VIU Hosts Three Summer Camps for Indigenous High School Students

July 3, 2018

Free camps held at the University’s Cowichan, Powell River and Nanaimo Campuses Making the transition to university can be scary if you don’t know anybody there and you’ve never stepped foot on a university campus before. Three free summer camps for Indigenous high school students being organized by students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal... Read more


Retiring Provost Dr. David Witty Reflects on Years at VIU

June 14, 2018

Much to be proud of and thankful for at University  Dr. David Witty, outgoing Provost and Vice-President Academic at Vancouver Island University (VIU), knew he was blessed in his new role as he traveled on the ferry one day eight years ago to visit VIU’s Powell River Campus.  There were a few reasons he felt that way. The first and most obvious was the breath-taking scenery. The... Read more


VIU Awards Honorary Degree to National Reconciliation Leader

June 1, 2018

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph recognized at the June 4 Convocation ceremony “Let us find a way to belong to this time and place together. Our future, and the well-being of all our children, rests with the kind of relationships we build today.” -Chief Dr. Robert Joseph   For world-renowned speaker for peace, forgiveness and reconciliation Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, changing the way people... Read more


VIU Awards Honorary Degree to Dr. Michael Hawes

May 31, 2018

Hawes to receive Honorary Doctor of Letters at VIU’s June 6 afternoon Convocation ceremony On the cusp of dramatic and far-reaching change, researchers are connecting, under the leadership of Dr. Michael Hawes, in their quest for a better tomorrow. Hawes, CEO of Fulbright Canada, the world’s most prestigious and largest academic exchange program, will be recognized for his work with an Honorary... Read more


VIU and MIBI Host Consuls General Visit

May 17, 2018

University and Mid Island Business Initiative participated in a regional familiarization tour for 14 international representatives on May 15 Students and employees got the opportunity to showcase Vancouver Island University (VIU) to more than a dozen representatives from countries around the world this week. The University partnered with the Mid Island Business Initiative (MIBI) to tour 14... Read more


Syrian Painter Exhibits Work at VIU

May 10, 2018

Dema Maksod’s exhibit on the fifth floor of the Library opens May 15 A well-known Syrian painter who is using studio space in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Art and Design Department will display her work in the VIU Library this summer. In 2014, Dema Maksod lost everything when a bomb fell on her home in Damascus. The blast destroyed everything she owned, including all her paintings.... Read more


VIU's Canada Research Chair Focused on "Future Proofing" Shellfish

May 9, 2018

Dr. Timothy Green will be CRC Research Chair in Shellfish Health and Genomics Climate change is one of the biggest threats to shellfish populations and sustainable shellfish farming in Canada and worldwide. In British Columbia, ocean acidification caused by climate change is recognized as a key threat. That’s one reason why Dr. Timothy Green, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new Canada... Read more


Students, Employers to Benefit from More Engineering Spaces at VIU

May 2, 2018

An additional 40 engineering diploma and certificate seats at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will give more students access to the technical skills needed for good-paying jobs in the booming tech industry. “There hasn't been any significant investment in tech programming for more than a decade,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Adding more tech spaces... Read more


VIU's Refrigeration Mechanic Program Takes Training to the Next Level

April 4, 2018

University brings Level 3 training to Island for the first time A new offering in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Mechanic (RACM) program is saving students thousands of dollars in travel and living costs and leading to better job opportunities. The program, which trains students to install, service and troubleshoot all aspects of residential, commercial and... Read more


VIU Looks to Future with Balanced Budget in 2018/2019

March 23, 2018

With a consolidated balanced budget of $150.9 million, Vancouver Island University is well-positioned for growth in 2018/2019, and focused on supporting the six key objectives outlined in the University’s core institutional document – the Academic Plan: Promoting and Celebrating Access to Excellence. “The budget is a reflection of how VIU’s internal and external communities are ‘growing together... Read more


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