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The High School at VIU receives International Baccalaureate authorization

May 29, 2023

The school is the only International Baccalaureate program in Canada that is part of a university. A globally recognized secondary school diploma program is coming to The High School at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The school has now received International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization, an... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: May 25, 2023

May 25, 2023

In this edition of VIU News & Experts:  VIU researcher investigating brain injuries as a result of domestic violence.  New expert in foot and ankle stability joins VIU.  World Oceans Day experts. VIU President and Provost talk research. Please reach out to us with your requests for experts!... Read more

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Vancouver Island University welcomes award-winning foot and ankle researcher

May 24, 2023

Dr. Michael Asmussen received a Michael Smith Health Research BC Scholar award to bring his research to VIU. “You need to improve your stability” is one of the most common pieces of advice offered by clinicians to people recovering from an injury resulting from a fall. Despite this, researchers are... Read more

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Alum of the Month: Ashley Kuramoto

May 20, 2023

From student to teacher to published author Since graduating from Vancouver Island University in 2011 with her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, Ashley Kuramoto has been working her dream job as a teacher. She’s also a mother and, most recently, a published author. In recent... Read more

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VIU experts on tourism, wildfires and snowpacks

May 17, 2023

Just in time for the long weekend, we have experts who can weigh in on the start of the Island tourism season, wildfire season, the status of spring snowpacks and more. Don't hesitate to reach out to us with requests for experts. Featured experts Island tourism - are visitors coming back?  The May... Read more

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VIU news & experts: May 10, 2023

May 10, 2023

From wildfires, to spring snowpacks and a new end-of-life doula course, we have several VIU professors ready to share their knowledge and expertise on timely issues in this week's editon of VIU News & Experts. Please reach out to us with requests for experts. Featured experts Supporting people... Read more

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VIU partners with brewery to raise awareness about ocean research

May 4, 2023

The special-made brew has a unique ingredient, algae, that sets it apart and pays homage to research at Deep Bay. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Deep Bay Marine Field Station and Love Shack Libations are brewing up awareness about climate change research. They’ve partnered to create a gose-... Read more

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VIU biology professor restoring one of Canada’s most threatened ecosystems on Nanaimo campus

May 1, 2023

The Garry oak ecosystem is home to many species at risk in British Columbia. One of Canada’s most threatened ecosystems – the Garry oak – is coming to life on VIU’s Nanaimo campus. VIU employees, students and community volunteers have maintained a Garry oak ecosystem restoration plot since 2021.... Read more

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Alum of the Month: Xander France

April 27, 2023

Xander France has found the ideal job combining his passions for tourism, sales and marketing. He is Director of Marketing and Sales with the Vancouver Island Ferry Company. This new, Nanaimo-based company is about to launch a downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver fast ferry service. The VIU ... Read more

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VIU news & experts: April 26, 2023

April 26, 2023

Have you checked out the VIU Experts List yet? We are adding to it constantly. If you have any special requests for experts that you don't see there, let us know, we may be able to connect you.  Featured experts Gardening season is upon us!  Denise Winter is the Horticulture Coordinator for VIU's... Read more

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