CFRC Daily News Briefs
CFRC Daily News Briefs
Daily News - Thurs. Jan 28 2021

Here’s your CFRC Daily News Brief for the morning of Thurs. January 28 2021!

Starting September 2021, tuition fees for international PhD students at Queen’s University will be assessed at the same rate as those paid by domestic students.

“With this new tuition policy, we are setting up international PhD students for success and making Queen’s a more attractive choice for graduate education for the most promising emerging scholars from around the world,” said Fahim Quadir, Vice Provost and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). “This decision is a part of a broader set of efforts underway to enhance the overall graduate student experience at Queen’s.”

The Queen’s University Gazette reports that this new policy is one of the first outcomes of the report released by the Working Group on Graduate Student Success in fall 2019.

Following that final report, the School of Graduate Studies established another working group to assess graduate student funding.  That group then developed a new proposal to assess domestic and international PhD student tuition fees at the same rate, which was then approved by the senior leadership of the university and the Board of Trustees.

“After reviewing the state of funding for international PhD students at Queen’s, we concluded that it needed to be revitalized if we want to remain competitive in recruiting high-quality students,” said James Reynolds, Chair of the Working Group on Graduate Student Funding and Associate Dean of SGS. “This new policy brings Queen’s in line with many of our peer institutions across Canada, including other research-intensive universities in Ontario.” 

Along with this tuition change, SGS is working to implement other recommendations from the 2019 report, including a new policy on graduate supervision for which feedback from graduate students, faculty, and other stakeholders will be sought in the coming weeks.

SGPS will be holding a town hall for current international PhD students to discuss the new tuition policy. The town hall will be held Wednesday Feb. 3 at 10:00 am EST. 

In the KFLA region, there are 16 active COVID cases. There are 646 resolved cases and we are sad to report one death. Thus, generating 663 cases altogether. Wait times are over an hour and the centre is open from 9 am to 4 pm for anyone considering getting tested. 

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