Valencian International University
|Valencian International University (VIU)|
Seal of the Valencian International University
|Motto||Avium Celerrima Intellegentia Est|
|Motto in English||Your on-line audiovisual university|
|Type||Public (privately managed)|
|Chancellor||Juan Manuel Badenas Carpio|
|Location||Castellón de la Plana, Valencian Community, Spain|
|Campus||Online, non campus|
The Valencian International University (VIU) is a privately managed, nonprofit, public university—with an international remit—founded by the Government of Valencia in 2008. The university is officially recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education and by the Valencian Council of Universities (Consejo Valenciano de Universidades). It is headquartered in Castellón de la Plana, and also has offices in Valencia, Spain.
VIU is a distance synchronous learning institution. The teaching and learning is conducted exclusively online, with students receiving real-time classes through their computer or device via interactive video conferences which are streamed directly from campus. Nonetheless, lessons are recorded for off-time viewing by pupils. The teacher/pupil relationship is interactive, personalized and analogous to that of a physical campus. Some programs do require partial in-person attendance, such as the school experience component of teacher training programs.
The Valencian International University offers Undergraduate (Bachelors) and Postgraduate (Masters) programs as well as non degree granting courses (including expert courses, inter university certificate programs and the university’s plethora of short courses). The university, whose offer has been increasing since its foundation in 2008, has a strong focus on education and teacher training. Students can sit their examinations in many worldwide locations. Some of the programs are taught in English.
VIU is organized into five departments:
- Department of Arts and Humanities
- Department of Engineering and Architecture
- Department of Health Sciences
- Department of Science
- Department of Social Sciences and Law
The following are VIU’s undergraduate degree programs for the 2013-14 school year:
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Education
- Bachelor of Early Childhood Education & Primary Education (double major)
- Bachelor of Economy
- Bachelor of Law
- Bachelor of Primary Education
- Bachelor of Psychology
The following are VIU’s postgraduate degree programs for the 2013-14 school year:
- Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Master in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction and Embryology
- Master in Digital Marketing and E-Commerce (with the Barcelona International Management Business School)
- Master in Law and Legal Practice
- Master in Psychological Prevention and Intervention in School Behaviour Problems
- Master in Secondary and Sixth Form Teaching, Vocational Training and Language Teaching (Includes official teaching certification. Subjects: Geography and History; Spanish Language and Literature; Modern Foreign Language: English; Education Guidance; Music; Careers Guidance; Drawing; Physical Education; Mathematics and Computer Science)
- Master in Sports Journalism
- Master in The Social Research of Science Communication
- Master in Third Generation Psychological Therapies
Quality and Assessment
All degrees and courses at VIU have met the quality standards stipulated by the National Agency for the Assessment of Quality (ANECA), as well as the recommendations and directives of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).
Assessment is compliant with the principles of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), adapted to a virtual environment. VIU’s academic recognition system is based on ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). The credit system measures the effort a student has to make in order to acquire the competence demanded by each subject.
VIU is a technology campus university. The university's sophisticated technology platform (including its servers) is located in Barcelona, Spain. IT services are provided by Colt. VIU utilizes (and helps develop) the open source Sakai VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) to support its teaching, learning, research and collaboration. It has adapted and enriched Sakai's virtual campus in the creation of key distance learning tools, which include the Communications Centre (where students receive all types of notices from their professors); video conferences using Blackboard Collaborate (which allow students to attend real time lessons directly transmitted from the campus) and cutting-edge E-learning multimedia documents which combine voice, image and text.
The multimedia virtual campus includes a public and a private environment. The public area includes the university’s Web Portal, while the private space includes four learning communities. These are spaces where teachers and students can collaborate on research or teaching endeavors. The private portal, called VIUspace, is used by professors and students and includes the communications centre, calendar, personal details, virtual secretary, virtual communities and digital libraries. Instant messaging is done through Jabber.
In 2012, VIU was one of the recipients of the Sakai Foundation’s ‘Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award,’ for ‘ICT in Education’. The award rewards an innovative educational experience that ‘by design, engages and challenges students.’ VIU was the first Spanish university to receive such award, which includes winners from the world’s premier educational institutions.
- "Official website's description of the public nature of the VIU". VIU University Official Website. Retrieved March 23, 2012.