Government of Canada Supports Innovation in British Columbia’s Aquaculture Industry

April 8, 2015 – Nanaimo, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding of $667,000 to Vancouver Island University (VIU) to support a project that will enable them to purchase equipment and undertake a comparative analysis of new technologies in shellfish farming. With this funding, VIU is proposing to advance shellfish hatchery design by integrating the latest technological developments into an operating hatchery at its Deep Bay … Continued

New Master of GIS Applications Program Approved for VIU

Students can now map their futures in a growing in-demand field through Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) newest master’s program. VIU has received approval from BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education and the provincial Degree Quality Assessment Board to offer a two-year Master of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications program starting in September 2015.  Read more…..  

BCIT offers first-in-Canada Bachelor’s Degree in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering

BURNABY, BC: Students torn between a career as a Geologist or a career as an Engineer will soon have a much easier decision. Starting this Fall, BCIT will offer a new Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering. This unique degree builds on BCIT’s 50-year track-record of offering the Mineral Exploration and Mining Diploma as well as industry relevant engineering and trades programs .   Read more…

KPU rebrands the university’s Faculty of Health

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) Faculty of Community and Health Studies has been renamed the Faculty of Health, a change effective as of April 1. The new name coincides with the faculty’s only non-health-focused program – the Special Education Teaching Assistant program – moving to the Faculty of Arts. Read more….


Sunday brunch, Music by the Bay, and a marine science centre featuring aquariums and touch tanks teeming with colorful local sea life are just a few of the ways visitors of all ages can enjoy summer time at Vancouver Island University’s Deep Bay Marine Field Stat ion. “Summer is the perfect time for a day trip to the field station from just about anywhere on Vancouver Island,” says manager Brian Kingzett, “especially families who are looking for things to do … Continued

BCIT Students bring home the hardware in Skills Canada BC Competition

On April 17, hundreds of high-school and post-secondary students from across British Columbia gathered at Tradex in Abbotsford to compete in the 19th annual BC Skills Competition . With 40 competition categories ranging from aircraft maintenance to welding, students took on practical challenges designed to test—and prove—that they’ve got the skills to excel in trades and technology occupations. At the end of the day-long competition, 14 BCIT students emerged with medals after outstanding performances in a variety of categories. BCIT students dominated in … Continued

BCIT's Medical Radiography program is now equipped w/ newly upgraded equipment – thanks to an anonymous donor

Anonymous donor gifts Medical Radiography lab with new equipment Thanks to an anonymous donor, students and faculty in the Medical Radiography program —and others—are now teaching and learning on newly upgraded equipment A generous donation allowed the department to remove what faculty member Vanessa Crawford describes as an “old relic,” and replace the dated machine with a digital, state-of-the-art X-ray unit. “It is a fully-functioning unit and does emit real X-rays,” says Vanessa. “The new digital machine does not have X-ray plates as … Continued

Minister Stephanie Cadieux discusses change with Kwantlen nursing students

Fourth year nursing students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) discussed the challenges that come with change with Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux, on November 20, 2012, at the Langley campus. “It’s important for government to engage the next generation because they are our leaders of tomorrow,” said Minister Cadieux. “Even as an elected politician, initiating change doesn’t come easily; so, I want to impress upon the students that, while one person can be the force of change, … Continued

BCIT-designed medical device wins red dot life sciences award

Imagine a child, sick in hospital, tubes and IV lines crisscrossing her small body. Her parents’ worry is compounded by a feeling of helplessness, of being separated from their child by the mass of medical tubing between them. Not only are the lines distressing and difficult to manage, but they also pose a strangulation risk, particularly for children aged between six and 36 months. Nevertheless, they are essential: literal lifelines for many children facing medical treatment. That was the challenge … Continued