Top Ten

October 2, 2017

Western, U of T, McMaster partner on Toronto base for entrepreneurs

Western University, the University of Toronto, and McMaster University have officially launched ONRamp, a collaboration and co-working space on the U of T campus that supports entrepreneurs and their startups. A Western release notes that ONRamp features a number of flexible shared workspaces, meeting rooms, board rooms, and event spaces across three floors and 15,000 square feet of the Banting Institution on the U of T downtown campus. “I have been in this game long enough to know that no matter where you set up shop as an entrepreneur – be it in London, or Hamilton, or anywhere else in Ontario – you have to have access to Toronto. It is critical,” said Ian Haase, Western Director of Entrepreneurship. “This is an important partnership for our entrepreneurs.” Western | ONRamp

CICan launches Career-Launcher Internship program

Colleges and Institutes Canada has officially launched its Career-Launcher Internship program, which connects employers with skilled post-secondary graduates by providing up to $15K towards an intern’s salary. A CICan release states that the Internships provide access to two different program streams focused on the green economy: Clean Tech Internships and Natural Resources Internships. “CICan’s Career-Launcher Internship program contributes to a stronger Canadian economy by connecting employers with post-secondary graduates trained to meet industry needs and emerging trends,” says CICan President Denise Amyot. “It also provides those graduates with exciting employment opportunities that give them the experience needed to transition to full-time employment in their field.” CICan

Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program yields billions in social benefits: study

The Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) offered by the Gabriel Dumont Institute has resulted in billions of benefits for the province, according to a new study by by USask Economics Professor Eric Howe. According to Howe’s research, SUNTEP grads are helping future Indigenous students persist in the their education, the social benefit of which ranges from $13.6B in the “low scenario” to almost $40B in the “high scenario.” “The purpose of the report is to point out that a brain is an extraordinarily expensive thing to waste,” said Howe. “Saskatchewan has a population of just over a million people. We are best-off as a province if all of those people are productively employed, those that want to be productively employed are and are well paid.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix | CBC |NationTalk

The difference between shy, introverted students

“If we want to encourage all of our students to participate in class, we have to accept that shy students are not necessarily introverted. And introverts are not necessarily shy,” writes Adam Chapnick. The author notes that when students are shy, instructors need to develop trusting relationships to help reassure them that their ideas are worth expressing. Yet introverted students, Chapnick adds, often find group conversations so exhausting that they choose not to speak up, even though they have many things to say and are confident in their value. For this group of students, Chapnick recommends an ethical appeal, which asks these students to contribute to the conversation because they benefit from hearing the views of others. University Affairs

Lakehead opens “one stop” hub for student enrolment services

Lakehead University has officially opened its new Student Central, a space at the heart of its Thunder Bay campus where new and current students can receive a variety of Enrolment Services and supports in a “one stop” format. Enrolment Services includes Undergraduate Recruitment; Undergraduate Admissions; Student Awards and Financial Aid; and Academic Advising, Records and Registration. “In addition to bringing together student services teams that were once located throughout the campus, Student Central has been seamlessly integrated into our Agora space, which has always been at the centre of our campus and a gathering place for our community,” explained Lakehead President Brian Stevenson. “Student Central is an exceptional new student space that is part of a larger, ongoing plan to revitalize our Agora.” Lakehead | CBC

Canada’s universities need to care whether grads get jobs: McGugan

“More and more young adults think it's typical to accumulate a couple of degrees or diplomas before getting started in life,” writes Ian McGugan, who argues that Canada’s universities need to be held more accountable for the employment outcomes of their graduates. To help address this issue, the author suggests that the government require university programs to track their graduates for five years in order to provide prospective students with clear numbers on how many former students end up being employed in their field. A second suggestion is that accreditation and degrees should be offered by bodies independent of universities rather than the universities themselves. “A system like that could be the first step to putting limits on Canada's bloated and not very effective system of higher education,” McGugan concludes, adding that “it can’t happen soon enough.” Globe and Mail

SaskPolytech, URegina expand transfer agreement for Health Care, Recreation students

The University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have announced the expansion of a transfer agreement that will allow more students to transfer credit from a SaskPolytech certificate or diploma to a URegina degree program. Graduates of select SaskPolytech diploma and certificate programs will now have the opportunity to transfer into URegina’s Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Studies program or Bachelor of Health Studies program. “This agreement expands and reconfirms decades of co-operation between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina to provide pathways for our health science and recreation graduates,” says SaskPolytech Provost and VP Academic Anne Neufeld. SaskPolytech | URegina

Amid expansion to recreation centre, UWaterloo unveils plans for new field house

On top of a $41M expansion to the Student Life Centre and Physical Activities Complex that is already underway, the University of Waterloo says that it will break ground on a new field house by January. The multi-function field-turf building will cost about $15M to build, and will have a September completion deadline. “The reality was nobody would argue that our facilities need lots of work,” said UWaterloo Director of Athletics and Recreation Roly Webster. “The priority of the institution … is to create a vibrant student experience and (the athletics department) needs to play a massive role in that.” Waterloo Chronicle

Canadore signs pathway agreements with Limerick Institute of Technology

Canadore has signed five new articulation agreements with Ireland’s Limerick Institute of Technology. A Canadore release notes that these new degree pathways will lead into LIT’s honours bachelor of science in civil engineering management, honours bachelor of business, bachelor of science in creative broadcast and film production, honours bachelor of art in design, and honours bachelor of arts in community sport development. “Our partnership with the Limerick Institute of Technology has been nothing short of extraordinary,” said Canadore President George Burton. “We consider ourselves very lucky to work with partners that provide high quality academic standards, value student engagement and success, and also value the spirit of reciprocity.” Canadore

URegina Students’ Union provides students with free business attire

The University of Regina Students’ Union has launched a new program called URSU Threads that will provide students with free business attire for job interviews, work terms, or presentations. “In the current day and age, there are so many cuts to student funding, so if someone doesn't have a suit and they are a full-time student, the last thing on their mind is to spend $200 or $300 on a suit jacket,” said Haris Khan, URSU's vice-president of external affairs. “So this program that we are starting is kind of helping them out and to also make them look professional. Once you look professional, you definitely stand above the crowd.” The program has partnered with Dress for Success Regina, which provides professional attire to women, and has received donations of gently used suits from Moores Clothing. CBC