Top Ten

November 10, 2009

Canada India Foundation, uWaterloo sign $10-million endowment MOU

The University of Waterloo and the Canada India Foundation announced Monday a joint initiative for the advancement of Canada's research capacity in studying the politics, economy, and social condition of contemporary India and bi-lateral relationship of both nations through a proposed establishment of a $10-million endowment. CIF will pledge up to $2 million to launch the India initiative under the CIF banner, with donations to be raised from government and other private sources. The money will fund endowed CIF Chairs for uWaterloo faculty members, Visiting Chairs for India scholars, CIF Fellows, graduate student fellowships, public lectures, and conferences. uWaterloo News Release

York establishes MBA program in India

York University's Schulich School of Business has launched the Schulich MBA in India, making it the first MBA program to be delivered in that country by an international business school from outside India. The inaugural class of the Schulich MBA in India will begin on January 4, with the first year to be delivered at the S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research in Mumbai. The second year will be taught at Schulich, whose faculty will deliver the majority of the courses in Mumbai and all courses in Toronto. Y-File

Mexican drug wars impact exchange program for uAlberta students

An exchange program between the Universities of Guadalajara and Alberta is at risk because Edmonton students are hesitant to study in Mexico due to the ongoing drug wars in parts of the nation, say some Mexican students. A U of Guadalajara spokeswoman says the school will not be able to send more students to Edmonton unless uAlberta students attend the Mexican university on exchange. There is a misconception that all of Mexico is dangerous, says one U of Guadalajara student, who notes the Mexican city is a safe place to study. One exchange student says one solution would be to promote the agreement to allow uAlberta students to know more about Guadalajara and its university. Edmonton Journal

$7 million for Selkirk College residence renovations

Through successful applications to the Western Economic Diversification's Community Adjustment Fund and the Columbia Basin Trust's Community Development Program, BC-based Selkirk College has received over $7 million for renovations of the student residence buildings at its Tenth Street campus in Nelson. First opened in the 1960s, the residences have been out of use since spring 2003. When the upgrades are complete, the residences are expected to house more than 100 students in 2- and 3-bedroom apartment-style suites, with in-suite kitchenette and bathroom facilities. Nelson Star

Ottawa, NL invest in CNA trades facility

On Monday, the federal and Newfoundland and Labrador governments announced a joint investment of $4.1 million towards the development of a $5.5-million industrial and construction trades facility at College of the North Atlantic's Grand Falls-Windsor campus. With the investment, CNA will construct and equip a new 12,600-square-foot facility featuring 2 different multi-function shops, one focusing on industrial trades, the other on the construction trades. Construction on the facility is expected to begin early next spring. NL News Release

UOIT to take over local theatre

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology announced Monday it will assume ownership and operation of the historic Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa, while Regent Square Property Corp will construct a new 30,000-square-foot, 5-storey building on the undeveloped property immediately north of the theatre and lease it to UOIT for classroom, lab, office, and other learning areas. Set to open in September 2010, the new facility is part of a comprehensive plan to move UOIT's Faculty of Criminology, Justice, and Policy Studies to downtown Oshawa. UOIT News Release

SIAST opens new paramedic, trades training facility at Kelsey campus

The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology's Kelsey campus held a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday for its new Ontario Ave Centre, which provides expanded space for trades and paramedic programs. Formerly the Sask Power maintenance repair depot, the 37,000-square-foot facility includes a state-of-the-art exhaust system in the welding shop, a simulation area for electrician training, and scenario rooms and an ambulance bay for students training as paramedics. SIAST News Release

uCalgary names interim president

On Monday, the University of Calgary's board of governors approved the appointment of former dean and longtime faculty member Warren Veale as the interim president of the university. One of the founding faculty members of uCalgary's faculty of medicine, Veale has served as the associate dean of that faculty, as well as dean of the faculties of kinesiology and graduate studies. He has more recently provided interim leadership of the university's Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy. Veale will assume the role of president on January 1, and his appointment will continue until a new president is named. uCalgary News | Calgary Herald

Mohawk College seeks municipal support to move Brantford campus downtown

Mohawk College president Rob MacIsaac spoke to a Brantford city committee this week about the school's vision to establish a new faculty of community and urban studies in the city core and boost its student population to 4,000 by 2013. The college is seeking funding from all levels of government for a proposed $10-million project to relocate the Brantford campus downtown. The college wants to establish a "destination site" in Brantford, as it has at the Hamilton campus with a cluster of applied science programs, and at the Stoney Creek campus with its skilled trades programs. Brantford Expositor

High-tech equipment stolen from southern Ontario institutions

Police believe a sophisticated thief or gang is targeting post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario to steal expensive video-conferencing equipment from lecture halls. McMaster University is the latest school to lose several thousand dollars worth of cameras used to beam lecture video to students off campus. On September 25, a man walked into a classroom at McMaster's Michael DeGroote Centre for Learning and unhooked 2 ceiling-mounted cameras. Police say the University of Guelph and Conestoga College have recently been hit by similar thefts of video-conferencing equipment. Hamilton Spectator