Top Ten

September 17, 2012

Brock opens health and bioscience research complex

Last Friday marked the opening of Brock University's Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. The $112-million facility will be home to leading Brock researchers in biotechnology, green chemistry, health and wellness, and plant pathology. It also houses BioLinc, a business incubator to support start-up businesses and capitalize on the research happening within the complex. The facility houses 176,000 square feet of labs, purpose-build teaching and research space, and cutting-edge facilities that have the potential to re-chart the future of Brock and its surrounding communities. Brock News

Queen's School of Business completes expansion

The new $40-million west wing of Goodes Hall, home to the Queen's School of Business, officially opened last Friday. The 75,000-square-foot, 5-level wing features wired classrooms, breakout rooms and common areas for students, multi-purpose conference rooms, and more than 50 additional faculty offices. The business school is using the new wing to rethink program content and delivery. Under discussion, pending faculty approval, is a potential restructuring of timetables for first-year students to take all classes in the expansion instead of migrating elsewhere on campus for electives. Globe and Mail

Niagara College launches Canadian Food and Wine Institute Research Centre

On Saturday Her Royal Highness Sophie, Countess of Wessex, visited Niagara College's Niagara-on-the-Lake campus to celebrate the launch of the institution's Canadian Food and Wine Institute Research Centre. The centre is a joint project with the college's applied research division, Niagara Research. Industry and the federal and Ontario governments have contributed over $4 million to establish the centre, where expert faculty researchers, students, and graduates will collaborate with business and industry partners in areas such as commercialization, nutritional labelling and analysis, product and recipe development, regulatory assistance, and sensory and consumer testing. Niagara College News Release

7 VIU programs slated for cuts, suspensions

Vancouver Island University officials are considering cancelling or suspending 7 programs and expanding or enhancing others following an assessment of the university's academic programs. Programs recommended for cancellation include horticulture therapy, green building, the minor in theatre, and the diploma in computing science. The major in music, major in fisheries and aquaculture, and heavy equipment operator programs are recommended for suspension, which means a detailed review over the next year to determine whether the programs should be redeveloped or cancelled. The assessment also recommends that 2 programs -- visual arts and environmental chemistry -- be expanded, 20 others enhanced, and the majority (approximately 80%) maintained in current form. Recommendations will go to VIU senate in the coming months. Cancelled programs would be phased out over time to allow students to graduate. Nanaimo News Bulletin

ACCC lays out priorities for 2013 federal budget

In its pre-budget submission, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges says the federal government should introduce measures to address the critical shortage of advanced skills facing employers. These measures should focus on enhancing the education achievement of Aboriginal peoples and disengaged youth, boosting the employment outcomes of immigrants, enhancing the efficiency of apprenticeship systems, and ensuring all Canadians have essential skills for employment. ACCC suggests several measures to enhance apprenticeship systems: promote apprenticeship as a PSE pathway for youth; fast-track EI claims during in-class training; remove the requirement for apprentices to declare federal Apprenticeship Completion Grants as taxable income; and improve inter-jurisdictional mobility for apprentices. To improve education attainment among Aboriginal peoples, ACCC says Ottawa must balance investments in First Nations and Inuit K-12 education with investments in PSE and adult upgrading and provide more non-repayable grants for Non-Status, Métis and First Nations people off-reserve. ACCC Pre-Budget Submission

USB launches new visual identity

Earlier this month Winnipeg-based Université de Saint-Boniface unveiled its new visual identity. The new logo consists of a half-cupola (or dome) with 6 interlaced lines encompassed by the shape of a shield evoking a coat of arms. To commemorate the final stage in its transition from a university college to a university, USB has inaugurated UniverCITÉ, a designed zone that will highlight the presence of a francophone university in the neighbourhood while celebrating the institution's strong ties to the community. USB News | Logo

Canadore opens First Peoples' Centre

Last Friday Canadore College celebrated the grand opening of its First Peoples' Centre, whose design and concept is inspired by the teachings of the Medicine Wheel. The centre features an Aboriginal student lounge and a multi-purpose meeting room that will enable Canadore to continue to develop flexible learning opportunities through the use of technology. More than 350 First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students on campus will have access to an Elder in Residence, a focused Aboriginal Student Association, counselling, peer tutoring, and mentorship over the course of their academic experience. Nearly 20% of Canadore's student population is of Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Cree, Algonquin, Mohawk, Inuit, or Métis decent, one of the highest representations in the Ontario college system. Canadore News Release

Lakeland breaks ground for Petroleum Centre

Last week Lakeland College held a sod-turning ceremony for its Petroleum Centre at the Lloydminster campus. Estimated to cost $17 million, the centre will enable Lakeland to meet student and industry demand by offering more full- and part-time oil and gas programming. The focal point of the centre is a large power engineering and heavy oil lab with 3 steam boilers, water treatment equipment, a turbine generator, and breakout training spaces. The lab will also serve as a fully-functioning power plant that will heat the campus. Lakeland News

First-year enrolment up 7% at Quest U

156 first-year students have enrolled at BC-based Quest University -- a 7% increase over last year's incoming class. Overall enrolment sits at 430 students. The intake of students for this year was limited by the number of beds available in residence, as every bed is occupied this year. With a new residence being built for next year, the 2013-14 target for incoming students will be 180. "We're very pleased with our enrolment numbers again this year," says Quest U president David Helfand. "We're ahead of our projected growth rate and expect to be at our full capacity of 650 students on campus in 2016, one year ahead of schedule." The enrolment growth has also led to an increase in faculty, with the university having added 11 new faculty members, bringing the total of full-time "tutors" (as they're called at Quest U) to 30. Squamish Chief

uManitoba develops Student Experience microsite

The University of Manitoba has created a Student Experience microsite designed to help current students navigate the myriad opportunities and support available to them at the institution in areas of academic success, active living, the campus community, experiential learning, international opportunities, and popular places. The microsite features profiles, links to uManitoba's key departments and social media platforms, and highlights core supports that help students learn, grow, and thrive. Student Experience microsite