Top Ten

July 3, 2019

Canadian universities make strong showing in ARWU’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has published its 2019 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects report. The release ranked over 4,000 universities across 54 subjects in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. The University of British Columbia and McGill University were among four institutions that appeared on the league table in 52 subjects. Several Canadian universities also appeared in top ten positions for subjects: The University of Toronto appeared in numerous rankings, including geography (4), clinical medicine (5), and psychology (2); the University of Guelph ranked highly for veterinary sciences (10); UBC was among the top institutions for both telecommunication engineering (8) and transportation science & technology (8); and the University of Alberta was in the top ten for Environmental Science & Engineering (8). Release Report (International)

Hacker shuts down UOttawa student newspaper’s website

A hacker has wiped out ten years’ worth of stories on the website for the Fulcrum, the University of Ottawa’s student newspaper. According to the Ottawa Citizen, the only piece of content left on the site after the attack was a headline calling the paper an “anti-union rag” and a one-sentence article: "uOttawa students news rag the Fulcrum has been cancelled. Bye-bye." Editor-in-Chief Matt Gergyek and former Editor-in-Chief Anchal Sharma said there are no immediate suspects in the attack, but the Citizen notes that the Fulcrum chronicled an ongoing case in which the students’ union was audited for fiscal malfeasance in 2018. The Fulcrum has online back-ups in place, so the site should only lose a week’s worth of content, adds CBC. Ottawa Citizen CBC (ON)

Faculty must retake control over campus discourse: Abrams

It is student-facing administrators who are responsible for "the creation of a progressive and activist monoculture among students on many campuses with their extracurricular agenda-setting power," writes Samuel J Abrams. The author argues that campus discourse would be more deliberative and moderate if professors took more control over shaping it, which would include exerting more authority in shaping extracurricular programming, from student orientation curricula to residential education initiatives. "It is time for us professors to make our voices heard," Abrams concludes. "Otherwise, the collegiate chaos over the past few years is likely to continue, to the detriment of both higher education and the nation at large when our students enter the real world." Inside Higher Ed (International)

YorkU receives funding for French language health care education 

York University’s Glendon College campus has been awarded $1M over five years to improve training in French language health services. Glendon stated that it will be establishing a new certificate in dementia and cognitive health and a specialized bachelor’s degree in neuropsychology. "Our Glendon campus at York University has been providing high-quality bilingual and French-language programs for over 50 years," said YorkU President Rhonda Lenton. "This new funding will help us further expand access to postsecondary education for Francophones." YorkU (ON)

RRC formally opens Smart Factory 

Red River College has officially opened the doors to its Smart Factory, a state-of-the-art learning facility and applied research space. The Smart Factory is focused on supporting the province’s growing aerospace and manufacturing industries and the college’s applied research initiatives. "Red River College has always been at the forefront of emerging technologies," said RRC President Paul Vogt. "The opening of the Smart Factory ensures that our students are well-equipped to face the challenges that the future workforce may hold, and to thrive in ever-changing environments." The facility was funded by a $10M investment by the Government of Canada announced in 2017. RRC (MB)

NorQuest grows cannabis program offerings

NorQuest College is launching an online cannabis trimming and production course to meet demand for skilled workers in the cannabis industry. A release from Norquest states that the course includes interactive content, expert interviews, and demonstrations. "This training at NorQuest will help anyone become a standout candidate for employment, including newcomers and energy sector workers looking to switch to a high growth career," says NorQuest VP of Business Development Marian Gayed. Norquest adds that it will also introduce hands-on training with designated producers in the fall. Norquest Edmonton Journal (AB)

Queen’s proposes 300-bed residence for main campus

Queen’s University has proposed the construction of a new residence building on its main campus that would house approximately 300 beds in a five-story complex. The new residence would accommodate plans for modest enrolment growth and allow the institution to move students during renovations at other residences. "As a neighbor, it is important to share our concepts for this build with the local community as early in the process as possible," said Donna Janiec, VP, Finance and Administration. The Queen’s project team is reportedly working to ensure heritage elements, neighbourhood integration, and environmental stewardship are addressed in the building plans. Queen's (ON)

"Historic" MOU brings USask B.Ed. program to Cumberland House 

A Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Saskatchewan, Northern Lights School Division, Cumberland House Cree Nation, The Northern Village of Cumberland House, and the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan will support the delivery of a Bachelor of Education program at Cumberland House. A release states that programming will focus on the four-year B.Ed. elementary/middle years stream with teaching areas of Cree and Indigenous studies. "It’s historic when representatives of Cumberland House Cree Nation, the school division, the Metis Nation and The Northern Village of Cumberland House all say let’s do this together, let’s make this a reality," said Jason Young, Director of Education with the Northern Lights School Division. Nation Talk (SK)

Canada’s Athena SWAN can reduce systemic barriers: Cote-Meek

The Canadian version of the Athena SWAN charter heralds an "exciting and promising time" for equity, diversity, and inclusion in Canadian higher ed, writes Sheila Cote-Meek. The author highlights three benefits of the initiative’s equity, diversity, and inclusion capacity-building fund, drawing on her own experiences from graduate school to observe that diverse teams make better decisions. Second, strong leaders value all forms of diversity. Finally, "increasing diversity also assists us with growing in our understanding about the realities across a range of people." The author concludes by reiterating that the Canadian version of Athena SWAN presents an "opportunity to rethink, reformulate, and re-inspire." University Affairs (International)

Canadore, industry partners look to create greener economy

Canadore College has partnered with industry leaders to announce the first phase of development for a Controlled Environment Agriculture Centre of Excellence in North Bay, Ontario. A Canadore release notes that the Centre, created in partnership with EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp, EHT Ag Tech, the sales and marketing division of EnerDynamic Hybrid Technologies Corp, and Growratio Inc will create a multi-disciplinary ecosystem of organizations focused on the future of controlled environment agriculture. Canadore President George Burton notes that the project is "a natural next step for us to foster the development of the ever-important and green economy." Canadore (ON)