Our PhD student Edmund Adam argues the “critical pursuit of truth is not a leftist matter, nor a rightist matter. It is a democracy matter.” He provides insights on a potential missed opportunity for reinvigorated intellectual exchanges on free speech. To that, he urges for university students to cultivate a level of independent thinking and for universities to provide a space for this development.

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Dr. Carol Mullen publishes new article that offer a lens for understanding intriguing developments of schooling in Chinese education surrounding the concept of creativity.


Mullen, C. A. (2017). Creativity in Chinese schools: Perspectival frames of paradox and possibility. International Journal of Chinese Education, 6(1), 27-56. (Brill Academic Publishers & Institute of Education at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

Emma Sabzalieva, OISE PhD Candidate in Higher Education, is this year’s Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship Recipient, awarding her $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies in How does higher education respond to major institutional change? The fall of the Soviet Union and universities in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Congratulations Emma!

CIHE Director and OISE Professor, Creso Sá unpacks the potential implications of the “no free speech on campus means no federal grants” position taken by Andrew Scheer, new leader of Canada’s Conservative Party. As Sá notes, though the idea is in no ways novel, the way in which Scheer’s proposal politicises federal research policy is unprecedented and raises serious concerns that needs to be “debated for what it is.”

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Dean & Professor Glen Jones addresses the importance of placing the focus of increasing participation as a core policy objective for all of Canada. Referring to the results of the Statistics Canada’s report, “Postsecondary Enrolment by Parental Income: Recent National and Provincial Trends”, Jones highlights the disparity between provinces, in postsecondary education pursuance by students from low-income families.  In light of this report, Ontario’s new integrated student funding system has been receiving attention as a potential future model for other provinces.

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Creso Sa, OISE professor and director of CIHE, publishes new op-ed piece on Times Higher Education, whereby he sheds light on the political game in which science funding finds itself precariously dangling. With promises by the Liberal party of bringing forth pro-science efforts, there was great anticipation towards investment in science research. However, the delay of the Naylor report and no increases in research funding has stirred concern on where science research stands moving forward.

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Times Higher Education

Creso Sa, OISE professor and director of CIHE, publishes a provocative op-ed piece that calls into action the need for Canada to change its discourse revolving science, technology, and innovation. Professor Sa addresses the pitfalls of oversimplification of innovation that has been influenced “…to fit a global narrative that has shaped science policy in Canada and internationally.”

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On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto will be hosting the 3rd Annual Worldviews Lecture on Media and Higher Education.

Populism and the academy: on the ‘wrong side’ of history
Speaker: Professor Sir Peter Scott
Professor of Higher Education Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, London, U.K.  Previously Vice-Chancellor of Kingston University, London; Editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, and editorial writer for The Times of London.

The election of Donald Trump as US President in November 2016 and the vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union five months earlier have highlighted the difficulties universities face in coming to terms with a rising tide of populism. Dr. Peter Scott will discuss how universities often contribute to these challenges.

Following Dr. Scott’s virtual lecture, a panel of academic commentators will continue the discussion by leading a question and answer period on the challenges Canadian universities face dealing with this rise of populism.
When: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, followed by a reception.
Location: Ground floor library at OISE, University of Toronto, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.
Registration: This is a free public event but advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, please visit: http://worldviewsconference.com/worldviews-2017/

The Worldviews Lecture is organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and the Centre for Canadian and International Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. It is made possible with the generous support of the  University World News, Inside Higher Ed, and Academica Group.

Professor Leesa Wheelahan was interviewed by The Australian, March 8, 2017.

Picture: David Geraghty.

Excerpt: Competency-based training needs to be discarded, along with the training packages it is based around, vocational education ­researcher Leesa Wheelahan has declared.

In a rare visit to her homeland, the Toronto-based researcher said CBT — the bedrock approach to Australian vocational education for two decades — had demon­strably failed in its three objectives of making qualifi­cations more mobile, aligning training with occupations and overcoming a 1980s mistrust of public institutions.

Dr Wheelahan has also called for a comprehensive inquiry into vocational education and training, saying a dozen or so “bitsy” reviews over the past three years have failed to resolve a crisis in VET. She said the crisis was epitomised by rorts and regulatory crackdowns, plummeting TAFE market share and a collapse in VET resourcing — with the ­system losing almost one-third of its per-hour funding within a decade. Ever since the first training package’s introduction in 1997, she said, problems in VET had been blamed on implementation.

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As an international vocational education and training expert, Professor Leesa Wheelahan, CIHE member and William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at OISE, University of Toronto, was featured in University of Melbourne’s article, “Narrow training sells students short:  The crisis in Australia’s training sector means TAFEs need to develop their own courses tailored to an unpredictable future.” See full article.