Top Ten

April 13, 2022

UNB, Mastercard launch cybersecurity, IoT partnership

The University of New Brunswick and Mastercard have launched a partnership that will advance cybersecurity research and training opportunities in the Internet of Things (IoT). Mastercard has invested $1.75M into UNB’s Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity (CIC) to support research and learning opportunities through the IoT laboratory and to establish a cybersecurity research chair. Dr Rongxing Lu, the inaugural Mastercard IoT chair, will lead efforts to develop new security and privacy-enhancing techniques. “UNB’s extensive cybersecurity expertise will become part of a new network of knowledge working to make digital commerce safer for Canadians,” said UNB President Dr Paul J Mazerolle. “At UNB, we understand how real applications and innovations can change the world. This ideal is at the heart of what UNB is all about and we achieve it through research, partnerships and education.” UNB (NB)

USask College of Medicine to make changes to medical doctor admission approach

The University of Saskatchewan has announced that its College of Medicine will be making changes to its approach to admissions. The new approach will prioritize applicants who reflect Saskatchewan’s population and are interested in staying in the province. The College of Medicine will continue to require the Medical College Admission Test and multiple mini-interviews, and will add new requirements such as a short statement outlining relevant experiences and a panel interview. Other updates include the implementation of an Indigenous admissions circle, a strengthened response to the TRC Calls to Action, and the addition of an Indigenous studies pre-requisite. USask (SK)

Community mourning after international student killed on way to workplace

Canada’s international student community has been shaken after an international student from Seneca College was killed last week. Kartik Vasudev, who had come from India to study Seneca’s marketing management program, had been on his way to work when he was shot at Sherbourne subway station. Students from Seneca gathered for a vigil in Nathan Phillips Square to mourn his passing and raise awareness about the importance of newcomer safety. “He was hardworking, bright, full of ambition and energy and enthusiasm for making a new life in Canada and then (he was) cut down completely randomly on a Thursday afternoon going to his workplace,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “This makes no sense. So I think every international student feels that.” CBC reports that a man has been arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. CBC (1) | CBC (2) | Global News | Tribune India (ON)

Completing a PhD requires the same skills that employers are looking for: Opinion

The three top skills needed to begin and complete a PhD are the same ones that employers are looking for, write Lilia Mantai and Mauricio Marrone. In an analysis of a European research job platform, Mantai and Marrone found that the top three skills needed for a PhD were communication, research, and interpersonal skills, and note that these skills are transferable to other professional contexts. In response to this information, the authors argue that pre-PhD education and pathways could be improved with essential research-based learning and authentic work experiences to promote PhD readiness. Mantai and Marrone also recommend embedding career development programs in PhD programs to prepare graduates for both academic and non-academic jobs. The Conversation (Editorial)

UManitoba launches Office of Experiential Learning

The University of Manitoba has announced the launch of the Office of Experiential Learning, which will help instructors integrate experiential learning into their classrooms. The Office of Experiential Learning will provide a space to share knowledge, foster reflection, and enhance a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. “Many people think of co-op placements and internships when they think of experiential learning, but the umbrella is wider than work-integrated learning,” said UManitoba Faculty Specialist: Experiential Learning Rebecca Brooks. “UM has identified twelve types of experiential opportunities, including creative works, laboratories and studios, applied research and community engaged learning.” UManitoba (MB)

Philippines CHED visits Canada, strengthens international relationships with PSE

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines recently visited Canada as part of a Higher Education Partnership Mission to meet with postsecondary institutions and organizations. During the visit, the commission and delegates met with nine postsecondary institutions from across Ontario. CHED signed an MOU with York University that will focus on academic collaboration and university partnerships through the Globally Network Learning (GNL). The commission also signed letters of intent with Universities Canada and Colleges and Institutes Canada, and a Joint Statement on Higher Education Cooperation with Ryerson University. “The success of CHED’s mission to Canada is rooted in an appreciation of Canada’s strengths in education delivery and research across disciplines and a shared vision to foster internationalization between Canadian and Philippine higher education institutions,” said Canadian Ambassador Peter MacArthur. PNA | Manila Bulletin (National)

Confederation receives $3M to grow aviation programs

Confederation College has announced that it has received a $3M investment to grow its aviation programs. The investment will be used for infrastructure modification, aircraft and simulator purchases, and the introduction of a Pre-Tech Aviation program in collaboration with Indigenous institute partners. “Ultimately, this funding will improve program quality and increase enrolment, allowing the College to better meet the needs of regional employers,” said Colin Kelly, Dean, School of Engineering Technology, Trades, and Aviation. The funding is provided by the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, FedNor, the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission, and the Student Union of Confederation College Inc. Confederation | Canada (ON)

Tips for finding candidates for top-level positions: Editorial

When searching for candidates for top-level roles at an institution, writes Herman Berliner, there are several steps the search team can take to avoid missteps and find the best candidate. Berliner recommends developing an honest job description, carefully selecting a search firm, and prioritizing search committee diversity. The author notes that taking deliberate steps to protect confidentiality is particularly important, as breaching confidentiality could lead to serious ramifications for applicants. Berliner recommends that the search committee discuss the terms of the appointment before formally offering the position, and ensure that all negotiations occur in a timely fashion. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) ()

UPEI, PEI partner on clinic to support adults living with ADHD

The University of Prince Edward Island and the Government of Prince Edward Island have partnered on a pilot project to provide support to adults on the island with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). PEI has invested $1M in the pilot project, which will begin with a clinic in Charlottetown and Summerside. It will use a multidisciplinary approach in which physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and psychologists provide comprehensive assistance to patients. Initially, the clinic will primarily focus on supporting teens in transitioning to adult life with assistance such as assessment services, prescription adjustments, counselling, and coaching. “We will help young adults to succeed in high school and in post-secondary education,” said clinic leader Dr David Wong. PEI | CBC (PE)

Dealing with pandemic-related student disengagement like “pouring energy into a void:” Editorial

In response to a call from The Chronicle of Higher Education for stories about student disengagement, several faculty members have shared the challenges that both faculty and students are experiencing in postsecondary classes. Some faculty said that students have been attending class less, have been less engaged when they are present, and appear to be distracted or less confident. Faculty said that they have been repeatedly trying to engage with students, be flexible, check in with students who are falling behind, and show compassion. Students told faculty that they were disengaged because of feelings of hopelessness, stress, and anxiety; health issues; and having little time to take care of themselves. Faculty shared that they felt depleted, faced challenges with management, and wanted more opportunities for real conversations to address the challenges they face. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Sub Req) (Editorial)