Top Ten

March 2, 2020

Ocean Supercluster announces MUN, partners to receive nearly $7M in funding

Canada's Ocean Supercluster has announced that Memorial University and partners will receive approximately $7M in funding for the Ocean Startup Project. Delivered in partnership with Springboard Atlantic, Creative Destruction Lab (Atlantic), New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, PEI BioAliance, and Innovacorp, the project aims to create 30 ocean technology companies based in Atlantic Canada in the next two years. "This is an incredibly important part of building capacity, expanding our capabilities and setting ourselves up for success as we embark on what we know will become a $3-trillion global ocean opportunity by 2030," said Canada's Ocean Supercluster CEO Kendra MacDonald.  MUN  (NL, NB, PEI, NS)

AB announces postsecondary funding cuts with 2020 Budget

The Government of Alberta has announced the 2020 Budget, which will see universities and colleges responsible for covering a larger portion of operational costs due to a 6.3% decrease in provincial funding. The Edmonton Journal states that total operating expenses for Advanced Education went from $5.5B to $5.1B in the 2020 Budget. Postsecondary tuition fees will go up about 11% in 2020, and will continue to rise by 4.7% and 4.8% in subsequent years. Executive Director of the Alberta Students Executive Council Jonathan Bilodeau said the budget was an improvement from the fall budget, but is worried about increased costs for students.   Edmonton Journal  (AB)

Ontario's Universities releases new data from 2018 student sexual violence survey

The Council of Ontario Universities has released new data regarding the 2018 Student Voices on Sexual Violence Ontario's Universities survey results. Although a summary report was released in March 2019, this new report delves deeper into the data to provide institutions with a clearer picture of the state of sexualized violence on campuses. The report also provides a break down data collected by school to help individual institutions improve campus supports. "Understanding and addressing sexual violence experienced by our students is a priority for Ontario’s universities and we remain committed to creating safe learning and working environments free from sexual violence," concludes the report summary.   Ontario's Universities  | U of T  (ON)

CICan, Mitacs partner to create up to 1,000 work-integrated research internships for students

Colleges and Institutes Canada and Mitacs have signed an agreement that will create up to 1,000 work-integrated learning Mitacs research internships for students from CICan member institutions. Delivered over the next five year, the agreement will allow college and institute students to work with industry partners and other researchers. “Work-integrated learning is a critical part of college and institute learning and we are incredibly pleased to work with Mitacs to offer more opportunities to students across Canada," said CICan President Denise Amyot. "Thanks to these valuable research internships, they will be able to acquire hands-on experience while contributing directly to Canadian innovation."  CICan  (National)

George Brown launches Indigenous Student Centre

George Brown College has launched an Indigenous Student Centre to provide students with a space to study, socialize, and access support services at the college's Casa Loma Campus. George Brown Counsellor and Professor of Indigenous Education and Services Bob Whiteduck Crawford says the new space will make it easier for him to offer cultural teachings, and he believes students will feel at home. “It’s our hope that the Indigenous Student Centre will grow, mature and become a hub of activity," said George Brown Chair of the Sahkitcheway Indigenous Education Council Frances Sanderson. "It’s anticipated it will become the nucleus of educational opportunities, the heart of Aboriginal educators and students, and a home for partnerships and personal growth.”   George Brown  (ON)

Concordia Edmonton signs first MOU with Austrian University

Concordia University of Edmonton has signed its first memorandum of understanding with Austria's University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg. Among other collaborative items, the agreement will facilitate a student exchange program, a move that will work to advance Concordia Edmonton's internationalization strategy. "We are strengthening our ties and presence in Europe, and our students, faculty and staff are experiencing the high benefits of this outreach," concludes the release.   Concordia Edmonton  (AB)

ACC partners with Westoba to create active learning space  

Assiniboine Community College has launched a new on-campus learning space in partnership with Westoba Credit Union Ltd. The Westoba Credit Union Innovation lab is an active learning space that brings together design and smart technology. “Our new active learning classroom is a high-tech, team-based classroom that will deepen learning and strengthen student collaboration, while supporting innovative teaching,” said ACC Dean of Business Bobbie Robertson. “The idea is for the instructor to be able to be at the centre of the space, but not be the centre of learning.”   ACC  | Brandon Sun  (MB)

Brescia creates sponsorship with Mother St Anne Lachance Society

Brescia University College has created a canonical sponsorship relationship with the newly formed Mother St Anne Lachance Society. The Ursuline Sisters of Chatman, Brescia's foundresses, will continue to provide insight through The Mother St Anne Lachance Society, where the Ursuline’s Community Leader, Sister Theresa Campeau, will participate as a member. Brescia states that the sponsorship emphasizes continuity, allowing the University to reaffirm its Catholic identity while continuing to embrace students of all faiths and backgrounds. "We are grateful to the Ursulines for their dedication, time and commitment in ensuring the University preserves its identity, and to Bishop Fabbro for approving this new oversight arrangement," concludes a Brescia media release.   Brescia   (ON)

SFU, Navitas extend internationalization partnership until 2030

Simon Fraser University has announced the extension of a 14-year partnership with Navitas to continue to strengthen the school's international enrolment strategy. The partnership provides an on-campus pathway program designed to prepare international students for their postsecondary education at SFU. This partnership will now continue through 2030 thanks to the new agreement. “Fraser International College [Navitas] continues to produce engaged and ambitious learners who, as global citizens, contribute greatly to our campus community and enhance SFU’s ability to provide all of our students with diverse and transformative learning opportunities," said SFU Vice-President, Academic and Provost Jonathan Driver.   SFU   (BC)

Brock partners with Bangladeshi university to explore collaborative possibilities

Brock University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bangladesh's Independent University to establish future academic and cultural collaborations. Through the agreement, the universities will share research, grants, and educational materials, as well as participate in an exchange program. “MOUs are an excellent way to begin a relationship between institutions,” said Brock Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science Ejaz Ahmed. “They create a framework that can lead to many years of knowledge exchange. They make both universities stronger and wider reaching, and the students who participate earn a broader vision of the world and the issues we all face.” Brock (ON)