The Ring

Why the First World War still matters—100 years later

Mon, 2014-09-29 16:35

First World War Photo: From the Archie H. Wills fonds – AR394.

2014 Latin American and Spanish Film Week at Cinecenta

Thu, 2014-08-21 16:34

The Latin American and Spanish Film Week returns in mid September to Victoria for a fifth year.

The event will take place from Sept. 16–21 at the University of Victoria’s Cinecenta theatre.

Learning a language is about more than just words

Fri, 2014-08-08 11:45

A summer dance in front of Cadboro Commons. Photo: Suzanne Ahearne.

On a hot summer evening in front of Cadboro Commons, the smell of barbecued meat is still hanging in the air as Kumbia, a local salsa band, hits the first notes of a signature Santana tune, Oye Como Va. The audience is a group of close to 150 international students from more than a dozen countries who are attending UVic’s summer English Language and Culture program.

Congratulations, Spring 2014 grads!

Wed, 2014-06-04 16:45

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Spring Convocation, from June 9–13, nine ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas or certificates upon 3,554 graduating students.

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of UVic’s first convocation ceremony. Members of the class of 1964 will attend the 10 a.m., June 13 ceremony to commemorate their part of university history.

In memoriam: Dr. Wesley Koczka

Wed, 2013-04-10 10:35

It’s with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Dr. Wesley J. Koczka on March 9. Wes worked at UVic from September 1988 to February 2007. He was hired initially as a program coordinator in Education Extension, then assumed the role of director of the English Language Centre, and was appointed dean of the Division of Continuing Studies in 1997. He served as dean until 2007. Later, he held senior leadership roles in the in the private university sector and then at Thompson Rivers University, where he took on the role of associate vice-president international and CEO of TRU World Global Operations.

Monica Chueke spreads UVic's fame

Thu, 2013-04-04 11:15

Monica Chueke (far right) during TV taping at the UVic English Language Centre d
Monica Chueke (far right) during TV taping at the UVic English Language Centre display at EduExpo Brazil

The English Language Centre’s Brazilian Liaison Officer, Monica Chueke, put UVic on the map during the recent “EduExpo Brazil” in Sao Paulo—a weekend event in which exhibitors from 25 countries promoted study abroad opportunities to over 30,000 visitors. Monica has been a tireless ambassador for UVic for many years, so when she noticed news crews from Rede Globo and TV Bandeirantes setting up their cameras, she made sure that studying in Canada—at UVic—was the focus of their story. The primetime news coverage featured interviews with Monica, UVic alumni and prospective students; according to local sources, a commercial spot of a similar length would have cost over $1 million USD. Monica returns to Victoria in July to assist with ELC Marketing projects.

New grads hold hope for language revitalization

Wed, 2012-07-11 10:05

L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR a
L-R: Thompson, Sanderson, Steinwand-Deschambeault and Wells standing with CALR academic advisor Dr. Leslie Saxon (linguistics)

Tłįchǫ is one of the Dene languages of the Northwest Territories, and dììle ts'įįwǫǫ is a phrase expressing “hope.” Nine students in a group of NWT learners graduating with UVic Certificates in Aboriginal Language Revitalization (CALR) can be hopeful about the future of their languages now, and in turn their communities can be optimistic about renewed vitality of the languages in homes and as spoken symbols.

Awards honour four UVic legacies

Fri, 2011-11-04 11:04


Chief Justice of BC Lance Finch will be among four members of the university community to be honoured this month at the annual UVic Legacy Awards. Finch will be recognized alongside Dr. Gary MacGillivray (mathematics and statistics), Vikes Soccer supporter George Smith, and Dr. Andreas Antoniou, professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. An estimated crowd of 500 university supporters will gather at the Victoria Conference Centre on the evening of Nov. 22 for the awards celebration.

UVic Homestay turns 25

Wed, 2011-06-08 11:40

2011 marks the 25th anniversary of UVic Homestay, part of the English Language Centre’s programs for international students. UVic Homestay was created in 1986 and has evolved to accommodate international students from all faculties on campus, and, most recently, French Canadian students in 2010. The program contributes both culturally and economically to both the university and the local Victoria community. It continues to be one of the largest homestay units in Canada with 1,200 plus students participating this year and 364 local host families. More info:

CAUCE program award

Wed, 2011-06-08 11:29

Another CAUCE award, this time in the program category, will go to the Professional Specialization Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (PSC in TEFL), offered through the Division of Continuing Studies. The program, designed for teachers of English who are themselves non-native speakers of English, is delivered in a blended format of online instruction and three weeks of intensive work on campus at UVic. Teachers from around the world revitalize their professional practice and return home with tools and new ideas with which to support their passion and commitment to teaching. The program can also be delivered on site in other countries in cases where travel to Canada can be difficult. More info: