Sixty Canadian universities sign pledge for diversity

The presidents of 60 Canadian universities have signed a pledge committing to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion on their campuses, according to a press release by Universities Canada. The Inclusive Excellence Principles commits to “attracting and retaining students, faculty, staff and leaders from all backgrounds,” according to the release, as well as undertaking a five-year action plan. Mike Mahon, Universities Canada’s new board chair and president of the University of Lethbridge, said in the release that this is a significant step in their efforts to improve equality for all students, faculty, and staff in Canadian universities. “The university mission of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement is most successful when all members of the university community are supported in […]

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Learning beyond borders: Is studying abroad a worthwhile experience? How can it be affordable?

Getting out of Ottawa to learn in another country is an appealing opportunity for many students. Countless exchange programs exist at Carleton University and beyond, enticing students to explore the world outside of their classrooms. Carleton’s International Student Services Office (ISSO) website states that Carleton annually partners with 170 institutions in over 30 countries to provide both incoming and outgoing students with the opportunity to study abroad. But is studying abroad a worthwhile experience? And can it be affordable for the average student? International opportunities aside from exchange Chau Hoang, the exchange partnership administrator with the ISSO, said some degree programs at Carleton have an exchange requirement. This includes students enrolled in international business and global and international studies. But […]

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International students to receive permanent residency faster

The federal government has made changes to the Express Entry immigration process that will make it easier for international students who study in Canada to become permanent residents. To determine who is granted permanent residency, the government awards points to immigrants depending on factors such as age, level of education, and language proficiency. The applicants in the Express Entry pool with the most points are invited to apply to be permanent residents, according to the Express Entry website. An applicant between the ages of 20 and 29 receives more points than someone aged 40 to 49, and an applicant with a bachelor’s degree does better than someone with a secondary school diploma. But international students who study in Canada will […]

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Universities required to have non-discriminatory policies after bylaw change

Universities Canada recently passed a non-discrimination bylaw that all member universities will be expected to meet by the year 2020. Universities Canada represents 97 public and private institutions across the country, including Carleton University. The organization voted in favour of the non-discrimination bylaw on Oct. 26. The bylaw requires universities to ensure their policies and codes of conduct do not discriminate against anyone on the based on their race, religion, colour, gender, physical or mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, family status, sex, and sexual orientation, according to a press release. The bylaw was approved by more than two-thirds of Universities Canada members who attended the board meeting in Ottawa, according to an article in University Affairs […]

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Poll finds Canadians still smiling about universities

Despite rising tuition costs in most parts of the country, a majority of Canadians still have a positive impression of their universities, according to a poll conducted by Abacus Data. The results, published on Nov. 3, found 77 per cent of Canadians had good feelings towards their university. Twenty per cent of those polled were on the fence, while only two per cent had a negative impression. Seventy-one per cent of respondents agreed that universities will have a good future. Sixty-three per cent said universities need to change, while 54 per cent said schools were inadequately funded. Abacus Data polled 2,000 Canadians reflective of the country’s population based on age, gender, educational attainment, and region. The study was done in […]

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