- August 12, 2014

Studying with Diverse Students Gave Me Such Opportunities

Studying with Diverse Students Gave Me Such Opportunities

ASSUMPTIONS ARE IN OUR NATURE, ESPECIALLY STEREOTYPES ABOUT OTHER NATIONALITIES. HOWEVER, STEREOTYPES ARE OFTEN WRONG, AND SOMETIMES EVEN THE OPPOSITE ENDS UP BEING TRUE. Nina (right) smiles with her friends, fellow VIU graduates This often happens in an international university like VIU, where students’ perceptions of each other’s cultures change drastically over time. Before arriving […]

Professor of the Year 2014

Professor of the Year 2014

UM: First of all, congratulations on your academic achievements, the success of the conference, and for receiving VIU’s Professor of the Year award. What do you like best about being a professor, especially in an international university? “Everyone at this university dreams big!” says Dr. Rebecca Sachs RS: Thank you very much! What a humbling […]

- July 22, 2014

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Are you thinking of starting your own business venture? Entrepreneurship can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience with an opportunity to be your own boss, set your own agenda and schedule, and make a decent living doing something you enjoy. However, successful entrepreneurship requires thorough reflection and market knowledge, in-depth planning, creativity, hard work, and […]

- July 21, 2014

Real-Life Entrepreneur: Patcharee Wetpisai

Real-Life Entrepreneur: Patcharee Wetpisai

Recent MBA graduate Patcharee Wetpisai took Dr. Onu’s entrepreneurship advice to heart in taking advantage of opportunities to grow her own family business. Read her story here: Patcharee stands in her graduation cap and gown, surrounded by family I am a 2014 VIU graduate with a double MBA major in HR Management and Marketing Management. […]

- July 18, 2014

A Day in the Life of a VIU Student: Koheita Nagai

A Day in the Life of a VIU Student: Koheita Nagai

When Koheita Nagai arrived in the USA from Japan in May 2013, the only English words he knew were “Hello” and “Good morning.” At first, life was difficult – no English, no friends, nowhere to settle down. However, after six months, his life in America has improved dramatically; he improved his English, found a great […]

- July 14, 2014

Scholarships Part II: Tips for Scholarship Applicants

Scholarships Part II: Tips for Scholarship Applicants

Do Your Research  • There are search sites which pull scholarships from many sources. Find a site that you like and create an account! Check back often for new and updated scholarships.  • Find out what department is responsible for scholarships at your school and become familiar with the scholarship offerings, requirements, and deadlines.  • […]

Preparing Global Leaders: 15 Years of Excellence

Preparing Global Leaders: 15 Years of Excellence

Global leaders possess an exceptional set of characteristics which make them stand out and enable them to succeed. Three key factors help educate young people to empower them to become future global leaders. First, it takes a special vision and a visionary who can guide those young people and all those impacting them. Second, it […]

Founding the Latin American Culture Club

Founding the Latin American Culture Club

VIU has many different student clubs: the African Pride Club, the IT Club, and the Indian Spirit Club, among many others. Students create the clubs themselves, based on their interests. Through their participation in club activities, students get to know each other and form a close-knit community of peers, a closeness that defines VIU. One […]

- July 7, 2014

Scholarships Part I: Our Students’ Success is VIU’s Success

Scholarships Part I: Our Students’ Success is VIU’s Success

It is well-known that students feel more motivated when they are recognized for their effort and hard work, and as a result, they are more likely to be engaged in activities proposed by their professors and university. Thus, the question is: what is the best way for a university to acknowledge and promote student accomplishments […]

Diplomatic Connections

Diplomatic Connections

Virginia International University has had great diplomatic connections, as a result of its diverse student body and active community outreach. Recently, VIU officials began the latest series of meetings with ambassadors as well as cultural and educational attachés in order to foster relationships with officials in partner countries, receive advice and connections with other educational […]

- July 3, 2014

What’s Next in Online Education?

What’s Next in Online Education?

Over the last decade, there has been a tangible shift in education towards online programs. While online programs have not replaced the on-campus experience, they have come a long way from their beginnings, both in terms of technology & culture. In the early days of online or distance education, students would read some material, send […]

- July 1, 2014

African Bridge to Education: Alex John Luketa

African Bridge to Education: Alex John Luketa

Virginia International University students and alumni are passionate about business, technology, innovation, and bringing change to their communities. One of our most passionate alumni is Alex John Luketa from Tanzania, whose passion is connecting African students with education opportunities in the US at VIU. Having graduated with an MBA in International Business Management, one of […]

“Selfies” Go Viral

“Selfies” Go Viral

Selfies are becoming more and more popular these days and the word is becoming more widely used by young people and older generations alike. Even NASA took advantage of this pop culture trend with their “Global Selfie” Earth Day initiative in which they asked people from all around the world to snap and then submit […]

Students Will Pursue Policy-Related Internships in the Capital

Students Will Pursue Policy-Related Internships in the Capital

If you are interested in politics-domestic or global-and if you crave the excitement of electoral competition, high-wired campaigns, and policy making, you can hardly find a better location than Fairfax, Virginia. The School of Public & International Affairs (SPIA) at VIU is relatively young, yet from its opening, its two programs of Masters in International […]

Conference Attracts Educators from Around the World

Conference Attracts Educators from Around the World

With well over 200 participants from all around the world, the inaugural Conference on Language, Learning, & Culture (CLLC), organized by the VIU School of Education, was a major success.  Attendees represented institutions from four continents including North America, South America, Africa, and Asia; the CLLC additionally hosted teacher-practitioners, researchers, business leaders, and community services […]

10 Helpful Websites for Your Online Class

10 Helpful Websites for Your Online Class

10 Helpful Websites for Your Online Class By Nica DeLeos This blog post was written by VIU student – and online class expert! – Nica de Leos. She is studying to earn her Bachelor of Computer Science. Online classes are completely different from on-ground classes. Without a teacher, a set schedule, or classmates around you, […]

- June 23, 2014

FIFA World Cup: VIU Student Meets Messi

FIFA World Cup: VIU Student Meets Messi

VIU MBA student Ibrahim Elnems had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer at the FIFA World Cup 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. “It was so amazing to be there with all the players, journalists, visitors and other volunteers!” gushed Elnems, excitement in his eyes. “I worked in the Media Center checking press credentials, interacting with journalists […]

- June 20, 2014

How to Succeed on the TOEFL

How to Succeed on the TOEFL

The TOEFL® is the epitome of a high-stakes test, used for purposes ranging from college admissions to professional certifications to the satisfaction of visa language requirements. According to the website of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) (www.ets.org/toefl), it is recognized by over 9,000 universities and other institutions as a measure of the ability to “use […]

Presidential Visit: Brazil

Presidential Visit: Brazil

In an effort to promote Virginia International University’s global partnerships and at the invitation of several prominent universities, VIU President Dr. Sarac visited four states and five cities in Brazil this Spring. The number of South American, and specifically Brazilian, students at VIU increased steadily over the last several years, resulting in the Brazilian trip. […]

- June 19, 2014

The Purple Cow: How to Get Noticed by Employers

The Purple Cow: How to Get Noticed by Employers

According to the Digest of Education Statistics, more than 250,000 students are currently enrolled in MBA programs and about 157,000 MBA degrees are awarded annually, thus making MBA graduates one of the most competitive conferred classes in the marketplace.How do you stand out amongst the vast numbers of MBAs? How do you get potential employers […]