Top Ten

June 1, 2022

U of T receives over $40M to create institute, research chairs, acceleration fund for science in sport

The University of Toronto and Sinai Health have received new donations to support the study of science in sport. A $20M gift from the Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation will be used to establish the Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport at U of T. The institute will provide a space for collaboration between U of T faculties and Sinai Health’s clinics and research institutes, and will focus on modeling and predicting athlete performance and using data to improve health outcomes for high-performance athletes. An additional $20M from the U of T and Sinai Health will be used to establish a Directorship and Research Acceleration Fund; create two new chairs in Sport Science and Data Modelling and Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine; create a Professorship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine; and fund research, innovations, and clinical programs. U of T | Globe and Mail (ON)

UMontréal IRCM receives $31M investment to accelerate biomedical research

The Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM) has received a $31M investment from the Government of Quebec. The IRCM, which is affiliated with the Université de Montréal, will use the investment to support its research and clinical activities until 2023-2024. The funding will allow scientists and clinicians to accelerate their biomedical research to support the population of QC and beyond. "While the importance of advancing knowledge [and] care techniques has shown its relevance, these sums will allow our researchers, our clinicians, and all their teams to continue their work on all fronts," said IRCM Interim President Dr Jean-François Côté. IRCM | Journal de Montréal (QC)

Olds, Sask Polytech to collaborate on Smart Farm activities

Olds College and Saskatchewan Polytechnic have agreed to collaborate on joint Smart Farm activities. The five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) will benefit students with work-integrated learning opportunities, technology demonstration and validation, and applied research activities. “With this MOU in place and the Olds College Saskatchewan Smart Farm located just a short drive from our campus, the growing partnership with Olds College continues to benefit our students, applied research activities, and the agriculture industry,” said Sask Polytech President Dr Larry Rosia. Sask Polytech (AB | SK)

Aurora pitches idea of new campus on Tin Can Hill

In a recent Yellowknife city council meeting, Aurora College pitched the idea of building a new campus on Tin Can Hill. The council was asked to vote on signing an MOU with the Government of the Northwest Territories and Aurora regarding the new location, which would allow Aurora to begin planning and designing the Tin Can Hill location and to prepare an estimate for the cost of construction. The site would provide more space for Aurora to transform its programming as it becomes a polytechnic university. “In Yellowknife, specifically, the existing facility has become an obstacle to growth,” said Chris Joseph, assistant deputy minister of postsecondary education renewal for the NWT Department of Education, Culture and Employment. “Northern United Place has been a great partner to our college and will continue to be for the next few years, but we know through the medium and long term, it does not have the space required to construct and develop a polytechnic university.” CBC (NWT)

NOSM U, Lakehead, UOttawa, municipalities partner to test CityStudio framework, improve local health outcomes

A collaboration that brings together NOSM University, Lakehead University, the University of Ottawa, and the cities of Thunder Bay and Ottawa has received a $1M grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The grant will be used to improve local health outcomes by bringing together researchers, universities, and municipalities and evaluating the impact of city-campus engagement on population health. The CityStudio framework of city-campus collaboration will be implemented and studied for three years, during which time the two cities will identify successes, challenges, and unique differences. “One of the challenges in researching community engagement is that it’s a very complex phenomenon,” said project lead Dr Claire Kendall from NOSM U. “Untangling all of these different aspects to see what’s actually going on is a lengthy, and frankly, quite difficult process, which is why it hasn’t been done before. NOSM U | Lakehead (ON)

Global ‘Roadmap to 2030’ for higher education announced at UNESCO conference

At the recent UNESCO World Higher Education conference 2022 in Barcelona, UNESCO announced a common ‘Roadmap to 2030’ for higher education and called for the barriers to change to be "blown down now.” The global roadmap represents a synthesis of the agreed-upon priorities to guide future development of higher education. It is the result of several years worth of consultations, discussions, and reports. UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini explained that crucial shifts are needed to focus on “cooperation over competition, diversity over uniformity, and flexible learning over traditionally well-structured, hierarchical models of education” as well as the creation of an open system of higher education. “Education systems move at such a glacial pace so having a heads up, 10 years ahead, is really useful because the system takes so long to move,” said Charles Hopkins, UNESCO chair at York University. University World News (International)

CCNB to develop live-career learning plan, transform study programs, data management

The Collège communautaire du Nouveau Brunswick (CCNB) has received a $6.6M investment from the Government of Canada and Government of New Brunswick to support three initiatives at the college. CCNB will introduce a new support model for continuing education and career planning, which will give students the tools they need to progress professionally throughout their career. The college will also transform its study programs to align the curriculum and skills development to the technical and social skills needed in the labour market. Finally, the college will modernize its IT systems to improve the way it manages and uses data and to allow it to fully process applications online. The projects are funded through the Canada–New Brunswick Agreement on French-Language Education and Second-Language Instruction. CCNB (FR) | Canada (EN) (NB)

George Brown renames atrium in honour of former president Anne Sado

George Brown College has announced the renaming of the atrium at its Waterfront Campus: the Anne Sado Hall. The atrium was renamed in honour of the contributions of Anne Sado, who served as the President of George Brown from 2004 to 2021. Under Sado’s leadership, the college doubled its enrolment; added a new campus and student residence; and expanded its experiential learning opportunities, partnerships, and applied research. George Brown has also launched the endowed Anne Sado Bridging to Opportunity Scholarship, which will support students who are enrolled in the institution’s bridging programs. “[Sado] has played a pivotal role in transforming the city of Toronto,” said George Brown President Dr Gervan Fearon. “[W]e must recognize that it was her vision that really defined the role of a post-secondary institution here at the waterfront.” George Brown (ON)

US institutions find network credentials, VPN access advertised for sale online

In the US, the FBI recently issued a warning to universities and colleges that their network credentials and virtual private network access information are being advertised for sale online. The credentials are harvested through a variety of methods – such as spear-phishing tactics and ransomware – and are being sold on online criminal marketplaces and public forums. “Universities, especially, should be providing students and staff with training to spot convincing phishing emails and the steps to undertake when opening various attachments or emails,” said software company CEO Steven Hope. “Students are an easy target, because unlike in a work environment, they often lack the necessary understanding to spot these types of attacks." FBI | Forbes (USA) | Campus Technology (International)

ON postsecondary institutions extend, lift mask mandates

Postsecondary institutions across Ontario are adjusting mask mandates as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. The University of Windsor and Wilfrid Laurier University have extended their mask mandates in response to public health recommendations, and both will be requiring face coverings until further notice. Niagara College has extended its mandatory masking until the mid-term break, with plans to implement a modified masking policy on July 4. Toronto Metropolitan University and St Lawrence College have announced that their mask mandates have been lifted as of June 1st. SLC students in clinical settings with a PPE requirement will still be required to use masks, as will those who have appointments at the SLC Campus Health Centres. UWindsor | SLC | CTV News (WLU) | Niagara College | TMU  (ON)