A university of civic engagement
Locally relevant, internationally significant
The University of Victoria is proud to partner with our community beyond the campus to make our region and our world a better place to live.
We thrive on our close partnerships with organizations and businesses across Vancouver Island and around the world.
Through research initiatives that involve communities and address their priorities, we're helping our region thrive and establishing national leadership in community-relevant research.
Learn more about our community involvement.
Since 1999, CanAssist's interdisciplinary team of students, researchers, faculty and staff has worked with community members around the world to design, build and modify assistive devices for people with disabilities.
The CanAssist team is providing individual solutions and technologies that have attracted national and international recognition.
Its mandate is to enhance the education of children and youth from local communities whose learning and assistance needs extend beyond the services offered by schools and current government programs.
The Knowledge Mobilization Unit springs from UVic's commitment to benefit society through research. It supports partnerships between faculty, students, and the wider community to help improve public policies, programs, and services.
The UVic Speakers Bureau is a community service provided by volunteer speakers from among the faculty, staff, graduate students and retirees who teach, conduct research, study and work at the University of Victoria.
Through the bureau, experts and knowledgeable individuals from UVic make themselves available to speak to community groups, schools, clubs and other organizations throughout Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island. The service is free (although travel expenses may be requested to some locations).
University 101 provides introductory academic courses in the humanities and social sciences to people whose economic and social circumstances normally pose obstacles to university education.
The program feeds the quest for knowledge among underserved groups. Meals are provided at the beginning of each class. Bus tickets and child care subsidies are also available.