Top Ten

November 9, 2022

UCalgary launches Alberta Centre for Advanced Diagnostics

The University of Calgary has partnered with PrairiesCan and DynaLIFE medical Labs to launch the Alberta Centre for Advanced Diagnostics (ACAD), which will develop new diagnostic technology for health care. ACAD features laboratory spaces, advanced instrumentation, and a network of partnerships to help accelerate the research and development pipeline for Alberta companies. The hub will also support the launch of new training programs, internships, scholarships and fellowships, and training tools. The centre is funded by $14.6M from UCalgary, PrairiesCan, Genome Canada, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. UCalgary | Lethbridge Herald | CBC (AB)

UNB launches Nutsihpiluwewicik (Indigenous) admission pathway for Indigenous nursing applicants

The University of New Brunswick has launched a new admissions pathway to help increase the number of Indigenous nurses practicing in the province. The Nutsihpiluwewicik (Indigenous) admission pathway will allow applicants with Indigenous ancestry to undergo a review by an Indigenous selection committee. Students will still have to write the Casper Situational Judgement Test but will participate in the pathway rather than having their test scores count toward admission. UNB partnered with the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre and Nutsihpiluwewicik (Healing Clan) to create the pathway. “It is important that we expand the number of Indigenous nurses, and to do so in a way that recognizes the value of Indigenous knowledge,” said UNB VP Saint John Dr Petra Hauf. UNB (NB)

MB university presidents express concerns about approach to implementing performance-based funding

The Government of Manitoba appears to be planning to change its funding model and is undergoing consultations about “performance benchmarks,” but student groups, faculty, and school leaders have pushed back and expressed concerns about the model, reports Maggie MacIntosh of the Winnipeg Free Press. MB is reportedly considering metrics such as data on student admission and progression, graduate outcomes, and institutional efficiency. CBC reports that University of Manitoba President Michael Benarroch and Brandon University President David Docherty have also sent letters to the Government of Manitoba expressing their concern about its approach to implementing performance-based funding. In their letters, the presidents marked the need for funding to be reflective of metrics that are within the institution’s control and the unique attributes of the institutions’ priorities and student population. CBC | Winnipeg Free Press (Sub. Req.) (MB)

Seneca school of nursing receives significant donation from Nanji Foundation

Seneca College has received the largest donation in its history from the Nanji Foundation. The multi-million dollar donation will support financial aid, simulation technology, and community engagement at Seneca’s School of Nursing. In honour of the donation, the college has renamed its nursing school the Seneca Nanji Foundation School of Nursing. “The positive impact of the family's generosity will be felt by thousands of Seneca nursing students for generations to come,” said Seneca President David Agnew. “Not only will this gift help address the nursing shortage we are experiencing in Ontario's health-care system by financially assisting our students and ensuring they have the best possible facilities, it also affirms the high value of the nursing profession.” Newswire (ON)

Eight students allege experiences of discrimination, abuse at Briercrest

Eight former students of Briercrest College and Seminary have alleged that they experienced homophobia, abuse, and discrimination at the college and have called for the Government of Saskatchewan to stop providing funding to the institution. The Canadian Press and Western Standardreport that students shared experiences such as being offered conversion therapy; being outed by peers or faculty without consent; and hearing discriminatory comments from faculty members, counsellors, and Briercrest President Michael Pawelke. “I had to write an essay on why I don’t believe being gay is right … and basically, if I didn’t do that, I wouldn’t graduate,” said former student Ben Ross. The Canadian Press reports that SK was made aware of complaints as early as 2015, and rejected the recommendations made by an independent provincial college oversight board that investigated the allegations. City News (CP) | CTV News | Western Standard (SK)

SFU receives over $2.6M to support growth, new resources for Big Data Hub, 4D LABS

The Government of Canada recently announced new funding to support Simon Fraser University’s Big Data Hub and 4D LABS. SFU’s 4D LABS has received $2M to establish the Centre for Environmental and Food Analysis (CEFA), which will support clean technology commercialization and adoption. The funding will also be used to install and operate new equipment and undertake facility renovations and upgrades. The Big Data Hub received $600K to increase the capacity of the Supercomputer Cedar, create an online consulting space, acquire high-performance computers, and hire staff. “Simon Fraser University is grateful for the generous support of 4D LABS and the Big Data Hub—two of our core facilities,” said SFU VP, Research and International Dugan O'Neil. Canada (BC)

NSCC builds three new student residence buildings with 350 beds

Nova Scotia Community College has announced that it is building new student residences at three of its campuses. Workers have broken ground on the buildings at the Akerley and Pictou campuses, and work will begin soon on the Ivany campus. The new residences will house up to 350 students across the campuses: 100 beds will open at Akerley and 50 beds will open at Pictou in 2024, and 200 beds are slated to open in 2025 at the Ivany campus. The student residences are supported by $112M in funding from the Government of Nova Scotia. Halifax Examiner | Global News | Global News (Video) (NS)

Western opens Wampum Learning Lodge centre

Western University has opened a new centre for Indigenous learning called the Wampum Learning Lodge. The lodge supports Indigenous ways of knowing and provides a safe space for Indigenous people and allies to learn and share together. The university retrofitted the library of the John G Althouse Building to create the centre, which includes gathering spaces, a medicine garden, kitchen, a wellness room, an outdoor classroom, and more. The space was designed by architect Wanda Dalla Costa of Saddle Lake First Nation and was named under guidance from a Council of Elders. “This is a space where a lot of important work is going to be accomplished,” said Western Office of Indigenous Initiatives Community Relations and Space Coordinator Paula Cornelius-Hedgepeth. “I see it as a place of cultural reclamation, reconciliation, revitalization, and respect. This space will be a hub for the Western community and Indigenous communities.” Western | Global News | CTV News | London Free Press (ON)

A look at trends and opportunities in continuing education: Interview

In an interview with The Evolllution, Humber College Dean of Continuous Professional Learning Frank Cappadocia discusses the current trends and opportunities for continuing learning departments in postsecondary education. Cappadocia discusses the importance of providing high-quality learning and expanded engagement to continuing education learners to ensure they stay engaged and connected beyond a single course or credential. He further shares his insights about global partnerships and the value these offer to students. Finally, Cappadocia discusses key trends for continuing ed leaders, including seamless processing and prior experience recognition, competition private providers, and stackable credentialling models. The Evolllution (Editorial)

Fanshawe, JAMK University collaborate on cybersecurity research

Fanshawe College and JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Finland have signed a cooperation agreement focused on cybersecurity expertise and training. JAMK will build a Realistic Global Cyber Environment at Fanshawe, which will augment the college’s capabilities and introduce new opportunities for leadership in the field of cybersecurity; while Fanshawe will participate in the development and evolution of the CyberRange network. “The CyberRange partnership is a unique opportunity to advance cybersecurity education through innovative simulation models in various industries,” says Mary Pierce, dean of Fanshawe’s Faculty of Business, Information Technology and Part-time Studies. “Fanshawe graduates will be uniquely prepared to serve employer cybersecurity needs. Our intention is to use this new capability at Fanshawe to improve cybersecurity efficacy throughout our region.” Fanshawe (ON)