Top Ten

May 6, 2019

NSERC provides funding to researchers, leaders, young Canadians to bolster STEM

The Government of Canada has announced over $44M in funding for research partnerships through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Strategic Partnership Grants. The investment will go to 75 projects across the country that will connect researchers with industry and government partners, facilitate the development of solutions to key challenges, and provide researchers with the training and experience needed to be labour market ready. The grants have been provided to researchers at the 24 different postsecondary institutions to tackle 75 projects related to the environment, agriculture, communications technologies, manufacturing, and more. NSERC-CRSNG (SPG) | NSERC-CRSNG (Projects List) National

Nipissing investigates allegations of student-teacher connected to far-right chat group

Nipissing University is investigating a student-teacher who allegedly raised doubts about the Holocaust to a middle-school class. According to the Globe and Mail, the student-teacher told a far-right discussion forum he was a University of Toronto graduate studying to become a teacher at another Ontario university when he boasted about the episode. “We will continue to strive to create an environment that is inclusive, diverse, welcoming and safe,” said a statement from the university’s senior administration. “We want to reinforce that there is no room for bigotry, intolerance, and racism at Nipissing University.” Globe and Mail (1) | Globe and Mail (2) [ON]

Toronto students struggle with housing, isolation: Study

The findings of a study by StudentDwellTO have found that university students in Toronto are facing challenges in finding affordable housing and are feeling isolated by long commutes. The initiative, launched by Ryerson University, OCAD University, the University of Toronto, and York University in 2017, seeks to examine housing issues faced by their 180,000 students and gather data to navigate a path forward. Student focus groups revealed that students feel that university residence spaces are limited in availability and not worth the cost after first year, while off-campus options are often overcrowded, discriminatory against students, and very costly. The students asked for affordable on-campus options, support and guidance with finding off-campus housing, and more places for downtime and studying.York [ON]

QC to provide compensation for internships and vocational training

The Government of Quebec Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge has announced that the province plans to provide financial compensation for certain internships and vocational training in CEGEP and university. The announcement follows the efforts of a committee that examined the conditions surrounding work placements at postsecondary institutions in the province. Select internships will be subject to financial compensation based on the number of hours in the workplace and the field of study. Journal de Montréal [QC]

Seneca, University of the Arts London establish partnership

Seneca College has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with University of the Arts in London. The two parties intend to establish future partnership agreements, exchange opportunities, academic co-operation, and innovative collaboration. “We are delighted to partner with UAL to bring a global perspective to our students. Signing this MOU furthers Seneca’s commitment to meeting the expectations of internationally connected students and expanding our partnerships with world renowned institutions,” said Seneca President David Agnew. Seneca adds that it also signed an articulation agreement with the London College of Fashion. Seneca [ON]

BCIT opens student entrepreneurship hub

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has opened the Summit Centre, an on-campus entrepreneurship hub established in collaboration with the BCIT Student Association. According to BCIT, the space will enable students to start, grow, and scale their ventures; access resources; work with coaches and mentors; explore opportunities to partner with other organizations; and strengthen their education. “Regardless of the program that students are enrolled in, entrepreneurship skills are valuable for success in an ever-evolving workforce. This joint initiative with BCIT creates a resourceful environment to empower students in further growth, innovation, and success in their future,” said Student Association President Timothy David. BCIT [BC]

"Everyone wanted it": ON rule change scraps Conestoga bus pass

A time limitation imposed by the Government of Ontario has forced Conestoga College and Waterloo Region to cancel a proposed UPass. According to the Waterloo Region Record, the government’s opt-out option for non-mandatory on-campus services means that only those schools with signed transit agreements before January 17th may include UPass fees in their tuition. Conestoga held a successful UPass referendum in 2018 and the Region approved the plan in its 2019 budget, but the two parties had not yet signed an agreement. Waterloo Region Record [ON]

UoGuelph, South Korean university team up for English language education

The University of Guelph and Chungbuk National University in South Korea have partnered to provide Chungbuk students with the opportunity to enrol in English Language Programs at UoGuelph. “International partnerships improve the overall experience of internationalism on campus and in the greater Guelph community,” explained UoGuelph ELP Business Development and Program Manager Julian Inglis. “We are hopeful that this collaboration will lead to greater opportunities between these two institutions in the future.” UoGuelph states that it will welcome the first group of students from Chungbuk in Fall 2019. UoGuelph [ON]

SaskPolytech, Universidad Cuauhtémoc partnership takes culinary students to Mexico

A Memorandum of Understanding between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and Universidad Cuauhtémoc in Mexico will enable eight Culinary Arts students to study in Aguascalientes, Mexico. A SaskPolytech release states that students will attend classes, tour restaurants and food operations, and immerse themselves in Mexican culture and cuisine during the trip. "Saskatchewan Polytechnic believes in the value of collaboration and partnership," said SaskPolytech President Larry Rosia. "This is an exciting international relationship with Universidad Cuauhtémoc. We look forward to hearing about our students’ Culinary Arts experiences in Mexico and tasting a few of the recipes they bring back to Canada!” SaskPolytech [SK]

Brock launches concurrent MBA MPH degree

Brock University’s Goodman School of Business has launched what it describes as the first Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health concurrent degree program in Canada. The two-year program is focused on providing students with a foundation in both management and public health, and includes a six-month internship through the Faculty of Applied Sciences. “Current health innovations are dynamic and ever-changing. We have a civil responsibility to prepare our graduates not just for the careers of today, but the vocations of the future in public health management,” said MPH Graduate Program Director Brent Faught. “The practical experience gained through the MPH internship helps to keep our students a step ahead." Brock [ON]