Top Ten

October 13, 2009

Academica Group forms alliance with SEM Works

Academica Group has signed a formal strategic alliance with SEM Works, a North American leader in Strategic Enrolment Marketing (SEM) based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Through this partnership, our Canadian university and college clients will benefit from a full spectrum of recruitment, admissions, retention, and enrolment management consulting services. Internationally, Academica Group will now serve as the exclusive market research provider to SEM Works clients in the US and abroad. Read our news release 

Bomb threat forces closure of Centennial campus

Students and staff at Centennial College's Centre for Creative Communications in East York evacuated the campus yesterday morning due to a bomb threat. The campus was closed for the remainder of the day. Normal operations at the centre are expected to resume today. Centennial News Release

Record foreign student enrolment at Canadian institutions

According to an informal survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education, many Canadian universities and colleges expect to see their international enrolments increase this fall. For example, the Universities of Alberta and Prince Edward Island report a 45% and 32% hike in their foreign student population, respectively, and Centennial College has seen international student enrolment rise by 40%. Institutions experiencing record international enrolment attribute it to aggressive recruitment strategies, strong student-support services at home, and relationship-building overseas. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

$78 million for Ontario's Second Career program

The Ontario government announced yesterday an additional $78-million investment in its Second Career program, designed to help laid-off workers upgrade their skills and return to the workforce. The new funding is to help keep up with demand for the program. Launched in June 2008, Second Career's 3-year goal of helping 20,000 laid-off workers has been surpassed after just 16 months. Ontario News Release

$15 million for CBU environmental research centre

Last Friday, the federal and Nova Scotia governments announced $15 million to support the construction of the Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University. The facility will host the work of 4 research leaders in the areas of cleaner coal energy, mine-water cleanup, environmental remediation, and green-energy technology. The centre is the subject of a $20-million fundraising campaign CBU launched in June 2008. NS News Release | CBU News Release | Halifax Chronicle-Herald

Niagara College breaks ground for applied health institute

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was at Niagara College's Welland campus last Friday to participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the college's $40-million Applied Health Institute, which will accommodate up to 1,000 new applied health care students each year. In addition to housing practical nursing, support worker, and dental programs, the facility will also accommodate the community dental clinic. Office of the PM News Release | Niagara Falls Review

NB unveils design plans for NBCC campus in Fredericton

Last Friday, the New Brunswick government showed off the architectural designs for the new Fredericton campus of the New Brunswick Community College. The $15-million facility, to be located at the University of New Brunswick, will deliver programs in health, business administration, engineering technology, social services, and information technology. NB News Release | Daily Gleaner

Boréal launches new Mon Choix Smart campaign

When Collège Boréal announced the winner of a new Smart Car convertible last Friday, the school also launched its 2010-11 marketing campaign, which follows up on the 2009-10 "Mon Choix Smart" campaign. At the heart of the new campaign is an eco-educational experience in Costa Rica focusing on the preservation of a rich, yet fragile ecosystem. Like in the previous campaign, the Mon Choix Smart website encourages visitors to submit their "green" ideas. Boréal News Release | Mon Choix Smart (in French)

BC legislation gives universities authority to issue parking fines

Last week, the BC legislature introduced legislation that would allow provincial universities to keep millions of dollars in parking fines the BC Supreme Court has ruled were illegally collected. Universities in the province resumed issuing fines this summer after the University of British Columbia appealed the court's decision. BC's advanced education minister says the legislation is "a repair of the gap," as the government had intended universities to have the authority to issue parking tickets. Under the legislation, previously issued fines would still be valid, so universities would not have to provide refunds to the victors of a class-action lawsuit against UBC. UBC News Release | Vancouver Sun