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February 19, 2021

Canadian universities join forces to create University Network for Investor Engagement

A group of Canadian universities have come together to create the University Network for Investor Engagement (UNIE) through the investor advocacy organization SHARE. The universities will work together to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting Canada in transitioning to a low carbon economy. Participants include Carleton University, Concordia University, McGill University, McMaster University, Mount Allison University, Université de Montreal, University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto Asset Management, University of Victoria, and York University. “UNIE is one clear and focused way university endowments and pension plans can make a difference together,” said McMaster AVP (Administration) Deidre Henne. “It allows us to influence how, and how fast, that low-carbon transition takes place.” NewsWire (National)

Loyalist launches mechatronics college diploma program

Loyalist College has launched an Electromechanical Engineering Technician - Mechatronics Ontario college diploma program to meet the region’s industry demand. Students in the two-year program will develop skills in designing, implementing, maintaining, and repairing automation systems. Over the course of their studies, students will also be able to complete levels one and two of the Siemens Mechatronics System certification micro-credential. “Employers have told us they need mechatronics programming and support, and we’ve responded to help them capitalize on the opportunities and champion the disruptive pressures of digitization, as well as decarbonization,” said Loyalist President Dr Ann Marie Vaughan. Loyalist (ON)

NB announces implementation of performance-based agreement

The New Brunswick Government has announced that its Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour will implement performance-based agreements for contracted services. Under the new model, organizations will receive a base amount of funding and will be eligible for more funding if they meet or exceed performance-based targets. The targets will vary regionally. “We recognize the need to reshape how the department approaches labour and programming services to get the results New Brunswick needs” said NB Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder.  NB | NationTalk (NB)

QC announces intent to increase cégep graduation rates

The Government of Quebec has announced that it intends to increase cégep graduation rates from 64% to 68% in 2023. The article explains that though the college system has implemented measures such as student support and success plans, the results have not been as desired. QC Higher Education Minister Danielle McCann has stated that the province will use all available measures to improve education and increase graduation rates, as well as improving the student transition from high school to college. The article also discusses how interventions with high risk students may increase student success. Journal de Montréal (QC)

Niagara, GUS partner on increased academic delivery opportunities

Niagara College has partnered with Global University Systems (GUS) to give students access to increased academic delivery opportunities. The partnership will see select Niagara credentials – such as graduate certificates in International Business Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Human Resources Management – delivered at GUS’s Toronto School of Management. “This exciting partnership is an important part of our broader strategy to create new global opportunities for students, and support long-term enrolment stability and growth,” said Niagara president Sean Kennedy. “The agreement is also driven by our entrepreneurial spirit, as we work to identify global partnership opportunities that support our core operations in Niagara.” Niagara (ON)

Northern institutions see 34% drop in international students

CBC reports that campuses in Canada’s north have seen a 34% decrease in international students due to COVID-19 compared with the previous year’s numbers. The article explains that the international travel restrictions, combined with provincial travel restrictions played a part in the drop in international students. The drop was most severe in Yukon: Yukon University, which has had a growing international student population prior to COVID-19, anticipates an 18% drop in international students for the 2020-21 school year. Northwest Territories and Nunavut have been impacted less because of the high proportion of domestic students coming to institutions like Aurora College. CBC ( YK |NWT | NV)

Trent’s Cleantech Commons, Bioenterprise sign MOU supporting clean technology

Cleantech Commons, which is affiliated with Trent University, and Bioenterprise have signed a MOU to support clean technology. The partnership will see Cleantech Commons gaining accelerator services which will provide a variety of services to entrepreneurs and innovators. Through the collaboration, Cleantech Commons clients will be able to access Bioenterprise expertise, networks, and frameworks. “At Cleantech Commons we are creating a Canadian hub for collaborative clean technology innovation that brings together industry with academia, students, and the research community to create solutions to global energy, environmental, and climate challenges,” said Cleantech Commons Executive Director Martin Yuill. Cleantech Commons (ON)

US survey shows gaps in cybersecurity knowledge, training for administrators, instructors

A recent report published by Campus Technology has revealed varying attitudes about cybersecurity and knowledge of cyberattacks. In the United States, 42% of postsecondary educators and 41% of administrators reported being not “particularly concerned” about their institution experiencing a cyberattack. Administrators tended to receive more cybersecurity training than instructors (71% vs 57%), and even though instructors used personal devices to support remote learning, only 50% said that their institutions had provided guidelines on how to protect their devices. Instructors also tended to be unfamiliar with the various types of cyberattacks, such as data breaches, phishing scams, and “videobombing.” The survey found that the biggest barrier to implementing stronger cybersecurity initiatives at postsecondary institutions was cost. Campus Technology (International)

Dal, DFA ratify labour agreement

Dalhousie University and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) have ratified the labour agreement that was accepted in January. The new agreement lasts until June 2022, and includes a wage increase, reimbursements for faculty who are working from home, and “non-monetary gains” such as educational leave and online material copyrights. “This was an extremely challenging and unprecedented round of bargaining given the global pandemic and massive impacts on our members’ working conditions,” said DFA president David Westwood. CBC (NS)