Top Ten

May 26, 2010

BVC reopens renovated north campus

Yesterday Calgary's Bow Valley College celebrated the official reopening of its north campus, the first phase of a $271-million redevelopment project to be completed by 2013. The north campus renovation, which started in September 2006, features 75,000 square feet of new space along with the preservation of the original building that was completed in 1972. The second phase of the college's redevelopment includes construction of the south campus, slated for completion in January 2013. After that, up to $14 million will be spent on retrofits on the north campus, including upgrades to the cafeteria, student services centre, and loading docks. When complete, both campuses will allow the college to double its enrolment to 20,000 by 2020. Calgary Herald

$2-million shortfall at uWindsor

On Tuesday, the University of Windsor's board of governors approved a $212-million budget for 2010-11. The university will carry a $1.9-million shortfall into future spending estimates as it continues its 3-year effort to balance the books by 2012. uWindsor's president told the board that had the institution not embarked on its 3-year budgetary realignment initiative last year, the university would have seen its expenditures outstrip its revenue by $27.5 million. The president noted that an important component of keeping the school on course will be accomplished by adhering to the strategic plan, which the board also passed Tuesday. Windsor Star

Capilano film and animation centre receives $6-million donation

Capilano University announced yesterday a $6-million gift from Nat and Flora Bosa in support of the institution's new Centre for Film and Animation, scheduled to open in 2011. The contribution -- the largest private donation in Capilano's 42-year history -- will enable the university to fully equip Phase 1 of the centre and begin Phase 2, which is the dedicated animation wing. Capilano News Release

CED invests in UQAR marine sciences institute

Last week, Canada Economic Development announced a $3.6-million non-repayable contribution to the Université du Québec à Rimouski and its marine sciences institute to acquire specialized equipment to help boost their research capabilities and strengthen their leadership role within the fields of marine science and technology, marine geology, environmental chemistry, wind energy, signal processing, and telecommunications. The funding has been awarded through CED's Business and Regional Growth program, designed to foster the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises through innovation and the adoption of advanced technology. CED News Release

Donation to McMaster library funds research material digitization

McMaster University's library has received a $2.5-million donation from the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Foundation to digitize its research collections and make them accessible to a broad audience through the Internet. The gift, the largest private donation in the library's history, will be used to establish the Lewis and Ruth Foundation Digitization and Preservation Centre in the first floor of Mills Memorial Library. The donation will help fund the renovation of space and the acquisition of leading-edge technologies. McMaster Daily News | Hamilton Spectator

Healthcare simulation centre opens at Michener

On Tuesday, Toronto-based Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences held a grand opening ceremony for the CAE/Michener Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education, one of the first in North America to specialize in providing interprofessional, simulation-based education for integrated healthcare teams. The 20,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art simulation studios and objective structured clinical examination suites that can support a variety of team-based healthcare simulation scenarios, including pandemic planning, operating room, and emergency room situations in both physical and virtual spaces. Michener News Release

CFHSS responds to CERC announcements

In a letter to Industry Minister Tony Clement, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences states that while it is pleased to note the distribution of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs, it would be remiss if it did not convey concerns about the chairs: the absence of social scientists and humanists and of women among the recipients. The CFHSS endorses the recommendation from the Ad Hoc Panel on CERC Gender Issues that consideration should be given to having an "open" category for projects outside the competition's identified priority areas. The federation also supports the panel's recommendations to "require universities to report on their proactive outreach to potential female candidates" and to create 2 programs evaluation "streams" within the competition process: one for rising stars, the other for established leaders. Read the letter

How Dal's med school can build on its strengths

In a column published in yesterday's Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Dr. Stan Kutcher, a professor of medicine at Dalhousie University, writes that the recent discussions about funding for Dal's medical school highlights only one of the many essential roles this institution should be playing: training doctors. Kutcher states that medical school funding must consider and support other essential functions as well. He lists 3 directions that a properly supported medical school at Dal should address, with each building on the school's strengths and demonstrating how it can better meet the needs of citizens: increase the number of med school seats and residency training positions by applying innovative funding options; encourage and support investment in the school's ability to discover and commercialize; and enhance the international reach of the school. Halifax Chronicle-Herald

How the global recession has affected European higher ed

A new report from the European University Association concludes that the global financial crisis has had profound implications for PSE systems across the continent. The majority of European universities rely on public funding for the bulk of their income, and government spending cuts are taking a heavy toll in many nations. In Latvia, for example, an initial 48% cut in higher-education spending at the beginning of last year was followed by 18% in additional cuts this year. The impact of budget cuts on university systems varies from country from country. Teaching has been more affected in the UK, Hungary, Estonia, and the Dutch-speaking community of Belgium, while research funding has been more affected in Poland and Austria. EUA News | The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | Read the report overview

Donations to UK universities increase despite downturn

UK universities secured over £0.5 billion in charitable donations in the 2008-09 academic year, according to this year's Ross-CASE survey. Over 163,000 people and organizations made gifts in support of higher education in 2008-09, representing an increase of 18,000 individuals, or 12%, over 2007-08 and a 24% increase over 2006-07. The number of cash gifts worth £500,000 or more rose from 119 in 2006-07 to 165 in 2008-09, with 22 universities receiving a cash gift of £1 million or more, and 4 institutions receiving single gifts of more than £4 million. Despite the downturn, 51% of responding universities reported an increase in new funds secured. CASE News Release