Top Ten

June 20, 2011

Providence College receives university college designation

Last Thursday the Manitoba government passed a bill allowing Providence College to be renamed Providence University College. The name change allows the Otterburne-based Christian institution to extend its international reach. Meanwhile, the new Université de Saint-Boniface Act has received royal assent in the Manitoba legislature, meaning Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface will be renamed Université de Saint-Boniface as of September 2011. Providence News Release | CUSB News Release

Canada makes gains in worldwide competition for students

The AUCC-led mission to India last November is one of several signs that Canada is catching up in the global competition for foreign students, after years of lagging behind the US, Britain, Australia, Germany, and France, reports The Chronicle of Higher Education. This year the federal government announced it would spend $5 million a year over the next 5 years on its "Imagine Education au/in Canada" campaign as part of a commitment to work collaboratively with the provinces and territories, as well as with education organizations, on a comprehensive strategy to attract more international students. Some provinces are promoting themselves as education destinations and have joined forces on overseas missions. Officials from 5 provinces are scheduled to visit Britain this fall to woo British and other foreign students who, facing increasing fees or visa restrictions, might consider Canada as a viable alternative to their initial choices. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

$73 million for WLU Global Innovation Exchange

The Ontario government announced yesterday a $72.6-million investment in Wilfrid Laurier University's Global Innovation Exchange, based at the institution's Waterloo campus, as part of the province's upcoming long-term capital plan. The Global Innovation Exchange will be home to WLU's School of Business and Economics and the Department of Mathematics. The facility will foster collaboration with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and related industries in the Waterloo Region. Ontario News Release

Georgian College Centre for Health and Wellness receives $8 million

The Ontario government also announced yesterday an $8-million investment to help Georgian College complete the final phase of its Centre for Health and Wellness. Once complete, the centre will add more classroom space, along with new health clinics, research labs, and student life facilities to Georgian College. Ontario News Release

NOHFC invests $5 million in Laurentian architecture school

On Friday Laurentian University announced an additional $5-million contribution from the Ontario government, coming from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, toward the development of the institution's architecture school. With this investment, the total funding raised to date is $36 million. Laurentian has identified fall 2013 for the official opening of the architecture school. Laurentian News Release

uWaterloo Stratford receives approval for first program

Yesterday the University of Waterloo Stratford campus announced its Master of Digital Experience Innovation program has received final approval from the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies. The Master of Digital Experience Innovation is the first program to begin at the new Stratford campus. The one-year professional program will admit students in the coming weeks to begin classes in September. uWaterloo Stratford News Release

New uWindsor master's program targets international students

The University of Windsor is developing a new Master of Medical Biotechnology, whose current target group for recruitment is international students from India and China. The program follows up on the success of professional master's programs in management and automotive engineering designed primarily for foreign students, as uWindsor pursues its goal of being a national leader in recruiting overseas students. The university's international student population is "already quite healthy," says a uWindsor official. There are about 1,700 students at uWindsor on student visas, representing about 10% of the student body. uWindsor Daily News | Windsor Star

Royal Roads, Chinese university sign MOU

Royal Roads University and China's Jinan University have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the 2 institutions collaborate in new ways, starting with the exploration of delivering Royal Roads master's programs in Disaster and Emergency Management and Conflict Analysis Management. The MOU also enables the joint sharing of information and academic materials, collaboration on research, and faculty and post-graduate student exchanges. Royal Roads News Release

Telfer develops mobile site

The University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management has launched a mobile version of its website for smartphones. The mobile site will allow users to keep up to date on the latest news, upcoming events, access the Telfer professor and staff directory, and use Google Maps to map a route to the Desmarais Building. The mobile version also offers fingertip access to Telfer's social media channels. Telfer News | Telfer mobile site

Today's students report more confidence than past generations

New US research observes that a growing number of incoming first-year college students rated themselves as "above average" in several categories, compared to college freshmen surveyed in the 1960s. With regard to social self-confidence, nearly half of first-year students questioned in 2009 said they were above average, while fewer than a third reported so in 1966, the first year the survey was given. 60% of students surveyed in 2009 rated their intellectual self-confidence as above average, compared to 39% in 1966. The study's authors argue that intellectual confidence may have been boosted by grade inflation, noting that in 1966, just 19% of college students surveyed earned an "A" or "A-minus" average in high school, compared to 48% in 2009. Associated Press