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Maclean’s releases 2019 university rankings by student satisfaction

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

Maclean’s has released its 2019 rankings of Canadian universities by student satisfaction. Based on a survey completed by 23,000 students across the country, this year’s rankings introduced a new question on how well universities are making Indigenous histories, cultures, and languages visible on campus. The top spot in the Medical/Doctoral category went to Université de Sherbrooke, while Wilfrid Laurier University claimed top spot in the Comprehensive category. Bishop’s University earned the top spot in the Primarily Undergraduate category. Respondents to the survey gave their opinions on professors and staff, residence life, and opportunities for extracurricular activities and experiential education, such as co-op programs. Students also weighed in on such topical issues as mental health services and whether they think their university is doing enough to prevent sexual assault on campus. Maclean’s

Humber to develop next-gen technologies through partnership with DMG Mori Canada

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

Humber College has entered into a five-year partnership with DMG Mori Canada to develop Industry 4.0 technologies. A Humber release states that the partnership will also feature awards and scholarships to be distributed by DMG Mori, in addition to employment pathways and recruitment opportunities for students. “Our students and faculty will benefit from DMG MORI’s expertise and learning on their machine tooling systems, as they prepare for the highly-skilled, advanced manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Humber President Chris Whitaker. Humber

Dal unveils new $64M facilities with support from industry, students 

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

Dalhousie University has officially opened two new buildings at its downtown campus that will house programs in its engineering and architecture faculties. CBC reports that the $64M facilities were funded by the federal government and several of the region’s largest corporations, which include energy conglomerate Emera and Irving Oil. $7M in student fees also helped pay for the building, CBC adds. “With all this expansion, there's a lot more space for us to work actually on this campus rather than go off campus between classes. We can stay on campus. It's really nice to see how the faculty and the community has really come together,” said Electrical Engineering Sierra Sparks. CBC | Dal

Fraudsters target international students in Peterborough with “Welcome to Canada” tax

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

A new phone scam in Peterborough has been targeting international students, the Peterborough Examiner has learned. Potential victims receive a call that claims Canadian law requires them to pay a $2,500 “Welcome to Canada Tax.” The Examiner adds that in a follow-up call, someone posing as a city police officer will threaten to immediately arrest the student if they do not make the payment through a bitcoin machine. Police are working with Fleming College and Trent University to warn international students about the scam. Peterborough Examiner

VIU opens new health centre, expands space for trades

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

Vancouver Island University showcased its new Health and Science Centre this week, as well as upgrades to its existing Marine, Automotive, and Trades Complex. Nanaimo News Bulletin states that the Health and Science Centre features electronic patient simulators and lab spaces that replicate critical care, home care, and emergency room care settings. A VIU release adds that the expansion to the trades complex will facilitate the equivalent of 128 full-time student spaces while meeting the needs of industries and employers in motorcycle mechanic, marine mechanic, heavy mechanical trades, and carpentry programs, including an Indigenous construction program. Nanaimo Bulletin | VIU

Universities “need to do more” for reconciliation: MacEwan President

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

Although Canadian universities have made substantial steps toward reconciliation, they continue to fail Indigenous peoples, writes MacEwan University President Deborah Saucier. In addition to ongoing systemic barriers that can prohibit Indigenous youth from accessing post-secondary education, preconceptions about the value of Indigenous knowledge, language, and traditions present an intangible barrier for meaningful reconciliation within universities as historically colonialist spaces. Saucier adds that industry in Canada will need to draw on Indigenous talent if it is to thrive in the future. To respond to this need, MacEwan has introduced the pimâcihisowin Foundation Program, a pathway that helps Indigenous students obtain credits and skills for MacEwan programs. In addition to facilitating spaces for Indigenous students, Saucier adds, universities need to integrate the value of Indigenous knowledge. Maclean’s

Students speak out about StFX’s handling of reported sexual assault case

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

CBC has learned that students at St Francis Xavier University are calling on the university to revisit its sexual violence policies in response to its handling of a reported case of campus rape in which a student left the school after learning her assailant had been permitted to return to classes. StFX professor Nancy Forestell told CBC that students were angry that the student had been permitted to return after he had been criminally charged, and that neither the victim nor the university community had been informed of the university’s decision. The Head of Student Services at St FX told CBC that the university acknowledges a “communication gap” between the Student Life office and the complainant. CBC

Exploring TWU’s relationship with LGBTQ rights

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

While its law school’s failed accreditation bid fuelled a narrative that Trinity Western University’s faculty and students uniformly disavow non-heterosexual relationships, Sadiya Ansari finds that the Christian institution is home to a range of diverse attitudes about Christian sexuality. In a feature article for Maclean’s, Ansari profiles several LGBTQ students at TWU, speaks to a faculty adviser who runs a group that supports LGBTQ students, and unpacks the implications of official campus debates that present evangelical and non-evangelical perspectives on same-sex relationships. The author also finds that TWU President Bob Kuhn’s decision to drop a mandatory covenant that prohibited same-sex relationships suggests a shift in the university’s administrative culture beyond its efforts to earn law school accreditation. Maclean’s

RRC Cannabis course isn't “Cheech and Chong”: Executive Director

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

Red River College’s School of Indigenous Education will roll out its introductory course on cannabis retail, cultivation, and regulation in November, reports CBC. Rebecca Chartrand, Executive Director of Indigenous Strategy at RRC, said that the course was developed in joint consultation with industry stakeholders, Manitoba's Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority, and three doctors with expertise in medical cannabis. According to CBC, RRC decided to develop the course in response to queries from local communities about its potential offerings prior to legalization. “For me, it's really important that we support those First Nation communities that are looking to grow into the industry,” Chartrand added. CBC

WLU opens new health research facility with community partners

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:30

The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, a collaborative initiative between Health Sciences North Research Institute, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and Wilfrid Laurier University, has opened a new satellite site in Sudbury. A release states that the satellite will facilitate research opportunities for scientists, clinicians, and learners. While researchers had to previously travel to Toronto if they wanted to work with ICES analysts, they may now do so without having to travel. “ICES North is a critical resource that will allow us to strengthen our collaborative and meaningful community-based research to address the priority health concerns faced in our region,” stated NOSM Dean and CEO Roger Strasser. Nation Talk

Ecosystems and partnerships a revenue driver for IT and Tech companies

The shift from closed business sectors into intersecting ecosystems provides huge revenue growth opportunities for IT and technology companies alike. However, much of that potential remains untapped, and to be truly successful with the tactic, companies must strike partnerships not just in their own core field, but in new areas in the future.

Sheffield and Nottingham top London for launching online business

While London retains a reputation for leading in all areas of the UK’s business scene, it is lagging when it comes to fostering new online businesses. Thanks to their lower cost of living, it is easier to set up an online venture quickly in Sheffield and Nottingham in particular, with a new survey finding the capital languishing in 13th on these grounds.

Big Four accounting firms brace for competition probe from CMA

As pressure continues to mount on the top figures of the auditing and advisory industry, the dominance of the Big Four in the accounting arena will now be the subject of a landmark competition probe. Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC are set to be scrutinised by the Competition & Markets Authority, following a litany of auditing scandals in recent months.

Growth of the gig economy comes with a cybersecurity threat

The UK currently has around 2 million freelancers, and in the coming years the number of gig economy workers is forecasted to continue its meteoric rise. The growth of freelancing however comes with a threat to cybersecurity, warns an IT security expert.

Former HMRC Executive Chair joins McKinsey as tax strategy advisor

Former HMRC Executive Chair Sir Edward Troup has become an external consultant for the global management consultancy firm to advise on tax strategy and policy, having been cleared by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments under certain conditions.

“Grievance studies” hoax sparks debate over social justice in the academy

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:30

Scandal has erupted over an academic hoax that saw peer-reviewed journals publish fake papers discussing topics such as rape culture in dog parks, fat bodybuilding, and the imperialist tendencies of AI programming. Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star argues that the publication of the articles shows how academic fields concerned with social justice have “fallen foul to the same kind of motivated reasoning and naked partisanship that is currently engulfing the country as a whole.” In response to the controversy, the Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed a group of professors with varying opinions on the hoax, with some insisting that it marks a much-needed wake-up call for academia. Others contend that all academic fields routinely settle into certain habits of thought, with the only difference being that the fields targeted by the hoax receive exponentially more criticism for doing so. Toronto Star | Chronicle of Higher Education

WIL, Indigenous access, research among top priorities outlined in federal pre-budget submissions

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:30

Work-integrated learning and increased post-secondary access for Indigenous communities are two of the major trends in this year’s pre-budget submissions to the federal government, writes Léo Charbonneau. Universities Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) have all called for expanded WIL opportunities throughout higher ed, with the BHER calling for 100% of the country’s PSE students to have a WIL opportunity during PSE. Several groups also called for increased research funding, including the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, and the U15 group of universities. University Affairs

Okanagan College to offer special intake for health care assistant training

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:30

Okanagan College has announced that it will provide direct-access health care assistant training in the South Okanagan district. “Students will be making a living wage right out of school, in a profession that offers a variety of shifts, making it easy to find work that best fits their lives,” said Lisa Kraft, Associate Dean of Science Technology and Health for Okanagan. WorkBC states that the BC Ministry of Health has identified health care assistants as a priority occupation, with employment growth rates sitting at a projected 13% through 2022. An Okanagan release adds that demand will likely increase in light of the provincial government’s decision to inject funding for more staff at residential care homes for seniors. Okanagan

UWindsor sexual assault prevention workshops foster changemakers

Consulting News - Academica Top Ten - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 09:30

The Bystander Initiative, an eight-year-old sexual assault prevention program at the University of Windsor, has experienced a recent explosion in popularity, reports CBC. Currently, the program runs two workshops a day twice a week, but Acting Director Frankie Cachon told CBC that she is considering adding a third day in response to demand. While students said that the $50 gift card that the Initiative uses as incentive to participate is nice, Cachon added that many of them place more value on the feeling that they are social changemakers. “We know, in our culture, there tends to be so much minimization of the harm ... Our program is about cultivating a community of responsibility,” said Cachon. CBC

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