Since sending our last newsletter in February, the world has changed. The impact of Covid-19 on our personal and professional lives can´t be understated, and many aspects of the future remain unclear for us all. Here in Canada, we continue to practice social distancing, with most of us at the University of Victoria working from home. Learning to “work together as we live apart” has been a challenge but this situation has also shone a bright light onto what matters most to us as an educational community.
Over the last month, we have been reflecting deeply on our global partnerships—our vast network of friends around the world are living through their own unique challenges as this pandemic unfolds. You have been in our thoughts since the beginning and more than ever, we appreciate your continued friendship and support.
While nothing seems “normal” right now, we are pleased to resume sending our monthly newsletters as another means of keeping in touch, sharing our stories and looking ahead to a brighter future together.
Made-at-UVic face shields
Access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been a major issue during the Covid-19 crisis, and students in UVic’s Biomedical Engineering program have taken an active role in ensuring that Victoria’s frontline health workers have the face shields needed to work safely during this time.
“Language is what connects us to the world and other people,” says Nigel Howard, an American Sign Language (ASL) instructor at UVic and translator for the BC government. Nigel has become a well-known and inspiring local figure during Covid-19, as an ASL interpreter for press briefings by BC’s Chief Medical Officer.
UVic President, Jamie Cassels recently co-authored an article offering an encouraging update about his work alongside other Vancouver Island university colleagues, to “ensure the future success of our students and to amplify our positive impact on our community.”
We can’t wait to welcome students back to our programs on campus at UVic... but until it’s safe to do so, we are thrilled to be offering ELC Connect online courses, so that students around the world can continue studying English with us from home.
This is an advanced-level course offering 100 study hours over a 6-week period. Students will gain practical academic English skills for university as well as enrich their cultural competency through the course’s Canadian Studies content.