Short-term instructors sign deal at U of T
TORONTO – A wage increase, job security and more benefits have come out of the first collective agreement signed between the University of Toronto and its stipendiary and sessional instructors.
The new Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local represents instructors who teach on contracts of less than one year. Prior to this contract, these instructors were paid $10,330 to teach a full course. They will now receive $11,000 per full course, retroactive to January. In September, their pay jumps to $11,500.
UBC opens first office in Hong Kong
VANCOUVER – Building on its strengths in the Asia-Pacific region to develop stronger partnerships and more opportunities for students, faculty and alumni, the University of British Columbia is opening a regional office in Hong Kong.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Office, set to open May 3, is the first time a Canadian university has established such a presence in the region. It will operate in various capacities for UBC, including in the areas of student services and recruitment, development, and alumni relations.
UBC to build sustainability centre
VANCOUVER – The University of British Columbia has announced the first building for the new Great Northern Way Campus, near downtown Vancouver.
The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability will be under construction by the spring of 2006 and is designed to be a “living laboratory” for sustainability researchers, businesses and policy makers who can practise what they preach.
The sustainability features of the $23.5-million centre will include specific materials and technologies like 100-per-cent day-lighting, eventually generating more power than it uses, and oxygenated environments to make it an environmentally friendly, economical and healthy place to work.