News from the social sciences and humanities: International education, global health and mini-courses

Friday, August 10, 2012

Milena Stanoeva Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

In a paper published yesterday by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Stephen Toope, president of the University of British Columbia, argues that Canada must do more to position itself as a leading education destination for Asian students and encourage Canadian students to pursue research and education opportunities in Asia. In particular, he suggests the creating of high-profile scholarships for international students and an expantion of the Vanier Canada scholarship program, which aims to attract top academic talent from around the world to Canada.

The Stars in Global Health program, which seeks to support social innovation in global health, is accepting applications until September 5. The program involves an initial $100,000 grant for a 12-18 month period for the development of a proposal and proof-of-concept. After proposal review, an additional $1M may be granted. Apply here.

A research study from Pennsylvania State University found that health care professionals benefit from humanities mini-courses that stimulate creativity and critical thinking skills. The courses also fostered more workplace satisfaction and opportunities for collaboration among participants.

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