Intensify Dynamic Learning

Goal: to be Canada's leader in research-enriched and experiential learning.

In order to ensure every student has the opportunity to engage in dynamic learning, we have made substantial investments directly in the faculties, strengthened our supports in experiential learning and community engagements, and explored new international opportunities. Our co-op program remains one of Canada's largest and best established.

Highlights from 2018/19

Co-operative education program

Last year, our co-operative education program created more than 4,000 domestic and international job placements for students across a wide range of employers, including government, non-profits and private businesses. Nearly three in four UVic co-op students receive an offer of employment before they graduate.

Related strategies: 3.1, 3.2, 6.1, 6.2

Experiential Learning Fund

More than 6,500 students participate in community-engaged learning at UVic each year, and we offer over 1,300 community engagement initiatives in 85 countries. A new $500,000 annual Experiential Learning Fund investment will enhance opportunities for students to participate in experiential learning with not-for-profit organizations and NGOs. Funding includes wage subsidies for co-op placements and travel subsidies for students engaged in opportunities outside of Victoria.

Related strategies: 3.1, 3.2, 6.1, 6.2

High-quality academic programs

We continue to develop and evolve high-quality academic programs that align with our strengths and directions. In the past year, we launched a new Indigenous law program, Certificate in Indigenous Language Proficiency and an Indigenous Studies Major. Our new Master of Engineering in Applied Data Science prepares students and professionals for high-demand careers that tackle large and complex data sets, and work is underway to deliver a Master of Engineering in Industrial Ecology.

Related strategies: 3.2, 3.4, 3.5, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5

Looking ahead

Work Integrated Learning

Recently, UVic was selected by the province to be the lead institution for distributing over $9 million in Work Integrated Learning pilot projects in BC—to give students meaningful workplace-based learning opportunities.

Related strategies: 3.1, 3.2, 6.1, 6.2

Engineering and computer science expansion

To meet student demand, UVic is investing in an expansion to the engineering and computer science programs, including new faculty and staff positions. Over the next year, we will finalize plans and work on securing capital funding to build an addition to the Engineering/Computer Science Building on campus.

Related strategies: 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

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