CIHE Director and Professor Creso Sá heads University Affairs new Policy & Practice Blog. In his new column, he shares his insights on the realistic deliverables of sueperclusters. He looks at what the recent superclusters announcement really means for universities and academic research. Read article here

Professor Stephanie Waterman wins the 2018 Senior Scholar Award from the American College Personnel Association, for the integration of scholarship in the practice of student affairs. This award recognizes dedicated scholars who are engaged in scholarship relevant to student affairs work in higher education. Professor Waterman’s research focuses on Native American/Indigenous college student experiences, and most recently on how Native American student affairs units work. More Information

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.

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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.