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October 19, 2016

Three Canadian Business schools make Economist’s full-time MBA rankings

The Economist has released its 2016 ranking of the world’s best full-time MBA programs and three Canadian business schools have made the list. The full-time MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business was the highest-ranked Canadian program at #56, followed closely by Western University’s Ivey School of Business (#59) and Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business (#79). An accompanying article from The Economist examines the current state of full-time MBA programs worldwide, noting that these programs are facing new pressures from both specialist masters degrees and online education, the latter of which is “quickly shedding its former, shoddy reputation,” according to the publication. The Economist (Rankings) | The Economist (Article)

uSask completes first stand-alone childcare facility

The University of Saskatchewan has completed its stand-alone childcare building, creating space for 90 children between six months and six years of age and raising the number of childcare spaces on campus to 200. The majority of childcare spaces are for the children of university students, reports the StarPhoenix, since childcare access can be a challenge for this group. The rest of the spaces are made available to children of university faculty and staff. The $4.3M project was funded by the university and the Saskatchewan government. Saskatoon StarPhoenix | CBC | uSask

When unprecedented education meets workforce precarity

“As the reality of working increasingly becomes a mash-up of contracts, self-employment, part-time gigs and career shifts, how can universities help grads adjust to a constantly changing labour landscape?” ask Ilona Dougherty and Emma Jones for the Globe and Mail. The authors delve into the new reality that confronts the many graduates who are part of Canada’s most educated generation, but who also face a level of employment precarity not seen for generations. The article chronicles the stories of several recent graduates who are trying to navigate Canada’s increasingly complex job market, offering insights on how universities can better train them to do so. Globe and Mail

Sheridan Centre receives $2M funding and industry support for 3D printing research

Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies has received a combined $2M investment from the federal government, Ontario government, and industry partners. The funding will reportedly go towards the Advanced Multi-material Additive Manufacturing: Product and Process Project, allowing for the introduction of new equipment and a wider range of material options. “This investment offers tremendous potential for new partnership opportunities with small and medium-sized businesses, as well as for new advances in the health care sector,” said Sheridan President Jeff Zabudsky. “It will also expand the variety of research and innovation opportunities where our students—the innovators of tomorrow—can make a difference.” Design Engineering | Sheridan

ON university presidents discuss how to deepen connections between universities, communities

“[I]nnovation really thrives within local ecosystems, places with close interaction between educators, researchers, businesses, finance, community partners and other local organizations,” write McMaster University President Patrick Deane, University of Toronto President Meric Gertler, and University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur; which is why institutions and governments should enhance their efforts to create more “porous” boundaries between universities and their surrounding communities. To achieve this goal, the authors outline three crucial steps: foster more research partnerships with non-university entities, expand the number of work-integrated learning opportunities available to students, and offer mentorship and resources to students looking to start their own enterprises. Waterloo Region Record

uOttawa condemns student-led event that awarded points for sexualized behaviour

The University of Ottawa has condemned a student-led pub crawl in which students from a number of faculties were reportedly encouraged to participate in lewd acts. The event and uOttawa’s response to it comes just over one month after Université du Québec en Outaouais launched an investigation into a student-run event that similarly awarded students points for performing sexualized acts. “This incident reminds us that sexual violence is a societal problem, and that even though University administrators are determined to respond as required, they cannot solve this problem on their own,” said a uOttawa statement. Ottawa Citizen | uOttawa

NS pilot program not addressing the biggest barriers for international students, says CFS-NS

A new pilot program announced by the Nova Scotia Government to keep international students in the province is a “very encouraging” step, yet it does not fully address the barriers most commonly faced by these students, says the Canadian Federation of Students for Nova Scotia. The government pilot in question aims to support 50 international students who are completing their final year of PSE in “priority areas” such as health care, computer engineering, and ocean sciences. These supports includes career mentoring, access to employment-related events, and workshops. Yet the CFS-NS says that these efforts do not address the issues of "differential fees" paid by international students, and access to medical services insurance coverage. “What we really need is broader action that will help international students studying in Nova Scotia across the board,” said CFS-NS Chairperson Charlotte Kiddell. CBC

UFV introduces degree programs in Peace and Conflict Studies, Theatre

The University of the Fraser Valley has created two new degree programs in response to student demand. The new Bachelor of Arts Peace and Conflict Studies and Bachelor of Arts Theatre are slated to begin in the fall of 2017, and UFV explains that the former is the first of its kind to be offered west of Winnipeg. “These are two significant new majors developed in direct response to community and student demand, and the program learning outcomes align perfectly with UFV’s strategic direction to be a leader of the social, cultural, economic and environmentally-responsible development of the Fraser Valley,” says UFV College of Arts Dean Jacqueline Nolte. “Students and community members have been waiting for some time for these innovative majors to be offered. At last we are able to satisfy this demand.” Nation Talk | UFV

Graduates, faculty speak to Globe on university transformations

Universities have undergone enormous transformation in the past few decades, according to a number of graduates and faculty members from across Canada. In conversation with the Globe and Mail's Deidre Kelly, individuals from various roles and institutions discuss the increasing importance of sustainability in university practices and research, investment in campus renewal projects, and shifts in classroom technology, among others. But perhaps one of the most important changes has occurred in students' attitudes, says the University of Toronto’s Paul Templin, who notes that today’s students “have more varied backgrounds, they are younger, they have less disposable time, and they appear to be more serious.” Globe and Mail

UBC signs MOU for mining tire research

The University of British Columbia has signed an MOU with Kal Tire Mining Group that will see UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering collaborate with the company to develop new technologies for the mining tire industry. The MOU covers a three-term period that will see significant investment from Kal Tire in mutually beneficial areas of research, which may include everything from robotics and metallurgical design to environmentally-responsible ways to use recycled tire materials. Individual researchers will submit their project ideas for consideration to a small committee that represents both Kal Tire and UBCO's School of Engineering. “As a campus committed to innovation, we look forward to bringing our research expertise to bear in this exciting new partnership,” said Deborah Buszard, deputy vice-chancellor and principal of UBC’s Okanagan campus. “We see this partnership as another key step in our goal of helping to advance economic development opportunities in our region.” Castanet | Vernon Morning Star | UBCO

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