UBC-UW establish joint centre to use data for social good

In an expansion of regional cooperation, the University of British Columbia and the University of Washington today announced the establishment of the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative to use data to help cities and communities address challenges from traffic to homelessness. The largest industry-funded research partnership between UBC and the UW, the collaborative will bring faculty,…

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Prime time with the Prime Minister of Canada

The day I arrived in Shanghai after a summer travelling in Canada, I met with my colleague, Greg Corry, Principal of Shanghai Nanyang Model Private High School’s BC program (Nanmo). We proceeded to discuss the upcoming year, tentative plans, changes in procedure and the like. Just when I thought the meeting was over, Greg’s eyes…

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Orchard Commons

New UBC residence for Vantage College students

As students at the University of British Columbia begin moving into dorm rooms around campus, some of them will be settling into the newly opened, almost-finished Orchard Commons, two towers with spectacular views on some of the best real estate on campus. Orchard Commons is open to both domestic and foreign UBC students in a…

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Teachers gather in Kamloops to prepare for school year

Hundreds of B.C. teachers are gathered in Kamloops for an annual B.C. Teachers’ Federation conference to prepare for the coming school year. BCTF President Glen Hansman says one of the challenges teachers face is implementing new subjects in the elementary and middle-school curriculum. “It represents a lot of change so it’s going to be interesting…

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provincial exams

Fewer BC provincial exams, more emphasis on class results

Provincial exams for the high-school years are being streamlined as part of British Columbia’s new education curriculum changes, while the government says the controversial Foundation Skills Assessment could also be on the table. Standardized provincial exams have been in place for decades in B.C., with the results shaping students’ final grades, their ability to get…

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B.C. teen wins top prize at international science fair

A Grade 12 student from Vancouver, B.C., has won the top prize at the world’s largest high school research competition. Austin Wang, 18, won the $75,000 U.S. Gordon E. Moore Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz., for developing bacteria that speeds up the process of converting organic waste into…

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robotics competition

BC students take part in robotics competition

Clanking metal, whirring motors and blasting horns didn’t distract the teenaged competitors of a robotics tournament Saturday in Burnaby. Part of the global 2015-2016 VEX Robotics Competition, the high-tech tournament was hosted by B.C. Institute of Technology and organized by the Pacific Youth Robotics Society (PYRS). It was part of the world’s largest robotics competition…

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