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University research key to Canada’s future
As Canada emerges from the economic downturn, we have an opportunity to support research and innovation that will enhance our future. That’s the key message in an op-ed piece in the Feb. 22 Hill Times by Heather Munroe-Blum, chair of the AUCC Standing Advisory Committee on University Research and principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University. Canada’s universities employ more than 150,000 people and, in 2008, conducted more than $10 billion in research and development, she points out. More »

McMaster expects to cut 50–100 jobs
Forecasting 2010/11 to be the fourth consecutive year of deficits, McMaster University is looking to find $48 million in budget savings: $22 million to cover inflation, $14 million to cover post-retirement medical and dental benefits, $8 million to cover pension deficits, and $4 million for other increased costs. The university anticipates this will require eliminating between 50–100 positions, mostly in non-teaching areas, through attrition and layoffs. More »

Alberta budget hits U of A hard
The University of Alberta, already facing a projected $59-million budget shortfall, stands to lose an expected additional $20 million as a result of cuts to funding targeting new and growing programs in the February provincial budget. In an effort to cut costs, the university has offered voluntary retirement packages, faculty have voted in favour of accepting six furlough days, senior administrators have promised to take six extra furlough days, and some staff layoffs and reduction in enrolments for next year are anticipated. More »

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