The federal government’s new national security guidelines for research partnerships raise numerous concerns that range from discouraging research collaborations to potentially interfering with academic freedom, says Dr. Alex Navarre, PhD, a research associate at Université du Québec, in an op-ed.
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Currents of change are altering the fabric of Canadian R&D. The time has come for universities to reassess their roles and address new challenges.
Canada’s innovation ranking over the past two decades has not improved, according to the latest OECD data. Let me express alarm in the situation as publicly funded research is an important contributor to innovation.
Is there a power struggle within academia?
By Alex Navarre
When the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada sent a delegation of more than 20 university presidents to Parliament Hill last month, they were not alone.
Universities, a universe of challenges confronted by elusive visions
By Alex Navarre
University mission was self-defined over the years as first and foremost, to train students to acquire in-depth analytical rigor (which distinguishes universities from vocational schools); second, to conduct frontier research that will put that advanced knowledge to test and give the opportunity for graduate students to work on current issues; and third, a fuzzy concept of services to society interpreted by university presidents in many political ways to serve their interests vis-à-vis their stakeholders.
Dr Martha Crago has been appointed VP research at Dalhousie Univ, replacing Dr Carl Breckenridge who is retiring from the position after eight years. Crago will also hold the international relations portfolio which is being added to the position. Crago comes to Dalhousie from the Univ of Montreal where she served as vice-rector international and…
Dr Richard Isnor has been appointed manager of NSERC-Atlantic in Moncton NB, effective April 7, replacing interim manager Catherine Vardy. Isnor comes to NSERC from the International Development Research Centre where he was director of innovation, policy and science since late 2005. Prior to that he was director of biotechnology horizontal initiatives and interdepartmental relations…
Alex Navarre has been appointed manager of NSERC-Quebec effective March 17. Navarre comes to NSERC from the Univ of Western Ontario (UWO) where he held the position of director of technology transfer and industry liaison since October/04. Prior to that, he held the same position at McGill Univ. Navarre received an MBA from UWO and…
Whatever the terminology, bureaucrats, and now politicians, have become acutely aware of the possible deficit in terms of commercial translation of university research.