Top Ten

October 7, 2022

Maclean's releases rankings for top universities in Canada in 2023

Maclean’s has released the Maclean's University Rankings 2023, which ranks Canada’s universities in three broad categories: undergraduate universities, comprehensive universities, and medical doctoral universities. The top five primarily undergraduate universities were Mount Allison University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Saint Mary’s University, Trent University, and Acadia University and Bishop's University (tied for fifth). The top five comprehensive universities were Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph, and Carleton University and York University (tied for 5th). The top medical doctoral universities in Canada were McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, McMaster University, and the University of Alberta. Maclean’s (Method) | Maclean’s (Undergrad.) | Maclean’s (Comp.) | Maclean’s (MD) (Editorial)

UOttawa launches Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Design

The University of Ottawa has launched a multidisciplinary engineering program that will train students in artificial intelligence (AI), user experience (UX), and STEM. The Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Design provides students with experiential learning opportunities and collaborative projects that are designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Students will complete the program in a flexible format, which will allow them to choose their hands-on learning experiences. The selection process for the program focuses on the applicant’s passions and career aspirations as well as their GPA, which will open the program to a wider group of students, and students can choose learning paths that are developed with industry consultation to address gaps in the job market. UOttawa (ON)

AB funds initiative to attract international students, work-integrated learning expansion

The Government of Alberta has recently made two announcements related to investments in the areas of international student recruitment and work-integrated learning. The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology has received $1M to establish the Alberta Bureau for International Education (ABIE), an independent non-profit organization that will showcase AB PSE to prospective international students. AB is also investing $6M over the next three years to support the creation of 1,200 work-integrated learning opportunities. The funding will be used to integrate new industry associations into the Work-integrated Learning Industry Voucher Expansion program by creating work placements there, developing WIL programming, and developing new partner associations. AB (1) | AB (2) | Toronto Star | Winnipeg Free Press (AB)

Using ‘blended learning’ for courses: Opinion

University of British Columbia associate professor Dr Siobhán McPhee and PhD candidate Micheal Jerowsky discuss the benefits of ‘blended learning’ and provide tips for using this teaching strategy. 'Blended learning' is a combination of face-to-face and virtual learning using online technologies. A survey conducted by the authors in a first-year geography course revealed that most students were excited and somewhat anxious about learning new technologies. The survey also indicated that students found a blended approach to be helpful for maintaining motivation while working at their own pace and benefited from using digital tools such as Microsoft teams to collaborate. The authors emphasize four key insights for blended classrooms: Use easy-to-use digital tools, centre blended classrooms on students, choose digital tools that support learning objectives, and consider how students' ability to use these tools can be enhanced. The Conversation (Editorial)

UCalgary, BCIT partner with community organizations to provide cybersecurity training

Two postsecondary institutions have struck partnerships in the past week to increase the number of cybersecurity professionals. The Calgary Police Service and the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Science partnered to create the Canadian Cyber Assessment Training and Experimentation Centre (CATE). CATE provides a safe place for experimentation and research so students can learn how to respond to and defend against cybersecurity threats, as well as a platform for police investigations. The British Columbia Institute of Technology and Coding for Veterans have launched a micro-credential that will train veterans in cybersecurity. The Microcredential in Industrial Networking for Cybersecurity Professionals is designed to further veterans’ knowledge in cybersecurity so that they are prepared to protect critical infrastructure. Calgary Police Service | BCIT (AB | BC)

ON invests $7.25M into agri-food industry research through UoGuelph-led Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance

The Government of Ontario has announced a $7.25M investment into agri-food research through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance. The Alliance is a collaboration between the University of Guelph and the provincial government that supports Ontario’s agri-food systems. The funding will support 50 projects that focus on topics such as packaging, fruit and vegetable shelf-life, and the impact of climate change on farmers’ mental health. “Through our partnership with the University of Guelph, we are helping Ontario’s agri-food sector grow and innovate so that farmers can remain competitive on a global scale and Ontario can continue to be a leader in agri-food,” said ON Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Lisa Thompson. ON | UoGuelph (ON)

UManitoba professor receives $3.5M funding boost for traumatic brain injury research

University of Manitoba professor and Health Sciences Centre neurosurgeon Dr Frederick Zeiler will be receiving a $3.5M funding boost to research personalized treatments for those who have had a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Zeiler will focus how factors such as blood flow, oxygen, and nutrient delivery may impact treatment. Manitoba Public Insurance has contributed $2M to the project, while UManitoba has contributed $1.5 million. “This is kind of a ground-up rebuild in terms of how we approach traumatic brain injury care and how we approach research and innovation for TBI,” said Zeiler. “The hope is that in the long term … we’re going to see some tangible results that make real world changes in bedside care for these patients.” CBC (MB`)

CMTN launches accelerated ECE program to address labour shortage

Coast Mountain College has launched an accelerated early childhood care (ECE) and education program that will address Kitimat’s childcare needs. The ECE certificate is delivered in Kitimat at no cost to students, thanks to funding from the Government of British Columbia. It will include contextually relevant learning and Indigenized curriculum so that graduates are ready to contribute to creative, responsive pedagogical spaces. “The lack of available child care in Kitimat is reaching a crisis point,” said CMTN Associate Dean of Health and Human Services Bradley Leier. “[W]e are excited to support this initiative with quality training in the community, so that parents can access the supports they need to continue in their careers.” BC | CMTN (BC)

USherbrooke, C2MI partner on new research chair

Université de Sherbrooke and MiQro Innovation (C2MI) have partnered to establish the Chaire de recherche C2MI en microfabrication et integration. The research chair will focus on innovation in microfabrication and the integration of new materials and processes. The chair will be held by Serge Ecoffey who is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering. Ecoffey will focus on training students to participate in the development and commercialization of the essential components for digital technologies. USherbrooke (QC)

Seneca launches Driven by Ambition recruitment campaign

Seneca College has launched a new phase of its Challenge Accepted recruitment campaign that focuses on the ambitions of prospective students. Driven by Ambition asks prospective students to reflect on what their ambition is “saying” to them and features the stories of alumni who have channeled their ambition into success in a variety of fields through passion and dedication. “Ambition drives us forward, powering us to reach higher and do more or do better,” said Seneca VP, Strategy and Brand Renata D'Innocenzo. “We’re here to help people make their aspirations a reality – to harness their ambition and achieve their career goals through our great polytechnic education and strong industry connections.” Newswire (ON)