28 octobre 2013

Universities must give up control: UBC president



http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Stephen Toope. The common denominator, the phrase associated with every recommendation for change in universities, is the necessity for radical transformation. Whether it’s government asking us to ‘tweak’ our research agenda to speed up commercialization; industry questioning our ability to meet the need for skilled workers; grantors placing geographical limits on eligibility for funding; or students wondering why our entire course calendar and library system aren’t online yet; we are getting it from all sides. More...

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Bridge your own skills gap


http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Kanika Gupta. Whose responsibility is it to fill our skills gap? Employers? Schools? Governments? The current discussion over the skills gap points fingers at all these groups. My advice to fellow peers? Bridge your own skills gap. It’s time for recent graduates to own up to the reality that a degree alone is not enough, but when paired with the right attitude and skills, they can set themselves up for success. More...

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Telfer makes a foray into France

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Jennifer Lewington. Business and economics programs lead the way on the growing roster of master level programs offered in English across Europe – with a 43-per-cent jump in France between 2011 and mid-2013, according to the Institute of International Education. Bucking that trend is the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management, which has teamed with a French university to offer a new MBA en français. More...

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Where have all the public thinkers gone? Away from universities

http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/media/www/images/flag/gam-masthead.pngBy Omer Aziz. The publication of Michael Ignatieff’s memoir has ignited a debate about the political careers of the intellectual-turned-politician. It is not the fact that Mr. Ignatieff was an outsider that makes his loss so puzzling, but the type of outsider he was: as a man of letters, we expected him to do better. Yet, more troubling than his singular defeat in the political space is the broader demise of an entire class of thinkers we call public intellectuals. More...

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Supporting dissertators

http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/Blog-phd-to-life.jpgBy Jennifer Polk. As a graduate student I had relatively little support and guidance. I say this not to denigrate my supervisors or imply lesser service from my department or university. Not at all. In fact, I would have told you back then that all was well — I much preferred the hands-off approach to dissertating, feeling strongly that if I was left to get things done, they would indeed get done the way they needed to be. Well, I was partly right. What I didn’t realize was that a different kind of help would have likely gotten me through my dissertation quicker and easier, while still allowing me the autonomy I valued. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:30 - - Permalien [#]

Academe is of the world


By Melonie Fullick. In recent months we have seen many controversial issues arising on university campuses and in other academic contexts in Canada and around the world, which have generated a good deal of media coverage. These are issues that in some cases connect the university, academics, and students to actions, behaviours, and attitudes that have been seen as shocking and/or surprising. For example, take sexism. In September we saw incidents where, on multiple campuses (Memorial, Western, UBC, Saint Mary’s), frosh week activities were marred by expressions of misogyny and rape culture. There have also been sexual assaults on campuses, including York’s string of attacks and the most recent incidents at UBC. Meanwhile, two professors were charged recently with sex-related crimes – including creating child pornography, and luring young women into sexual situations. More...

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New TD report discounts the skills mismatch in Canada


http://www.universityaffairs.ca/images/BlogLeo_en.jpgBy Léo Charbonneau. I recently came across the phrase “skills shortage deniers.” I can’t find the exact reference now, but it was in an online comment to an article about the supposed skills shortage, or skills mismatch, in Canada. You’ve likely heard some of the numbers. The Conference Board of Canada claimed that Ontario alone was losing out on as much as $24.3 billion in economic activity because employers cannot find people with the skills they need. The Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters estimated that, by 2016, Canada will have 1.3 million jobs sitting vacant because there is no one with the skills to fill them. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, for its part, referred to a growing skills “crisis” and even the Prime Minister called the skills shortage one of Canada’s most pressing economic problems. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:22 - - Permalien [#]

Let OSAP teach financial management



http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Julienne Bay. How students on scholarship could learn to manage their debt.
Please note that this article has been revised with updated information about OSAP's six-month grace period and average student debt.
An average Canadian full-time undergraduate student in the 2012-13 academic year paid $5,581 in tuition fees, according to Statistics Canada. That is five percent more than the previous academic year, which in turn was 4.3 percent higher than the year before that. Despite rising tuition fees, enrolment in postsecondary education shows no signs of slowing down. In 2012, more than a million students confirmed their acceptance to first-year undergraduate studies, according to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. That figure doesn’t include college applicants. More...

Posté par pcassuto à 10:13 - - Permalien [#]

Deciding on a career inside or outside of academia



http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIApril McNeil, a career educator at the University of Victoria, describes how graduate students can prepapre for a non-academic job search.
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I think what makes it really challenging for graduate students to make a decision about within or outside of the academy, is they have had no exposure to what’s available for them outside of the academy. And there is an idea within the academy that that is the most desirable option, and anything outside of it is less desirable. So I think we need to challenge that assumption – there’s some really good research that shows that’s not true: that graduates in certain careers are as satisfied in their careers.
I would just encourage them when they are weighing that decision, to do some research, to see what’s out there, and to really get clear on what their factors for satisfaction are. So what is it in a career that they need to be satisfied? I think we don’t ask ourselves that question, and we don’t examine that. So we just assume we’ll be happy pursuing what we’ve been pursuing without ever knowing what it entails.
It makes sense that they [graduate students] would be looking to their professors, supervisors and faculty members for advice and support. But they should also, if they want to expand their goals a little bit and look outside of academe and start connecting with people who work in industry.
They probably have networks in industry that they haven’t thought about approaching, so I would encourage them to think about that. I would also suggest approaching career educators and co-op coordinators and start talking to them about what’s out there. The benefits of doing something like co-op program or any kind of work experience during your degree is that employers do value your education, but you have to think of their context.
What they also value is experience. And they’re in a context where employees are judged and promoted based on the projects they have accomplished, and the knowledge they have of that business area, or the knowledge and literacy they have related to their specific industry. So if you can show them that you have had some experience in industry, even just a couple of co-op terms, or meaningful projects, then they are much more likely to take a chance on you.
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Posté par pcassuto à 10:08 - - Permalien [#]

Canadian economics research is declining: study

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQWMTBx0CPzMFK637Zb6AgNbjhxfVRtTVkrwKoq4ZPL2p18KKWOEwB3AWIBy Rosanna Tamburri. This trend could make economics profession “irrelevant” in Canada, say the authors.
Economists at Canadian universities are publishing fewer articles on the Canadian economy and economic policy, a worrisome trend that could have serious consequences for the country’s students, policymakers and citizens, says a new study. The study (PDF), recently published in the journal Canadian Public Policy, was conducted by Wayne Simpson, economics professor at the University of Manitoba, and Herbert Emery, economics professor at the University of Calgary. The two also wrote a companion piece with Stephen Tapp, research director at the Institute for Research on Public Policy, for Policy Options. More...

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