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Vancouver Island University receives $2 million to educate future public service leaders

June 8, 2022

VIU has been selected to join a prestigious new network to establish a Chair in Trust and Political Leadership. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is one of five Canadian universities selected to form a unique network focused on educating future politicians and civil servants. The Jarislowsky... Read more


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VIU hosts conference on the environment and young people’s literature and culture

June 1, 2022

The Assembling Common Worlds conference, held at VIU’s Nanaimo campus from June 10 to 12, will explore concepts of the human relationship with nature in youth culture. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is hosting a conference from June 10 to 12 that will help broaden the understanding of ... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Kholoud Madi

May 21, 2022

A desire to contribute to the community in a meaningful way and make a difference in the lives of local children motivated Kholoud Madi, a VIU Early Childhood Education and Care program graduate, to open her own preschool in Nanaimo. Elm Preschool is a full-day preschool program for children aged... Read more


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5 Questions with Chris Burnley

May 19, 2022

VIU Accounting Professor Chris Burnley says there’s a certain perspective that comes from “teaching hundreds of accounting classes and seminars.” And it’s this perspective that has helped Burnley, who has taught at VIU for 22 years, author and publish a third accounting textbook. His first two... Read more


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Afternoon classes cancelled at VIU Nanaimo campus

May 18, 2022

A power outage is affecting most buildings on the Nanaimo campus due to the current windstorm. BC Hydro is investigating, and there is no estimated time for a return of power. Due to widespread outages which may delay restoration times, afternoon classes are cancelled starting at 1:30 pm. VIU... Read more


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VIU to Offer Free Menstrual Products at all Campuses

May 5, 2022

University, in partnership with VIU Students’ Union, signs on to the United Way’s Period Promise campaign. Free menstrual products will soon be available in washrooms at all Vancouver Island University (VIU) campuses. VIU, in partnership with the VIU Students’ Union, has signed on to the United Way... Read more


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Alum of the Month: Keanu Ienco

April 30, 2022

Ever since he picked up a guitar at age eight, music has been a passion for Keanu Ienco, who graduated from VIU in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Earlier this year, Ienco, who is Métis and part Havasupai Native American, released his debut album, Celestial Desire, which he describes... Read more


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VIU Queen Elizabeth Scholars Prepare for Global Internships

April 27, 2022

The global student mobility program has returned, with students traveling to Australia and Belize. After a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are once again able to participate in a global talent exchange program between Canada and other... Read more


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VIU’s The View Gallery Presents Escape Artists

April 22, 2022

Bachelor of Arts Major in Studio Art graduating student exhibition runs from April 20 to May 13. After a year of taking studio art classes online, the 11 students in this year’s graduating student exhibition Escape Artists hit the ground running last September – challenging themselves in the final... Read more


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New Program Prepares Next Generation of Climate Solution Global Leaders

April 21, 2022

A new partnership between three prominent island educational institutions marks Earth Day by investing in future climate action leaders to find solutions for the complex challenge of climate change.  Two recently signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between pre-university school Pearson... Read more


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