Top Ten

October 1, 2009

RIM, NSERC award Queen's $5 million for software engineering chair

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada have made a $5-million investment in a new Industrial Research Chair in Software Engineering of Ultra Large Scale Systems at Queen's University. The chairholder and his team will work with RIM, along with industry and academic partners, to investigate software engineering techniques for extremely large data systems. Queen's News Release | Kingston Whig-Standard

$52 million in PSE intellectual property income

In 2007, Canadian universities and affiliated hospitals reported over $52 million as income from intellectual property, down 12% from 2006, according to Statistics Canada data released yesterday. Researchers disclosed 1,357 new inventions to national universities and teaching hospitals, a number virtually unchanged from 2006. 1,634 patent applications were filed with educational institutions in 2007, up 13% from the year before. Statistics Canada | Read the report

UBC has $10-billion impact on provincial economy, study finds

According to a new report from the University of British Columbia, the institution had a $10-billion impact on the BC economy in 2008-09. The study found that half of the university's contributions to the provincial economy come from direct spending such as salaries and construction ($1.9 billion), visitor and student spending ($618 million), and a global UBC-educated workforce ($2.6 billion). The other half of UBC's economic contributions results from the impacts of new knowledge and innovations generated by university research, faculty recruiting, new technologies, spin-off benefits, professional development, and life-saving medical and pharmaceutical advances. UBC News Release | Read the full report

Proposed changes to uToronto transition program draw criticism

Students and community activists are taking the University of Toronto to task over proposed changes to its Transitional Year Program, which helps students without formal academic requirements make the leap to university. uToronto is considering merging the program's student and academic resources with those of its Academic Bridging Program, designed for part-time students. Critics say rolling the program into another department will weaken it or even terminate it outright. A uToronto administrator says that given the tough financial shape the school is in, the merger would "optimize the use of resources." This Magazine

WLU unveils master plan for Brantford campus

According to a new master plan for Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus, projections foresee a jump in enrolment from 2,350 students to 8,000 within 8 years, and to 15,000 students by 2023. Goals outlined in the master plan include creating an integrated urban campus, planning for a transit-oriented campus, and creating a distinct campus identity. The plan recommends encouraging alternative forms of transportation for students, faculty, and staff through ride-sharing initiatives and all-season bicycle parking. Brantford Expositor

uAlberta alumnus funds new law centre

University of Alberta law alumnus Frank MacInnis, chair and CEO of Emcor Group, has donated $2.5 million to the university's law faculty for an addition to the building. Named the Frank and Beverley MacInnis Centre in honour of the gift, the centre features 2 smart classrooms, a computer lab, seminar rooms, and a student research area. uAlberta ExpressNews

UOIT considers off-campus student code of conduct

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology plans to strike a committee to review the institution's current code of conduct and consider extending those responsibilities to off-campus behaviour. The move comes as Oshawa city councillors and frustrated residents in neighbourhoods near campus push for ways to control vandalism, parking problems, noisy parties, and littering. UOIT's student union will not support an off-campus code of conduct, noting that there are already laws in place to address undesirable behaviour by students and anyone else. "Students don't need to be double policed." Durham Region News

Enrolment boom at Keyano College

Keyano College, based in Fort McMurray Alberta, reports a 20% increase in enrolment this year. The college has 1,631 full- and part-time students registered this fall, up from 1,335 last year. Programs that have experienced the highest rise in enrolment include environment technology, university studies in science, business administration, and nursing. Another jump in enrolment is expected once the Oil Sands Trades & Technology Centre opens at Keyano's Clearwater campus in 2012. Fort McMurray Today

Mohawk College launches new website

We've recently noticed that Mohawk College has a redesigned website. At the centre of the homepage is a series of colourful silhouettes representing a variety of students, such as first-generation students, Aboriginal students, and international students. The homepage includes links to MoTube, a collection of videos on several academic programs, as well as to student blogs and the college's Facebook page. Mohawk College website

What do Canadian and American young adults like?

According to a new Ipsos Reid study, Canadians ages 18 to 34 like hockey, Facebook, and playing the lottery, while their American counterparts like football, MySpace, and text messaging. Canadians surveyed reported spending 5 hours a day watching TV and 27 hours a week surfing the Internet, while Americans reported an additional hour for each activity. Ipsos Reid News Release | Marketing Magazine