Times Higher Education has released its 2015–16 World University Rankings of the top 800 universities, and 25 Canadian schools [and 7 CIEC Members] have made the cut. In the top 100, the University of Toronto rose slightly to 19th, UBC dropped slightly to 34th, McGill University rose slightly to 39th, and McMaster University held steady at 94th. This year, the rankings revised their methodology, expanding the number of languages and countries covered. The California Institute of Technology retained the top spot, a position it has held since 2012. The University of Oxford and Stanford University rounded out the top three.
The Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) has announced the winners of its annual Prix d’Excellence, which recognizes Canada’s postsecondary institutions for excellence across 24 categories, including marketing, development, and student recruitment. This year, uAlberta led the group with seven awards, followed by uCalgary and MUN with five awards each. uToronto, uSask, UBC, and Trent each received four nods, with uWaterloo, UoGuelph, Sheridan, Queen’s, McMaster, and McGill each garnering three. 15 other PSE institutions across Canada received one or two awards.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has awarded $35 M in research infrastructure funding to 37 universities across the country. The funding was awarded through the CFI’s John R Evans Leaders Fund, which was created to help universities develop infrastructure in order to attract and retain highly skilled researchers. Canadian Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder made the funding announcement at the University of Saskatchewan [CIEC Academic Member], where researchers will use CFI funding for projects related to animal health, pet food, biofuels, cancer, and freshwater monitoring and rehabilitation. “Thanks to new CFI-funded research tools, our researchers are working with industry partners … to come up with innovative solutions that address real-world challenges and help build healthy and prosperous communities,” said uSask VP Research Karen Chad. A complete list of recipients is available as part of CFI’s announcement.
Researchers, politicians, and campus leaders gathered at the University of Saskatchewan [CIEC Academic Member] last Friday to celebrate the end of construction on the institution’s new cyclotron. The $25 M technology will be used beginning in 2015 to produce medical isotopes used in imaging to help diagnose and treat diseases including cancer. The isotopes will also be used to help develop new ways of diagnosing and treating a wide range of medical conditions. “This new facility will improve human, animal, and plant health through advanced molecular imaging research. Each and every day, we are going to be helping patients,” said uSask VP Research Karen Chad. Previously, Saskatchewan had been the only non-Atlantic province without its own active cyclotron.
Source: uSask News via Academica | January 17, 2014
The School of Public Health (SPH) at the University of Saskatchewan [CIEC member] has received accreditation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation. The accreditation is for the Master of Public Health program for a 5-year term, and is the only non-European program to be accredited by this agency, as well as being only one of 2 accredited programs in Canada, according to uSask. “Accreditation for our program means we have met an international standard of excellence and competencies in the 5 arenas of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, health policy and health management,” said SPH Director, Robert Buckingham. The accreditation will allow the school to recruit more students and faculty, as well as increase research capabilities in the future.
TCS Insights: The accreditation of the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health means that the school offers a program that are on par with the top programs in the world. This will benefit the school by helping them recruit students, from Canada as well as internationally, while providing students with a high quality educational experience that will serve them well in their future.
The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business has been ranked by employers among the 10 best MBA schools in North America at number 8, in the QS Top MBA Global 200 Business Schools Report 2013/2014. The other Canadian business schools that made the top 20 are YorkU’s Schulich School of Business (13), Western’s Ivey Business School (14), McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management (15), HEC Montreal (16), Queen’s School of Business (18), and UBC’s Sauder School of Business (19). The QS rankings come from a survey of international employers, who are asked a series of questions regarding recruitment trends, salary and compensation trends, and ratings by region and specialization. Other MBA schools that made the list are uAlberta (22), Concordia (44), uSask (45), uCalgary (46), UVic (49), SFU (57), uOttawa (63) and McMaster (81).
TCS Insights: International employers continue to recognize Canadian MBA programs among the top in North America. With 15 institutions in the top 81, some of which are CIEC Members, students looking to pursue an MBA would do well to consider studying in Canada.
The largest university in the province, the University of Saskatchewan was founded in 1907 on the premise of providing a higher education to everyone regardless of gender, race, creed, or religion. It formed as an agricultural university but has since expanded to include more than 200 programs of study. As a research university, the University can claim credit for the discoveries of sulphate-resistant cement and the cobalt-60 cancer treatment unit.