Top Ten

August 13, 2012

MUN raises nearly $63 million in "Dare To" campaign

Memorial University announced Sunday that it has raised over $62.8 million to date in its "Dare To" campaign, exceeding the initial $50-million goal. The response to the campaign will enable MUN to create scholarships, bursaries, and awards now and in the future. In addition to support for students, the campaign has allowed the university to establish 8 new research chairs and 2 new postdoctoral fellowships, as well as garner significant funding for research in a variety of key areas. The campaign is part of an overall redevelopment initiative at MUN totalling more than $250 million. Campaign activity will continue into the fall, with a final update to be announced at that time. MUN News

Quebec Liberals propose Plan Nord University Network

Quebec Liberal Leader Jean Charest announced Friday that his party is committed to developing a program of distance learning through the creation of a Plan Nord University Network. If re-elected, the party would establish a fund, totalling $50 million over 5 years, to support the development of distance learning courses that will respond more adequately to the labour market in each region of Quebec. The Liberals would also invest $15 million over 5 years to establish the Plan Nord University Network, which would link Quebec universities so that northern residents can have access to quality university education and faculties in the south can deliver courses that take into account the particular characteristics of the north. Quebec Liberal Party News

Polytechnics Canada outlines priorities for 2013 federal budget

In its pre-budget submission, Polytechnics Canada concentrates its policy recommendations in 2 areas relevant to Canadian productivity: the innovation needs of Canadian firms and the talent needs of the country. The organization proposes several measures to boost the number of apprentices in Red Seal trades, including making the current Apprenticeship Incentive and Completion Grants tax-free. Polytechnics Canada states that through re-allocating funds to industrial applied research, the federal government can help more businesses overcome the "death valley" of commercialization and become competitive. Specific actions include increasing funds for the College Community Innovation Program to $50 million per year to address unmet demand from companies for innovation solutions and expanding the eligibility of NSERC's Industrial Undergraduate Student Research Awards program to include college undergraduate students. Pre-Budget Submission

Regent College to build new mixed-use facility

UBC affiliate Regent College is planning to build a 6-storey facility on its current parking lot. The new building would be used for student housing, classrooms, auditoriums, and retail space. Although the housing and classrooms would be exclusive to Regent students, some of the educational spaces, such as the proposed 500-seat auditorium, may be rented out. The project is in its early stages and awaits University Endowment Lands approval. A Regent official says it would be at least 3 years before the project is completed. The Ubyssey (student newspaper)

Molson dean aims to build on school's strengths

The new dean of Concordia University's John Molson School of Business, Steve Harvey wants to build on the school's existing strengths to make it "one of the world's leading business schools." In his view, Molson "is already well-positioned and to take it up the extra notch was a challenge I could not pass up." Harvey says "staff, faculty and students will be intricately involved in generating the strategy and proposing methods in which it will operate." Strengthening Molson's international profile fits with Concordia's overall ambition to be a "first choice" for students and faculty across Canada and around the world. Harvey sees Molson's location in the heart of Montreal as a strong asset in recruiting top students and faculty. Globe and Mail

Centennial's HYPE program brings high-need youth back to college track

Centennial College's HYPE (Helping Youth Pursue Education) program is a summer course that gives young people, often dropouts, from high-need Toronto neighbourhoods a 6-week taste of college. More than a third of HYPE participants have enrolled at the college this fall. The program was launched in 2004 with funding from Ontario's Youth Challenge Fund, but when that funding dried up 3 years ago, Centennial took it over and now covers the $160,000 annual bill itself. "It's part of a whole outreach office we have set up to connect with the community, especially women and aboriginals and people who have lost track of their educational path," says the manager of Centennial's outreach office. Toronto Star

TRU Facebook contest showcases student life

Thompson Rivers University is running a Facebook contest to promote 4 new point-of-view videos that highlight student life in Kamloops, BC. In December, 13 TRU students were given digital video cameras for 2 weeks to capture how they are "Creating Their Own Experience at TRU." 4 of the students' footage was selected to create point-of-view videos highlighting their experiences. The contest asks participants to vote for their favourite video. Voters are then entered into a contest to win one of 3 iPads. TRU News | Contest Page

TWU makes Colleges of Distinction list

Trinity Western University is the first Canadian educational institution to earn a spot on the Colleges of Distinction list, an online PSE institution guide. In order to qualify, TWU was evaluated for its performance in 4 areas: engaged students, quality teaching, vibrant campus communities, and successful graduates. The goal of Colleges of Distinction is to provide students, parents, and counsellors with information about PSE institutions that excel in these areas. TWU News | Colleges of Distinction

Holland College discontinues credit card option for tuition payment

To save on costs, Holland College will no longer accept credit cards tor tuition payments and residence fees as of September 1. To ensure students still have convenient payment options, Holland College is now listed as an online banking payee with all major banks and most credit unions in PEI. Foreign students who do not have a Canadian bank account will be able to make payments through Western Union's StudentPay, accessible through the college's website. Holland College News Release

India to delay foreign campus bill

India's human resource development ministry has decided not to push legislation allowing foreign educational institutions to set up base in the country in the next parliamentary session. Instead, the ministry is focusing on the troika of PSE reform bills -- prevention of malpractices, setting up education tribunals, and mandatory accreditation for institutions -- which form the core of Minister Kapil Sibal's PSE reform agenda. His decision to put the foreign campus bill on the back burner is in line with the strategy adopted in the parliament's budget session -- move ahead with less contentious bills to create a momentum. The Economic Times