Movin on up
Memorial University has moved up one notch in the Macleans
magazine annual ranking of universities. In the 2001 version of Macleans
Guide to Canadian Universities, MUN sits at fifth place in the comprehensive
universities list. And while a one-step move may not sound particularly
significant, where the extra points come from is.
For the first time ever, Memorial has a presence on the reputational rankings
the results of Macleans surveying high-school guidance
counsellors, university officials, heads of organizations, CEOs, and recruiters
at corporations across Canada. Of the 11 comprehensive universities included,
Memorial ranks fifth in the Highest Quality and Best Overall categories,
and fourth in the Leaders of Tomorrow list, for an overall Reputational
Survey ranking of 5.
Asked to suggest some reasons for the sudden move upward, Memorial President
Axel Meisen said dozens of factors possibly contributed.
Our Oil and Gas Initiative has had a fair degree of resonance around
the country, he said, especially because it built on existing
strengths at the university. There is also a growing recognition that
our co-op programs are producing excellent graduates.
Dr. Meisen also had praise for the significant national and international
recognition for the School of Music, the work of faculty members
such as Pat Horan, whose work with depleted uranium attracted international
media attention earlier this year, and the very consistent success
of the Faculty of Business in national and international competition.
He also noted less visible efforts such as staff members
increased contact with guidance counsellors, who are surveyed for this
reputational part of the survey, which counts for 15 per cent of the total
Grad students need to get a GRIP
Starting September 2002, all grad students will have to get a GRIP on
their transcripts to complete their programs. GRIP is a new mandatory
graduate research integrity program designed to help graduate students
understand the importance of integrity in research and ethics. The program
consists of a plenary session, self-study component and case-study workshop
to be completed over a four-week period. Upon completion of the program,
students will receive an entry on their transcripts confirming they have
undertaken a serious review of the ethical issues involved in research
enterprise. GRIP is being developed and administered by the School of
Graduate Studies with the assistance of the Instructional Development
Office, School of Continuing Education in consultation with the Graduate
Students Union and academic units offering graduate programs.
MUN in top 20 for research funding
Memorial University placed 19th in a national ranking of Canadas
top 50 research universities. Sponsored research income for all Canadian
Universities was just under $2.8 billion in fiscal 2000. This represented
a jump of 24 per cent over 1999 according to Canadas Top 50 Research
Universities List, released by Research Infosource Inc. Sponsored research
income includes government and non-government sources. Memorial researchers
received about $34 million in total research income for the 1999-2000
These results are encouraging and indicate that Memorial University
is making progress towards the goal of increasing its externally funded
research activity, said Dr. Christopher Loomis, acting vice-president
(research and international relations). It is important that we
continue to build on this progress and there is every reason to believe
that our results for the 2000/2001 fiscal year will be even better.
Tune in to Much Meisen
Have you ever wondered whats in the CD player of Memorial president
Axel Meisen? If you had one hour to just hang out and listen to music,
what would it be like? Throw away the formalities and tune into campus
student radio CHMR 93.5 FM for Much Meisen. Broadcasts take place on Nov.
29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. and Dec. 5 and Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. Broadcasts
are also online at www.mun.ca/chmr
Calling for connectivity investment
Canadas provincial and territorial education ministers are calling
upon the federal government to provide significant financial investments
in online connectivity, especially to promote the development of
e-learning. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) believes
it is essential for the federal government to commit itself to supporting
Canadas online learning infrastructure when it delivers its next
budget, which would assist the provinces and territories in their efforts
to develop online learning.
In calling for new investments, education ministers highlighted the fact
that the National Broadband Task Force, appointed by the federal government,
recommended that significant support for connectivity should be a priority
for federal, provincial, and territorial governments. CMEC members were
unanimous in calling for increased cooperation in this area between orders
of government during their fall meeting, held in Moose Jaw in early October,
and re-affirmed the need to evergreen the countrys online learning
infrastructure in the years ahead.