Two UVic programs each awarded $500,000 for Diamond Jubilee scholarships


University of Victoria students will benefit from a new scholarship program to help shape the next generation of global leaders. The Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives and the Co-operative Education Program and Career Services have both received funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship program—a joint initiative of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Community Foundations of Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation.

The list of winning university programs was released today, March 2, and the two UVic awards (both in the range of $500,000 over four years) focus on the Asia-Pacific region and include exchanges in India, New Zealand and Australia, as well as in North and East Africa and Indigenous exchanges. This new initiative is one of many opportunities that UVic students can embrace as emerging global citizens interested in extending the academic journey beyond campus borders while studying at UVic.

Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives

The new Crossing Borders program in UVic's Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI) will provide 60 students with scholarships and internship placements over the next four years (2015–2018). Participants in the program will contribute to the growing community of Queen Elizabeth Scholars and their local communities through a Capstone project, blogging and podcasting, and community engagement activities.

Since 2003, CAPI has provided over 100 UVic students with internships in civil society organizations across the Asia-Pacific region. In connection with CAPI's increasing work in the areas of migration and mobility, many of its partner organizations are doing important work in the area of migrants' rights. Currently, CAPI is partnered with organizations in Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal and the Philippines.

Co-operative Education Program and Career Services

The Canada-Commonwealth Co-op (CANCOM-COOP) project aims to develop global-ready graduates through international STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based work-integrated learning. This program will allow 40 UVic students to participate in STEM-related co-op work terms in Australia, New Zealand, India and Africa through partnerships with four international institutions. It will enhance UVic’s existing academic exchange partnership with the University of Newcastle (UoN) by introducing a new Indigenous exchange component. In partnership with the University of Waikato, UVic will send students to complete work terms in New Zealand.

It will also increase internship opportunities for Canadian students through the Aga Khan University International Internship Program in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and India. The project will also support students from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) to complete Master’s degrees in STEM programs at UVic and will allow UVic students to complete internships through the AIMS network in Commonwealth African countries (South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon and Tanzania).


AUCC news release, March 2, 2015 (PDF)

List of successful university programs


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