Top Ten

February 16, 2022

Reflecting on the legacy of the 2012 Maple Spring protests

On the 10-year anniversary of the Maple Spring protests, the Montreal Gazette and CTV News discuss the legacy of the tuition hike protests, which saw almost 200,000 students boycotting their classes. Martine Desjardins, who was president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Quebec in 2011, says that the uprisings showed that students can organize themselves and create change. Université de Montréal Professor Pascale Dufour noted that student participation in Maple Spring was beneficial for students. “These young people find themselves in all sorts of positions today in progressive organizations,” said Dufour. “They have brought a breath of fresh air to a lot of community groups, many of which were at a critical point and really needed to pass the baton to the new generation. …. So all of society profits from that.” Montreal Gazette | CTV News (Video) (QC)

UNB, McKenna Institute, Tech Impact strike partnership to address tech labour shortage

The University of New Brunswick, the McKenna Institute, and TechImpact have partnered to address the tech industry labour shortage. A study conducted on behalf of the Government of New Brunswick found that over 1,900 IT positions will need to be filled in the province in the next year alone. “Leveraging technology across our economy, educational system, and government is key to our region's prosperity and growth,” says Adrienne O'Pray, executive director of the McKenna Institute. “This partnership opens the door for individuals in New Brunswick – who may not have otherwise had the opportunity – to participate in the digital economy and the digitally enabled workplace.” Tech Impact | UNB (NB)

U of T receives $3M to establish endowed AbbVie Chair of Ethnodermatology

The University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine will be establishing the AbbVie Chair in Ethnodermatology through a $3M donation from biopharmaceutical company AbbVie. The endowed chair will focus on driving collaborative academic research, training dermatological practitioners, and leading outreach programs. The chair will also aim to address inequalities and gaps in dermatological research, education, and patient care that create inequities for patients of colour. “In a field that focuses on skin, dermatology has a particular responsibility to identify and address racial inequities that influence health outcomes,” said Temerty Medicine Acting Dean and Vice-Dean Dr Patricia Houston. “The creation of the AbbVie Chair in Ethnodermatology represents a milestone philanthropic investment in our Faculty’s ongoing efforts to advance health equity.” U of T (ON)

Four Canadian institutions rank among THE’s Young University Rankings 2022

Times Higher Education has released the Young University Rankings 2022, which focuses on universities that are 50 years old or younger. Universities are ranked according to the same 13 performance indicators used for the World University Rankings, with different weighting. This year, the rankings were led by PSL Research University Paris in France, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong. Four Canadian institutions were included in the rankings: Concordia University (#177), the University of Regina (tied for #181), Ontario Tech University (#183), and the University of Northern British Columbia (#251-300). Times Higher Education | Rankings (International)

Supporting international students to strengthen Canada’s labour force: Opinion

Canada needs more immigrants to strengthen its labour force, and international students are an invaluable option as they have been trained in Canada and are more likely to understand Canadian workplace norms, write Colleges and Institutes Canada President Denise Amyot and Nova Scotia Community College President Don Bureaux. Amyot and Bureaux say that Canada’s need for immigrants to fill labour market needs will continue grow, and that institutions must be ready to support future waves of immigrants and provide newcomers with services such as language training, employment services, and academic upgrading and reskilling options. The authors recommend creating a national employment pipeline for skilled newcomers, national microcredentials in in-demand skills, and permanent residency streams for graduates. Colleges and Institutes Canada (National)

Concordia UE launches new research cluster

The Concordia University of Edmonton has launched a new Research Cluster on Christian Philosophy & Theology. The new research cluster will build on the foundational work of the Concordia Institute of Christian Studies and Society (ICSS) and the Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith (CCSCF). The research cluster will foster scholarship and engagement on areas such as the relationship between theology and the sciences, the practice of Christianity amongst Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and analytic philosophy of religion. Concordia AB (AB)

Cégep de Chicoutimi launches electrical engineering technology program

Cégep de Chicoutimi has launched a new program in electrical engineering technology called Technologie du génie électrique: automatisation et contrôle. The program will teach students to manage programming industrial production systems, and students will be able to integrate automation elements into production lines by the end of their training. Students in the program will spend 50% of their class hours completing practical work in a real production context to ensure that they develop the right skills to meet labour needs. Le Quotidien (QC)

USask CLS, CNPEM sign MOU to facilitate collaboration on synchrotron and accelerator science

The University of Saskatchewan’s Canadian Light Source (CLS) and the Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) have signed an MOU to facilitate their collaboration on synchrotron and accelerator science. The agreement aims to allow for technical and scientific collaboration that will advance agricultural research. The MOU focuses on two areas: a new program called the Maple Project, which will allow Sirius users access to CLS’s beamline, and enhancement of accelerator and machine development. “Together we will advance agricultural innovation in both our countries by expanding the applications of synchrotron technology in agricultural research– from soil and plants to foods and animals,” said CLS Chief Operating Officer Bill Matiko. USask CLS (SK)

MRU, MRFA reach agreement in principle in contract negotiations

Bargaining teams from Mount Royal University and the Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA) have announced that they have reached an agreement in principle in their contract negotiations. The agreement, the details of which are currently confidential, will be submitted to MRFA members for ratification. “Students are Mount Royal University’s top priority, and we are very encouraged by a proposed settlement that will preserve the educational experience for which Mount Royal University is known,” read a statement from MRU. The Calgary Herald has also provided an update on the strike at the University of Lethbridge: ULethbridge has reportedly released a statement saying that the faculty association had provided them with a “more reasonable offer.” MRU | CBC | CTV News | Calgary Herald (AB)

How the hiring process works for senior postsecondary leaders: Opinion

In a recent article for Inside Higher Ed, Kathy Johnson Bowles discusses the hiring process for senior postsecondary leaders. Bowles says that the first step is recruitment and nomination, which includes the development of a leadership profile for the ideal candidate, advertisements in professional publications, and encouraging nominations. The author says the second step includes nominees submitting extensive application materials, after which candidates are reviewed and scored before completing a first round of interviews designed to protect candidate confidentiality. Bowles says that the finalists complete campus interviews, after which the search committee presents a recommendation and rationale to the president or chancellor and an offer is made to the chosen candidate and a contract is finalized. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) (Editorial)