Thursday, August 30, 2012

VIU Gets $3.4 million Capital Funding


B.C. government invests in infrastructure improvements at VIU

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is getting infrastructure upgrades with $3.4 million in capital funding as part of the B.C. government’s investment in public post-secondary infrastructure this year.

The upgrade work will ensure VIU’s campus infrastructure and operational systems are performing at optimal levels, which is important to keep B.C.’s campuses in top operating shape. Examples include elevator replacement and fire alarm upgrades.  

The university and government also announced today how more than $600,000 in one-time funding will be used to offer short-term training in the region. The university expects to create seats in a variety of fields over the coming year, including trades such as welding, boat building and the culinary arts.

VIU president, Ralph Nilson said: “VIU appreciates that the government recognizes the importance of funding campus infrastructure to allow for the upgrade of existing facilities and enhancement of safety and security mechanisms to benefit our students, employees and community visitors.” “Additionally, the funding for more seats in targeted trades programs provides the opportunity for a greater number of students to gain the skills necessary to be successful in securing employment and enriching the fabric of our communities.” 
B.C. taxpayers are providing over $51 million for Vancouver Island University’s operations this year – including an allowance for general infrastructure maintenance – up from $38.8 million in 2001-02. The number of funded student spaces at the university has increased nine per cent since 2003-04.

Almost $42 million in capital investments have been made at VIU since 2001, including a $13.5 million contribution from the B.C. government for the Cowichan Place campus in Duncan.

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