Top Ten

December 7, 2018

Federal government invests in consortium to support women entrepreneurs

Several universities across the country have been tapped to participate in the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, a new consortium that seeks to give women entrepreneurs a boost. According to a release, Ryerson University will lead the consortium, with Mount Royal University, the University of Manitoba, Carleton University, Université de Montréal, OCAD University, and Dalhousie University housing regional hubs. MRU states that women entrepreneurs are less likely than men to seek debt and equity financing. They are also more likely to be rejected or to receive less money. The federal government has invested $2B into the initiative, states MRU. MRU (National)

Citing security incidents, students call on UAlberta to provide locks for residence

Students who live in the University of Alberta’s HUB Mall are calling on the university to provide locks for the residential side of the complex. CBC reports that the split-use facility consists of retail space and six floors of student residences, and that UAlberta documents several hundred security incidents each year. “We are getting a lot of trespassers inside of HUB,” said Jared Larsen, President of HUB Community Association. “Usually it's a large number of homeless people but we have had religious solicitors going door to door after hours, people who aren't supposed to be there.” A 2013 risk-assessment by UAlberta’s internal audit services estimated that retrofitting the facility’s 60 ground-level doors with panic hardware and card readers would cost around $2.2M. CBC (AB)

Financial empowerment can contribute to success for Indigenous youth: FNU AVP

For Indigenous youth embarking on higher education and careers, financial empowerment marks the road to success, writes Bettina Schneider, Associate Vice-President Academic of First Nations University. Schneider explains how many personal finance textbooks provide excellent content, but do not include the taxation, housing, banking, and other specifics that impact Indigenous people. To this end, Schneider discusses how she embarked on the development of an openly licensed textbook titled Financial Empowerment. “Sharing the wisdom and power of culturally relevant financial literacy education in Indigenous communities is one way to promote the success of Indigenous youth,” the author concludes. National Post (National)

HEC Montréal to create new Master’s-level program with school of public administration

HEC Montréal has signed an agreement with the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) to create a new joint 15-credit Master's-level program. An HEC release states that the training provided by the new program will be particularly useful for professionals working at the intersection of the public and private sectors. “HEC Montréal is proud to be joining ENAP to offer training that can concretely meet the needs of professionals interested in acquiring combined skills in management and public administration, and in keeping with our two establishments’ well-known tradition of excellence,” said HEC Director Michel Patry. HEC Montréal (QC)

Auditor-General finds ON's free-tuition program will cost more than expected

Ontario Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk has found that the former Liberal government’s free-tuition scheme could cost $2B annually, 50% more than previous estimates. According to the Star, Lysyk also found little evidence that the scheme has actually helped low-income students, and that the Training, Colleges and Universities Ministry could not determine whether mature students actually need OSAP support because their parents’ incomes are not taken into consideration. “Our government will examine how to restore the financial sustainability of OSAP, so the program is efficient, cost-effective, and helps the students who need it the most,” said Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Merrilee Fullerton. The Star (ON)

USask proposes degree program for internationally-trained dentists

The University of Saskatchewan is planning to launch an International Dental Degree program, reports the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. The program will make it easier for dentists from other countries who do not have accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada to sit the National Dental Examining Board examination. According to the StarPhoenix, USask’s College of Dentistry would accept up to three students a year into the third year of the College’s four-year Dental Medicine program. Seven of Canada’s 10 dentistry programs offer similar pathways for internationally-trained dentists, the StarPhoenix adds. Saskatoon StarPhoenix (SK)

Fleming strengthens pathway agreement with Robert Gordon University in Scotland

Fleming College and Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland have signed an agreement that will expand existing pathways between the two institutions. A Fleming release states that ongoing agreements between the college and RGU over the last three years have seen the total number of programs with pathway opportunities increase from seven to 10. “The agreement recognizes the skillset and knowledge Fleming College students will bring to Robert Gordon University. We are proud to provide these opportunities for students to continue their education,” said Elizabeth Hancock, Vice-Principal of Academic Development and Student Experience at RGU. Fleming (ON)

Dal to offer professional-level courses in English for Chilean engineers

Dalhousie University and the University of Santiago de Chile have embarked on a new partnership. A release from Dal reports that the agreement will enable new training in the development and delivery of English-language courses to Engineering students at USACH. “We developed this certificate because it combines language plus pedagogical and methodological professional development for educators,” stated Jennifer MacDonald, Head Teacher of English-as-a-second language (ESL) in Dal’s College of Continuing Education program. Dal adds that the agreement with USACH is part of the CALDO consortium, an initiative undertaken by 10 of Canada’s U15 institutions to promote partnerships in Latin America. Dal (NS)

Focusing on the positives when thinking about improvements to science

“Most opinion articles are written about things that enrage or bother us,” writes David Kent, who instead decides in his most recent article to focus on positive efforts and trends in the scientific community. Kent divides these positive areas according to progress he has seen in the peer review process, scientific PhD training, and career progression. Kent specifically highlights strong parental leave policies and mentorship programs as significant, positive changes in the way science is taught and practiced. “Many of these [developments],” the author concludes, “are inexpensive (or free!) and could be rolled out in institutions or granting agencies with relative ease, so why not give it a little push where you can, instead of keeping your head in the sand.” University Affairs (National)


StFX signs agreement for new exchange opportunities with China

St Francis Xavier University has signed a new agreement with the Chinese government to promote greater cultural exchanges. According to a StFX release, the agreement will facilitate new opportunities for recruitment while encouraging visiting scholars and faculty to explore further areas of cooperation in research and academic programs. Joint conferences, seminars, workshops, and forums are other possibilities emerging from this new relationship, StFX adds. The agreement was signed by StFX President Kent MacDonald and Guo Wanjun, Director of the Education Bureau of Qingbaijiang. StFX (NS)