Top Ten

September 6, 2016

McGill offers minor in entrepreneurship for non-business majors

Students from five non-business faculties at McGill will now be able to pursue minors in entrepreneurship, writes Jennifer Lewington for the Globe and Mail. The new minor will reportedly be available to students enrolled in arts, science, engineering, music, and agriculture and environmental sciences. It will provide students with business fundamentals such as accounting and marketing taught by professors from McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management. “It is really a program that is long overdue,” says Simon Aldrich, an associate professor at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. “Of all disciplines, musicians need to be the most entrepreneurial yet ironically they come out the least entrepreneurial. They sit and wait for the phone to ring.” Globe and Mail

NSCC to build marine innovation centre with $19.7M from Canada, NS

Nova Scotia Community College is set to create a newly refurbished ocean innovation centre with $19.7M in support from the federal and Nova Scotia governments. A federal release states that the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship will give ocean scientists and researchers the chance to work with start-ups, industry, and Nova Scotia postsecondary institutions to foster marine innovation. NSCC President Don Bureaux noted that the new initiative “fits so well with the teaching, applied research and industry training work we do in oceans technology and advanced manufacturing at the College, so we're very excited to see this tremendous investment today, which will get the project in full gear.” CBC | Canada

Most surveyed parents unable to estimate tuition costs, says CIBC poll

Only one in five parents are able to correctly estimate the cost of postsecondary education tuition, according to a recent CIBC poll. The poll suggested that many parents did not know how RESPs worked, despite the fact that over three-quarters of them had set up an RESP account. The poll also found that over one-third of parents said that they had no idea how much to budget for non-tuition expenses such as books and accommodations. CIBC Senior VP of Retail and Business Banking Kathleen Woodard explained that parents should anticipate a cost of approximately $25K a year including tuition and expenses to send their child to college or university. CP24 (CP) | The Record | Globe and Mail (video)

uWindsor signs partnerships on water quality, automotive engineering with Chinese partners

The University of Windsor has signed two new agreements with Chinese partners to support research in water quality and automotive engineering. At an official ceremony in Shanghai, uWindsor President Alan Wildeman signed an agreement with Yunnan University to create a shared research lab studying water quality issues in Yunnan's Plateau Lakes. The second signed agreement with Sichuan Bohong Group aims to create a joint research program in automotive engineering and develop management training programs at the University of Windsor. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also on hand for the signing ceremony. CBC | Windsor Star | uWindsor

HEC Montréal works MIT, Ouranos to better integrate renewable energy

HEC Montréal has signed a scientific collaboration agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the climatology group Ouranos to better integrate renewable energy into the Quebec and New England markets. An HEC release states that the primary goal of the research is to create a model that can simulate real-time electricity transmissions in the studied regions, the data from which will be able to inform decision-making on electricity production and transmission. “This partnership will also help us better understand the economic consequences of greater market integration,” says HEC Assistant Professor Justin Caron. “It will have costs and benefits for households and industry both in Quebec and in New England, and it’s important that we be able to anticipate them.” HEC Montréal

Police issue “frosh week expense list” to deter poor student decisions

York Regional Police have issued a list of dollar-value expenses associated with “poor decisions” that students tend to make during Frosh week, reports CBC. Items on the list range from buying alcohol for underage classmates to hunting for Pokémon Go characters on train tracks and “cutting off a stranger’s man bun.” The YRP notes that “many of the poor decisions made by students are avoidable” and that the “rite of passage” of Frosh week pranks “often comes with a cost that makes tuition fees seem paltry by comparison.” CBC

Cambrian, Algoma offer students new diploma-to-degree pathway opportunities

Cambrian College and Algoma University have signed a new agreement that will create new streamlined pathways from the college’s programs into the university’s. A Cambrian release states that the agreement specifically provides students pathways into Algoma’s Bachelor of Arts or Science degrees, as well as its Bachelor degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, Fine Arts, Music, and Social Work. The benefits of these pathways include guaranteed admission, transfer credit recognition, and valuable scholarships based on completion of a Cambrian diploma and academic merit, as well as more cost-effective ways to combine college and university credentials. Cambrian

RRU, City of Victoria create residency for community development students

Royal Roads University is partnering with the City of Victoria to give students hands-on work experience at a municipal innovation hub. Students of RRU’s Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community Development will work to help develop community-based initiatives at CityStudio Victoria, a space where City staff, students, and community members collaborate to launch new social innovation projects. Students who complete the program will be able to apply their certificate toward RRU’s Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to the week-long residency, students will be required to complete two online courses through RRU. RRU

McGill receives $2M donation for health fellowships, arctic research

McGill University will be creating fellowships in health leadership and health research, as well as expanding environmental research in the Canadian Arctic, thanks to a $2M from Ferring Canada. “We are very grateful to Ferring Pharmaceuticals for this latest donation, which builds on an established partnership with our University,” said McGill Principal Suzanne Fortier. “Ferring’s generosity will help maintain Canada’s leadership in the health sciences by allowing us to recruit exceptional young researchers and train them in disciplines essential to our future.” McGill (1) | McGill (2)

Lakehead opens New Sun Art Gallery

Lakehead University unveiled the New Sun Art Gallery and announced the William G Tamblyn Legacy Society at its Orillia campus last Thursday. The New Sun Art Gallery was named after Joy Harvey Maclaren, whose legacy gift to the university “makes her the inaugural member of the University’s Legacy Society supporting the Orillia campus” according to Lakehead President Brian Stevenson. Maclaren had a lifelong interest in promoting education, especially for Aboriginal youth, and was given the honorary title of “New Sun” by the Mohawk, Ojibway, and Blackfoot for her work. “It is my sincere hope that the Legacy Society will become an integral part of the future of Lakehead University,” said David Tamblyn, “and the opening of this beautiful gallery today is a wonderful indication of this already happening here at the Orillia campus.” Lakehead