Top Ten

October 6, 2009

$7 million for medical training at uMoncton

The New Brunswick government announced yesterday a $6.6-million grant to go towards the expansion of rooms used for medical training at the Université de Moncton. The university will receive $2.2 million a year for the next 3 years to expand the J.-Raymond-Frenette building. The program is offered in NB by the Université de Sherbrooke in conjunction with uMoncton. NB News Release

Canadian institutions lag behind in recruiting Chinese students

Despite direct flights between China and Canada, a large Chinese-Canadian community, and a reputation as a safe country for parents to send their children to study, Canada is falling behind other major nations when it comes to attracting students from China. In 2008, 42,000 Chinese students were studying in Canada. Australia, a country with 10 million fewer people than Canada, had 130,000 Chinese students in the 2007-08 academic year. Recruiters say part of the problem is that education is a provincial matter in Canada, leading to piecemeal efforts by individual schools and provincial departments to attract students. A more co-ordinated country-wide effort appears to be on the horizon, as the federal government is now considering a proposal to invest $20 million a year over 5 years in the promotion of Canadian education overseas. Globe and Mail

Vital Signs report highlights youth unemployment rate, Aboriginal education

According to Canada's Vital Signs 2009, the annual report card on quality of life from the Community Foundations of Canada, youth unemployment rose from 10.7% in January 2008 to 16.3% by this summer. Among students looking for work, 19.2% were unemployed this summer, and for those who secured jobs, the average number of work hours per week -- 23.4 -- was the lowest in over 30 years. The report states that the high school completion rate among Aboriginal students was 56.3% in 2006, compared to a rate of 76.9% among the non-Aboriginal population. The rate was even lower among Aboriginal Canadians on reserves (40.5%) and in Nunavut (39.3%). Community Foundations of Canada News Release | Vital Signs 2009

Record distance-learner enrolment at Red River College

Participation in Red River College's distance-education courses hit an all-time high with over 4,600 registrations in the 2008-09 academic year, marking a 15.3% increase from the year before. College officials are attributing the enrolment growth to increased awareness of distance-education options, enhanced use of online learning technologies, and an expanded line-up of courses. Red River College News Release

Grenfell enrolment down slightly

While the number of local students choosing to study at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College is on the rise, overall enrolment at the school has dropped slightly. There are about 30 fewer students this fall compared to last year, and enrolment has been declining since it peaked at 1,385 students in 2005. Grenfell's acting principal says the drop is due in part to the declining pool of high school students. As for why more local students are attending the college, the principal suggests it could be because of an expanded range of course offerings. Western Star

HEC Montréal only North American school in FT Masters of Management rankings

HEC Montréal has tied for 23rd place out of 50 schools listed in the annual Financial Times ranking of international Master in Management programs. This was the first time the institution participated in the ranking, and it is the only North American business school on the list. The ranking looks at many criteria, such as the increase in graduates' salary after receiving their degrees and the 3-month placement rate. HEC Montréal News Release | FT Ranking

SIAST opens student family housing complex

Construction on a 36-unit student family housing complex at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology's Woodland is complete. The complex features 34 single-family 2-bedroom townhouse style units and 2 wheelchair-accessible suites. SIAST is now fielding applications from qualified students seeking a unit at the complex. SIAST News Release

Nursing simulation lab opens at Lakehead

On Monday, Lakehead University's nursing school opened its new state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory. The lab features 2 high-fidelity, interactive mannequins that can be programmed to speak, breath, and display a number of physiological symptoms and responses. Students using the lab can record themselves and review the taped exercises to learn from their mistakes. Lakehead News Release

BBDO unveils top 10 marketing trends for 2010

According to BBDO and Proximity Canada's recently released top 10 trends for 2010, marketers will need to be faster, better, and cheaper next year. Marketers should provide consumers the facts and details, and favour functionality and information over glitzy packaging. The "buy local" movement will grow, so regional marketing strategies will be more crucial than ever for national brands. Online fame accounts for a lot, therefore products that boost digital reputations will have an edge over competitors. Consumers expect a near-instant answer, so marketers wanting to engage the consumer in conversation will need to ensure there is someone able to respond with immediacy. BBDO News Release | Marketing Magazine

uOttawa microsite celebrates history of women at university

The University of Ottawa has launched a microsite titled "Making History, Building Futures" that marks the 90th anniversary of the university becoming a co-educational institution. The portal features profiles of 16 female members of the university community -- current students, alumnae, faculty, administrators, and staff. The site also includes a timeline detailing the significant contributions of women trailblazers at uOttawa. Making History, Building Futures