Minister’s statement on guidelines for post-secondary institutions

Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, has released the following statement regarding the guidelines for reducing the risk of COVID-19 at post-secondary institutions in B.C.: “I am pleased that the Go Forward Guidelines have been released. They will provide greater certainty to students, faculty and staff at our post-secondary institutions as they prepare for the fall 2020 semester during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The guidelines were developed by the post-secondary sector, with representatives from Indigenous educational groups, key … Continued

Capilano University’s digital ambassadors offer peer support to students coping with virtual learning

One of the biggest transformations in post-secondary education has been the move away from classroom learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced institutions to figure out new ways to convey complex concepts to students. But those enrolled in colleges or universities have a range of skills and aptitudes when it comes to working with virtual platforms. Read the full article here

Yukon College is now Yukon University

WHITEHORSE, YT—Yukon now has a university and Canada has a university north of 60°. Guided by Yukon communities and the 14 Yukon First Nations, Yukon University (YukonU) is grounded in reconciliation and the northern experience. With over 50 degree, diploma, certificate, trades and university prep programs, YukonU will continue the tradition of northern-focused education, training and applied research established by Yukon College, while expanding opportunities for northerners.  Read the full announcement

Vancouver’s urban conundrum: Let’s design better cities

THE CANADIAN PRESS “Over the last 16 years, I have been working on the development of a new campus for Emily Carr University of Art and Design. As a consequence, I have learned more than I ever could have imagined about the challenges of creatively engaging with the built environment in urban centres and with the ways in which cities like Vancouver are organized to both facilitate and impede the development of new areas of the city and the buildings … Continued

Canada Learning Bonds make grade with Nanaimo parents

Richard Watts / Times Colonist December | 13, 2016 06:00 AM Rose Touchie, a Nanaimo mother of three, is making time to upgrade her education at Vancouver Island University and is always happy to be in class.“I just think it’s great,” Touchie, 30, said in an interview. “I’m what people basically just call ‘a nerd.’ ” She and partner Shane Hnetka, 27, also had few worries about turning their kids into nerds when they decided to sign them up for … Continued

Globe and Mail | Emily Carr University and students will be catalysts for new creative district in Vancouver

Ron Burnett likes to say how Emily Carr “kicks above its weight.” It may sound like uncommon talk from a president of an art school. Yet, Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver is a key focal point for one of British Columbia’s strongest and fastest growing sectors, its creative industries. And now, with Emily Carr’s move in 2017 from Granville Island to a new campus a few kilometres away in the False Creek Flats neighbourhood, lying just south by … Continued

VIU Tuition Waiver Grad Launches Career as Child Protection Officer

Life has come full circle for Jordanna Southall, who graduated in June from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. One of the first students to enroll at VIU under the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program nearly two years ago, Southall has secured a job as a child protection officer with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Campbell River, BC. – See more

University of the Fraser Valley researchers say unmanned aircraft could be the answer to keeping birds at bay

Researchers at the University of the Fraser Valley believe drones may finally silence the cannons that boom throughout the summer on blueberry farms. Professor Tom Baumann and his team are reprogramming helicopter-like UAVs — properly known as unmanned aerial vehicles — to fly preset patterns over ripening blueberries in the hope they will scare way the birds that feast on farmers’ fruit and kill their profits.  Read more….