Top Ten

November 29, 2021

Canadian university leaders strengthen ties with Vietnam during digital mission

Canadian university leaders strengthened ties with key stakeholders in Vietnam during a three-day digital mission hosted by Universities Canada. The event brought together leaders from 22 Canadian universities, 13 Vietnamese universities, and Canada’s Chief Trade Commissioner. The digital mission included a focus on building relationships with stakeholders in Vietnam, facilitating knowledge-sharing, and establishing a collaborative environment to support long-term partnerships. “As the world emerges from the pandemic, Universities Canada and its members understand the importance of developing long-lasting relationships with international partners,” said Universities Canada President Paul Davidson. “This mission was an opportunity for unparalleled networking opportunities, while developing and strengthening connections with our counterparts in Vietnam.” Universities Canada (National)

BC, FNESC partner to provide funding to First Nations-led institutes

The Government of British Columbia has partnered with the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association (IAHLA) and First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) to provide $4M to 10 First Nations-led institutes for core operating costs. An additional $675K has been invested in developing and implementing capacity-building projects at nine First Nations-led institutions. “This one-time funding is a positive step forward in meeting the standards set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” said FNESC President Tyrone McNeil. “We will continue to work closely with IAHLA and the ministry to ensure that this funding, administered through a First Nations-led process, is made available on an ongoing basis.” BC (BC)

AlgomaU releases academic plan with expectations for graduate degrees, further campus integration

Algoma University’s Board of Governors have unanimously adopted the university’s new five-year Academic Plan, which includes several future initiatives of note for the university. In particular, the Academic Plan indicates that the university intends to introduce graduate degrees at the university in the 2022-23 academic year. There are also plans for increased integration between its growing campuses in Brampton, Sault Ste Marie, and Timmins. Algoma also recently launched a new Student Assistance Program in partnership with Homewood Health, which will provide counselling services and Life-Smart Coaching to students who need professional help. Algoma (1) | Sault Online | Algoma (2) (ON)

Postsecondary institutions consider, test flexible work arrangements

Postsecondary institutions across Canada are currently exploring and testing flexible work arrangements, writes Sparrow McGowan. McGowan writes that some institutions, such as Memorial University, are piloting hybrid work programs from a research-based perspective to see how hybrid work might benefit employees. The author says that similar programs have begun at the University of British Columbia, the University of Winnipeg, and Acadia University. McGill University has launched a pilot program that will see 120 employees sharing workspaces in order to address the desire for hybrid work and space constraints. The University of Windsor has also recently established a task force that will develop a Flexible Work Arrangements program. University Affairs | UWindsor (National)

UAlberta receives funding to support research projects in health, science

The University of Alberta has received $27M from the Government of Alberta to accelerate 11 research projects in areas such as health, energy, and astrophysics. The funding, provided through AB’s Research Capacity Program, will be used to upgrade or create new facilities and infrastructure to support the projects. “For more than a century, the University of Alberta has created innovations that have helped build social, cultural and economic prosperity in Alberta and beyond,” said UAlberta President Bill Flanagan. “These discoveries would not be possible without support from the province.” CTV News reports that this funding will be leveraged to secure a total of $130M from partners such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation. UAlberta | CTV News (AB)

URegina launches Bachelor of Fine Arts in Devised Performance and Theatre Creation program

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP) has announced the launch of a new Bachelor of Fine Arts in Devised Performance and Theatre Creation. URegina says that the program takes a non-traditional approach to theatre education by involving students in the full process of creating and executing theatre performances. The program focuses on providing opportunities for individuals from groups that are underrepresented in theatre. “The program is all about empowering students to use their strengths, create their own work, and follow a theatre practice that is new,” said URegina Theatre Department Head, Kathryn Bracht. “We hope to graduate theatre artists who are well-rounded and who will shape the way theatre is created.” URegina (SK)

Montmorency receives $2M to address space deficit in face of growth

In order to address a lack of space at Cégep Montmorency, the Government of Quebec has announced a $2M investment. The cégep currently faces a significant space deficit that is projected to more than double by the 2028-29 academic year in the face of growing student demand. The investment will go toward the creation of a new pavilion that will provide “an inspiring work and study environment” for staff, faculty, and students. “For CEGEPs in the Montreal region, the situation is concerning and it is our duty to act now, to allow future students to have access to higher education institutions to pursue their qualification as they wish” said QC Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann. “Investments in infrastructure projects like this are an important part of the solution.” The Suburban | Courrier Laval (QC)

MITT, MTEC, ULethbridge, Cégep de Baie-Comeau, FNUniv launch new micro-programs

Manitoba Institute of Trades & Technology, the Manitoba Tourism Education College, the University of Lethbridge, and Cégep de Baie-Comeau are launching new micro-programs to meet labour needs. MITT and the MTEC have launched the Sales and Event Coordinator (SEC) macro-certificate. Students in the SEC program will be equipped with a variety of skills, industry-recognized certificates, and a 120-hour practicum. ULethbridge’s Dhillon School of Business has partnered with MNP and the CPA Education Foundation (CPAEF) to introduce a six micro-course program called the Insight Series. The series will focus on enhancing “human skills” with a focus on the business world. Cégep de Baie-Comeau has launched Camp VIP pour Virée immersive et pratique, a new component for its forest technology program that will allow students to go into the field for a week. First Nations University of Canada partnered with RBC and Reconciliation Education to create and offer 4 Seasons of Reconciliation, a self-paced online program for Canadians. MITT | ULethbridge | Le Manic | Nation Talk (AB | MB |QC)

L’Assomption, ULaval launch DEC-BAC agreement for financial services, insurance students

Cégep à L’Assomption and Université Laval have launched a new DEC-BAC agreement that will allow students interested in financial services and insurance to obtain two credentials in a shorter period of time. Graduates of the cégep’s Techniques de services financiers et d’assurances diploma program will gain recognition of their acquired skills, reducing the time necessary to complete ULaval’s baccalauréat en Administration des affaires program by a year. The agreement also will allow the certificate program graduates to obtain up to 6 credits towards the BBA program. L’Assomption | Mon Joliette (QC)

Becoming better at moving on in academia: Opinion

While many academics enjoy “beginnings,” they need to become better at moving on when a situation is reaching an ending, write Alexander Clark and Bailey Sousa. Clark and Sousa say that factors like loss aversion bias, the endowment effect, and simple optimism can make the end of a role or a project – particularly one that is not going well – difficult for academics to deal with. The authors recommend that academics evaluate their current position, their emotions, and the pros and cons of their current and future situation when contemplating bringing a situation to its end. Clark and Sousa also encourage academics to set a timeline to make decisions, plan the steps of an ending, and celebrate accomplishing the ending. Times Higher Ed (Editorial)