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

VIU Research looks to track spread of norovirus at sea — before it infects oysters

A Vancouver Island University professor is embarking on research to learn about norovirus in the marine environment, where it could batter the multimillion-dollar shellfish industry. Tim Green was recently awarded $300,000 to search for environmental markers that might indicate the presence of norovirus, and find ways to track its movement through the marine environment.  Read the article here… Also of interest VIU Receives $300,000 to Research Norovirus Contamination of Oysters  

VIU, Camosun partner to deliver career pathways trade program for Indigenous peoples

Vancouver Island University and Camosun College have partnered to deliver a new career pathways trades program for Indigenous peoples. The schools will receive nearly $1.4M over two years to create the ITA Indigenous Peoples in Trades Training initiative that will provide exploratory trades skills foundations courses to 160 participants.  Read more…..

BCBC | HUMAN CAPITAL LAW AND POLICY

THE CHANGING WORK ENVIRONMENT DEMANDS AN EVOLVING POST-SECONDARY ECOSYSTEM, VOLUME 9, ISSUE 2, SEPT 2019 British Columbia’s employers don’t need to be told they’re living in times of enormous complexity and constant disruption. Between artificial intelligence, the gig economy and constantly changing and advancing technologies, organizations of all kinds find the business terrain shifting incessantly under their feet.  Read the article…..

Deborah Saucier Next President of Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Deborah Saucier as the university’s next president and vice-chancellor. Saucier, who starts a five-year term on July 4, 2019, is an accomplished neuroscientist, dedicated educator and university administrator with a deep commitment to Indigenous education and reconciliation. Originally from Saskatoon with Métis heritage and connections to Vancouver Island through both her education and her family, Saucier comes to VIU from MacEwan University in Edmonton, where she has … Continued