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BY CRESO SÁ | JAN 12 2024

A recent decision to deny a Chinese student’s visa to complete his PhD in Canada is raising questions about presuming motivations.

BY CRESO SÁ | NOV 28 2023

By calling on student groups to withdraw certain controversial statements, the minister of colleges and universities is demonstrating that the policy was and is a hollow gesture.

BY CRESO SÁ | APR 18 2023

Questions around Stanford U president Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s research represent a case in point.

BY CRESO SÁ | JAN 19 2023

The Advisory Panel on the Federal Research Support System continues a ritualistic cycle of reviews and reports into Canada’s scientific support infrastructure.

BY CRESO SÁ | JUL 20 2022

Why is the federal government still throwing money and resources at this project?

BY CRESO SÁ | MAR 29 2022

If the vaunted features of science that are used rhetorically to promote and justify its status as an aid to international affairs are truly valued, it would be precisely in the most trying circumstances that science diplomacy should remain a viable alternative.


Institutional mobility is key for women to move up in the academic leadership and prestige ladders.

BY CRESO SÁ | OCT 08 2021

We need to put aside our preconceived notions about how universities should be run, to better assess where we need to make improvements.

BY CRESO SÁ | JUN 14 2021

As it was not tasked with offering recommendations, the report’s conclusions are understandably generic and understated.

BY CRESO SÁ | APR 09 2021

Virtual formats can’t replace face-to-face interactions, but will entrepreneurship programs use the past year to be, in true entrepreneurial fashion, innovative?

BY CRESO SÁ | FEB 01 2021

As the 2021 federal budget looms, the time of “made-in-Canada Silicon Valleys” has passed.

BY CRESO SÁ | SEP 22 2020

A closer look at the four recommendations from Ontario’s expert panel on intellectual property, created to assess the commercialization activities of higher-education institutions.

BY CRESO SÁ | JUN 05 2020

COVID-19 has caused the academic community to be very reactionary, but research is fundamentally a long-term process.

BY CRESO SÁ | APR 17 2020

Major crises provide windows of opportunity for change.

BY CRESO SÁ | MAR 02 2020

Despite a widespread media narrative claiming students would be flocking to Canada, universities did not see a “Trump bump.”


More funds for science in recent decades has meant more political pressure on research councils to showcase impact and demonstrate relevance.

BY CRESO SÁ | DEC 06 2019

The Liberals claim that “science is at the centre of everything the government does” – yet all we have seen and heard are symbolic gestures and feel-good rhetoric.

BY CRESO SÁ | OCT 21 2019

Clusters are often described as prioritizing interdisciplinary collaboration, but that comes with its own unique set of challenges.

BY CRESO SÁ | SEP 12 2019

The poor rate of innovation among Canadian firms relates to factors well beyond the scope of research partnerships.

BY CRESO SÁ | JUL 08 2019

In the long run, the status of the report as a relevant source for policy debate and advocacy hinges on which party wins the October federal election.

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