Top Ten

June 12, 2017

Neuroscience network involving McGill renews agreement

McGill University’s Brain@McGill, the University of Oxford, and the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich (ZNZ) have renewed their tripartite partnership agreement that has supported over 60 collaborations in a variety of research areas and exchange agreements. “The Tripartite partnership has engaged our respective research communities at all levels, as well as having led to new opportunities with the Velux Foundation,” said Principal Suzanne Fortier. “Projects that are intersectoral and international in scope – like those undertaken jointly by ZNZ, Oxford, and Brain@McGill – can only have a positive impact on our ability to overcome some of our most pressing challenges in neuroscience.” McGill

York receives $127M from ON for Markham Centre Campus

York University has received a $127M commitment from the Ontario Government to open a Markham Centre Campus. The campus will be built on a five-acre site that was contributed by the City of Markham, and will serve an estimated 4,000 students. An ON release states that York will offer undergraduate and graduate programs at the new campus, and will offer several joint academic programs in partnership with Seneca College. “The $127M in funding from the Government of Ontario will ensure we are able to meet the growing demand for access to leading-edge post-secondary education in York Region, partner with local businesses and industry to provide unique experiential learning opportunities for our students, and contribute to the expansion of the Region’s major economic clusters,” commented York President Mamdouh Shoukri. 

ON | York | CBC (CP)

UNBC formally opens facility in Fort St John

The University of Northern British Columbia formally opened a Community Development Institute office in Fort St John, BC. The office, which is the first “in-community” office for the institute, will work with industry, local business, non-profits, First Nations, and other levels of government to identify challenges and develop policies to diversify the region’s economy. “This is a very significant partnership we are opening up today,” said Fort St John Mayor Lori Ackerman. “We have a lot of local strategies and initiatives that are ongoing right now, and we're going to really pull them together in this building and offer some significant opportunity to not only move those strategies forward but to create new ones.”

Prince George Citizen | Energetic City

Ryerson receives $1M for hockey program

Ryerson University’s Rams hockey program has received a $1M donation from Al Kavanagh. “What this money will do is create a lot of ‘wow’ moments to help attract people to our hockey program,” commented Ryerson’s director of athletics, Ivan Joseph. The funding is reportedly the largest gift ever received by the Ryerson Athletics. “It shows people have seen what we’re doing and they want to contribute,” added Joseph. The funding is to be divided between the men’s and women’s teams. It will reportedly be used for recruitment, scholarships, player development, coaching, equipment, travel, and food.

Toronto Sun | Ryerson

Athabasca must undertake “aggressive and comprehensive” changes, says review

A third-party review has found that Athabasca Unviersity will need to undertake “aggressive and comprehensive” changes to avoid being jeopardized by a financial crisis in the future, reports the Edmonton Journal. The review called on the institution to make a number of changes, and identified a number of possible paths to success, such as creating a Northern Alberta Research Unit or collaborating with indigenous educational institutions. “Dr. Coates’ report has re-affirmed the importance of the university’s core mission to be open to all students regardless of where they live or their place in society,” says Athabasca Board Chair Vivian Manasc. “And it challenges the government and the university to work together to support the future of distance learning.”

Athabasca | Athabasca (Review) | Edmonton Journal

“Potential perils,” benefits come with ex-politicians searching for work in academia

Reflecting on the movement of personnel between politics and higher education in the UK and US, Jack Grove of Times Higher Education examines the potential perils and benefits that can stem from placing an ex-politician in a university post. Grove touches on both those perils faced by the ex-politician – such as being viewed as part of a homogenous group– as well as those faced by the institution – such as accusations of political bias or dealing with new instructors who bring their political views into the classroom. The article then examines policies that institutions have put in place in order to handle these concerns, and discusses the unique benefits that former politicians can bring into the classroom.

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CNC, ICBA sign MOU to aid graduates looking to work in construction industry

The College of New Caledonia and the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help CNC graduates find work in the construction industry. The MOU is the first of its kind between ICBA and a postsecondary institution. “We pride ourselves on working closely with local stakeholders, and this partnership will bring tremendous benefits to our students and it is an important step toward meeting the needs of industry,” said Frank Rossi, CNC Dean of Trades and Technologies. “The partnership links CNC’s students transitioning into the industry in a seamless manner, and will help secure employment for our students to continue with their chosen trade.”

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BVC takes part in Adobe’s Academic Initiative program

Bow Valley College has announced that it is the first and only Canadian postsecondary institution to participate in the Adobe's Academic Initiative analytics program. The college will offer an 8-month accredited Digital Marketing Post Diploma program, which will contain an Adobe Analytics component focused on making effective business decisions through the use of reports and analysis. “As the only Canadian institution to participate in the Adobe Academic Initiative program, we're really excited to provide this to our learners,” says BVC Dean, School of Creative Technologies Cherylyn Cameron. “With the push towards integrated analytics and design, having the ability to offer this course will equip our students with in-demand skills.” BVC

Western formally opens new nursing building

Western University has formally opened its new nursing building, the Arthur Labatt Family School. The $42M four-storey building features an atrium at the nexus of its two wings. The wing containing the nursing-education facility houses several new learning and research areas, as well as new 16-bed simulation suites. “We are preparing students not only for practical skills they will need, but equipping them for the comprehensive layers of problem-solving, critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making that are required components of nurses’ daily roles,” said Associate Professor Vicki Smye, director of Western’s nursing program. “We believe that this – coupled with a focus on research, leadership, information management, communication and innovation —helps make us unique among nursing programs in the country.”

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Lakehead, Georgian formalize partnership

Lakehead University and Georgian College have signed the Lakehead-Georgian Partnership, which will see the institutions work together to bring more degree options to central Ontario. The partnership will see students complete both a university degree and college credential in only four years. At the signing of the agreement, the institutions also announced two new combined programs: an Honours Bachelor of Science in Applied Life Science Degree with Biotechnology – Health Diploma and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Computer Programmer Diploma. “With the Lakehead campus in Orillia and Georgian’s main campus in Barrie, we are proud to serve students and employers with innovative, collaborative programs for today’s economy,” stated Georgian President MaryLynn West-Moynes. Barrie Examiner | Georgian