Manitoba Post-Secondary News Roundup

Sarah NantaisNews

News Roundup Coverage: December 1 – 31, 2017

What Canadian university students can expect to pay for books (Dec 4)

According to MacLean’s Magazine, Brandon University ranks as the most expensive school for books in Canada, with students spending a little over $900 on average. University of Manitoba ranks 8th in the list and University of Winnipeg ranks 15th.

Children from the SECD International Course

Science of Early Child Development (SECD) International Course, co-facilitated by Red River College and Aga Khan University in Nairobi. //PHOTO: RRC

First-ever SECD International course: Featured fellows share their experiences (Dec 5)

The first-ever 16-week Science of Early Child Development (SECD) International Course, co-facilitated by Red River College and Aga Khan University in Nairobi, recently came to an end this fall. The course was a key component of the year-long World Bank Africa Early Years Fellowship, created for the purpose of assembling a select group of African professionals to work at capacity-building in their home countries, in support of governments and World Bank teams as they ramp up investments in early years resources.

The SECD resource, developed by a small team at Red River College, began 16 years ago as a local initiative to create an accessible resource that could mobilize the possibilities of early brain development science to better equip early child educators in Canada. Today, it’s a comprehensive, continually updated collection of on- and offline multi-media educational tools that incorporate research from around the world, providing cutting-edge resources to more than 40 countries.

BrandonU condemns hatred and divisiveness after white nationalist posters found on campus (Dec 11)
Brandon University has issued a statement offering its “full-throated and unambiguous support for universal human rights” after posters promoting white nationalism were found on the university’s campus early December. The statement makes note of the “challenges to human rights [that] continue both around the globe and here at home” and emphasizes the importance of Human Rights Day, which yesterday commemorated the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. To mark the occasion, BrandonU set up a display of books on human rights in its John E Robbins Library.

UManitoba receives $5M gift to support work on human rights (Dec 11)
The University of Manitoba has received a $5M gift from the Mauro Family Foundation, which will endow a cross-faculty Chair in Human Rights and Social Justice ($3M) and support local and international peace-building initiatives ($2M) at the school. A UManitoba release notes that the new Chair will significantly enhance the human rights and social justice research and education already underway at the UManitoba. “I believe that Winnipeg, because of its history, existing institutions, and those still to come, will create the new Geneva,” said Arthur Mauro, who announced the donation. “We have reason to be proud of this achievement. But the demands of social justice will not be corrected in a single generation. They require patience and continued commitment.”

Summer Youth Engagement participants gather in August for a visit from The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. //PHOTO: Wanda Yamamoto

Aurora empowering newcomer communities through youth program (Dec 11)

The Aurora Family Therapy Centre of the University of Winnipeg has created a new Summer Youth Engagement program that involves sharing its leadership role with local ethno-cultural communities. The idea is to provide newcomer organizations the resources to hire staff and create their own activities similar to Aurora’s existing programming. Aurora Family Therapy Centre provided the clinical facility where students in the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT) program at the University of Winnipeg do their majority of clinical training.

MMFT also celebrated a significant achievement this season. The program has earned a highly-regarded credential by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). It is now only one of two programs in Canada to receive the recognition.

UCN celebrates the 10th anniversary of the quint: an interdisciplinary quarterly from the north PDF (Dec 11)

MLA-indexed and peer-reviewed, the quint is a scholarly journal that features scholarly articles and creative works by writers from Manitoba, Canada, and abroad. “The release of the 10th edition of the quint demonstrates the contribution made by UCN to research and creative scholarship,” said Dan Smith, UCN’s Vice-President Academic and Research. “UCN is proud of the quint and of the journal’s editor, Dr. Sue Matheson, for her hard work in establishing this internationally recognized journal,” he continued.

Two brain research projects won grants from the Rady Innovation Fund. //PHOTO: UM

Researchers team up across disciplines for Rady Innovation Fund projects (Dec 13)

Three University of Manitoba research projects have received inaugural grants from the Rady Innovation Fund. Two are focused on the brain and one will investigate community-based rehabilitation services. The new fund is part of the $30 million gift made in 2016 by philanthropists Ernest and Evelyn Rady in support of health sciences at the university. The fund will allocate a total of $1 million over three years to support collaborative research by faculty members. The one-year grants are designed to seed innovative, short-term research projects that are interdisciplinary, bringing together researchers from various departments and colleges of the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.