Top Ten

November 4, 2021

King’s UC, Devant partner to offer new career development opportunities to international students

King’s University College and Devant have partnered to provide international students at King’s with access to a customized international student career platform. Through the partnership, King’s students will have access to the ‘Get Hired’ Master Class and official certification, online resume tools, live virtual hiring expos and webinars, and more through a branded portal to help them make a strong start in their careers in Canada. “We are very pleased to partner with Devant to enhance the career education and employer engagement for our international students which complements our existing services at King’s,” said King’s Dean of Students Joe Henry. “This collaboration will provide another important pathway for students to highlight the competencies gained here at King’s to employers here in London and across Canada.” King’s is the first institution to offer the branded portal to their students. King's UC (ON)

Alberta Student Aid, AB institutions defrauded of $240K in student loan fraud scheme

Calgary police have laid charges against one person and have secured a warrant for another in relation to a student loan fraud scheme that defrauded Alberta Student Aid and several private Calgary postsecondary institutions out of over $240K, reports Global News. Investigations started in October 2019 after inconsistencies were noticed in several student loan applications. Investigators found that two men had run a scheme from May 2017 to May 2020 using stolen identities to fraudulently apply for student loans. The men used the identities to enroll in postsecondary institutions and open bank accounts, and would pose as students at the institutions to satisfy loan payout requirements. CBC | Global News (AB)

UBC buys $70M property in Surrey to expand access to education in the region

The University of British Columbia has bought a three-acre, $70M property in Surrey that will be used to expand access to education in the region. The new property, which is located near the Sky Train and Surrey Memorial Hospital, will allow UBC to deliver on its key commitment to improving access to education for people in the region. UBC will begin to consult with Surrey, the Fraser Valley, and Indigenous communities in the new year to determine how the site will be envisioned. “UBC is committed to creating welcoming spaces that advance innovation and collaboration and respond to community and regional needs—and this new site demonstrates this,” UBC President said Santa J Ono. UBC | CBC (BC)

Dal, U of T collaborate to create Black Health Education Collaborative

Dalhousie University and University of Toronto researchers have joined together to create the Black Health Education Collaborative (BHEC). BHEC will address anti-Black racism, with a specific focus on falsehoods persisting around Black health that are negatively affecting care received by Black people in Canada. BHEC will provide critical information and develop resources for health professionals and health and medical educators in Canada. “Even though there has been an increase in Black students within medical school, there has been some curricular movement,” said OmiSoore Dryden, James R Johnston Chair in Black Studies at Dal. “[B]ut much more is needed, and this is the gap BHEC plans on addressing.” Dal (1) | Dal (2) (NS | ON)

TAs can help instructors make lectures more interactive: Opinion

Faculty members can take advantage of the involvement of teaching assistants to make lectures more interactive experiences for students, write Marion Menzin and Zachary Nowak. The Menzin and Nowak describe how TAs, who usually work with only a small group of students, can support small group discussion in a class by moving between small groups and asking students questions that will facilitate deeper thinking. The authors suggest that instructors develop a seating chart so students are already sitting in their discussion sections, and provide tactical, structured inquiry opportunities so that TAs can support students before providing information about student learning to the instructor. “It breaks up the monotony -- and, more to the point, the passivity for the students -- of a lecture course,” write Menzin and Nowak. Inside Higher Ed (Editorial)

CEC accuses OPSEU of bargaining in bad faith

The College Employer Council (CEC) has accused the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) of bargaining in bad faith, and has filed a claim with the Ontario labour board, reports The Hamilton Spectator. Council CEO Graham Lloyd stated that the “mediation was unsuccessful due to their intransigence.” OPSEU Local 240 President Heather Giardine-Tuck asserted that the union has been bargaining in good faith and “has made considerable movements in its proposals.” CAUT executive director David Robinson commented on the situation, asserting that “[t]he demands that the union has focused on are fair and reasonable and are necessary for preserving the quality and integrity of post-secondary education in Ontario.” Newswire | The Hamilton Spectator | CAUT (ON)

BCIT, Seaspan create centre of welding, research chair

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has announced that Seaspan Shipyards has invested $1.65M over five years to create a Centre of Welding Technologies and Metallurgy Research Chair at BCIT. The chair will support research in advanced welding and metallurgy with a focus on advancing welding engineering’s state of practice, which is critical in ship building, repair, and maintenance. The $1.65M invested by Seaspan will fund the research chair and a supporting centre of expertise. “The Centre of Welding Technologies and Metallurgy Research Chair will build bridges to modern manufacturing techniques … and is an ideal example of how industry and higher education need to better integrate to power provincial recovery and resilience and achieve long-lasting global competitiveness,” said BCIT VPA Tom Roemer. BCIT (BC)

UCalgary, VPS Healthcare partner to train physicians to work in UAE

The University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) and VPS Healthcare, headquartered in Abu-Dhabi, have partnered to train new physicians to work in the UAE. UCalgary CSM and VPS Healthcare will collaborate to offer an accelerated three-year MD program. VPS Healthcare’s Burjeel Medical City will be the principal teaching hospital, and students will complete their residencies at a VPS Healthcare hospital location after they graduate. “We are extremely honoured to be chosen to help with this ambitious project,” said CSM dean Dr Jon Meddings. “We have world-class education and research programs, and it is very exciting to think about reaching an entirely new group of medical students.” UCalgary | MSN (AB)

USherbrooke to create Centre de recherche Createch sur les organisations intelligentes

The Université de Sherbrooke has announced the creation of the Centre de recherche Createch sur les organisations intelligentes through a $500K investment from Createch. The centre will focus on optimizing corporate data, conducting research, and providing training and services to partners who are looking to become smart organizations. “Organizations will be able to stand out using data analytics from research on digital transformation and smart operations, business intelligence and analytics, sensory marketing, and human-machine interactions,” said USherbrooke School of Management Dean Jean Roy. “The centres team members, who carry out applied research, work with their students and with organizations to ensure results can be applied immediately.” USherbrooke (QC)

ACC announces new Applied Building Construction certificate program

Assiniboine Community College has announced that it is offering a new Applied Building Construction certificate program. The program includes six months of theory and practical learning and a three-week industry practicum. Students in the program will learn basic building knowledge, as well as how to use hand tools and how to accurately measure and cut. Participants will build a variety of structures, ranging from dog houses and tool trays to a single-family dwelling. “The construction industry is looking for entry level workers, and providing a six-month opportunity for these learners to launch their career and further training will allow more students to be trained to fill this need,” said Parkland Campus Director Valerie McInnes. ACC (MB)