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VIU launches collaborative psychedelic research centre

March 2, 2023

The first of its kind in Canada, the centre will bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives together for research, treatment and program development. A new psychedelic research centre at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives together to co-... Read more

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VIU women’s volleyball team seeks national title on home turf

March 1, 2023

The team will try for its fifth consecutive championship during the CCAA Nationals in Nanaimo from March 8 to 11. The Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners women’s volleyball team will look to make history when they host the 2023 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Women’s... Read more

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VIU and Northpine Foundation expand educational opportunities in BC correctional centres

March 1, 2023

The Northpine Foundation is gifting the University more than $1 million to increase programming options and develop employment training. A program on Vancouver Island that allows university students to learn alongside incarcerated people in provincial correctional centres will expand, thanks to a $... Read more

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VIU campuses re-open at noon today (February 28)

February 28, 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023: All Vancouver Island University campuses and locations will RE-OPEN at noon for afternoon business and classes today (Tuesday, February 28, 2023). Please use caution when navigating our campuses and wear appropriate footwear for slippery conditions.   Reminders about... Read more

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Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses and Parksville centre closed for the morning (February 28) due to severe weather

February 28, 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo and Cowichan campuses and the Parksville centre are closed this morning, Tuesday, February 28 due to severe weather. The tiwšɛmawtxw (Powell River) campus will remain open. Milner Gardens and Woodland is open for employees and... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: February 16

February 16, 2023

From helping seafood harvesters become more competitive, to the power of involving trades faculty in applied research, to Vancouver Island University's largest open house event of the year, find out what's happening at VIU this week. Reach out to us for experts for your stories!  VIU in the news... Read more

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More than a thousand students Discover VIU at open house events next week

February 16, 2023

Discovery Day and Discovery Night bring potential students to campus. When: Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 9 am to 2 pm (Discovery Day); 6 to 9 pm (Discovery Night) Where: VIU’s Nanaimo campus (see campus map) Nanaimo, BC: More than a thousand high school students, mature students and parents will... Read more

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VIU’s Seafood Business Accelerator program will help small-scale harvesters find their niche

February 16, 2023

BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food is funding the Centre for Seafood Innovation’s new program. A new Seafood Business Accelerator program led by Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Centre for Seafood Innovation, in partnership with the BC Commercial Fishing Caucus, will help self-employed... Read more

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VIU named a top employer for the fourth year in a row

February 16, 2023

For the fourth year in a row, Vancouver Island University (VIU) has been named one of BC’s Top 100 Employers. This designation recognizes VIU as an industry leader in offering an exceptional employment experience. The competition recognizes the top 100 employers in each province or region. VIU was... Read more

Lexi Barudin, who wears a crown of pink roses and a pink outfit, holds onto Brandon Caul's hand.

VIU’s Theatre Department presents the dramatic comedy She Kills Monsters

February 15, 2023

What: She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen – presented by VIU’s Theatre Department  When: March 2 to 11 Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Theatre Department presents the hysterical dramatic comedy She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen as this... Read more

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