Top Ten

October 14, 2021

MUN launches two new bachelor of commerce degrees

Memorial University has announced that its Faculty of Business Administration will be launching two new degrees: a bachelor of commerce (B.Comm.) and a bachelor of commerce (co-operative) (B.Comm.(Co-op.)). The new curriculum includes courses in business analytics, computer applications, and business professionalism, and will provide career-focused professional development seminars to students through a partnership with Gardiner Centre. Students in the programs will also be able to pursue joint degrees with the School of Music and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. “We’re confident that these changes will help us stay relevant and produce graduates who are innovative thinkers and communicators,” said MUN Dean Dr Isabelle Dostaler. The new degrees replace MUN’s bachelor of business administration and international bachelor of business administration. MUN (NL)

AB announces streamlined postsecondary institution approval process

The Government of Alberta has announced that it has streamlined the approval process for postsecondary institutions. The new process will allow institutions to develop innovative programming with a shortened approval time and to undertake independent reviews. The information required for a review has been decreased by 70%, and the approval time has been shortened to 20 working days for new certificates or diplomas and 40 working days for new degree programs. “Post-secondary institutions have raised concerns that the program approval process can be burdensome and time-consuming,” said AB Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides. “These changes will allow post-secondary institutions the ability to more readily develop and deliver new programming that will prepare Albertans for a constantly evolving job market.” Govt Monitor | AB (AB )

IBM, NSCC, organizations partner on software engineering program for Indigenous high school students

IBM, Nova Scotia Community College, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey, and Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office have partnered on a new program that will allow Indigenous high school students in Cape Breton to graduate from high school with a two-year college diploma in software engineering. The Unama’ki Pathways in Technology, Early College High School (P-TECH) has been launched at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, and will provide a tuition-free path for students to earn a diploma conferred by NSCC as they gain work experience. Students will benefit from paid internships, industry mentorship, and interviews with IBM after graduation. “This is not just lighting or igniting that spark with our youth, but having a program like this that links into that and keeps that spark alive shows them the pathway,” said Alex Paul of the Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office. CBC | Saltwire (NS)

BCIT launches Master of Engineering in Smart Grid Systems and Technologies

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has launched a Master of Engineering in Smart Grid Systems and Technologies. Students in the program will develop a foundational understanding of smart grid technologies and their applications, and will learn a variety of skills relating to electrical power systems, computer science, and information and communications technology. The program will be offered part-time, and will give students hands-on experience in the industry. “The BCIT Master of Engineering in Smart Grid Systems and Technologies demonstrates the strength of this Institute in providing an applied education to upskill industry professionals for careers that support the evolving workforce,” said BCIT’s SMART Department Director Dr Hassan Farhangi. “Smart grids foster innovation, facilitate renewable energy generation, and create new job opportunities – critical to the future of electricity demand and the economic prosperity of BC and Canada.” BCIT (BC)

Graduate students, postdoctoral researchers should push to build peer networks: Opinion

Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers should take advantage of opportunities to build a peer network, write Shoba Subramanian, Maggie Gardner, and Beth Bodiya. Subramanian, Gardner, and Bodiya argue that peer networks can be developed in a variety of different situations, including in the classroom, between colleagues and research group members, and within peer mentorship programs. The authors explain that virtual networks, professional societies and national organizations, and affinity groups can also be excellent ways to make peer connections. The authors say that peer-cohort training models are becoming a growing trend because they normalize shared experiences, foster ideas, and provide a space for individuals from marginalized communities to push for equity. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

UQAM receives gift of almost 700 rare books from the Franciscan community

The Université du Québec à Montréal’s Centre des livres rares et collections spéciales du Service des bibliothèques has announced that it has received a collection of almost 700 rare books from the Franciscan community. The books, which were published between the 15th and 18th centuries, include manuscripts and texts in Latin, Italian, French, and Spanish. UQAM will conserve the texts, ensuring that Quebec’s religious documentary heritage is safeguarded. The donation will be used to enrich UQAM’s courses, contribute to future advanced seminars and internships, and provide research opportunities for students and researchers from around the globe. UQAM (QC)

Queen’s, National Gallery partner to launch Internship Program in Art Conservation

Queen’s University has announced that its Art Conservation Program and the National Gallery of Canada have partnered to launch the Internship Program in Art Conservation. Students in the internship program will gain hands-on experience in art conservation and will be paired with mentors at the National Gallery. The program is focused on students from diverse cultural backgrounds. “The program aims to increase awareness and knowledge about [art conservation] and help students throughout their academic and career pursuits,” said Patricia Smithen, the Director of the Art Conservation Program. “This specifically will provide an opportunity for students from diverse cultural backgrounds to learn and excel in the field of conservation.” YGK News (ON)

Sask Polytech signs SDG Accord

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has announced that it has joined the international network of postsecondary institutions striving to further the United Nation (UN)’s Sustainable Development Goals by signing the SDG Accord. SDG Accord signatories are required to report annually on their progress and to aim to inspire and celebrate the SDG Accord’s goals and value. “Saskatchewan Polytechnic is honoured to add our voice to this important agreement,” said Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. “Increasingly, the work we advance as part of our institutional strategy, Leading the Rise, supports the goals outlined by the United Nations. In signing the SDG Accord, we formally recognize the important role Saskatchewan Polytechnic can play in furthering these objectives as an educational leader. Sask Polytech (SK)

UQAC joins Réseau québécois de recherche en économie circulaire

The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) has announced that it has joined the Réseau québécois de recherche en économie circulaire (RQREC), a research network that aims to help shape Quebec’s leadership role in the circular economy. UQAC professor Myriam Ertz will be working with HEC Montréal Professor Benoît-Emmanuel Raufflet to investigate aspects of change and transition and examine the processes of transitioning to a circular economy. The researchers will also focus on mobilizing all sectors of society toward a circular economy and examining the roles that education and research play in supporting this transition. UQuébec (QC)

Cambrian launches Battery Electric Vehicle Training Program

Cambrian College has announced that it is launching a new program that will train mining mechanics with the skills needed to work on electric vehicles. The Battery Electric Vehicle Training Program will provide students with equipment and training to upgrade their skills so they can fill the skills gap as diesel vehicles are phased out in favour of electric ones. The course takes eight days to complete and will be available for heavy equipment mechanics working in the industry. Cambrian students will have access to training on the equipment in an underground test mine through a partnership with MacLean Engineering. CBC (ON)