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October 14, 2022

CBC Fifth Estate examines state of international student recruitment, enrolment in Canada

In a new article from The Fifth Estate, CBC reporters Nazim Baksh, Lisa Ellenwood, Mark Kelley, and Satbir Singh Aulakh discuss the critical issues surrounding international student recruitment and enrolment in Canada. They highlight the growing number of international students in Canada and write that many incoming students are enticed by recruiters’ “dubious promises of jobs and immigration.” The article further discusses negative student experiences at private career colleges and asserts that several public colleges have struck partnerships with private colleges in order to financially sustain themselves on international student enrolments. Federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told CBC that if certain colleges are found to be taking advantage of students, he will “make it clear” to the provincial governments that those colleges can be removed from the study permit program. CBC (National)

UQAC to construct new educational facility for technical game art certificate, continuing education

The Université du Québec à Chicoutimi has announced that it will be building a new educational facility: the École NAD-UQAC. The new facility will offer a technical game art certificate program that will teach students about 3D creation, modelling, animation, and game engines. It will also offer a variety of continuing education initiatives. “Our partnership with Ubisoft allows us to combine industry, teaching, and research to offer innovative programs in 3D animation, design, and computer science,” said UQAC rector Ghislain Samson. “Our institution is excited to bring this offering to Sherbrooke.” NAD-UQAC is supported by a $1M gift over five years from Ubisoft. Newswire (QC)

Camosun celebrates reopening of renovated Wilna Thomas building

Camosun College recently celebrated the reopening of the Wilna Thomas building at the Lansdowne campus, which has been renewed to enhance the educational experience of students. The revitalized building is open to all Camosun students, staff, and faculty, and includes a gathering hall with an attached patio, a reflection space, an Indigenous learning space, and an Idea Lab. It also includes upgraded classrooms and washrooms, technology, and heating and cooling systems. “The renovations to the Wilna Thomas building bring a lot of very cool and exciting features to the Lansdowne campus that will help students come together and collaborate,” said Camosun College Student Society External Executive Jessie Niikoi. The renovations were supported by $9.3M from the Government of British Columbia. BC | Camosun (BC)

NB creates additional medical seats for UMoncton

The Government of New Brunswick has announced funding to create four more medical seats at Université de Moncton’s Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick (CFMNB) , starting in 2023. The addition builds on the expansion of provincially funded medical seats at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, Université Laval, and Université de Montréal; and NB is reportedly exploring opportunities to add additional seats in the future. “The recruitment and retention of health-care workers is a top priority, and we are proud to partner with CFMNB to increase the number of medical seats we provide,” said NB Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder. “This investment will allow even more New Brunswickers to study medicine in the province, which increases our chances of retaining them after graduation.” UMoncton also recently received funding for medical seats from the Government of Nova Scotia and the Government of Prince Edward Island. NB | UMoncton (NB)

Durham launches Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health

Durham College has launched an Honours Bachelor of Community Mental Health (HBMH) program. Students in the new degree program will learn how to provide mental health support and contribute to healthy communities, and will receive training in areas such as psychology, counselling, health promotion, and social justice. The program also includes a mandatory field placement which gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the industry. “Our excellence in blending theoretical education with experiential learning opportunities will give our students a competitive advantage among other new graduates and help them lead the way in the evolving landscape of mental health,” said Durham President Don Lovisa. Durham | Durham Radio News (ON)

The drawbacks of PhD program fast tracks: Opinion

In an article for University Affairs, McGill University doctoral candidate Hongyu Zhang discusses the drawbacks of fast-tracking to a PhD from an undergraduate program. The uncertainty involved in thesis research and the challenges along the way can prolong the process or lead students to drop out of their program. PhDs are also very specialized degrees, Zhang writes, and students would benefit from exploring other fields or subject areas before taking up a PhD. Finally, Zhang notes that PhDs are often poorly paid early in their careers and the programs do not help students to explore non-academic career choices. Instead of pursuing a PhD fast track, the author advises students to pursue a standalone masters or gain first-hand research experience during an undergraduate degree. University Affairs (Editorial)

Seneca begins construction on Seneca Centre for Innovation in Life Sciences

Seneca College has begun construction on a new lab that will be used to increase applied research in the life sciences diagnostics and cosmetics industries. The $9.4M Seneca Centre for Innovation in Life Sciences will feature a bio-safety lab as well as a Good Manufacturing Practice certifiable clean room. The centre will support product development while providing students and recent graduates with advanced learning opportunities, employment, and experiential learning opportunities. It will also house a new graduate certificate program in cosmetic science. Newswire (ON)

ULethbridge Board of Governors pledges $10M to match funds for new endowed scholarships

The University of Lethbridge Board of Governors has announced that it has pledged $10M to match funds for new endowed scholarships. The funds will be used to inspire community support for new awards and scholarships that will help the university to attract diverse and promising students and reward them for their hard work. “I applaud the board for this substantial commitment, which will have both an immediate and everlasting impact on the University’s mission to educate students as adaptive learners and strong-minded community leaders,” said ULethbridge President Dr Mike Mahon. “This pledge is a vote of confidence in what we do, who we are as a university and the future that is before us.” ULethbridge (AB)

How chairs can involve students in departments: Opinion

In an article for Inside Higher Ed, Kevin Dettmar discusses how department chairs can help students feel invited in their departments. Dettmar describes how designated student liaisons can provide a channel of communication between chairs and students, which enables departments to plan events and policy in line with student needs and wants. The author also suggests involving students in searches for new faculty to better test candidates and to ensure that students feel like they have a voice in the department. Finally, Dettmar recommends including students in department life by creating designated spaces for students to congregate, providing modest funding for student events, and celebrating student achievements. Inside Higher Ed (Acct. Req.) (Editorial)

U of T, Purolator, Toronto launch Urban Quick Stop on U of T campus

The University of Toronto, Purolator, and the City of Toronto have launched a second Urban Quick Stop "mini hub." The hub, located at U of T's downtown campus, will offer retail and shipment services to the U of T and surrounding community. Electric cargo bikes will be used for deliveries in the area instead of Purolator trucks. It will be used as a living laboratory for transportation researchers at U of T's Mobility Network and the Smart Freight Centre, which is a collaborative research hub for U of T, McMaster University, York University, and the Region of Peel. The researchers will use data from embedded sensors on the Purolator e-bikes to analyse the impact of replacing large vehicles on campus and in surrounding areas. The Urban Quick Stop also offers retail services and allows customers to drop off and pick up shipments. Newswire (ON)