Friday Finds: Long weekend reading (and watching)


Happy Thanksgiving from the TalentEgg team! Enjoy the long weekend and good luck on all of your mid-term exams and assignments!

Canadian universities advance in global ranking

GlobeCampus – “The results, released Thursday by the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings, saw three Canadian schools — McGill, the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta — post improved results. The numbers also point to the increasing profile of campuses outside North America, especially those in Asia.”

Graduates ‘lack forethought’ in career planning

Ri5 – “[A] study by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit has found that, despite the difficulties of the current employment market, almost two-thirds (63%) of the 2009 graduate cohort had failed to visit their university careers service during their first year at university, while fewer than half had attended any organised campus events. The results reinforce the key importance of early career planning.”

Debunking the virtual university myth

Maclean’s OnCampus – “Patrick J.J. Phillips argues this week in University Affairs that information technology is quickly making the university campus, as we know it, a thing of the past. What we will see, he says, is ‘a falling away of the campus as a physical location where students gather to sit in coliseum-style lecture halls and mingle and discuss in tutorial rooms. Rather, students will work in a range of different environments at different times via the Internet.’ And this is not the distant future, mind you. The change, he insists, will be ‘striking and immediate.’ So far, no one has asked me to move out of my office. I doubt they will anytime soon.”

A Very Calgarian Thanksiving

Maclean’s OnCampus – “As opposed to Ontario, where students seem to move only hours from home, the post-graduation exodus to schools “back East” is pretty standard in Calgary. At least one parent is often from Ontario or Quebec, and sending us out here for school is, in a way, like sending us back home. We may be far from them, but we usually fall right into the warm laps of grandparents, aunts and uncles.”

Lost Generation

Photo credit: Thanksgiving Dinner by JacobEnos