expected to start by September. Durham Region News

$4 million for Red River College capital projects

Yesterday the federal and Manitoba governments announced $4.25 million in funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program for 4 projects at Red River College's Notre Dame Campus. The funds will support the construction of a new energy centre/power engineering building, greenhouse, and landscape construction shop. The campus also plans to renovate Building M to allow for the expansion of its automotive program. Manitoba News Release | CBC

uWaterloo receives government funding for sports field expansion

The federal and Ontario governments announced Tuesday over $1.2 million in joint funding for the University of Waterloo to further develop Warrior Field. The expansion project includes a synthetic turf playing field and a 1,400-seat grandstand. The development is expected to be completed over the next year. uWaterloo News Release

Applications to Georgian College up 14%

Georgian College is reporting a 14% increase in overall applications over last year. Its Owen Sound campus has received more than 1,000 applications, an increase of 26%. Applications to Georgian's University Partnership Centre have jumped over 11% from 2008. The number of total confirmed first-year students for the college's 7 campuses sits at 4,975. Barrie Examiner

Canada Day convocation celebrates Nunavut's first masters graduates

At a convocation ceremony in Iqaluit on Canada Day, 21 Inuit women graduated with a masters of education from the University of Prince Edward Island, becoming the first students to earn a graduate degree in the territory. In a partnership between uPEI, Arctic College, Nunavut's Department of Education, and St. Francis Xavier University, the students in the MEd in Leadership in Learning program were not required to leave the Arctic for their education. The program, which began in 2006, offered a mix of face-to-face and online courses, and was taught in both English and Inuktitut. The program will be re-offered in Nunavut next year. The graduation comes as many are pushing for a university in the Arctic. uPEI News Release | AUCC News Release | Globe and Mail | Toronto Star

uToronto launches bridging program for foreign-trained lawyers

With a $4-million investment from the Ontario government, the University of Toronto's law faculty has launched Canada's first bridging program aimed at foreign-trained lawyers seeking accreditation to practice law in Ontario. The Internationally Trained Lawyer Program will serve as many as 100 lawyers annually, and offer services such as an information centre, academic training, language referrals, workplace experience, career services, and employment counselling. uToronto News | Toronto Star

uAlberta to accept grade 12 computer science as admission subject

In a bid to attract more students into its computing science department, the University of Alberta will allow grade 12 students to select their high school computer science class as one of 3 science courses required for admission into the university's bachelor of science program. The new rules come into effect for the 2010-11 school year. To accommodate the change, the Alberta government is introducing a revised high school computer science curriculum this fall. uAlberta Department of Computing Science News Release | Edmonton Journal

McMaster opens family health centre in St. Catharines

On Monday, McMaster University and the City of St. Catharines celebrated the opening of the McMaster Niagara Family Health Centre, a clinical teaching facility to educate future physicians. The centre welcomed its first family medicine resident on July 1, and a student from the university's physician assistance training program will take part in a 3-month core rotation in family medicine at the clinic in August. The centre is expected to someday treat up to 6,000 patients. McMaster Daily News

Concordia offers sneak peek of new JMSB building

Concordia University's internal and web communications department has produced a video tour of the new John Molson School of Business building, set to open this September. The video takes viewers through the building's atrium, offices, student lounges, conferences rooms, "floating" multipurpose room, 2 basements, and 300-seat auditorium. The "sneak peek" of the 15-storey facility, known as the MB Building, includes a series of photos from the tour with added description. During the construction of the building, which began in December 2006, Concordia set up a time-lapse webcam to document the project's process. Concordia News