Top Ten

May 11, 2018

U of T to construct 14-storey timber tower

The University of Toronto is reportedly preparing to build a 14-storey building made of wood and concrete that it says will be among the tallest of its kind in North America. The building will be constructed at the school’s downtown campus, and construction is set to begin in 2019. U of T chief of university planning, design and construction Gilbert Delgado explained that the cross-laminated timber that will be used in the structure “gives you the opportunity to create some really lovely interior spaces that are faced in natural wood” and still be fire-resistant. Toronto Star

URegina rebuked by judge for falsely alleging partners committed fraud

The University of Regina has been rebuked by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge for falsely alleging that its carbon capture business partners had committed fraud, reports CBC. In 2012, URegina sued HTC Pure Energy and the South Korean-based Doosan Group, stating that the companies had secretly entered into an agreement to commercialize the university’s carbon capture technology without paying royalties to the university. The lawsuit claimed HTC received a $10M payment from Doosan for the technology., which was concealed from the university. CBC reports that Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Kalmakoff ultimately deemed the allegations “baseless and wholly without merit.” CBC

Advice for non-traditional presidents

College presidents from outside the academy need to listen to administrators, faculty, and other stakeholders as they take on their new position, writes Lee Gardner. “A college president’s job is unique and challenging — it demands the zeal of an inspirational leader, the acumen of a corporate executive, the folksy touch of a small-town mayor,” the author states, adding that new leaders also need to engage with communities beyond campus to foster local partnerships. Gardner also says that non-traditional presidents must adjust to shared governance, an institutional norm that is uncommon beyond the academy. Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

ON invests $566K into experiential learning at AlgomaU

Ontario’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development has invested over $550K to support the Career Ready Fund at Algoma University, an AlgomaU release states. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, acknowledged that new graduates need work-related experience when they first embark on their career searches. “With support from the Career Ready Fund, students and new graduates will gain the meaningful, real-world experience they need for a successful career start,” she said. The CRF will reportedly support a Career Link program directed toward Indigenous learners, entrepreneurial initiatives for students with disabilities, and a placement program created in partnership with the Sault Community Career Centre. AlgomaU

CNA-Qatar, University of Aberdeen sign articulation agreement

College of the North Atlantic-Qater has announced that it has signed a new agreement with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland that facilitates new pathways for CNA-Qatar graduates. Specifically, the benefits will allow eligible graduates to enter into a Bachelor’s (Honours) of Business Management or a Bachelors (Honours) of Accountancy and Finance. “Collaboration between various education sub-sectors ensures students have diverse avenues through which to gain knowledge and skillsets, and credentials in demand by the labour market,” said Samah Gamar, VP Academic of CNA-Qatar. “We sought this partnership with AFG and Aberdeen to ensure that our students can progress seamlessly through their studies and achieve their educational and career goals.” CNA

RDC receives approval for first four-year degree program

Red Deer College has reportedly received approval to launch a four-year Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation and Visual Effects in September 2018. “This is a historic day for our College, as this is the first four-year degree that we fully offer at RDC, and it’s a tremendous step in our journey to becoming a university,” stated RDC President & CEO Joel Ward. The degree underwent several years of development in consultation with professionals across Canada, according to the RDC release. RDC is said to also be in the planning stages for a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Film, Theatre and Live Entertainment. RDC

Trent raises $56.8M as historic fundraiser concludes

Trent University has concluded a historic, nine-year fundraising campaign that brought in $56.8M, reports the Peterborough Examiner. 8,461 individual donors are said to have contributed over 57,749 gifts to the effort. “Trent is an institution profoundly anchored in philanthropy,” said Julie Davis, VP, External Relations and Advancement. “Since our inception more than 50 years ago, those who believe in the power of education to transform lives and build community have given their time, talent and resources to ensure Trent remains a special place of learning.” The campaign has reportedly supported a state-of-the-art athletics facility, new student centre, and upgrades to the Bata Library. Peterborough Examiner | Global

UQAM, Proclic partner on online consulting platform

Université du Québec à Montréal reports that it has partnered with the consulting firm Proclic to launch a virtual consulting platform for industry professionals. According to a UQAM release, the platform features tools that will facilitate training and supervision in the field. UQAM professors Lise Lachance and Louis Cournoyer stated that online and in-person consulting differ significantly. The university announced the establishment of a new research chair, which will seek to investigate how those differences affect the consulting sector. UQAM

Fleming, SaskPolytech partner to expand online construction, transportation programming

Fleming College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have entered into a new partnership to offer online programs and courses throughout Ontario. A SaskPolytech release states that the institutions recently signed a five-year agreement to enable shared delivery of the Parts Management Technician, Warehouse Worker, and Leadership Skills certificate programs, as well as Blue Seal training for the trades. The release adds that the schools are committed to enhancing the engaging and flexible learning experience provided by online learning environments. SaskPolytech