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January 15, 2016

Canada invests $12 M in clean-water research consortium

The federal government has announced that it will invest $12 M in the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC), a network of postsecondary institutions collaborating on the development of clean water technologies. The funding will assist with the commercialization of projects. “This project is a great example of government, postsecondary institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and businesses working together to drive innovation and create new jobs and opportunities for Canadians,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “This new funding will allow [the University of Waterloo] to continue this work that will benefit the region, the environment and ultimately all Canadians,” said uWaterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur. CBC | CleanTech Canada | Canada

13 Canadian institutions make THE’s list of world's most international universities

Times Higher Education has released a list of the 200 most international universities for 2016. “The best universities in the world are truly global institutions,” the list's introduction says, “ones that attract students and scholars from all over the world and collaborate with leading departments no matter where they are based.” UBC was Canada’s top institution, coming in at #40 on the worldwide list. McGill placed second highest at #76, and Université de Montréal placed third at #89. Other institutions of note were the University of Alberta (#110), Dalhousie University (#125), University of Toronto (#128), Concordia University (#131), McMaster University (#142), University of Waterloo (#151), University of Western Ontario (#155), University of Victoria (#175), University of Calgary (#176), and University of Ottawa (#179). Qatar University took the #1 world ranking for most international institution. Times Higher Education

After accidentally accepting 500 applicants, YorkU apologizes

York University is apologizing after it sent an email to 500 applicants mistakenly telling them they had been admitted. YorkU’s Joanne Rider blamed a “processing error” for the emails, saying that the messages were sent “immediately after the university had sent email to acknowledge their applications had been received.” Applicants were sent the incorrect emails on Monday—corrections were sent out the following day. “We really empathize that there’s a small group of students that got this message, and they get anxious and excited, and so we did do the outreach and tried to do it as quickly as possible,” said YorkU’s Jock Phippen, Director of Student Recruitment and Admission. CBC | Toronto Star | Toronto Sun

uSask increases tuition by an average of 2.5%

For the next academic year, tuition at the University of Saskatchewan will rise by an average of 2.5%; the increase was approved by the board of governors in December. Tuition in the College of Arts and Science, the largest college, will rise by an average of 2.7% to $6,773. “In most programs, the total cost of tuition and fees will continue to be lower than the median cost of similar programs at other Canadian medical-doctoral universities,” said uSask Board Chair Greg Smith. The largest increase is in Veterinary Medicine, up 5.0% to $9,114. Tuition rates in Engineering and Dentistry will remain unchanged. Global News | CBC | Saskatoon StarPhoenix | uSask

Canada must keep up in the collaborative world of global science, writes Dal VP

Collaboration in global science has become a dominant concern for the 21st century, and Canada will need to do its part if it wishes to be among the world’s top research countries, writes Dalhousie University’s Vice President of Research, Martha Crago. Recent reporting from UNESCO has shown several significant trends in global science research, including “a radical shift from basic to applied science worldwide and a relative decrease in public spending on research while private spending on research and development is increasing.” However, Crago is quick to point out that Canada is moving in the opposite direction of this trend, with business investment in R&D decreasing. Canada as a whole will have to deeply consider how it will respond to these numbers moving forward, Crago suggests, and whether it will do so by investing more in R&D, pursuing more international partnerships, or some mixture of the two. University Affairs

Head of uOttawa Sports Services resigns

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the University of Ottawa's Head of Sports Services, Marc Schryburt, has resigned his post. That article goes on to add that Schryburt, who was hired for the position less than a year ago, had recently taken a leave of absence from his role for "undisclosed reasons." This loss for the department comes at a time when the university is reviewing an alleged misconduct that the school's Student Federation has connected to uOttawa's Sports Services, stating that "an alleged aggressor" in the reported incident was "a varsity athlete." Julie Tam has been confirmed as Acting Director of Sports Services as the department begins searching for a replacement for Schryburt. Ottawa Citizen | SFUO

CBIE releases brief on International Education Leadership

CBIE has released a new brief reviewing the current status of international education leadership and gaps identified in this area of the international education sector. The brief identifies eight unique types of leadership that are plotted on a quadrant based on their position (internal or external) and level of flexibility (flexibility or stability). CBIE study leaders compared the responses of emerging and experienced leaders on the nature of their current roles and the roles they identified as needing strengthening in the future. The groups agreed that it was important to improve their skills as mentors, innovators, and brokers. The brief makes a number of recommendations, including increased collaboration between new and veteran leaders in the field. CBIE

UQAM renews partnership with Quebec National Archives

Université de Québec à Montréal has signed a 5-year partnership agreement with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), which renews an agreement that the two organizations first signed in 2009. The agreement is designed to facilitate joint projects for BAnQ’s personnel and UQAM’s teachers, lecturers, language teachers, executives, professionals, and graduates. “It is no coincidence that UQAM was the first university to establish a partnership with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec,” said UQAM Rector Robert Proulx. “The missions of our university and BAnQ converge in many respects, including the role of our institutions in the democratization of access to knowledge and the promotion of culture.” UQAM

US colleges cut emissions well, but not energy use

Carbon emissions have declined by 13% at 343 American colleges and universities since 2007, according to a report released this week by the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute and the company Sightlines. The report also found, however, that energy use at the institutions only declined by 2% over the same period. Further, the total 13% decline in carbon emissions belied the fact that overall emissions at the schools only decreased by 5%, which is roughly the same as that reported by other industries. The report also noted that public institutions reduced their emissions on average more than private institutions. Chronicle of Higher Education

Udacity offers job guarantee for some credentials, backed by tuition refund

Online education provider Udacity has announced that four of its “nanodegrees”—microcredentials developed in collaboration with industry partners—will come with a job guarantee. After enrolling in a “Nanodegree Plus,” students who cannot find a job within six months of completion will be given a complete refund of their tuition. Students enrolled in the program will pay $299 per month, $100 more than a vanilla nanodegree, for an average of six to eight months. The credentials initially backed by the job guarantee are in Android development, iOS development, machine learning, and web development. “The ultimate objective of education is to find people a job,” said Udacity CEO Sebastian Thrun. Udacity | WIRED | Fortune | Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)