Welcome to another academic year! As summer comes to an end and students return to campus for another year of learning, here is a collection of stories from around Manitoba’s universities and colleges.
In March, we announced our support for the National Survey of Online and Distance Education in Canadian Post-Secondary Education. Researcher Tony Bates has provided an update on the survey, including response rates among institutions.
With thousands of people returning to Brandon to continue their education, the two post-secondary institutions are teaming up on a campaign to welcome students. This year’s theme is “Great Chemistry.” “Thousands of students every year choose either to come or to stay in Brandon for their post-secondary education because of the quality and options that we are able to offer,” says Assiniboine President Mark Frison. “Brandon is a destination for post-secondary education, and this benefits our entire community.”
The University of Winnipeg’s Kevin Lamoureux has joined The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) to lead its education mandate. “I am very humbled and honoured to be able to serve the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and its many partners,” Lamoureux said. “Across the country we are seeing the dream of Reconciliation brought to life through the hard work of educators, teachers and knowledge keepers. I am deeply proud to be part of a community that is committed to the process of healing.”
Over a year ago, The University of Winnipeg announced that it would be one of the first universities to introduce an Indigenous Course Requirement for all new undergraduates. Read about how students and faculty reflect on this step toward reconciliation.
The grand opening for a unique new landmark at the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry Campus is set for September 14th. The new UMCycle Bike Kiosk will be a full-service bike shop that is a hub for commuters and volunteer bike mechanics. “We’re very excited to offer a bike repair service to students on campus and to the community,” says UMSU President, Tanjit Nagra. “Being on a commuter campus can be challenging, that is why we are very excited to offer a service for students and staff that bike to campus.”
RRC has unveiled a new web app designed to make it easier for students to stay engaged with the campus community. The app includes an RRC social media aggregator, an interactive campus map, and an events stream so students can make the most of College life. “The goal of the app is simply to increase the quality of life at RRC by informing and engaging our audiences on whatever connected device they happen to have at their fingertips,” says Christian Robin, RRC’s Director of Marketing and Web Presence.
The University of Winnipeg has also released a free mobile safety app for students, staff, and faculty.
Red River College has announced that six new programs are open for enrollment for students interested in IT, engineering, health sciences, and construction. “The partnerships we have with key industries in Manitoba help drive our decisions on program offerings,” says RRC President Paul Vogt. “We get constant feedback from employers on the skills they are looking for, and what it takes for graduates to find jobs and be at the leading edge of their sectors.”
The programs include:
- Network Services Technician
- Industrial Networking Technology
- Construction Site Supervisor
- Bridge to Civil Technologies
- Enhanced Health Care Aide
- Global Business Management
The new Writing Certificate Program offered by the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications is available as a supplemental certificate for undergradate students, or as a stand-alone program for students not seeking a university degree. “Writing skills are in high demand from almost every sector,” UWinnipeg professor Jennifer Clary-Lemon said. “Graduates of our certificate program seeking employment or advancement in a variety of fields will bring to the job market an increased confidence in writing, knowledge of genres, revision practices, written conventions, editing, and attention to style.”
Assiniboine Community College is expecting to see strong enrollment for the 2017-18 academic year. “We continue to see wait lists in more than 15 programs, particularly those in the disciplines of trades and health,” said VP Academic Deanna Rexe. “Our programs are responsive to the changing needs of employers and labour market demand, so it’s no surprise that so many see college as a sound investment towards their future career potential.”
At The University of Winnipeg, the number of Indigenous students in graduate programs has almost doubled as overall enrollment stays stable at 9,359 students. “We are honoured to be attracting such a rich diversity of students and talent which we see as our biggest strength,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg. “We are always seeking to create new pathways into our programs so that all students can thrive here. For instance, this summer we pioneered an Indigenous Summer Scholars program aimed at encouraging bright students to pursue advanced degrees. We hope with these kinds of supports we will continue to see increased participation rates.”
On Tuesday, Brandon University hosted over six hundred students for a day of touring the campus, learning how to access support and services, and hearing a keynote from Olympic gold medalist Jon Montgomery. “Helping students manage all of their different priorities while continuing to succeed academically is our top goal,” said Courtney Adams, Acting Director of Recruitment. “Orientation is an event that’s completely geared around getting students a great, fun and fully-supported start to the year.”
For the third consecutive year, Red River College is welcoming a sponsored student through the College’s Student Refugee Program, a World University Services of Canada (WUSC) initiative. Former Syrian resident Tariq Ajam has come to RRC to enter the Applied Accounting program. “As an engineer, I always think something related to business might help me to find a good opportunity in life, such as administration or management,” says Ajam. “I really do not want to lose another chance in my life to achieve what I am dreaming of.”
UCN has announced that it will continue its Diploma in Practical Nursing program in Swan River for the foreseeable future. “The DPN program in Swan River has successfully educated and graduated nurses in the Swan River area and northern Manitoba since 2010. The success of the program is further demonstrated by the fact that all graduates of the program have achieved a hundred percent pass rate for the first writing of their national exam,” said UCN President and Vice-Chancellor, Doug Lauvstad.
The University of Manitoba and the UM Faculty Association have reached a tenative, four-year collective agreement. Check UM Today for more information as it becomes available.
USB has been awarded $50,000 by the Winnipeg Foundation toward the French development of Simple Steps, an online tool offering comprehensive training and resources to deal with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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