Chris Holt presents at the CCSBE conference

Chris Holccsbe logot presented the paper the “Institutionalization of Entrepreneurship Education in Ontario”, co-authored with Creso Sá, at the 2017 conference of the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. The conference took place at Laval University, Quebec City.

The paper argues that Experiential Learning Theory provides a useful foundation to understand how different modalities of entrepreneurship education support students’ learning. It proposes a framework encompassing curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities currently available in Ontario colleges and universities.

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Litmus test for science funding

Screenshot from 2017-04-20 12-36-19Creso published an op-ed in the Times Higher Education on the release of the Naylor Report and what it means to science policy in Canada.

When it won the Canadian general election in late 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s incoming Liberal government took on an unabashedly pro-science stance that set it apart from the previous Conservative administration under Stephen Harper. See full text

Science, technology and innovation: A new narrative is needed

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 10.33.23 PMCreso published an op-ed in the Globe and Mail on the need for new thinking to inform science policy in Canada.

The idea that science is inextricably linked to technological progress is now taken for granted.

Historical evidence is voluminous and examples abound all around us, from satellites that keep our GPS devices working to medical treatments that cure diseases that have victimized millions in the past. This idea has unfortunately been drastically simplified to fit a global narrative of innovation that has shaped science policy in Canada and internationally. See Full Article

The politics of the great brain race

HENew paper by Creso and Emma Sabzalieva examines the policy and politics around international student recruitment in higher education in four Anglophone countries.

As the number of globally mobile students has expanded, governments are assumed to be consistently and intentionally competing for talent, in what has been called a “great brain race”. While the notion of competition has become dominant, there is little evidence on long-term policy dynamics in this field, not only across jurisdictions but also over time. This paper addresses this  through a longitudinal analysis of the politics and public policies impacting international students in four major recruiting countries—Australia, Canada, England and the USA.

Through this comparative analysis of the period 2000 to 2016, the study demonstrate that international student numbers across the jurisdictions have grown steadily but that this appears to be decoupled from political and policy changes.

Creating a world-class university in Central Asia

captureA new paper by Emma Sabzalieva looks at the policies of the Kazakhstani government towards a recently founded institution, Nazarbayev University. The government seeks to position Kazakhstan as a credible global knowledge economy, but also use the university as a means of fulfilling domestic nation-building objectives. The paper discusses what it means to be a world-class university in this Central Asian country. Access the full paper here.

How can open data inform public policy?

captureCreso and Julieta Grieco published “Open Data for Science, Policy, and the Public Good”, which examines the unlikely case of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research’s transition toward an open data model. The paper tackles this case through a political and cultural lens pertaining to Brazil’s history of science-policy dialogue and public accessibility of open data. The case shows the benefits and challenges of developing such open data systems, and highlights the various forms of accessibility involved in making data available to the public.

Emma Sabzalieva presents at CHER 2016

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-5-57-27-pmLast month, Emma Sabzalieva presented the paper The politics of the international brain race, co-authored with Creso Sá, at the annual conference of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (CHER) at the University of Cambridge.

The paper draws on findings from the project Public Policy and the Attraction of International Postsecondary Students, supported by the Ontario Human Capital and Innovation Research Fund.

The conference took place at Queen’s College, from 5-7 September, 2016.

How Brexit matters to Canadian Universities

Creso Sá and Emma Sabzalieva, on University World News Issue No:421.UWN-Logo-High-300x238

The world watched with apprehension as the Brexit vote unfolded and, given the increasingly global nature of science and higher education, the British and international academic communities had reason to be particularly interested in the outcome.

In the aftermath of the arguably unexpected ‘Leave’ win, many are scrambling to understand its implications for education and research. What does the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union mean to Canadian universities, and why should they care? Read Full article

Creso Sá: Back scientists to tackle Brazil’s three crises | SciDev.Net

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 12.29.04 PMThe uproar around the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff has pushed to the sidelines three major crises that Brazil faces — and the fact that the country is undermining its ability to deal with them.

To fully recover that ability, the federal government must move science from a low-priority policy file in Brasilia’s realpolitik to the centre of the national development agenda. Full article

Research team presents at Congress 2016

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 5.49.19 PMCreso Sá and team members presented at the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE) Conference/Congress 2016 at the University of Calgary, from May 31 to June 1. Presentations included:

Gurrisi, M. The Critical-Democratic University Space: Citizenship and Student Engagement.

Lemay, M. A. (2016). The role of expectations in shaping research policy: A historic case study of Genome Canada.

Sá, C. & Sabzalieva, E. (2016). International student mobility and public policy: lessons for the Canadian provinces.

Sabzalieva, E. (2016). Engaging with tradition? Connecting universities’ founding missions to their current levels of engagement with their local communities: a comparative study of England and Ontario, Canada.

Soliman, H. (2016). The role of health services in dealing with mental health issues in higher education.

The Changing Professoriate: CIHE hosts one-day think tank

cihe-colors-logo-01Ontario postsecondary institutions experience shifting faculty demographics, patterns of academic work, performance expectations, and policy requirements. How have colleges and universities dealt with these changes? What role can the provincial government play to induce positive institutional responses? These questions were debated on Friday April 29 at OISE in the Symposium on the Changing Professoriate in Ontario Colleges and Universities. See full story…

New CIHE report on public policy related to international students

cihe-colors-logo-01CIHE Director Creso Sá and Emma Sabzalieva carried out a study funded by the MTCU on public policy and the attraction of international postsecondary students. The final report was released today.

The report examines the policy framework in the Anglophone jurisdictions that are the major destinations for international students, and how and why their policy frameworks evolved over the last fifteen years (2000-2015). Further, the report assesses Ontario’s competitiveness as a destination for international students in relation to other jurisdictions.

In Canada, international student numbers have risen dramatically by 226% since 2000. In Ontario the proportional increase of 265% is higher than the combined growth rate in England, Australia and the US (239%). However, this represents growth from a relatively small base, and there are several constraints in place to the attraction of international students that deserve attention. As MTCU embarks on crafting an international education strategy, the report makes several recommendations to enhancing Ontario’s competitiveness.

OISE Launches Higher Ed Centre

 

Screen_Shot_2016-02-24_at_3.36.53_PMWhile OISE has had a higher education research and education function since 1977, many new opportunities through new hires, along with recent internal alliances with other related scholarly efforts, has led to the creation of the Centre for the Study of Canadian and International Higher Education (CIHE).

As the largest academic research and policy unit of its kind in Canada, the new centre will provide a focal point for external relationships with other Canadian and global colleagues and organizations and a point of contact for media. See full announcement here.