Top Ten

June 29, 2011

$21 million for new nursing, media studies facilities at UWO

Yesterday the Ontario government announced a $21-million investment in new media, nursing, and graduate study facilities at the University of Western Ontario. The building formerly occupied by the Richard Ivey School of Business is being renovated to accommodate students in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies, the School of Nursing, and the Institute for Advanced Study. It will also house graduate student offices and common space. The funding is part of the Ontario government's long-term infrastructure plan. Ontario News Release

Concordia community skeptical governance changes will be made

The Montreal Gazette reports that there was a lot of cynicism in the room Tuesday as Concordia University officials presented a new attitude and willingness to work with the institutional community to address problems outlined in a new report by the External Governance Review Committee. The crowd of students and staff invited to react to the committee's recommendations expressed skepticism that the necessary changes would be made. Interim president Frederick Lowy assured the crowd the recommendations and the comments would be taken very seriously by the board of governors, which has already adopted a motion supporting the report. Lowy expects many changes to be implemented as early as this fall. Montreal Gazette

Deploying excellent talent would boost Canada's innovation performance

Harnessing an excellent talent pool is the key to lifting the country into the top tier of innovation leaders, according to a new report from Canada's Science, Technology and Innovation Council. The country's talent pool is holding its own, the report states. Canadian youth continue to outperform most nations in reading, math, and science; Canada has had one of the highest growth rates in university graduates in science and engineering, especially at the PhD level; and Canadian universities rank well in lists of the world's top institutions. Canada's main challenges are to increase private sector investment in innovation and to improve its capacity to transfer knowledge into the marketplace. STIC News Release | Read the report

Study examines educational attainments, labour market outcomes of immigrant children in Ontario

According to new research commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, while most children of immigrants tend to have higher university education rates than children of Canadian-born parents, some, particularly visible minority men, have higher unemployment rates and lower earnings. The study observes that the most educated are children of immigrant Chinese, followed by East Asian and Indian. Children of Portuguese and Filipino immigrants have lower university education rates; however, when factoring in college and trades, they have higher attainment rates than children of Canadian-born parents. Compared to third generation, second-generation males have higher unemployment rates and lower earnings, including those whose parents came from Eastern Europe, India, Jamaica, Latin America, and East Asian nations other than China. Most second-generation women are not significantly different from third generation with regard to employment rates and earnings. Research Summary | Full Report

Ottawa to discontinue funding for International Academic Mobility initiative

Following an assessment of the International Academic Mobility (IAM) initiative, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has determined this initiative has achieved its key objective, stating that post-secondary schools "have integrated international mobility into the ongoing academic programs they offer on a sustainable basis." As such, the federal government will no longer fund the IAM initiative after March 31, 2015, but will honour all current funding agreements. HRSDC will continue to offer loans and grants to eligible students studying abroad. Letter from HRSDC

CCES task force recommends increasing drug testing of university football players

A Canadian Centre of Ethics in Sports task force recommends testing of university football players increase at least ten-fold in the wake of a doping scandal. Other recommendations include bigger penalties for doping that go beyond the athlete (for example, schools would lose the right to host major events for 2 years and forfeit scholarships) and any team whose player tests positive should pay to have their entire team tested. Meanwhile, a former linebacker accused in the steroids scandal that led to the suspension of the University of Waterloo's football team has been found not guilty of selling banned drugs. CCES News Release | Toronto Star | Read the task force report | Waterloo Region Record

George Brown College to expand learning space for gaming programs

Yesterday George Brown College announced it will increase its commitment to the digital media sector with its gaming development and design programs in a new learning environment in Toronto. The facility will feature an industry incubator to bring students together with video gaming and digital media startups in Toronto. Scheduled to open this September, the incubator will provide 10 offices for startups and small companies looking for a platform to grow their business. George Brown College News Release

Capilano receives $1-million donation for performing arts theatre

North Shore Credit Union has committed $1 million over 15 years to Capilano University’s performing arts theatre, to be named the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts starting this upcoming season. Both Capilano and North Shore Credit Union expect their partnership to contribute to the social, economic, and cultural livelihood of local communities. Capilano News Release

York U launches new mobile content

Yesterday York University debuted 5 new mobile websites offering content for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android smartphone users. York U Mobile offers users convenient and quick access to interactive maps of the institution's Keele and Glendon campuses, the current student portal, the University Libraries, the university's homepage, and the Passport York secure sign in. The new mobile offerings complement York U's existing portfolio that optimizes content from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Media Relations, Future Students, and York U international websites. Y-File

British universities required to publish info on employment, earning outcomes

A new education white paper in England will require universities to release statistics to prospective students on their chances of getting a job and what they will earn. The institutions will have to disclose detailed information about employment and earning outcomes, as well as publish the credentials of their most successful alumni. The data will also help students understand the job value of a degree at one university compared to another. The white paper is part of package of reforms toward creating more competition between institutions. For example, a quarter of all student spots will be open to full competition in 2012-13. Globe and Mail | Times Higher Education