Greetings SCIS students:

On behalf of the School of Computer information Systems, I wish you a very Happy New Year.  I hope this year is the breakthrough one and your resolutions and dreams finally turn into reality.  In the meantime, I would like to welcome you or welcome you back to the School of Computer Information Systems (SCIS) at Virginia International University.

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For some time now, we have been featuring student voices on the VIU Website and Blog.  It is a nice change of pace to gain faculty perspective on what makes VIU unique, and a wonderful place to study as well.  One of our instructors, Jason Cherubini, talks here about his experiences teaching in the School of Business at VIU:

“Teaching at Virginia International University (VIU) is as much a learning experience for me as it is for the students. VIU is unlike other universities where a similar mix of students sits in every class; at VIU every class is different. By having to adjust and modify the lectures every semester it ensures that the material is always fresh, and I am forced to find multiple ways to explain material to best suit the different cultural learning styles.

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One of the lesser known facts about our institution are the financial benefits that we provide to different individuals.  VIU is n authorized provider of Veteran’s benefits to the US Armed Forces.  We are able to offer great opportunities for students to come and study at our institution while receiving great benefits in funding from the US Government and our institution.  We also offer Workforce Investment Area program discounts to students who are in need of bettering their skill sets and reaching their career potential. One of our students that has participated in these funding opportunities, Brenda Callahan, has shared her experience with us below:

I heard about VIU through the Virginia Unemployment Office under the Workforce Investment Area (WIA) program. The WIA is a program that assists unemployed personnel with a “certain amount of funds toward a skill through a listed school. Upon completion, participants receive a Certificate of Learning that aims to help in gaining a better job.

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Virginia International University (VIU) and the University American College Skopje (UACS), located in the Skopje, Republic of Macedonia entered into an Academic Collaboration on June 18, 2012, during a signing ceremony hosted at VIU’s campus in Fairfax, Virginia. The agreement focuses on on educational and scholarly cooperation between the universities, as well as in research and other mutual interests.

The agreement between the two institutions of higher education opens the door for faculty exchange, student exchange, and equally important – the exchange of scholarly thoughts and ideas in the form of research, conferences, and more.  Further, the collaboration opens the door to potential joint-ventures between the universities. VIU is excited about the opportunity to work with universities beyond our borders and to engage in the promotion of higher education alongside the University American College Skopje.

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Click play to see a video from VIU’s Graduation Ceremony held on April 28, 2012!