- December 16, 2014

New in Online Learning

New in Online Learning

Some readers may be familiar with any of a handful of online learning platforms. Websites like edX, Coursera, and Udemy allow users to enroll in online courses for free or for a small fee. Current trends on these sites seem to focus on courses in computer science (e.g., “Learning Oracle 12c” and “Pattern Oriented Software […]

- December 10, 2014

Logo Power

Logo Power

It is often said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and this statement also rings true when it comes to corporate logos. Who among us doesn’t recognize Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola, or McDonald’s from just their logo? In their truest sense, corporate logos are a type of shorthand, allowing consumers to instantly recognize the […]

- December 9, 2014

Bad Apple: DEALING WITH A DIFFICULT EMPLOYEE

Bad Apple:  DEALING WITH A DIFFICULT EMPLOYEE

Every employer’s ultimate goal is to attract and retain valuable employees in their workforce through acquisition of the right talents that would help them attain their strategic objectives. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some employees may end up exhibiting counterproductive behavior, which could hinder the company’s productivity as well as interfere with interpersonal […]

- November 19, 2014

Overcoming Obstacles: Manar Alhazmi

Overcoming Obstacles: Manar Alhazmi

We recently sat down with one of our students, Manar Alhazmi, who is currently completing the elementary level of VIU’s ESL program. Her talent, determination, and personal story have made her family, teachers, and peers admire her, and I was eager to meet her myself. As a genuinely open person, Manar is strong enough to […]

- November 6, 2014

What Makes a Good Writer?

What Makes a Good Writer?

This is a question that often plagues many of us who want to improve our writing skills!  If there were one thing to help us write better it would be to “write with a purpose.”  That is, know why you are writing and what message you want to convey.  Here are some tips to help […]

- October 22, 2014

Body Language Never Lies

Body Language Never Lies

Body Language Never Lies:  The Importance of Body Language in Landing Your Dream Job                 Let’s face it, when you are being interviewed for a job you are essentially being judged from the moment you walk in the door. How well you can communicate your enthusiasm for the job you seek is just as important […]

- October 15, 2014

Get a Mentor

Get a Mentor

There is a story of a king who had three sons. To determine his successor, he asked them this simple question: How do you avoid making a serious mistake? The first son answered, “by making the mistake at least twice and then learning from it,” but the King called him foolish. The second son answered […]

- October 14, 2014

College Degrees

College Degrees

As a lifelong advocate of education and higher education and as a university professor and dean, when asked by students, friends, or anyone else if a college education is still necessary for achieving success, my answer is always a resounding YES!Although popular culture has disillusioned millions into thinking a college education is a thing of […]

- October 8, 2014

Asia Contributes The Largest Number of Students to the U.S.

Asia Contributes The Largest Number of Students to the U.S.

Studying overseas has become increasingly popular for students all over the world. For American students, UK has been a favorite destination drawing largest group of students, closely followed by Italy, Spain and France during the last two years. Almost 60% of students studied abroad for eight weeks or less and took courses mainly in the […]

- September 11, 2014

Cyberterrorism: Fighting the Dark Side of the Internet

Cyberterrorism: Fighting the Dark Side of the Internet

The recent data breach at Target involving at least 70 million customer accounts (pundits estimate that this figure could be over 100 million) has again focused our attention on the risks that we face in this age of the Internet. The Internet has revolutionized the way we work, live, socialize, and conduct businesses. Today, we […]

Made in ? Where America Stands

Made in ? Where America Stands

As I cross a street in Washington, DC, a shiny black Mercedes stops to let me pass. “Made in Germany,” I think. I pass an electronics store with giant flatscreen TVs (Made in Japan) and a trendy clothing boutique with pretty shirts (Made in India). I get into my General Motors (Made in America) car […]

Stop Wasting Your Time!

Stop Wasting Your Time!

As young adults, we are always given advice on the best ways to approach education. I found htat the best advice came from my peers who had graduated in the years before me. The central theme that kept coming up in conversation with them was the importance of time management.1 Organization – A comprehensive to-do […]

- September 2, 2014

VIU Professor Publishes Book!

VIU Professor Publishes Book!

VIU professor Dr. Mark Robinson is pleased to announce the upcoming release of his first book, Marketing Big Oil: Brand Lessons from the World’s Largest Companies. The book is the result of a gaping hole in literature on the subject of marketing big oil companies. “I had done research and couldn’t find any books on […]

What Makes a Good Writer?

What Makes a Good Writer?

This is a question that often plagues many of us who want to improve our writing skills!  If there were one thing to help us write better it would be to “write with a purpose.”  That is, know why you are writing and what message you want to convey.  Here are some tips to help […]

- September 1, 2014

Bad Apple: Dealing with a Difficult Employee

Bad Apple: Dealing with a Difficult Employee

Every employer’s ultimate goal is to attract and retain valuable employees in their workforce through acquisition of the right talents that would help them attain their strategic objectives. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some employees may end up exhibiting counterproductive behavior, which could hinder the company’s productivity as well as interfere with interpersonal […]

- August 27, 2014

Immigrant American Billionaires

Immigrant American Billionaires

America truly is the land of opportunity: it is the one place on Earth, where you can come with nothing but talent, dreams, and – most importantly – the drive to work hard and then turn those dreams and ideas into real-life success. The United States is the world’s leader in terms of numbers of […]

- August 25, 2014

What’s New in Online Learning

What’s New in Online Learning

Some readers may be familiar with any of a handful of online learning platforms. Websites like edX, Coursera, and Udemy allow users to enroll in online courses for free or for a small fee. Current trends on these sites seem to focus on courses in computer science (e.g., “Learning Oracle 12c” and “Pattern Oriented Software […]

- August 15, 2014

How to Win at Life: Get a Mentor

How to Win at Life: Get a Mentor

There is a story of a king who had three sons. To determine his successor, he asked them this simple question: How do you avoid making a serious mistake? The first son answered, “by making the mistake at least twice and then learning from it,” but the King called him foolish. The second son answered […]

Ideal Language Learning Experience

Ideal Language Learning Experience

International students come to the United States mostly to learn or improve their English proficiency as well as to experience American life. In the Washington, DC area, VIU’s affordable, high quality ESL program attracts many students from all over the world. We asked Haimedaha Brahim, who is currently pursuing his graduate degree, how he recalls […]

Culture Shock!

Culture Shock!

All of our students agree that coming to America was an amazing experience. The excitement of a new country, the warm and friendly people and especially all the wonderful opportunities available in the United States really drew them to the country. However, there were some confusing encounters, too. Follow along with them, as they experience […]