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Headlines for Aug. 24, 2017

BY ANQI SHEN | AUG 24 2017

Lower Mainland universities grapple with long wait lists for student housing

An all-time high of 6,000 students remain on waitlist for campus housing at UBC.

Ryerson introduces ‘all-gender’ student housing option

Students are no longer required to reveal their gender identity on housing applications.

Financial Post
University of Toronto gets an AA grade from DBRS

The university is part of a wider group of Canadian issuers that have been either rewarded, or maintained their ratings, for adequately managing their balance sheet this year.

UPEI boosts recruitment efforts around the globe

This year the university has gone into eight new countries trying to attract students, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Latin American countries, and parts of the Caribbean.

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
$42.8 million med school faculty buyouts ‘absolutely’ worth it despite massive deficit, dean says

About 65 tenured physicians accepted severance packages worth up to $450,000 each before signing on to continue working at the college as paid contractors.

A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing

Over the past 2 years, more than 150 German libraries, universities, and research institutes have formed a united front trying to force academic publishers into a new way of doing business.

Times Higher Education
UK government commissions ‘detailed study’ on overseas students

An expert panel will be tasked with carrying out a “detailed assessment of the social and economic impact of international students” in the country.

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  1. Philippe Allard / August 24, 2017 at 14:16

    Re: A bold open-access push in Germany could change the future of academic publishing
    It is in the interest of Canadian universities to seek a similar agreement and to put pressure on the giants of scientific publishing, since if the German and other scientific publications in Europe are in free access anywhere in the world (if the agreement in the article is signed), quotes from Canadian publications will decline in proportion and the cvs of Canadian researchers will suffer. This approach is very different from the recent federal policy on open access, which requires the researcher to publish in any open access journal any research publications funded by the federal granting councils. The pressure is thus on the researchers, who are deprived of access, for their publications, to magazines that are not open access, often of excellent reputation. But I feel that it would be very difficult for Canadian universities to speak with one voice and put pressure on publishing giants. There is just too much competition between them, which does not seem to be the case in Germany.