Letter to Minister Yamamoto

February 28, 2012 Dear Minister Yamamoto: The presidents of British Columbia’s post secondary institutions are writing regarding Budget and Fiscal Plan 2012/13 – 2014/15, tabled in the Legislature on February 21 by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon. As a sector, we take very seriously our commitment to fiscal prudence and financial discipline and appreciate that this is fundamental to Budget 2012. We look forward to the meeting to be convened by Deputy Minister, Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland, with the institutional presidents to discuss … Continued

BCAIU Data Analysis Fall 2009

Enrolment in Fall 2009 What proportion of all B.C. post-secondary students were enrolled in BCAIU institutions in fall 2009? “Over a quarter (27%) of these students were enrolled in one of the eight BCAIU institutions and an approximately equal proportion were enrolled in colleges.” Over 257 thousand students were enrolled in the B.C. post-secondary system in the fall of 2009. Over a quarter (27%) of these students were enrolled in one of the eight BCAIU institutions and an approximately equal … Continued

Vancouver welcomes CitiesAlive 2010: Media passes now available

November 29, 2010 Vancouver, BC: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) invites you to CitiesAlive 2010 , the 8th Annual Green Roof and Wall Conference from November 30 to December 3 at the Pan Pacific Hotel and Vancouver Convention Centre. Showcasing Vancouver as a leading city in green roof and living wall technology and research, CitiesAlive will bring together international experts in the latest research, policy, design, and product development of green roofs, living walls … Continued

VIU celebrates 75-year tradition of excellence in education

Vancouver Island University President and Vice-Chancellor Ralph Nilson and Board Chair Mike Brown unveiled a history wall Thursday to mark the start of 75th anniversary celebrations at the institution. “This university, with close to 20,000 students and more than 2,300 employees, has roots dating back to 1936 when Jack Macready began training automotive students in a converted stable in Nanaimo,” Nilson said. “During this milestone year, we are celebrating the rich heritage passed on from dedicated students, faculty and staff … Continued

Year of Science highlights bright prospects for students

Science students at Vancouver Island University are poised to tap into well-paying science-related jobs when they graduate. That’s the word from Ida Chong, Minister of Science and Universities and Minister of Regional Economic and Skills Development, who visited VIU’s Nanaimo campus this week to meet with biology and chemistry students and tell them about the provincial government’s Year of Science initiative. Chong told students a new labour market report predicts the number of science-related careers in British Columbia will increase … Continued

Minister Ida Chong and Richmond Centre MLA Rob Howard kick off science fair at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

November 23, 2010 In promoting the Year of Science, a province-wide initiative to engage British Columbians in science and understanding the importance of it, Ida Chong, the minister of science and universities and minister of regional economic and skills development, and Rob Howard, Richmond Centre MLA participated in a special science demonstration yesterday at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Richmond Campus. The demonstration was a preview to the university’s upcoming annual science fair, Kwantlen Science Challenge. Chong and Howard took the hands-on … Continued

Best of Banff blows into Fraser Valley early this year

November 19, 2010 Media contact: Patty Wellborn Office: 604-795-2819 patty.wellborn@ufv.ca One of the most exhilarating and inspiring winter activities to annually grace the Fraser Valley is coming a week earlier this year. The Best of Banff Film Festival, which really does take your breath away with the stunning imagery, takes place at Mission’s Clarke Theatre on Tues, November 30. Normally the film festival takes place in early December, but event organizer Roger Friesen says he had a chance to get … Continued

Media Studies professor takes close look at invisibility

There is much more to invisibility than meets the eye. From Harry Potter’s magic cloak to the F-117 stealth aircraft, the public has had a long-standing fascination with the concept of invisibility. Media Studies department professor Ravindra Mohabeer explores a variety of concepts related to invisibility in a presentation at Vancouver Island University (VIU) on Friday Nov. 26, 10 to 11:30 am in the Nanaimo campus Library, room 507. His presentation, “On Children, Technology, Spiders & More: The Multidimensionality of … Continued