Top Ten

October 27, 2022

TRU announces new four-storey modular student housing building

Thompson Rivers University will be increasing its student housing with a new four-storey modular building at East Village. The building will provide space for 148 students with 80 single- and double-occupancy rooms. It will be constructed using a modular approach that offers cost and time savings, and is set to be complete by summer 2023. All rooms in the new building will have a kitchenette and bathroom, and students will have access to parking spaces, enclosed bike spaces, and electric vehicle chargers. “Our new permanent modular building helps meet growing demand, provides a much-needed home away from home and enhances the student experience,” said TRU AVP Campus Infrastructure, Sustainability and Ancillary Services Warren Asuchak. The housing project is funded by $10.85M from the Government of British Columbia. TRU (1) | TRU (2) | BC (BC)

NWP launches Bachelor of Business Administration program

Northwestern Polytechnic has announced that it has been approved to offer a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. Students in the program will be able to customize their BBA degree by drawing on trades qualifications and participating in electives from a wide variety of subject areas. Students in the Business Administration certificate or diploma programs will be able to ladder into the BBA degree. NWP further stated that the BBA meets the prerequisite requirements toward a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) or Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. NWP (AB)

Nine Canadian institutions rank among top 100 for QS’s inaugural sustainability rankings

Nine Canadian universities have appeared in the top 100 of the inaugural QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023. The new rankings evaluated 700 universities from around the world based on their “ability to tackle the world’s greatest environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges.” The leading Canadian universities were the University of Toronto (#2), University of British Columbia (#3), Western University (#17), McGill University and University of Waterloo (tied for #42), Université de Montréal (#60), University of Calgary (tied for #79), Dalhousie University (#86), and the University of Saskatchewan (#91). The leading university globally was the University of California, Berkeley. Newswire | QS Rankings (International)

Loyalist launches digital campus called Destination Loyalist

Loyalist College has launched Destination Loyalist, a digital campus created in partnership with ARCADIS IBI Group. The digital environment will help Loyalist host content on programming and campus news, and will mirror the flow of activity for services and events. Destination Loyalist is reportedly the first permanent campus environment built using Arcadis IBI Group’s IMMRSV technology. “As a small, agile institution, Loyalist has quickly adapted," said Loyalist Acting President Mark Kirkpatrick. "Destination Loyalist is a ‘campus in your pocket’ – a unique virtual resource that connects students, employees, community and industry with information, support and future-focused solutions – anytime, anywhere.” Loyalist (ON)

Sask Polytech launches Health Care Cook program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic has launched a Health Care Cook program. The 39-week program was developed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). Students will develop skills such as general cooking, menu planning, nutrition, and kitchen operations so that they are prepared for work in healthcare settings, and will study how to modify diets so that they meet the texture and nutritional requirements of various medical conditions. Students will also learn about the importance of Indigenous foodways. SHA employees will be able to apply their prior learning experiences as credits toward the program while taking part in the program virtually. Sask Polytech (SK)

BCIT launches Flexible Learning division to oversee part-time studies, micro-credentials

The British Columbia Institute of Technology has launched Flexible Learning, a new department that will encompass the institute’s part-time courses, micro-credentials, industry services, and more. Formerly known as BCIT’s Part-time Studies department, Flexible Learning will offer learners an a la carte approach to upskilling in the form of short, accredited, self-paced learning options. “Accelerated demographic shifts in the workforce and economic challenges across industries have heightened the need for quick and relevant upskilling to fulfill in-demand jobs,” said BCIT AVP Academic Operations Jennifer Figner. “BCIT Flexible Learning answers this need.” BCIT (AB)

St Mary’s joins Universities Canada as 97th member

St Mary’s University in Calgary has been approved as the 97th member of Universities Canada. To join the organization, St Mary’s had to meet strict criteria and demonstrate its adherence to a set of quality assurance principles that will be reaffirmed every five years. “We look forward to joining this esteemed community of Canadian universities to share best practices, advocate for common interests, advance collaborative research, and collectively prepare future graduates to solve our nation’s most pressing challenges,” said St Mary’s President Sinda Vanderpool. Universities Canada | St Mary’s (AB)

Laurentian settles longstanding property encroachment dispute

Laurentian University has reached a settlement with a Sudbury, Ontario couple in a dispute over property encroachment that has been ongoing since 2016. The dispute focused on part of the couple’s backyard that encroached upon Laurentian’s land. On August 15th, Laurentian's board of governors reportedly voted unanimously on a proposed settlement. Laurentian and the couple told CBC that the terms of the settlement are confidential. The couple celebrated the settlement, stating that they “look forward to opportunities to collaborate with the university community on future endeavours.” CBC (ON)

CAMET launches updated Careers Atlantic website

The Council of Atlantic Ministers of Education and Training (CAMET) has launched an updated Careers Atlantic website to provide students with resources for skills development and successful transition into the labour market. The new website expands on the original 2021 website and uses the Skills for Success framework started by the Government of Canada in 2021. The website will support youth with information and resources on critical skills for the labour market, including how these skills can be used and their connections to Atlantic Canada employers. The updated website also provides teachers, postsecondary education students, and families with career planning resources. NL | NS | PEI (NL | NS | PEI)

Emergency alert issued at UCalgary after call reporting assailant with knife

The University of Calgary issued an emergency alert after an emergency call reporting a man armed with a knife on campus. The university issued a shelter-in-place alert warning that an “active assailant” was on the main campus. The alert was lifted at 9:30 PM, after police confirmed that the suspect was no longer on campus. CTV News reports that police found no sign of a man with a knife and that there were no additional witnesses or security footage of a suspect. Calgary Police Service said that the report may have been a misunderstanding, and has ended investigation into the matter. CBC | CTV News (AB)