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A miscellany of university-related items from around the world...
- CAUT to alert public about consequences of government
The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is launching a
national public awareness campaign to draw attention to the worsening
crisis affecting post-secondary education in Canada.
In a recent issue of its Bulletin, CAUT says it plans to
highlight the impact of funding cuts, soaring tuition fees, and growing
private sector involvement in Canadian universities.
Many observers feel that greater reliance on private funding is
narrowing the focus of universities
and academic research and could lead to the emergence of a two-tier
Over the past decade, government funding cuts have led to a 90% jump in
tuition fees, less access
to university, a worsening student-to-faculty ration, and a 240% increase
in student debt loans.
- Dalhousie University to offer MA in Internet commerce
Dalhousie University, Halifax, is planning to offer the first degree
program in Canada to train entrepreneurs in how to cash in on the booming
world of Internet commerce, says a report in the February 25 issue of the
"The University's Senate approved the pioneering master's degree
in electronic commerce this week,"
the report continues, "and the first class of 30 will start in
September. Just by word of mouth, the school
has already received 150 applications for the multi-disciplinary
Industry Canada has identified electronic commerce - which includes all
online, from book purchases to bank deposits - as a key growth area for
- Alberta pours big bucks into communications technology and
hopes math-competent students are available
Alberta premier Ralph Klein recently announced a $51-million
initiative for doubling the number
of people working in the information and technology sector and adding
35,000 new jobs in Alberta by 2005.
To meet that goal, Klein said it will be necessary to double to number
of post-secondary students
in computing, physics, communications technology, and computer-related
engineering over the next
Dr. Doug Owram, academic v-p, U of A, says the Klein initiative
translates into at least 1,100
new openings for students in its engineering and computer science
departments - and the need for "a
new building or two."
He says the challenge will be to find enough high school students with
strong math backgrounds to
fill all the new openings.
"And then we have to find the faculty to teach them in those
fields. That's going to require some
really good recruiting."
The University of Calgary, also anticipating a similar inflow of
students in these areas, was quick to
run national ads for competent faculty.
Gazette, the University newspaper, reports that U of C's
computer science and engineering departments "have already attracted
a large pool of well-qualified candidates,
some of whom will be appointed for the coming academic year."
- Atkinson address on academic agenda at U of S available on
The talk which Dr. Michael Atkinson, vice-president (academic)
delivered to the campus earlier
this month - "The Academic Agenda: Progress and Prospects," [see
OCN] - is available on video. The address may be viewed by
contacting the Audio Visual Media Library, located on
ground level of the Education Building, by calling 966-4261.
Internationalization Achievements Recognized
Last week, U of S International held a reception in the Faculty Club to
Professor Del Fredlund, of Civil
Engineering, and Dr. David Christensen, of Animal and Poultry
Science, as winners of the 1998 AUCC-Scotia Bank Award
for Contribution of Research to Internationalization and the 1998 J.W.
George Ivany Internationalization Award, respectively.
Through his expertise in soils, Fredlund has made important liaisons with
institutions in Vietnam [see Feb. 19/99
OCN]; Christensen has gained world renown as a dairy and
livestock nutrition adviser to many countries in Asia, Africa, and
South America [see May 22/98
the photograph, Fredlund (l.) and Christensen (r.) pose with (l. to r.)
Bernard Giroux, Canadian ambassador to the Dominican Republic;
Peter Boehm, ambassador and permanent representative of
Canada, Organization of American States; and Dr. Asit
Sarkar, director of U of S International.
Glass partitions go up in Administration Building
Work crews have been installing glass partitions along the upper floors
of the Administration Building following a near
tragedy in the building recently. While a mother was filling out an
application for work form at one of the tables for that purpose,
her three-year-old wandered over to the low concrete wall (which supported
two horizontal railingsto 19" high at the
time), and started to climb over. When the mother saw what was happening,
she ran to the spot and caught her child by the leg.
The cost of installing the 70"-high partitions (see metal uprights in
photo) is about $50,000.
Super Saturday Program
The Super Saturday program - a partnership
between several U of S Colleges and the Saskatoon Tribal
Council designed to encourage Aboriginal youth to aspire
toward higher learning - has been awarded an Educator of
Distinction Award by the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation.
Nine individuals and two programs, including
Super Saturday, were given the award from a list of 45 nominees.
Dr. Rick Bunt, acting associate dean, Arts and Science,
was on hand to receive the award on behalf of the University.
Dr. Fred Wigmore, after whom the Wigmore Professor in Surgery
Chair was named in 1995, died in Moose Jaw on Friday, March 19.
After graduating from Mount Allison and Dalhousie Universities,
he moved to Moose Jaw in 1939 and forged a distinguished career as
a general surgeon, retiring in 1985.
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