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VIU Welcomes New Students with Two Weeks of Events and Activities

August 27, 2021

RockVIU: New Student Orientation takes place August 23 to September 3 and includes a mix of virtual and in-person events and activities.After a year and a half of online learning for many, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is gearing up to welcome more students back to campus this... Read more


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A Safe Return to Campus this Fall

August 27, 2021

Sent on behalf of Dr. Deborah Saucier, President and Vice-ChancellorAll of us at VIU are committed to the health and safety of our community. We know that the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the province are concerning, which is why we have worked with our sector partners at the... Read more


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Provincial announcement re mask mandate for post-secondaries

August 24, 2021

As announced today by Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training and Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, a new mask mandate is now in place for indoor spaces across British Columbia including in post-secondary institutions.As of Wednesday,... Read more


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BC Government announces support for VIU-developed drug checking technology

August 17, 2021

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is excited to share the news that the provincial government is providing $305,000 for HarmCheck – a cutting-edge drug-checking technology that was developed at VIU.It uses high-throughput paper spray mass spectrometry to provide rapid drug-checking... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Dom Dawson

August 12, 2021

Improving his English, getting a dual master’s degree and gaining valuable work experiences in North America attracted Dom Dawson, originally from Germany, to Vancouver Island University’s Master of Business Administration program. Right after graduation in 2013, Dawson, who played... Read more


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New Stewardship Group Creating Formal Space for Organizations to Collaborate

August 5, 2021

The Mid-Island Stewardship Caucus, which includes a VIU research institute, will enhance opportunities to connect and share resources.A newly formed stewardship group is allowing environmental organizations in the mid-Island region to connect, collaborate, and share resources and... Read more


Recognizing Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

August 4, 2021

VIU welcomes yesterday’s news from the provincial government that BC will recognize the new federal statutory holiday – the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – as a BC public sector holiday. VIU’s campuses and facilities will be closed on September 30 (except for... Read more


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VIU’s Milner Gardens & Woodland Receives Provincial Support to Aid in Recovery from Pandemic

July 30, 2021

The public garden is one of 80 anchor attractions and tour bus operators in BC receiving funding.After a year and a half of drastically reduced visiting hours and revenues, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Milner Gardens & Woodland will receive a grant from the BC Ministry... Read more


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VIU Media Highlights: June 19 - July 19, 2021

July 20, 2021

A round-up of VIU students and employees in the news. News StoriesTop Performing article for the last two weeks:Yahoo News: New Evidence of Spawning Pacific Sand Lance Found in Salish Sea. Highlights a study conducted by VIU’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun

July 15, 2021

Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies and Philosophy from VIU in 2018 with dreams of following his father and other family members into a career in Indigenous law. Right after graduation, he started a full-time job as Project Coordinator with... Read more


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Here you will find helpful information about new initiatives at VIU, process and policies changes that affect how we work, stories about the people who make up this fantastic community and examples of the life-changing work our employees undertake on a regular basis.

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