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Headlines for Jan. 20, 2020


Auditor General reviewing federal government’s handling of student loans program

Canada’s auditor general is examining how the government manages billions of dollars in the Canada Student Loans program, and whether it’s helping students be smarter about their financial decisions, newly disclosed documents show.

Ottawa Citizen
Manitoba government issues new mandate letter for post-secondary schools

The Manitoba government has given colleges and universities another signal that they will have to tighten their belts and deal with a new funding formula.

UBC scholarship for Iranian students commemorates plane crash victims

The University of British Columbia has established a scholarship in memory of the victims of the recent plane crash in Iran.

Scholarship created in name of promising U of Manitoba scientist who died in Iran plane crash

As people mourned Friday at a memorial service for one of the victims of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752, there was a note of hope with the announcement of a scholarship established in honour of Forough Khadem.

Should university funding be tied to what graduates earn? Doug Ford thinks so

Doug Ford’s Tories want to know if Ontario’s colleges and universities measure up.

The National Post
McGill principal defends decision not to divest after prof’s resignation

The principal of McGill university is defending the institution’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions after a professor resigned over its refusal to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

Times Higher Education
Canada’s Arctic university ‘lets north solve northern problems’

Yukon University will offer its own degrees and combine Western and Indigenous approaches to science.

Halifax Today
PhD grads in humanities need to cultivate more varied career paths, expert says

Canadian universities need to reform the culture of the humanities so that careers outside the university are seen as just as valuable as tenure-track jobs.

The Toronto Star
Manitoba’s post-secondary students need more work-placement programs, new report claims

A report from Manitoba’s post-secondary institutions and a major business group calls for more work-placement programs for students in Manitoba, especially at small- and medium-size businesses.

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