Top Ten

June 23, 2016

uAlberta receives $54.5M for Women and Children’s Health Research Institute

The University of Alberta has received a $40M donation from the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation towards the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, reportedly the largest single gift received in uAlberta’s history, which was boosted by an additional $14.5M donation from the Royal Alexandria Hospital Foundation. The Women and Children’s Health Research Institute is a decade-long research, care, and treatment partnership between uAlberta and Alberta Health Sciences. The $54.5M gift will be used to continue the partnership and propel women’s and children’s health research. “This historic investment not only supports the work of University of Alberta research and improves the health of women and children—mothers and sisters, sons and daughters—it holds the power to change entire family stories,” said uAlberta President David Turpin. uAlberta

New study examines ON employers’ views on international students

Employers in Ontario might be more willing to hire international students if they are confident about the support governments and universities might offer them, according to a new study by researchers at York University. Titled “International students as ideal immigrants: Ontario employers’ perspective,” the report notes that confusion around immigration and work regulations can be a significant barrier to employers when it comes to hiring international students and graduates. The report also found that while employers had a high level of confidence in international students’ hard skills, they were concerned about a lack of communication skills and extracurricular engagement. The report offers a series of recommendations that governments and institutions might follow to address these concerns and others. Report

BC provides funding for Aboriginal student programs

British Columbia is providing 14 public colleges and universities over $1M in one-time funding to develop and expand programs benefiting Aboriginal students. Each postsecondary institution will receive $75K to develop new and expanded programs and services for the purposes of ensuring that public postsecondary institutions are welcoming learning environments for Aboriginal students. According to a BC release, these programs and services include Elders-in-residence, Aboriginal history and culture workshops for faculty and staff, and outreach to Aboriginal students and communities. “This funding is aligned with our government’s plan to ensure Aboriginal students are prepared to take advantage of job opportunities in our growing economy,” said John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. BC

uWaterloo advises students to "get out, hide, or fight" in event of armed campus intruder

A new video by the University of Waterloo, developed in partnership with the University of Alberta, encourages people to “get out, hide, or fight if an active shooter enters campus,” reports CBC. While many institutions go into lockdown in the case of a potential or actual armed intruder threat, Dave Gerencser of the uWaterloo Police Service explains that a traditional lockdown procedure may be better advice for a single building: “That's not the case, obviously, at many university and college campuses and certainly not the case for the University of Waterloo, in terms of the environment that were dealing with.” Gerencser further states that this new advice was developed by a coalition of universities and authorities in Alberta. CBC | Video

NS Transition Task Force releases recommendations on helping youth reach workforce

Nova Scotia’s Transition Task Force has released a report containing 15 recommendations for helping NS youth transition through education and get the training and education required for a meaningful job in the province’s workforce. According to Saint Mary’s University President and task force member Robert Summerby-Murray, “the report contains recommendations we believe will have the most impact on helping young Nova Scotians get the education and training they need to live and work at home.” The recommendations include providing youth with meaningful, hands-on experience and mentorship opportunities; removing barriers to completing or upgrading high school; and giving employers a greater capacity to influence certain school, college, and university programs. Nova Scotia | News 95.7 | Chronicle Herald | CBC | Report

Ryerson launches Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Ryerson University has announced the official launch of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship. BII+E is described as a policy-focused institute dedicated to making Canada into the best country in the world for innovators and entrepreneurs. The institute was made possible by a donation of $16M from the Brookfield Partners Foundation, and will reportedly focus on conducting forward-thinking research and analysis; testing, piloting, and prototyping projects and policy solutions for the sector; and advocating on behalf of innovators and entrepreneurs across the country. “The Institute is uniquely positioned to address the challenges facing the Canadian innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, by focusing on the how, and not just the what,” stated BII+E Honorary Chair Sheldon Levy. Ryerson

UQAT creates School of Indigenous Studies

Université du Quèbec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) has officially established its School of Indigenous Studies. This new department, dedicated solely to Aboriginal research and teaching, comes as a result of a partnership with Aboriginal peoples that UQAT regards as central to the institution’s development for over 20 years. The introduction of this department aligns with UQAT’s strategic mission to better support the success of its Aboriginal students. According to Hugo Asselin, director of the School of Indigenous Studies, “the creation of the School of Indigenous Studies confirms UQAT's leadership and gives us latitude to further develop teaching at all cycles and research for, by, and with our Aboriginal partners.” UQuébec (FR) | UQAT (EN)

New SLC partnership provides postsecondary pathways for international students

An MOU between St Lawrence College and the Limestone District School Board will offer international students an “all-in-one overseas educational package” in Canada. This Limestone-St. Lawrence Pathway will offer conditional acceptance into select SLC programs upon admission to a high school within LDSB. This pathway program, which aims to improve the transition from high school to postsecondary for international students, is reportedly one of the first of its kind. LDSB Director of Education Debra Rantz praised the Pathway as providing a seamless transition between high school and college, and commented that “in today’s highly mobile and interconnected world, students increasingly seek an international education that enhances their second language skills, cross-cultural competency, and social networks.” SLC

UFV partners with PacificSport to offer new experiential learning opportunities

The University of the Fraser Valley has announced that it will partner with PacificSport to provide a variety of programs and services for students, athletes, volunteers, and coaches across the Fraser Valley. According to a UFV release, the partnership will support healthy living and sport in the Fraser Valley by offering students experiential learning opportunities in athletics training and leadership, and will see UFV and PacificSport explore the possibility of offering paid co-op, internship, and volunteer positions. “This partnership is an excellent opportunity for UFV students to realize experiential learning opportunities in the exciting and growing fields of sports training, athletic performance research, athletic leadership, the business of sport, and much more,” said UFV Vice President, Students and Enrolment Management Jody Gordon. UFV

RDC and Olds College extend Campus Alberta Central Partnership

Two colleges in Alberta have decided to extend their Campus Alberta Central Partnership, a program that began in 2010 in an effort to increase access and provide better support for postsecondary students in communities outside of major city centres. Both Red Deer College and Olds College announced Tuesday their plans to continue this partnership based on the success achieved over the past six years. Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt commended the two colleges on their continued partnership, saying that it “is doing a tremendous job of meeting the unique needs of rural students by helping them move from foundational learning through to post-secondary and boosting the capacity of Alberta communities to respond to what students need locally.” RDC | Olds | 106.7 The Drive