Top Ten

June 8, 2022

QC announces new restrictions on work permit eligibility for unsubsidized private colleges

The Government of Quebec has announced new restrictions for unsubsidized private colleges in an effort to address “integrity issues,” reports CBC. As of September 2023, international students at unsubsidized private colleges will reportedly no longer be eligible to obtain a work permit after they graduate. Only public or subsidized private colleges will be able to access the permit. The decision follows a provincial investigation that confirmed shortcomings related to private colleges in the province. CBC reports that the new regulations are being implemented to address concerns about students who use the pathway to gain a work visa and move to another region of Canada rather than staying in QC. Students who complete their programs before September 2023 will still be eligible for a work permit. CBC (1) | CBC (2) (QC)

Jarislowsky Foundation launches academic network on trust and political leadership

The Jarislowsky Foundation has collaborated with Acadia University, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trent University, the University of Lethbridge, and Vancouver Island University to launch a network of five endowed chairs at institutions across Canada. Stephen A Jarislowsky, president of the Foundation, explained that this Pan Canadian Academic Network responds to the "question of how we are going to strengthen and build trust in our public institutions, our organizations, and ourselves." network will focus on training public policy makers who will become leaders in government, politics, and the public service. It will professionalize ethical and fiduciary responsibility in political and public service by developing certifications in trust and political leadership. Acadia President Peter Ricketts said that the network will create a unique interdisciplinary program that allows students to study across the five universities. The initiative is supported by $10M from the Jarislowsky Foundation and $10M in matching funds from the universities. Jarislowky Foundation | ULethbridge (National)

Humber unveils Longo Faculty of Business, Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship

Humber College has received a $5M gift from the Longo Family Foundation that will be used to support entrepreneur training. In honour of the donation, Humber's Faculty of Business and Centre for Entrepreneurship have been renamed the Longo Faculty of Business and Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship, respectively. The donation will provide entrepreneurs with seed funding and scholarships, as well as supporting mentorship, networking, skills development, and initiatives such as the Longo Family Be Your Own Boss Workshops and the Longo Family Advisory: Student Business Consulting business. “[S]upporting the creation and success of small to medium-sized businesses plays an important role in helping Canada’s economy thrive,” said Humber President Chris Whitaker. News Wire | Humber (ON)

ON institutions implement disconnecting from work policies in response to Bill 27

In response to the Government of Ontario’s Bill 27, which requires employers to prepare and implement a policy regarding disconnecting from work, ON postsecondary institutions have implemented new guidelines. McMaster University has introduced a policy that encourages employees to complete work-related communications during working hours, and to disconnect during their non-working hours to promote work-life balance. At the University of Waterloo, a new guideline promotes work/life balance and ensures that employees know that they can disconnect from their work outside of their normal work hours. Wilfrid Laurier University is encouraging employees who are working both traditional and flexible hours to disconnect from work-related communications outside of their working hours and during vacation time. WLU also recommends that other employees be respectful of others’ working hours when contacting them. McMaster | UWaterloo | WLU (ON)

How PhD graduates can reach readers by transforming their dissertation into articles: Opinion

New doctoral graduates can reach more readers by transforming their finished dissertations into articles, writes Terry O'Banion. O'Banion gives ten guidelines for turning dissertations into articles. He recommends that graduates begin the process by acquainting themselves with recent publications in the field and considering whether an article would be relevant and worth publishing. The author suggests that graduates only include the most relevant findings and extract more than one article from the dissertation if necessary by using their dissertation abstract for the article’s abstract or introduction and by trimming down the literature review section to the most appropriate citations. O’Banion recommends including only essential methodology, ensuring findings and results are clearly stated, and providing a concise summary with only relevant references. Inside Higher Ed (Sub. Req.) (Editorial)

UCalgary suspends Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies PhD program

The University of Calgary has reportedly suspended its Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies (CMSS) PhD program until further notice. UCalgary says that the program has been suspended since January 2021 due to a decline in interest and enrolment. No students have entered the program since 2015. The program is now undergoing a review to determine the factors behind the lowered enrolment, and to revise and redevelop the program to ensure it meets security and strategic studies needs. “We did not terminate the program,” said UCalgary Professor Erin Gibbs Van Brunschot. “At this point, we’re feeling fairly confident that it will reopen, but it might be reshaped somehow.” Livewire Calgary (AB)

Insight on Canadian bachelor-level graduates from visible minority groups: StatCan

Statistics Canada has released a new report that provides insight into the differences between Canadian bachelor-level graduates who belong to visible minorities and their graduate counterparts who were not of a visible minority. When examining the student cohorts from 2014-2017, StatCan found that approximately 30% of bachelor’s graduates were part of a visible minority, and typically identified themselves as being Chinese, South Asian, or Black. Average graduation ages differed between different groups: Asian graduates tended to be younger and Black graduates older than graduates were not visible minorities. Science fields were popular with male graduates who were from a visible minority, while female graduates tended to pursue business, the social and behavioural sciences, law, or health. StatCan (Release) | StatCan (Study) (Report)

Postsecondary researchers use 5G networks to connect, develop technologies

Researchers at postsecondary institutions across Canada are developing technologies that use 5G networks to complete operations in other parts of the country. Navneet Alang of University Affairs describes the projects that researchers across Canada are embarking on, such as Manitoba Professor Dr Ekram Hossain’s work on machine-to-machine 5G networks, which enable machines to communicate with each other wirelessly over large distances, and Western University researcher Dr Kevin Shoemaker’s use of the 5G network to develop apps that help calm users during periods of anxiety. Institutions such as Western University, Carleton University, the University of Waterloo, and Université Laval have launched or are launching 5G networks on their campuses to support research. “Like much about 5G, however, the process of transforming research into real-world applications is slow,” concludes Alang. “For the time being, we’re left waiting for the work of these academics to bear fruit, hoping that the reality will live up to expectations.” University Affairs (Editorial)

FNU becomes key resource for National Indigenous Economic Strategy for Canada

The First Nations University of Canada has become a key resource for the National Indigenous Economic Strategy for Canada (NIES). The NIES was produced by a coalition of over 25 National Indigenous Organizations. It outlines four strategic pathways regarding People, Lands, Infrastructure, and Finance, and makes 107 Calls to Economic Prosperity. FNU will house the institute for National Indigenous Economic Strategy 2022-related work and will track implementation of the calls to Indigenous economic prosperity. “We have long recognized the importance of Indigenous peoples fully participating and leading in the national, provincial, and regional economies across Canada,” said FNU President Jacqueline Ottmann. “Our Indigenous scholars and researchers will be fully supporting the Strategy.” Nation Talk (SK)

ULaval to build new tennis centre at PEPs complex

Université Laval will be building a new tennis centre at its Pavillon de l'éducation physique et des sports (PEPs) complex. The centre will have 16 courts and will be open to elite players for national and international tournaments, as well as the public. The new facility will make it possible for ULaval to host major competitions and will provide a place for people to play tennis in the winter. The centre is scheduled to open by 2025 or by 2026 at latest, and has received $20M in funding from the Government of Quebec. ULaval | Journal de Montreal (QC)