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April 8, 2022

RedeemerU officially opens $22M Charis Live and Learn Centre

Redeemer University has officially opened its new Charis Live and Learn Centre. The $22M building’s name comes from a Greek word that means grace, kindness, and life. The 77,000-square-foot facility is the largest building since Redeemer constructed its Ancaster location in 1986, and includes 170 beds for students, classrooms, and breakout rooms. The facility will also house the new Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which includes a makerspace. “The Charis Live and Learn Centre will accommodate Redeemer’s enrolment growth over the coming years supporting the unique, communal residence experience that enhances students’ educational development by shaping them spiritually, emotionally and interpersonally,” said RedeemerU President Dr David Zietsma. The building was designed with environmentally sustainable features such as a rainwater recycling system, hot water heating, and LED lighting. RedeemerU | Hamilton Spectator (ON)

PEI to cover fees for students in resident-care worker programs

The Government of Prince Edward Island has announced that it will be covering tuition fees for students who are interested in completing a resident-care worker program. Canadian students will be able to pursue the resident-care worker program for free at Holland College, College de l'Ile, and Marguerite Connolly Training Institute through SkillsPEI. While graduates will not be required to work in PEI, the program hopes that students will choose to search for local jobs. “Resident-care workers are critically important members of the health-care team for seniors and others who live at our province's nursing homes or community-care facilities,” said PEI Health Minister Ernie Hudson. CBC (PE)

QS releases the 2022 World University Rankings by Subject

QS Top Universities has released its 2022 World University Rankings by Subject. The rankings assess institutions from around the world by 51 disciplines grouped into five broad subject areas: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and the Social Sciences & Management. Institutions are assessed according to their academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper, H-index, and international research network. The University of Toronto and University of British Columbia ranked in the top 50 for all five subject areas. In addition to these institutions, McGill University appeared in the top 50 for Arts & Humanities (#37), Life Sciences (#28), and Social Sciences & Management (#43); McMaster University ranked in the top 50 for Life Sciences & Medicine (#49); and the University of Waterloo ranked in the top 50 for Engineering & Technology (#49). QS (Summary) | QS (Rankings) | QS (Method) (International)

Canadian academics experience harassment after critiquing Hindu nationalism in India

A recent CBC Investigates article describes the harassment that Canadian academics are experiencing after critiquing Hindu nationalism in India. CBC reports that 18 Canadian academics who have criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a right-wing political ideology called Hindutva have become subject to “rhetorically violent” attacks meant to silence them. A virtual conference called Dismantling Global Hindutva, which was endorsed by over 50 universities in Canada and the United States, was also reportedly spammed by Hindutva groups. A group of protestors at the University of Toronto demonstrated before the conference to encourage the institution to withdraw its support, and U of T Centre of South Asia Civilizations director Kristin Plys was harassed and threatened after the protest. "[The intimidation] is a Canadian issue. It's not a South Asian cultural issue," said U of T Professor Malavika Kasturi, who called for the Canadian government to take the intimidation as seriously as other threats. CBC (National)

La Cité receives $12.6M in support from Canada, ON

Collège La Cité has received over $12.6M from the governments of Canada and Ontario to improve its technology infrastructure and operations. The funding will support a variety of initiatives, including repurposing spaces into collaborative classrooms and the developing three digital citizenship micro-certifications in partnership with Université de l’Ontario français and the Groupe Média TFO. “Collège La Cité is delighted with this significant support from the federal and provincial governments, which will enable it to continue to fulfill its mandate of ensuring a strong, prosperous and active Francophone future in Canadian society, particularly in Ontario,” said La Cité President Lise Bourgeois. “This funding will be used to transform our technology infrastructure, which is essential to increasing our digital capacity and supporting a new pedagogical approach.” Canada (ON)

CNA, YMCA NL sign MOU to support student, alumni wellbeing

The College of the North Atlantic and the YMCA of Newfoundland and Labrador (YMCA NL) have signed an MOU focused on supporting CNA student and alumni wellbeing. Through the three-year agreement, YMCA NL will provide customized programs and services to support student and alumni wellbeing. The two partners will also collaborate on training, innovation, student engagement, applied research, community and economic development, and best practice development. “We know our students and graduates are getting ready to embark on exciting careers once they graduate, but they are also going to have families, contribute to their communities, and be our future leaders,” said CNA President Liz Kidd. “In order to achieve that and do it well, there need to be other supports for them on emotional and physical levels.” CNA (NL)

Lambton launches Graduate Services & Support Centre for international students

Lambton College is launching a dedicated centre for supporting international students. The Graduate Services & Support Centre will provide mentoring opportunities, health and wellness resources, special Alumni events and opportunities, and other supports to students enrolled at Lambton campuses. Lambton President Rob Kardas said that the centre will use a comprehensive approach to help students who are working towards possible permanent residency. “In post-secondary education we often talk about life-long learning – our Alumni Association wants to put a twist on that by saying we want to be lifelong supporters of our students when they graduate,” said Kardas. Lambton (ON)

No end in sight for strike at USainte-Anne

CBC reports that after five weeks of negotiations there is no clear end in sight for the strike at Université Sainte-Anne. The university has reportedly declined binding arbitration, which both the union and the Canadian Association of University Teachers have called for. CBC reports that the university accepted Nova Scotia’s chief conciliator’s proposal of creating a three-person conciliation board that would settle outstanding articles, but the union rejected this suggestion. Students and faculty have voiced concerns about the impact that the strike, if extended, will have on students’ ability to finish the semester and begin their spring courses or summer jobs. CBC | CAUT (NS)

Five enrolment strategy tips for Canadian institutions drawn from the UCAS: Editorial

In a recent article, Day Kibilds provides enrolment strategy tips based on the recently published results of Academica’s University/College Applicant Survey™. Kibilds reflects on the the survey findings related to motivations and marketing materials. Kibilds then provides a series of recommendations for applying the data to enrolment strategies, such as highlighting academics and career outcomes, focusing on creating an accessible and high-quality website rather than viewbooks, incorporating peer-to-peer connections into offerings, and ensuring online alternatives are offered for everything. Pickle Jar (Editorial)

USask announces new training program focused on substance use disorders

The University of Saskatchewan has announced the creation of a new training program: Advancing Interprofessional Management of Substance Use Disorders in Saskatchewan (AIMS-SK). The program will focus on improving health outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders, and aims to increase the province’s number of health care professionals who have the training needed to prescribe treatment for opioid use disorders. “Our government continues to invest in new initiatives to address substance use disorders, including people misusing opioids and alcohol,” said SK Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Everett Hindley. “Training more health professionals across the province to prescribe treatments for people struggling with addictions is another way to help save lives.” The program has received $255K from the Government of Saskatchewan. USask (SK)