CityStudio Vancouver announces first international member of the CityStudio network

Vancouver – CityStudio Vancouver announced today that its model for city-university collaboration has expanded internationally with the launch of CityStudio Bendigo in Australia.

A collaboration between the City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe University, Bendigo is the first international adopter of the CityStudio model to officially launch. Bendigo joins Victoria, BC; Corner Brook, NL; Waterloo, ON; Abbotsford, BC; and Brantford, ON in the growing network of CityStudios in Canada and around the world.

“It’s exceptional to see our vision for a network of cities and post-secondary schools working together in deep collaboration become a reality – originally within Canada, but now as far away as Australia,” commented Duane Elverum, Executive Director and Co-Founder of CityStudio Vancouver.

Representatives from La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo first connected with the CityStudio Vancouver team at the Art of Cities conference in Vancouver in May 2017. The conference, hosted by CityStudio Vancouver every two years, is designed to teach other civic and academic leaders how to build and launch the CityStudio model in their city.

CityStudio was first launched in Vancouver six years ago with the support of the City of Vancouver and Simon Fraser University and is now joined by University of British Columbia, Langara College, British Columbia Institute of Technology and Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Duane Elverum is joining the Bendigo team in Australia for the launch of CityStudio Bendigo as well as several speaking engagements, including a public seminar to accompany the launch.