Top Ten

September 26, 2014

McGill suspends football player charged with assault

McGill University has suspended a player on its varsity football team after the 22-year-old man was charged with armed robbery, assault, and uttering threats. In a news release, McGill said that “in line with the University’s varsity athletics guidelines, effective immediately, this player is suspended from the football team pending resolution of his Case by the court.” McGill also said that it will thoroughly investigate the matter and “take any and all measures that are deemed appropriate.” The player was arrested on Wednesday and was scheduled to be arraigned in court on Thursday. His name has not been released. McGill News Release | CBC

$10 M gift will fund bursaries at uWindsor

The Joyce Foundation has given the University of Windsor a donation of $10 M to create the Ed Lumley Bursary, named in honour of the institution’s Chancellor. The bursary will offer up to $8,000 per year to students in financial need who would otherwise be unable to attend university. In a news release, uWindsor described the bursary as “the most significant student support endowment in uWindsor history.” In recognition of the donation, uWindsor will name its new Wyandotte Street innovation centre The Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre. “We are deeply grateful to Ron Joyce and his foundation, and are indebted to Chancellor Lumley for never forgetting his roots in Windsor-Essex and his belief in the power of education,” said uWindsor President Alan Wildeman. uWindsor News Release

uRegina receives gift of art collection

The University of Regina has received a donation of art valued at approximately $3 M from local resident Jacqui Shumiatcher. The donation includes 1,310 paintings and sculptures. The collection had been assembled over several decades by Shumiatcher and her husband. “The art that my husband and I collected over the years will be going to a wonderful new home and family. It will not only be seen, but appreciated, by the many generations who choose to attend the University of Regina,” Shumiatcher said. Some of the works will become a part of the uRegina President’s Art Collection, which is used for educational purposes and is regularly exhibited. Roughly 300 Inuit works from the collection will form the Shumiatcher Inuit Art Collection, to be stewarded on uRegina’s behalf by the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Shumiatcher’s gift will support uRegina’s Building Knowledge – The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project. uRegina News Release

ON institutions partner with Magnet career-networking platform

Ontario has invested $1.2 M to expand PSE institutions’ access to Magnet, a career-networking platform developed in partnership with Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC). Magnet is a non-profit initiative that provides students with access to labour market information and connections to approximately 60,000 Ontario businesses. 20 ON colleges and universities are currently members of Magnet, along with 30 community partners. “Ontario’s employers are telling us that they’re finding it difficult to connect with workers that have the skills they need. Magnet is not only going to address this barrier by connecting businesses with the right candidates, but also by creating youth employment opportunities across the province—it’s a win-win scenario,” said Allan O’Dette, President of the OCC. So far, 25,000 job-seekers have created profiles on Magnet. Ontario News Release

Concordia to offer “Voluntary Departure Program” in response to QC budget cuts

Concordia University President Alan Shepard announced that the institution will offer administrative and support staff a “Voluntary Departure Program.” The program is being offered in order to help the university address what Shepard described as “budget compressions,” the result of recently announced cuts to provincial funding to PSE. “With the adoption of a budget by the government of Quebec in June, it was clear we would need to make adjustments to our 2014–2015 budget, aligning it with government allocations and expectations,” he said. Shepard also noted that the voluntary departure program was a suggestion put forward by the Concordia community. The budget cuts, Shepard said, “will require all of us to be resilient, resourceful, and innovative.” Concordia News | Montreal Gazette

uCalgary among QS Top 10 universities under 50 years old

The University of Calgary is among the top 10 young universities in the world, according to the latest QS rankings of world universities under 50 years old. uCalgary finished ninth overall in the rankings, up 4 spots from last year. The top-ten ranking positions uCalgary as the second highest-ranking school in North America, behind the University of California, Irvine, which finished in seventh. “For the University of Calgary to move into the top 10 against such impressive global competition really speaks to our growing reputation and the effort our university community is making to lead as a global intellectual hub,” said uCalgary President Elizabeth Cannon. Simon Fraser University also cracked the top 50, coming in at 16th. Nanyang Technological University in Singapore was the top-ranked institution, followed by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Australia had the highest number of universities appearing in the rankings at 10; the country's top-ranked school, the University of Newcastle, is ranked nineteenth. QS News Release | Full Rankings | CTV

Business schools offering international, Aboriginal programs to meet diversity needs

The Financial Post has published a report on how business schools are adjusting to meet the needs of International and Indigenous students in the face of a diversifying student body. Murali Chandrashekaran, Associate Dean of UBC’s Sauder School of Business, says that there is a broad need for a more diverse approach to business education. Diversity, he said, is critical for long-term sustainability of global business. 76% of Sauder's business instructors have international backgrounds, up from approximately 40% 10 years ago. The school uses a team-teaching approach to provide a variety of perspectives to its students, who last year represented 32 different countries. Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business has introduced an EMBA program in Aboriginal Business and Leadership to promote Aboriginal leaders’ business education as well as to help managers working with First Nations communities build stronger relationships. The program relies on guest speakers from Aboriginal communities and counts chiefs and counsellors among its student body. “There’s a lot of expertise in that room,” said Program Director Mark Selman, “and the best faculty members are the ones who learn to take advantage of that and use it as an asset in the classroom.” Financial Post

Graduates turn to additional degrees for edge on job market

Young Canadian professionals are turning to professional degrees to give them an edge in a competitive job market, and universities are responding with interdisciplinary graduate programs, reports Maclean’s. Many students are also looking to complement previous degrees with further education. According to Benjamin Tal, a CIBC World Markets economist, a university education is not delivering the value, in terms of income and employment, as it once did, as employers increasingly look for experience and skills on top of a robust education. However, having too much education can backfire, warns Tal. “At one point, especially at the PhD level, you have a lot of people who are way overqualified and are actually finding it more difficult to find a job than people with a BA or an MA. This person also graduates … with no job experience.” Many students look to an MBA to provide the kind of business credentials they need to impress employers, and find that the degree equips them with the vocabulary they need to translate technical skills from their training in health sciences or engineering to the marketplace. Maclean’s

Brands miss out by not marketing to international students

An article in Marketing magazine questions why Canadian marketers don’t devote more attention to international students. The article cites Canada’s ambition to double the number of international students and researchers in Canada, as well as a 94% increase in the number of international students entering Canada in the past decade. These students spent more than $8 B and helped create 81,000 jobs in that period; moreover, as a market, international students are likely to enjoy a certain amount of disposable income. The author of the article notes that the number of countries from which international students originate can make a unified strategy impossible, but points to overarching trends that should inform international student marketing strategies. She suggests that brands draw insight from their multicultural marketing efforts and focus on digital marketing strategies, as well as on geo-specific campaigns centred around PSE campuses. Marketing

Erasmus exchange program has led to a million babies, says EU

The EU is promoting its Erasmus student exchange plan with the language of love. A new report on the program’s impact says 27% of participants met their current life partner during their time abroad. The report also says that 33% of Erasmus students had “hooked up” with people of another nationality, compared with 13% of students who had not traveled. According to the European Commissioner for Education Androulla Vassiliou, Erasmus students’ extracurricular activities have had a measurable impact. He said that the EU “estimates that around one million babies are likely to have been born to Erasmus couples since 1987.” European Commission spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen added that the figure “is a great encouragement to young people to go and live abroad and open up to all the opportunities that exist if you are willing.” The EU also emphasized that the Erasmus program has led to job creation as well, and that Erasmus students were less likely to experience long-term unemployment. France 24