04 décembre 2014

Canada’s international education strategy: progressing, but still a muddle

By Léo Charbonneau. The Canadian Bureau for International Education released its annual report last Friday on the state of international education in Canada, entitled A World of Learning: Canada’s Performance and Potential in International Education. At first glance, Canada seems to be making the right moves in terms of attracting international students: according to the report, in 2013 there were nearly 300,000 international students in Canada, at all levels of study, an 84 percent increase over the last decade and an 11 percent increase over the previous year. This makes Canada the seventh most popular destination country for “internationally mobile” students. More...

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Peer review and its discontents - Accepting alternative ways to communicate our research

By Alan Maceachern. As I recently read through external reviewers’ reports of a submission to a book series I edit, my horror mounted. A reviewer, exhausted after three pages of scathing prose, had resorted to quoting sentences from the manuscript and appending mocking asides. A quote, and then “(Yawn).” A quote, and then “(Giggle, perhaps!)” More...

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What would a sustainable university look like? How to thrive in a time of limited financial resources.

By Brett Fairbairn. When I became a faculty member a generation ago, change in the academy was on my mind. The changes that concerned me were the inclusion of new perspectives and methodologies – in my case, social history – as well as more gender balance in the faculty and more engagement with communities. None of those challenges is gone, and at the same time there are new ones. Where issues 30 years ago were about the impact of mass access and associated expectations of diversity and societal outcomes, issues today increasingly also relate to long-term resource constraints. More...

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How will skilled immigrants rank? Skilled immigrants with job offers will be 'picked first'

The government made public for the first time this week the details of the ranking system it will use to give skilled immigrants express entry into Canada within six months, starting Jan.1.
A total of 1,200 points will be allotted under the new system, but there's no minimum points level required to qualify. Only the "highest-ranking" candidates will be "invited to apply" for permanent residency. More...

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With good salaries and reasonable student loan debt, there’s no new-graduate crisis

By William Watson. University degrees pay off for students – most of them female – and the debt levels aren’t worrisome.
When do you suppose universities will change the name of the first degree they offer from “bachelor’s” to “bachelorette’s”? Statistics Canada’s National Graduates Survey, which every so often catches up on recent university graduates, is out this week and it shows that 61% of the 196,700 (generally) young people who got a bachelor’s degree in 2010 were female. More...

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Universities are not franchises

Winnipeg Free PressBy Lloyd Axworthy. In a report issued a few weeks ago on the state of post-secondary education in Canada, the Conference Board of Canada concluded that the sector "functions much like a 'franchise' business, with the provincial government acting as franchisor and the institutions as franchisees."
Hardly a ringing endorsement for a key sector of our society that was once regarded for its independence of governance with the freedom to set its own research and teaching priorities, its multiple offerings tailored to different community needs and a place to foster judgment and critical thinking in its students. Read more...

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Ottawa to allow more desirable economic immigrants to jump the queue

Go to the Globe and Mail homepageBy Simona Chiose. The government is granting itself more discretionary power to decide who gets permanent residency in Canada through a new Express Entry system that will fast-track applications for the most desirable economic immigrants and allow Ottawa to match highly skilled foreigners to prospective employers. Read more...

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Dice loaded at public forums on university funding

By Matthew Furlong. If all went according to plan, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan’s public consultation process with representatives from the various constituencies composing Nova Scotia’s university system concluded by the end of November, having taken place over about a month. More...

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Symposium at UQAM shines light on romantic relationships between professors and students

By Marie Lambert-Chan. Love affairs between teachers and students are as old as time. They are fodder for books, films and TV series — and the university rumour mill.
“Everyone knows it happens, but no one talks about it,” said Martine Delvaux, a professor in the literary studies department at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). “And when we do talk about it, it’s to point to couples that have worked out. More...

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Growing older in a digital world

By Sharon Hunt. Does your grandmother use Skype or text messaging, and if not, is she missing out on something?
A professor in Concordia University’s department of communication studies and a director of the department’s Mobile Media Lab, she has been awarded a partnership grant of $3 mil-lion from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for a seven-year project to investigate aging and digital technology. More...

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