Top Ten

May 14, 2010

uManitoba withdraws 216% graduate studies fee hike proposal

Manitoba's Council on Post-Secondary Education confirmed last Thursday that the University of Manitoba has withdrawn its proposal to increase graduate student fees by 216%. Student organizations have been calling on the province to reject proposals that would see students in several faculties at uManitoba pay more tuition fees this fall. The Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students is calling on the university to withdraw all tuition increase proposals. CFS News Release

uAlberta, uCalgary accept fewer med students due to budget cuts

The Universities of Alberta and Calgary will admit fewer medical students this fall, although the enrolment at both institutions is higher than projected last month, when the universities talked about cutting between 40 and 50 seats due to a provincial funding freeze for post-secondary schools. uAlberta is accepting 167 students, down from 188 last September, while uCalgary is admitting 170 students, down from 180 last fall. uCalgary's dean of medicine says it looks like the school will get additional funding from the province, while the vice-dean of uAlberta's faculty of medicine and dentistry says the government increased funding by "a little bit" since the 2010-11 budget was tabled. Institutions are still waiting for their grant letters with the final budget numbers. Calgary Herald | Edmonton Journal

NS government, Dal reach agreement on med school funding

After Dalhousie University's medical school raised concerns about a $2.5-million reduction in the 2010-11 budget, the school and the Nova Scotia government reached a resolution on funding for the school. Dal will receive $1.4 million, reflecting the amount originally budgeted for post-graduate medical seats. The remaining $1.1 million will be subject to a joint review involving the medical school and the province's health and education departments. The joint committee will explore all sources of funding, as well as the appropriate amount to cover the cost of medical seat. The committee's work will be supported by an external auditor, with a report expected this summer. NS News Release

Record number of international students coming to Canada

According to preliminary data released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada last week, 85,131 foreign students came to Canada in 2009. The number of international students who came to Canada grew by 7% last year, resulting in the highest numbers of foreign students ever admitted to the country. Ontario had the most international students, with 30,497 entering the province, followed by BC, which had 26,543 foreign students. CIC News Release

China approves partnership between Northern College, Yangzhou College

The Chinese government has approved a joint venture partnership between Northern College and the Yangzhou College of Environment and Resources. Under the agreement, Northern will license curriculum of 3 of its programs for instruction at its partner college in China. Chinese students will be registered as students of Northern and pay tuition fees to the Ontario college. In the final year of study, Chinese students can either attend of one Northern's campuses or remain in China to complete graduation requirements. At graduation, students will receive a Northern College diploma. China has approved up to 40 students to participate in Northern's Environmental Technician Water and Wastewater Systems Operations program starting this fall. Northern College News Release

Lethbridge College applications up 11%

Applications to Lethbridge College are up almost 11% for the 2010-11 school year compared to this time last year. Since last year, the institution has seen more than twice the applicants in its School of Trades & Apprenticeships, nearly a 30% increase in Environmental Science, and an increase of over 20% in Health Sciences and Justice Studies. Lethbridge College News

UBC opens Beaty Biodiversity Centre

Last Thursday, the University of British Columbia officially opened the Beaty Biodiversity Centre, the new home to some of the world's top biodiversity researchers and Canada's largest blue whale skeleton exhibit. The 11,500-square-metre, 4-storey facility is designed to facilitate collaboration among researchers from different disciplines. The building's sustainability features include a green roof and a water channel that supports aquatic plants and insects while helping reduce storm water surges. The $50-million project is made possible with support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the BC government, an $8-million gift from UBC alumni Ross and Trisha Beaty, and a $3-million gift from the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation. UBC News Release

Long-term care home to be built on Sault College property

Sault College announced Friday a new partnership with Extendicare, who will build a 256-bed state-of-the-art long-term care home on 6 acres of the college's property. Sault College students in programs such as personal support worker, nursing, physical therapy assistant, fitness and health promotion, and culinary and hospitality will be able to gain first-hand training at the home in the areas of nursing, dietary management, and facilities management. Construction of the home is planned to begin next spring. Sault College News Release

Renovations to UNB MacLaggan Hall Theatre complete

Last Thursday, New Brunswick's PSE minister unveiled the $1.5 million in completed renovations at the MacLaggan Hall Theatre at the University of New Brunswick. The renovations included replacement of the ventilation, lighting, electrical, and telecommunications systems; upgrade to a new multimedia classroom and new fixed seating; inclusion space to facilitate access for persons with disabilities; and installation of assisted-listening audio devices. NB News Release

uToronto bookstore launches textbook rental pilot project

The University of Toronto Bookstore is piloting a textbook rental program this summer semester in an effort to help students save money. The rental books will be ordered online and picked up in the store, saving shipping costs and avoiding delays. For the pilot, the titles will rent for about 40% off the new purchase price and the textbooks will be brand new. The pilot launched with 5 titles this month across uToronto's 3 campuses. uToronto Bookstore News Release