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Date: June 20, 1997


The University of Victoria is once again giving residents of the Western Communities an opportunity to get a start in higher learning within their own community. Students will have the advantage of taking introductory first year courses in computer science, humanities, mathematics and social sciences without having to suffer through the Colwood crawl. Also, second year courses in fine arts and psychology are available this year. In total, 25 term sections of courses will be offered.

As well as receiving a first class education in an intimate atmosphere, UVic students will be able to use all of the Royal Roads recreational and academic facilities and access resources on UVic's Gordon Head campus. Students authorized to register in UVic's fall term have already received telephone registration information and instructions for the registration process.

"The move is just part of UVic's continuing effort to make education more accessible to Greater Victoria residents," says Dr. Penelope Codding, Vice-President Academic and Provost. "We recognize that not everyone has the time or resources to travel to our main campus so we're willing to bring UVic to them. In this case, we're responding to an expressed need in the community."

In previous years, UVic opened its courses at Royal Roads to students who did not meet UVic's published admission requirements thus allowing people to access a university education regardless of their educational background. This opportunity is available again this year and includes new courses in English and mathematics. More information on registration for these students will be available in August.

In addition to its expanded selection of courses offered at Royal Roads, UVic also has a facility downtown on the lower level of 910 Government Street. UVic Downtown is the site for the Fast Track Certificate in Business Administration which has students from Brazil, China, Korea, Indonesia and China studying side by side with Canadian students. Students from around the province can also take courses from the comfort of their own homes through the university's Distance Education program or participate in a specially designed Electronic Classroom.

Students wanting more information about how to register in UVic at Royal Roads courses should call (250) 721-8471.

Media contacts:
Dr. Penelope Codding, Vice-President Academic and Provost, (250) 721-7010

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