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

Yukon College and Vancouver Island University to increase enrollment and completion rates of Indigenous learners

NANAIMO, B.C. In the spirit of reconciliation, a new learning partnership for Indigenous youth at Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Yukon College is being announced today. Building from the guidance of Elders and the aspirations of Indigenous youth, VIU will join Yukon College in a collaboration supported by the Rideau Hall Foundation and Mastercard Foundation that creates opportunities for Indigenous learners to be full partners in their education.  Read more…..

Capilano University’s first student housing closer to reality

Capilano University is pleased to announce that its first phase of student housing will begin operation in September 2017, in time for the 2017-2018 school year. “We are listening to our students: the housing challenge on the North Shore is real and it is urgent,” says Paul Dangerfield, president of Capilano University. “We worked on an ambitious timeline to prepare CapU Residence, offering our students an engaging, safe and convenient living environment.”  Read more.. .

JIBC recognized with Open Education Award for Excellence

The Open Education Consortium (OEC) has recognized the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) for its creation of a faculty development program in collaboration with the Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG) in Mexico. “The program drew on JIBC’s strengths in using technology to enhance student access to post-secondary education,” she said. “The international collaboration was particularly rewarding as we discovered two very different educational institutions from different countries and cultures share many similar challenges when it comes to faculty development.”  Read the full article….

MacLean’s: JIBC intelligence program is training students for data sleuthing

Picture it as mountains of highly detailed information. It’s largely out of the public eye, but it’s used to shape policy that will affect you and me. Making sense of that information is known as “intelligence analysis,” and it’s a skill used to combat cybercrime, bank fraud and terrorism. The Justice Institute of B.C. (JIBC), a post-secondary school based in New Westminster, B.C., is at the forefront of this relatively new field in Canada, offering two graduate certificates, one in … Continued

NEWS RELEASE: Skilled Worker Shortage Costs B.C. Billions

December 13, 2016 VANCOUVER – A shortage of educated and skilled workers is costing British Columbia’s economy $7.9 billion in forgone GDP and governments $1.8 billion in lost tax revenues, says a new report from the Conference Board of Canada. The report, Post-Secondary Education Skills for a Prosperous British Columbia – 2016 , says British Columbia’s prosperity is being limited by a shortage of workers with the right education and skills to meet the needs of a growing economy.  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

VIU launches $20-million expansion of trades-training complex

Vancouver Island University’s Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex is about to expand and the school will get a new energy system thanks to a $22-million injection of funding from the federal and provincial governments. The expansion of the trades-training complex means there will be room for 128 more students in the automotive, motorcycle, marine and carpentry programs.  Read more…..

Vancouver Sun – Opinion: Investing in student success pays dividends

B.C. leads the nation in job creation, low unemployment and robust economic growth. Linked to this prosperity is a talented and creative workforce of British Columbians who have been educated in our universities, colleges and institutes. Today, 70 per cent of B.C. jobs are filled by employees with post-secondary credentials — a number that is forecast to steadily rise in the years ahead. This was not always the case. As recently as the early 1990s, the workforce was evenly split … Continued

Dr. Thomas Carey appointed as Executive-in-Residence for Teaching & Learning Innovation

Dr. Thomas Carey appointed as Executive-in-Residence for Teaching and Learning Innovation, at the BC Association of Institutes and Universities (BCAIU). Reporting to BCAIU President Ruth Wittenberg, Dr. Carey will provide consultation and advice to BCAIU on inter-institutional collaboration to advance teaching and learning, and will serve as Executive-in-Residence beginning May 1, 2016. Dr. Carey currently works with higher education institutions, networks and systems in Canada and the U.S., on leadership strategy and faculty collaborations for exemplary teaching and learning environments.  … Continued