Top Ten

October 3, 2022

ON makes $198M investment into 241 research projects

The Government of Ontario has made a new $198M investment into 241 research projects across the province. The funding is provided through the Ontario Research Fund and Early Researcher Awards to help support researchers and cover research costs. The projects receiving funding include the development of a resource focused on cybersecurity for small- and medium-sized enterprises in ON at Durham College; a project on improving the conversion of food wastes into bioplastic at the University of Waterloo; the purchase of a transmission electron microscope at McMaster University; archaeology training at Carleton University; and wind system research at Lakehead University. “These critical investments will ensure our world-class researchers have the technology and equipment to put Ontario at the forefront of innovation, supporting the development of homegrown ideas and products and creating jobs in local communities,” said ON Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop. ON | ON (Projects) (ON)

MB expands seats at WCVM for students to combat veterinarian shortage

The Government of Manitoba is expanding its interprovincial agreement with the University of Saskatchewan's Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) to increase the number of seats for students from Manitoba from 15 to 20. MB will increase the funding it provides to the WCVM by around $540K in order to support five additional seats, bringing 2023-2024 funding to around $7M. The decision was reportedly made in response to the veterinary shortage, which is having a significant impact on the agricultural and animal industries in MB. The expansion also looks to improve working conditions for veterinarians, who, due to the shortage, may work upwards of 14 hours a day. MB | Brandon Sun | Winnipeg Free Press | CBC (MB)

Saskatchewan Colleges international partnership expands

The Saskatchewan Colleges international partnership between Great Plains College, Cumberland College, and Parkland College is expanding to include Southeast College and North West College this academic year. The original partnership's pilot in 2021 was a success, and the colleges state that working collectively under the name "Saskatchewan Colleges" will help them to build a regional reputation in the international education market. Leaders from the colleges have praised the initiative for ensuring the collective can grow recruitment and admission capacity in a sustainable manner, providing a better experience for students, and potentially benefitting local economies. Great Plains College (SK)

Northern Lakes celebrates opening of Trout Lake Campus

Northern Lakes College recently celebrated the opening of its new Trout Lake Campus. The event included a ribbon-cutting, refreshments, and an opportunity for attendees to visit the campus and get to know its offerings. The new campus will provide a place for students to study while remaining in their community. “The College takes great pride in helping adults continue their education and prepare for the workforce right here at home,” said Treena Ward of the Northern Lakes Board of Governors. “We bring the courses and programs to you, right here. This means students can stay near family and benefit from their family and community supports” Northern Lakes (AB)

UBC launches Student Strategic Plan in order to foster unparalleled student experience

The University of British Columbia has introduced a Student Strategic Plan, which the university says is the first of its kind in Canada. The plan is focused on fostering an unparalleled student experience through transformative learning; wellbeing for people, places, and the planet; and connections within and across campus and communities. “No matter which campus they study at, all are UBC students, and one of our main goals is to foster a sense of connection across our faculties, campuses, and learning sites around the province,” said UBC Okanagan Associate Vice-President, Students Dale Mullings. UBC (BC)

BHER receives $17.1M to create, scale WIL opportunities, develop new tools and resources

The Government of Canada has announced a $17.1M investment in the Business + Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) over three years to foster work-integrated learning. The investment will be used to create and scale 22,300 work-integrated learning opportunities and to develop new tools and resources for BHER’s WIL Hub. BHER will partner with other organizations to increase opportunities for students from equity-seeking groups, advance WIL-based solutions with a focus on the transition to a net zero economy, and develop and pilot innovative WIL programs. BHER (National)

UoGuelph announces two initiatives focused on student learning, success

The University of Guelph has announced two new initiatives to enhance student learning and success. The first of these initiatives is the creation of the University Teaching Leadership Fellows (UTLF), a cohort of faculty members who will focus on sparking cross-campus discussion about topics related to teaching and learning. Faculty members will receive funding to research their chosen topic. UoGuelph has also announced the Teaching and Learning Network (TLN), which will focus on cross-campus exchange of ideas and resources. The network will include faculty members, graduate, and undergraduate students who will gather and share relevant information with the network. Both initiatives are set to be implemented in 2023. UoGuelph (ON)

UAlberta, UQAT, UoGuelph, UCW launch new courses

The University of Alberta, the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, University of Guelph, and University Canada West have recently announced new courses and classes on campus. UAlberta’s new Countering Stereotypes of Indigenous Peoples course focuses on stereotypes, the harm they do to Indigenous people, how they contribute to oppression, and what strategies can be used to resist them. UQAT has launched a French-only course called Introduction à la sécurisation culturelle des Premières Nations et des Inuit that teaches nursing students how to provide equitable and safe health care services to First Nations and Inuit individuals. UoGuelph has launched a class that examines peoples’ fascination with true crime. UCW has joined the Microsoft Learn for Educators program, which will enable its students to complete Microsoft certification courses and enter the job market with industry-recognized certifications. UAlberta | Newswire (UQAT) | CBC (UoGuelph) | UCW (National)

Lakeland unveils rejuvenated WHT Mead Building

Lakeland College has unveiled the rejuvenated WHT Mead Building. The building was originally built in 1964 and it has been renovated to include 10 new class spaces. The facility also includes collaboration spaces, labs, classrooms, and faculty offices, as well as technology to support in-person and virtual learning. “Today’s celebration is about more than classrooms,” said Lakeland President Dr Alice Wainwright-Stewart. “It’s about ensuring our students have the facilities to learn and collaborate, to build foundational skills, and grow their expertise to go beyond the classroom and put their education into action.” Lakeland | My Lloydminster Now (AB)

Computer science researchers discuss challenges, obstacles in the field

In a recent article for Inside Higher Ed, Susan D’Agostino shares computer scientists’ views on the challenges and obstacles that the field of computer science will need to overcome. Researchers discussed challenges such as ethical issues, the speed at which machine learning changes, and underrepresentation in the field. Some shared that computer science departments are stretched thin in terms of resources, making development a challenge, and that the higher wages available in the private sector are leading to faculty shortages in computer science programs. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (National)