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BY ELEANOR S. ABAYA | August 05 2008
As a first-generation immigrant living in Toronto from the mid-1970s to 2002, I had never heard of Lakehead University. In fact, I first heard of Lakehead University when I applied for the position of director of communications in November 2002. Once hired, I was excited when my proposal to launch a...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/marketing-universities-is-a-modern-day-necessity/
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BY ELEANOR S. ABAYA | August 05 2008

Immigrante de première génération, j’ai vécu à Toronto du milieu des années 1970 jusqu’en 2002. Pendant cette période, je n’avais jamais entendu parler de l’Université Lakehead. En fait, je n’ai appris l’existence de cet établissement qu’au moment de postuler au poste de di...

https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/promotion-et-notoriete-sont-devenues-une-necessite-pour-les-universites-daujourdhui/
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BY FERZANA CHAZE | January 23 2013

They face different challenges than mature or international students.

Immigrating is a stressful rite of passage. For a growing number of newcomers to Canada, the rite of passage continues well after arrival. A majority of immigrants to Canada have entered under the eco...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/immigrant-student-parents-are-a-group-apart/
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BY FERZANA CHAZE | January 23 2013

Ils ont encore plus de défis à relever que les étudiants adultes et les étudiants étrangers.

L’immigration est un rite de passage éprouvant qui, pour de plus en plus de nouveaux arrivants, se poursuit bien après l’arrivée au Canada. La majorité des nouveaux arrivants au Canada relèvent de la catégorie de l’immigration économique, où des points sont accordés pour le niveau ...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/les-etudiants-immigrants-qui-ont-des-enfants-constituent-un-groupe-a-part/
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BY STEVEN K. KHAN | March 27 2013

Reconsidering a ‘funny’ image.

“The ethics of criticism requires pointing out the faults in a colleague's thinking.” (Jeffrey Di Leo, Chronicle Review, June 13, 2010)
I was at an e...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/do-you-see-an-unmotivated-baby/
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BY ROGER GRAVES AND DAVID SLOMP | December 18 2013

University students need to learn to write for different disciplines and assignments, and testing the skills they learned in high school isn’t relevant to what they will need to learn.

We commend Nicholas Dion and Vicky Maldonado for calling for assessments of university students’ writing (“We need to assess student literacy skills”) in University Affairs. We agree with their argument that without these assessments, universities will face budget cuts and students ha...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/entrance-testing-is-not-the-answer/
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BY THOMAS KLASSEN | April 02 2014

Their grades are mediocre, so it’s tough to promote themselves to employers and grad schools.

According to poet T.S. Eliot, April is the cruelest month. And this indeed is so for many recent university graduates, and some not so recent. By April many of the students who completed studies in 2013 have had nearl...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/the-lost-generation-of-university-graduates/
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BY RYAN J. MAILLOUX | April 23 2014

Publish in Nature or perish.

Postdoctoral work involves mentorship, specifically between the junior academic (the postdoctoral fellow) and a senior scientist at an academic institution. Typically this type ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/many-universities-are-basing-hiring-decisions-on-unfair-criteria/
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BY ELIZABETH FLYNN-DASTOOR | September 10 2014

Students need social supports.

Matthew de Grood was known as a good student, heading off to law school, but something was broken in him and it snapped on the night that he stabbed five of his University of Calgary peers to death. I won’t begin to speculate about the specifics of https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/lets-open-our-eyes-to-students-distress/
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BY ERIN CLOW | August 04 2015

An alt-ac career is not the traditional route for a PhD, but it’s not shameful.

Before even beginning my PhD, I had doubts about whether a “traditional” academic career was the right path for me. Once in my program, it didn’t take me long to discover that academia was not where I saw myself for the rest of my life. I didn’t understand it at the time, and I certainly did...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/dont-make-me-feel-ashamed-of-my-career-aspirations/
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BY THOMAS KLASSEN | October 14 2015

Despite some concerns, a liberal arts degree is still the best preparation for a rewarding career.

A million university students have returned to the classroom across Canada. Most are worried about their prospects after graduation, especially those using loans to finance their studies and those in liberal arts programs. Many undergraduate students don’t understand the connection between clas...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/the-perceived-disconnect-between-the-classroom-and-the-real-world/
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BY SPENCER NESTICO-SEMIANIW | February 24 2016

We have the necessary means if we re-allocate it to those truly in need.

It's not what you have, it’s how you use it. Although this phrase has devolved from maxim to cliché, it’s something that our postsecondary sector should pay attention to. As a student leader at McMaster University, I have the opportunity to talk to my peers about their experiences o...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/spending-smarter-on-student-aid-in-ontario/
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BY MATTHEW SCRIBNER | March 29 2016

But some issues need to be approached tactfully and professionally.

The small patches of university campuses sometimes called “safe spaces” have been the subject of Continue reading https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/done-properly-safe-spaces-encourage-free-speech-on-campus/
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BY KAREEM EL-ASSAL | May 24 2016

If we don’t move quickly, Canada risks seeing many of these young, bright minds take their talents elsewhere.

Ambitious, skilled and often multilingual, international students are a great source of talent. They fill jobs and create new ones through innovation and entrepreneurship — Silicon Valley is a prominent, international example. Research by the Conference Board of Canada shows immigrants help expand...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/quick-action-international-students-boost-canadas-economic-competitiveness/
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BY PAUL KEEN | August 02 2016
Tout organisateur de conférence a forcément à l’esprit la crainte que l’auditoire ne soit pas au rendez-vous. Ce n’est heureusement pas ce qui s’est produit lors de la conférence sur l’avenir des programmes de doctorat en sciences humaines, qui s’est tenue en mai à l’Université C...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/valeur-publique-des-sciences-humaines/
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BY MITCH DIAMANTOPOULOS | March 07 2017

La réalité n’a plus la cote.

Plus besoin du dictionnaire de la novlangue de 1984 pour se rendre compte que notre époque est orwellienne. L’Oxford English Dictionary a récemment désigné post-truth (« https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/la-verite-fait-place-la-propagande/
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BY BRENDA BROUWER | May 09 2017

By its actions, the country has shown its deep commitment to diversity, inclusivity and global citizenry.

Earlier this year, Canadian graduate schools responded quickly to offer their support to researchers and grad students impacted by U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Our schools offered to extend application deadlines, provide workspaces and grant visiting-researcher status to stranded stud...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/canada-become-destination-choice-international-graduate-students/
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BY BRENDA BROUWER | May 12 2017

Le pays a démontré son profond engagement à l’égard de la diversité, de l’inclusion et de la citoyenneté mondiale.

Plus tôt cette année, les facultés d’études supérieures canadiennes n’ont pas perdu de temps à répondre à l’appel et à offrir leur soutien aux chercheurs et aux étudiants touchés par les répercussions du décret émis par le président des États-Unis Donald Trump. Nos écoles ont ...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/les-raisons-qui-poussent-les-etudiants-etrangers-aux-cycles-superieurs-choisir-le-canada/
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BY MARC COUTURE | June 15 2017

La transition vers le libre accès est l’occasion de réformer la publication scientifique afin de mieux servir l’intérêt public.

quote>« Une tradition ancienne et une technologie nouvelle ont convergé pour rendre possible un bienfait public sans précédent. »quote> L’Continue reading (20...
https://www.affairesuniversitaires.ca/opinion/a-mon-avis/la-publication-scientifique-un-carrefour/
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BY BART DE BAERE & ELICIA MAINE | September 18 2017

We advocate for a harmonized intellectual property policy based on the creator-owned model.

In today’s global knowledge economy, Canada needs to foster policies that encourage ambitious science research and the commercial translation of resulting inventions into innovation. The recently completed review of Canada’s science funding framework, commissioned by federal Minister of Science ...
https://universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/canada-needs-national-overhaul-university-ip-policies/