Top Ten

September 13, 2012

UBC Dentistry receives $8-million gift to create oral health research centre in Vietnam

UBC's Faculty of Dentistry has received an in-kind gift of $8 million from the Ho Chi Minh City National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology to establish an oral health research centre at the hospital. The UBC Dentistry-Vietnam Oral Health Research Centre will provide a hub for education, research, and knowledge transfer in Southeast Asia to help address challenges such as cleft lip or cleft palate in newborns, severe tooth decay in children, and oral cancer. UBC News Release

$5-million donation to uCalgary supports dementia research

Calgary's Taylor family has donated $5 million to the University of Calgary to create a new research chair to tackle the growing health problem of dementia, in honour of Katthy Taylor, who struggled with the condition. Dr. Eric Smith of uCalgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute, who was named the inaugural Katthy Taylor Chair in Vascular Dementia, plans to research treatment and prevention of the disease. UToday | Calgary Herald

UoGuelph initiates Program Prioritization Process

The University of Guelph will assess all of its academic and non-academic programs and services as part of an institutional-wide initiative to identify and focus on the university's strengths. The purpose of the Program Prioritization Process (PPP) is to help UoGuelph ensure its limited resources are directed toward services and programs that are "mission-critical," says UoGuelph's provost. The process is intended to help the institution address a projected funding gap of $34 million over the next 4 years. The provost says the process will ultimately result in enrichment, reduction, reorganization, or elimination of services and programs. UoGuelph News Release

Manitoba lowers interest rate on student loans

The Manitoba government announced Wednesday that changes under the Student Aid Act have reduced the interest rate on provincial student loans from prime plus 1.5% to prime. The government also announced that students can now earn more money during the study period without it affecting their loan eligibility. Previously, students could earn up to $50 a week, and now that amount has been increased to $100 per week. Manitoba News Release

Dal launches restorative justice program for students

Dalhousie University has launched a first-in-Canada program that will provide an alternative for Dal students who come into conflict with the law on campus or in the community, and for student conduct issues on campus. The program will be used for smaller crimes such as public intoxication and minor property damage. Dal president Tom Traves says the restorative justice program's administrator will work with the student and any victim to find an appropriate resolution to the issue. Potential resolutions could include counselling, repairing damage, or a simple apology. If a student accepts responsibility and completes the program, they will have no criminal record of conviction. NS News Release | Chronicle-Herald | CBC

York U law school introduces experiential education to JD program

Starting with the Class of 2015, every student in the 3-year Juris Doctor (JD) program at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School will be exposed to law in action through an experiential course or program as part of their education. Osgoode is the first Canadian law school to add an experiential education requirement -- referred to at Osgoode as a "praxicum" -- to the JD curriculum. In addition to expanding the size and scope of its experiential education offerings in order to implement the praxicum requirement, the law school has also opened an Office of Experiential Education, which will serve as a catalyst for the development of new courses, programs and clinics, and provide support to students, faculty, and staff. Osgoode News Release

Report explores uRegina's contribution to Saskatchewan's growth

A new report from the Conference Board of Canada concludes that the University of Regina has an important role to play in Saskatchewan's current and future prosperity. The report considers both the quantifiable and non-quantifiable dimensions of uRegina's day-to-day operations, contribution to human capital development, and contribution to knowledge, innovation, culture, and leadership. The report offers several recommendations that highlight areas of opportunity that can further advance the interests of uRegina, business, and government to contribute materially to Saskatchewan. These include promoting uRegina's brand to a wider audience; establishing key pinnacles of excellence; increasing the number of students, especially international and Aboriginal students; and improving engagement with alumni. uRegina News Release | Report

Record enrolment at uSask

Fall 2012 enrolment of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan has risen by 3.5% over last year. The increase brings the total student population up to nearly 21,000 students -- the most uSask has ever had. Over the past 4 years, uSask has recruited more actively in the province, western Canada, and internationally. The institution recently completed a successful year-long recruitment campaign in Alberta, which contributed to a 35% increase in new students from Alberta. Students from Alberta coming to uSask this fall are the first class to be accepted under the institution's new Alberta admissions policy, which admits Alberta curriculum students based on either their Grade 12 school-assigned grades or their final diploma exam mark -- whichever works best for the student. uSask News Release

Humber enrolment anticipated to rise 6%

This month Humber College welcomed more than 11,500 new students and a total of more than 22,700 students to its 3 campuses. Enrolment at the college is expected to increase by approximately 6% over September 2011. Humber's record enrolment is fuelled by more than 3,000 students enrolled in one of the institution's 21 specialized 4-year bachelor degree programs. Humber's degree student population accounts for over 30% of all students studying in degree programs at Ontario colleges. Humber News Release

uToronto's Coursera computer science courses draw 85,000 students

Computer science is leading the way in the University of Toronto's experiment of offering massive open online courses (MOOCs), with 85,000 students already enrolled. The computer science department is offering 3 courses this fall and winter through Coursera, a US-based MOOC venture. "Learn to Program: the Fundamentals" has had more than 48,000 students sign up and its follow-up course, "Crafting Quality Code," already has close to 15,000 students enrolled. "Neural Networks for Machine Learning" has an enrolment of nearly 22,000 students. According to Coursera, uToronto's computer science courses are already among its most popular offerings. uToronto News