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Headlines for Sept. 2, 2020


The Globe and Mail
Leading research universities hold their places in latest Times Higher Education rankings

Canada’s leading research universities held their places in an annual global ranking, with the University of Toronto rated among the top 20, the University of British Columbia and McGill in the top 40 and the University of Montreal jumping several places for the second year in a row.

Times Higher Education
How the world’s top universities have been impacted by Covid-19

While no universities will be immune to the financial and operational challenges brought by the pandemic, will the research prominence of some leading universities help mitigate the potential damage they face? Ellie Bothwell reports.

The Globe and Mail
Pandemic uncertainty has hit postsecondary students unevenly, making financial planning difficult

As Canadian postsecondary students embark on a fall semester clouded by uncertainty, the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has hit students unevenly, with some tied into rent agreements from last year while others use remote learning as a rare opportunity to avoid debt by living at home.

Times Higher Education
THE World University Rankings 2021: internationalisation in a post-Covid world

With travel no longer carefree, Simon Baker hears how standouts on internationalisation plan to keep attracting global talent.

The Toronto Star
International students finding Canadian reality a better bet than the American Dream

In 2007, after more than five years of studying and working in the United States, I decided to leave the country for good. Growing up in Senegal, I’d long believed in the American Dream.

The Tyee
Winning the Right to Teach in BC Meant Battling Racism, Say Two Candidates

They arrived in Canada with years of experience. But race-based criticism in a UBC program almost sabotaged their efforts, teachers say.

CTV News
Move-in day at Queen’s University

It’s a very different year for first year Queen’s University students living in residence – and moving in is no different.

The Toronto Star
From the dance floor to the dorm room: How the pandemic changed frosh for the Class of 2024

Growing up in Oakville, Jessica Yang expected that she too would mark the start of her university career with a fall orientation week to remember.

The Toronto Star
College and university students want $1,000 in tuition relief to offset the impact of COVID-19

Ontario’s post-secondary students are appealing to the provincial government for $1,000 tuition relief after many lost out on summer jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global News
What you should know heading back to school and in the event of an outbreak: MLHU

With most students returning to the class soon, the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) has created a list of safety tips for returning students and what do do in the event of an outbreak.

Global News
McMaster University grad student on campus tests positive for coronavirus

A McMaster University graduate student on campus in Hamilton, Ont., has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The Globe and Mail
Going back to school looks different in midlife

The first essay I wrote for my History of English class had been researched and polished until my fingers bled.

Global News
Ontario post-secondary students prepare for fall semester

Liem Vu talks to Desmond Pouyat, dean of student experience and well-being at the University of Toronto in Scarborough about what post-secondary students can expect this year and which services will be available for them on campus.

Global News
Redeemer University finalizes plan for safe return to classes

Back-to-school plans are in place for approximately 900 students at Hamilton’s Redeemer University.

Global News
Kingston’s Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College getting ready for the fall semester

New classes, new teachers and making new friends. Add to that new COVID-19 protocols and you’ve got the upcoming school year.

Global News
Coronavirus: How Ontario colleges and universities are trying to protect campus residence students

As elementary and secondary school boards across Ontario finalize plans for the upcoming year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many post-secondary students will be moving into campus residences in the coming days to get ready for their academic year.

CBC – Ottawa Morning
Ottawa Morning with Robyn Bresnahan

CBC’s Sandra Abma catches up with first-year students and their parents outside of the University of Ottawa as they prepare to move-in during the pandemic.

CBC – Mainstream Halifax
Should university students have to pay a full tuition if they’re not in class?

Host Jeff Douglas spoke with Clancy McDaniel, executive director for Students Nova Scotia, and Peter Halpin, executive director of the Association of Atlantic Universities, about the costs of university during COVID-19.

The Chronicle Herald
Nova Scotia government wants post-secondary students to graduate with less debt

The province is giving university and community college graduates a break.

Esports team brings University of Waterloo athletics into the digital age

Long known as a tech powerhouse, the University of Waterloo is bringing its athletics department into the digital age with the introduction of a competitive esports team.

London frat house plans frosh parties calling it a ‘crime’ to rob students of experience

A Western University fraternity has taken to social media promoting an alternative to the school’s mostly virtual orientation week, causing concern among London’s health officials.

The London Free Press
Switch to online learning not universally welcomed by students

Returning to school can be a gut-churning experience, even in the best of years. And with many post-secondary institutions switching to an online model for classes to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, there’s even more anxiety among the student body this September.

The Record
Structural inequity runs deep in Canadian institutions, panel says

One of the major barriers to achieving racial equity is the lack of reliable data to show real change is needed, speakers on an anti-racism panel said Tuesday.

The Province
Martin Scanlon: At a time like this, universities are in the business of selling hope

Opinion: The job of a university is to ensure that students have a solid understanding of present wisdom, but who have also been inspired to think broadly and deeply enough that they have the capacity to reject the constraints of present realities.

Technical problems plague U of A’s online learning portal on first day of fall semester

Students were unable to access the University of Alberta’s online portal, eClass, for several hours Tuesday morning, while the system malfunctioned and sent out error messages.

Yukon University shuts down campus after learning 2 students didn’t self-isolate

Yukon University shut down its Whitehorse campus on the first day of class Tuesday afternoon, after learning two students did not self-isolate after crossing the territorial border and moving into residence.

As some N.S. universities move online, student group questions if value is still there

The head of an advocacy group for university students in Nova Scotia says many students are questioning whether paying thousands of dollars for a university education is still worth it.

Laurier says winter term classes beginning in January will remain online

The majority of classes at Wilfrid Laurier University will be held online come January.

University of Saskatchewan students get ready for online learning

Orientation at the University of Saskatchewan will look a little different this year.

University student with COVID-19 did not self-isolate, N.S. says

A university student infected with COVID-19 did not self-isolate after arriving in the province to attend Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, N.S., the Nova Scotia government said Tuesday.

Discovery of record-breaking black hole collision surprises astronomers

A team of international astronomers has caught the merger of two black holes of unprecedented masses creating yet another massive black hole — one that astronomers believed existed in theory but that had never been detected.

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