McGill’s hometown overtakes Paris in the 2017 QS Best Student Cities ranking. Montreal’s big jump from last year’s seventh-place reflects the city’s recent economic progress, as well as a strong performance in a new category that surveyed 18,000 international students about their university life and learning experiences.
McGill has again dug deep and come up with more than half a million dollars for Montrealers in need. The final tally has come in for last fall’s Centraide/United Way campaign at $513,493, more than $10,000 beyond the target of $500,000.
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Microsoft president Brad Smith announced his company’s latest investment in Montreal’s artificial intelligence research capacity. The plans include a $7-million gift to McGill and the Université de Montréal.
The annual World Economic Forum is on now in Davos, Switzerland. At a panel this morning, Principal Suzanne Fortier and MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson discussed “Jobs and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” While in Davos, the Principal will also introduce tomorrow’s sustainability presentation by McGill professors Elena Bennett, Andrew Gonzalez and Graham MacDonald.
Québec Science magazine has selected its 10 Discoveries of the Year for 2016, and McGill researchers figure in six of them.
This, the fourth iteration of our annual McGill Holiday Reading List, has once again inspired an impressive pan-McGill response from students, staff, faculty and upper administrators; and from Mac to the downtown campus. This year, contributors listed books they hope to read as well as some of their favourites as suggestions for others to pick up.
Earlier today, the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced over $173 million in funding for 203 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at universities across Canada. Sixteen CRCs went to McGill faculty.
Concrete blocks are commonly used in basement and foundation walls. Unfortunately, producing a key ingredient of these blocks – cement – generates lots of carbon-dioxide emissions. But what if you could make blocks in a way that soaks up CO2, instead of releasing it into the atmosphere? That’s the idea behind Carbicrete, a Montreal-based company founded in July by a team of McGill University graduates.
It’s now an even dozen. For the 12th year in a row, Maclean’s magazine has ranked McGill as the top medical-doctoral university in Canada.
Two inspirational McGill alumni – Bertrand Cesvet, of the award-winning creative agency Sid Lee, and Joanne Liu, of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders – will receive honorary doctorate degrees at the university’s fall convocation ceremonies.