Top Ten

March 6, 2020

uOttawa raises $300M for campus modernization initiatives

The University of Ottawa has raised $300M for the modernization of existing campus buildings. The project aligns with uOttawa's strategic goal of responsible and sustainable growth of the school's infrastructure over the next decade. One of the projects involves five buildings receiving mechanical and architectural upgrades that will contribute to a more sustainable, greener campus. The project will also provide new facilities for the Faculty of Health Sciences and enhance pedestrian access between the campus and the Lees LRT station. uOttawa (ON)

StFX's Coady Institute receives nearly $10M for international women's leadership initiatives

St Francis Xavier University's Coady Institute has received nearly $10M in funding from Global Affairs Canada to promote the international development of leadership initiatives for women. ENGAGE! Women’s Empowerment and Active Citizenship will see Coady work with organizations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, and Tanzania to strengthen individual and organizational capacity while providing tools and opportunities for women to increase their own empowerment. “The ENGAGE! project provides a wonderful opportunity for Coady staff to collaborate with our partners in their home countries and communities, sharing and learning about the practice of asset-based development on the ground,” said StFX Coady Executive Director Gord Cunningham. “We will then bring those lessons learned back to the Coady classroom here in Antigonish.” StFX (NS)

Students across country organize mass walkout in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

Postsecondary students across the country participated in a nationwide school walkout in support the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in British Columbia. According to a release from a group called Students in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en, more than 5,000 students across Canada from at least 38 different universities took part in the Wednesday walkout. "[As students], we have to be making the changes we want to see, and this [walkout] is the place for it," said UVic student Alison Conibar.  CBC  | Global News  (National)

YorkU launches $1.8M accelerator program for women entrepreneurs

York University has launched a six-month accelerator program to support 54 local women entrepreneurs thanks to $1.8M in federal funding. The Entrepreneurial Leadership & Learning Alliance program will support existing women entrepreneurs by providing them with one-on-one mentoring, hands-on workshops, leadership training, and a community of experts and supporters. “The ELLA program for women business owners is an example of York University’s focus on new educational approaches – like entrepreneurship and work-integrated learning – that equip our graduates to thrive in the competitive global knowledge economy,” said YorkU President Rhonda L Lenton. “It is especially important that we give women access to the skills, supports and tools needed to build their businesses as part of our work to build a more gender-equal world.”  YorkU  (ON)

EDUCAUSE releases 2020 Horizon report on teaching, learning trends

EDUCAUSE has released its 2020 Horizon Report, Teaching and Learning Edition, that details key trends, emerging technologies and practices that are shaping the future of postsecondary teaching. Trends discussed in the report include social, technological, economic, higher education, and political. The report also includes a section on emerging technologies that experts believe will have a significant impact on the future of postsecondary teaching and learning. Such technologies include Adaptive Learning Technologies, AI/Machine Learning Education Applications, Analytics for Student Success, Open Educational Resources, and XR Technologies. "We must see ourselves as members of the higher education community, actively fostering the kind of industry that advances our society," concludes the report.   EDUCAUSE  | Inside Higher Ed  (International)

Georgian offers free tuition to learners in or from foster care

Georgian College has announced that they will be the first Ontario college to offer free tuition to learners in/from extended society care (foster care), with no age restriction. “We heard directly from Georgian alumni who once lived in foster care as to how life-changing improved access to postsecondary education without age restrictions can truly be,” said Georgian College President MaryLynn West-Moynes. “We are thrilled to assist our students on their education journey and through this program, we hope to bridge what they have with what they need to succeed.” This spring, the school will offer a college-wide workshop for staff and faculty to help them provide effective support to students who have lived in extended society care.  Georgian College  (ON)

Athena Pathways formally launches with mission to train women in AI

Athena Pathways, a project focused on increasing the province’s pool of scientific and technical expertise by developing programming and scholarships for women in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science, has been formally launched with the mission of training 500 women in AI in 18 months.  The initiative will develop courses and workshops for women at the high school, postsecondary and career levels; offer over 300 scholarships to women who enrol in these courses; and provide internships, full-time positions, and mentorships to women in AI. Athena Pathways is a partnership between the Digital Technology Supercluster, British Columbia Institute of Technology, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Northeastern University, and industry leaders.  BCIT  (BC)

McMaster expands Innovation Park with acquisition of Hamilton Spectator building

McMaster University's Innovation Park has purchased the Hamilton Spectator building to create a state-of-the-art hub for emerging life sciences companies. When completed, MIP will employ 5,000 people and span 2.5 million square feet of space. “We’re realizing the true social and economic value of our research and helping to grow the region’s life sciences cluster," said McMaster Acting Vice-President of Research Karen Mossman. "Our researchers are spinning out companies, creating jobs, and attracting investment and industry to the Park.” McMaster | Hamilton Spectator (ON)

Promoting socioeconomic diversity in Canadian medical schools

Medical schools across Canada are changing their admissions processes to attract students from less-privileged backgrounds, writes Wendy Glauser. According to a 2018 survey, 63% of Canadian medical students come from families making above $100K a year while only 7% were from families making less than $40K. Glauser argues the importance of tackling this socioeconomic bias is "obvious." As AFMC Network on Equity, Diversity and Gender Saleem Razack explains, “almost all of the diseases that we treat in medicine have a very important social determination, [and] we’re not going to achieve as good of outcomes unless we’re in a situation of having the inside [of the medical profession] reflect better the outside.”   University Affairs  (National)

Algonquin launches DARE6 initiative to promote Truth, Reconciliation

Algonquin College has launched a corporate partnership initiative with PCL Constructors Canada Inc to help further the College’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. At the kick-off ceremony, PCL committed to donating $216K to reconciliation efforts over the next six years. “Today is a celebration of a long-standing relationship that PCL and Algonquin College have already built together,” said Algonquin President Claude Brulé. Brulé described DARE6 as “a unique opportunity to build on a partnership that will create new paths to engagement.   Algonquin  (ON)