Top Ten

June 6, 2022

Canada announces $102M for new, renewed chairs at 35 Canadian research institutions

The Government of Canada has announced the latest round of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs. With a $102M investment, Canada has announced 119 CRCs at 35 Canadian research institutions. The investments will allow researchers to continue to contribute to global discussions in a variety of topics, such as economics, viral vectors and vaccines, and the Indigenization of higher education. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has also committed to support nine chairs with a nearly $1.8M investment through the John R Evans Leaders Fund. Canada (National)

Over half of NS nursing graduates commit to working in NS through new recruitment strategy

At least half of Nova Scotia’s nursing graduates have committed to taking on full-time jobs with Nova Scotia health, reports CBC. The news comes after nursing students stated that NS was not actively recruiting them despite a provincial labour crisis. This year’s cohort of nursing graduates have been guaranteed positions if they choose to stay in NS, and 350 graduates have chosen to work with Nova Scotia Health or the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. CBC reports that some of the remaining graduates may be still considering their offers or may have accepted positions with other organizations in NS. Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union President Janet Hazelton noted that guaranteed positions decrease stress for graduates, who know that they will find a full-time position with the appropriate support. CBC (NS)

Canadore officially joins Devant to bolster career supports for international students

Canadore College has officially joined with Devant in order to provide more support, resources, and tools for international students at the college. Through the partnership, Canadore international students will have access to a free online career support portal, a Get Hired Masterclass that introduces students to the workplace, and networking opportunities with Canadian employers. “We are excited to offer our international learners additional support to navigate the Canadian job market,” said Ryan Drouin, Canadore’s Manager of Career Development, Sport and Wellness. “The Devant platform will offer our students access to a busy schedule of weekly live evening events in addition to industry-specific webinars, Q&As and networking opportunities. This platform will help our international students be prepared for career success in Canada.” Canadore (ON)

Faculty, PhD students need training on student well-being, essential pedagogical skills

Postsecondary institutions should provide faculty and PhD students with training in evolving student issues, write four members of Carleton University’s leadership and faculty. Ali Arya, Adrian D C Chan, Kim Hellemans, and David J Hornsby write that professional development programs are too focused on the cognitive aspects of learning, which can leave students without the proper emotional support. The authors argue that instructors need to receive training in student well-being so that they are prepared to support students. Additionally, the authors say that their research found that faculty members are missing essential pedagogical skills. The authors call for space to be made for training and for institutions to consider how to address potential training needs. University Affairs (Editorial)

Brock plans to expand St Catharines campus with new eight-acre site

Brock University has announced that it has acquired an eight-acre site that will allow the university to expand its St Catharines campus classroom and lab space. The site is already home to an 86,000 square foot building that was previously used by Enbridge. Part of the building will be leased back to Enbridge, while other areas of the building will be used by Brock units that do not provide student-facing or employee-facing services. “This is a strategic investment for Brock as we position the University for future growth opportunities,” says Brock VP, Administration Ken Chan. “By acquiring this site, we are responding to the immediate teaching, learning and research space needs by relocating certain functions.” Brock (ON)

MacEwan, EIA partner on learning, research opportunities for students, faculty

MacEwan University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Edmonton International Airport (EIA) that establishes a framework to support both organizations’ growth. The framework will include student experiences and internship opportunities, faculty research opportunities, and collaborative opportunities such as micro-credentials. MacEwan will also consider how students can tackle problems or take on projects for the EIA. “If they have a strategic marketing problem, we can take that to our third-year strategic marketing course in the school of business,” said MacEwan AVP of Research Craig Kuziemsky. “Rather than having one student giving you one solution, you might have four or five work teams coming up with solutions.” MacEwan | Edmonton Journal (AB)

UMoncton receives investment to stabilize, renovate, and renew institution

The Université de Moncton has received a major investment of over $27.8M from the governments of Canada and New Brunswick as part of a broader initiative to support official language minority communities. The funding will go towards supporting UMoncton in maintaining and expanding its priority program offerings, updating teaching materials, and providing scholarships. The university will also embark on renovations and refurbishment projects, including the creation of isolated and soundproof study and examination rooms, to support student accommodations; and will replace and upgrade technology at the Edmundson and Shippagan campuses. News Wire (NB)

COTR, UAlberta sign transfer agreement for engineering certificate graduates

The College of the Rockies and the University of Alberta have signed a transfer agreement to create a pathway for graduates of the college’s Common First Year Engineering certificate. COTR graduates will receive guaranteed admission into Year 2 of Engineering at UAlberta, and will be able to transfer their certificate as a block transfer. The new pathway will allow COTR students to benefit from small class sizes and faculty attention, as well as financial savings, before entering university. “[T]he College has ranked high for student success,” said COTR VP Academic and Applied Research Robin Hicks. “Not only do our students have the highest degree completion rate of any transfer institution in the province, but they also are among the top performing students academically.” COTR (AB | BC)

Trent unveils Lifetime Giving installation, announces scholarship fund for international students

Trent University has officially unveiled its Lifetime Giving Recognition installation, which recognizes major donors who have helped to build the university's legacy. The installation is comprised of six pillars, two of which describe the installation and recognize benefactor Gavin Marshall and four of which represent the individual recognition categories: The Trent Visionaries ($1M+), the Chancellors' Guild ($500K-999K), the Governors' Council ($250K-$499K), and the Presidents' Circle ($100K-$249K). At the event, the university also announced the Moore Family International Scholarship, which has been established thanks to a $1M gift from Davi and Joan Moore. The scholarship will offer recurring support to three students from outside North America. Trent (ON)

Discussions of the effects of Bill 32: Opinion

In a recent article for The Conversation, University of Winnipeg Professor Peter Ives and York University Professor Eve Haque discuss the impacts of Québec’s Bill 32. The authors explain that Bill 32 defines university academic freedom as “the right of every person to engage freely and without doctrinal, ideological or moral constraint in an activity through which the person contributes, in their field of activity, to carrying out the mission of an educational institution.” Ives and Haque argue that the bill undermines university and faculty autonomy and “blurs the important distinctions between free expression and academic freedom.” The authors also argue that the tabling of the bill shows that academic freedom is being weaponized by politicians, and conclude by discussing the similarities between QC’s bill and way other provincial and regional governments have engaged in ‘culture wars.’ The Conversation (Editorial)