At VIU, we are committed to setting a new standard in higher education. Through our student-centered approach, we endeavor to provide the most positive environment for learning available anywhere. Our programs are structured to allow students great flexibility in the design and direction of their own studies. At the same time, every student is assigned a personal mentor who acts as a guide in course selection and career orientation. VIU offers tuition scholarships to high potential students, because we believe that good education should be available to everyone, including those who do not have the necessary funds to pursue higher education.
To keep pace with the latest developments in technology and teaching, our curriculum and materials are regularly reviewed and revised, and our instructors receive further training, as necessary. As students near completion of their programs, VIU career counselors help place them in internships and other work-study positions with local companies and organizations.
Benchmarks in the History of VIU
Since its founding in 1998, Virginia International University has made significant
progress in the complex process of establishing a new university. Below are some
of the milestones of our institutional history:
- The concept for Virginia International University was developed by Dr. Isa
Sarac who after exploring several locations in the United States, established
VIU in Fairfax, Virginia in August 1998.
- The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) authorized VIU
to begin the Master of Business Administrations Program December 23, 1998.
- SCHEV granted authority to offer a series of Diploma and Certificate
programs on August 9, 1999.
- On May 25, 2000 SCHEV gave VIU degree-granting authority for the MBA
program and later that year granted permission to begin a baccalaureate
program in Computer Science and Business Management.
- The Master of Science in Information Systems began on April 24, 2003.
- Virginia International University held its first commencement on May 4, 2006
with 20 graduates in attendance at the Fairfax County Country Club.
- The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a
national accrediting agency granted accreditation to Virginia International
University in the spring of 2008 (April 15).
- The Virginia General Assembly House Joint Resolution Committee presented the university with a letter “Commending Virginia International University on the occasion of its accreditation and 10th anniversary” on April 23, 2008.