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About VICRA


VICRA began in 2009 and was facilitated by the Office of Community Based Research (OCBR) at UVIC. The Institute for  Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement (ISICUE), which built on OCBR’s work, is co-facilitating support for VICRA along with the Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) unit. ISICUE’s VISION is Healthy, inclusive and sustainable communities enabled by universities and communities working together in ways that transform our world. The MISSION is to enable community-university collaboration that creates, disseminates and acts upon knowledge that contributes to solutions. ISICUE is focused on the programming and CBR aspects of VICRA and RPKM is focused on administration and communication processes. See ISICUE's new Strategic Plan for more information.

Camosun College

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North Island College

North Island College has been serving the diverse needs of the people and communities of the North Island region since 1975. In addition to being well known as a place for learning and developing careers, we are also focused on pursuing research and sharing knowledge. By working with community members, local industry and business, other post-secondary institutions and research partners, we enhance learning opportunities and enrich community life. The Centre for Applied Research, Technology and Innovation at North Island College acts as a catalyst to accelerate knowledge, development, training, innovation, and partnerships within the college community and key sectors in the region. Current research priorities focus on sustainable aquaculture practices, nursing practice and education, and local food sustainability.

Applied research initiatives at North Island College span many subject areas; however we are currently most active in research on sustainable aquaculture and local food production. Please contact us at carti@nic.bc.ca to talk with us about your research ideas.

Royal Roads University

Guided by strategic research themes—“innovative learning,” “thriving organizations,” and “sustainable communities, livelihoods and the environment”—RRU integrates applied research and student learning, advancing the university’s mandate. Key to the realization of this integrated approach is the production of applied knowledge. This entails a curriculum that is solution oriented and real-world focused, developed and guided by research conducted by faculty, students, and staff. Research is highly interdisciplinary, and often transdisciplinary, involving stakeholders integrally in its design and implementation. Students gain much of their knowledge, practical skills, and experience through applied research and action learning, through research projects, case studies, and other learning activities. The tremendous value of these competencies lies not only in their response to global, national and community-based problems, but also in their inherent capacity to transfer seamlessly to organizational settings.

University of Victoria

UVIC has approximately 18,000 students, 9000 staff and 800 Faculty, making it a major educational and economic contributor on Vancouver Island. In the area of community-based research, which VICRA focuses on, the University of Victoria has special expertise in environmental sustainability, affirming indigenous knowledge and communities, social innovation/community economic development and social justice. Practicums, co-ops, field programs and schools on Vancouver Island also support rich experiential learning opportunities for UVic students, over seventy percent of whom come from other parts of Canada and around the world. On campus, the new community-university co-governed Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community-University Engagement (ISICUE), and the Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization (RPKM) Unit co-support VICRA.

Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a dynamic institution, home of the award winning Deep Bay Marine Field Station and Milner Garden and Woodlands. VIU is an internationally known university supporting a student population in excess of 18,000 full-time and part-time learners, dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, service and research.  VIU is primarily an undergraduate teaching institution with a mandate for VIU to undertake applied research that meets the needs and priorities of the region.  The Community Based Research Institute facilitates innovative research and engagement initiatives with VIU and community partners from all sectors. The CBRI supports projects that provide experiential learning opportunities for students and that lead to community well-being and social change.