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May 17 President's message to campus community

May 17, 2024

The last few weeks have been some of our campus community’s most challenging in recent memory. I want to thank all the members of the VIU community and beyond who wrote to me recently expressing various opinions on the Palestine Solidarity Encampment at our Nanaimo campus and offering me advice on how to address the challenges related to the encampment. There are many challenging discussions... Read more

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Update to community May 10, 2024

May 10, 2024

Vancouver Island University welcomed students back to campus this week for the start of the Summer Semester. To support students, VIU’s buildings have returned to normal summer access hours. The library hours have been adjusted to align with staffing availability. As we prepare for Pride Month, VIU’s rainbow staircase is getting a much-needed facelift with a new coat of paint. This is part of the... Read more

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Statement about encampment on the VIU campus

May 7, 2024

May 7 update to community: Building access and invitation for dialogue The summer semester is now in full swing and we are experiencing some beautiful weather this week. VIU continues to closely monitor the encampment on our Nanaimo campus. Protestors have remained calm and peaceful and VIU continues to actively support peaceful demonstrations on our campus and the right to freedom of expression... Read more

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VIU Media Studies hosts Showcase and Social on April 25

April 18, 2024

The Showcase and Social is also being live streamed from the Rogers TV studio.  Join Vancouver Island University (VIU) Media Studies students and faculty on Thursday, April 25 from 4 to 7 pm at Shaw, 4316 Boban Drive in Nanaimo, for a year-end presentation of projects and recognition of graduates.  At 5 pm, video production students from the Digital Media course 281 will coordinate a live stream... Read more

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Portal “rewires and connects” at the launch of its 2024 issue

April 16, 2024

The magazine launches on April 26 at the Nanaimo Curling Club from 7 to 9:30 pm. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) student-run, full-colour literary magazine, Portal, celebrates the release of its 33rd annual issue.  This year the magazine is launching at a new venue  – the upstairs lounge of the Nanaimo Curling Club, 106 Wall St. Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets are $20, which includes a... Read more

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VIU welcomes public to campus for career fair

April 10, 2024

What: VIU Career Fair, hosted by the Career Studio When: Friday, April 26, 2024, 11 am to 3 pm Where: VIU gymnasium (Building 190). See Nanaimo campus map Nanaimo, BC: High school students, alumni and members of the public are invited to come to a large career fair on Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Nanaimo campus on April 26.   VIU’s Career Studio is hosting the event, which features more... Read more

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Centre for Seafood Innovation celebrates success following three-year program

April 8, 2024

Initiatives transitioning to VIU departments, industry associations and First Nations organizations.­­ Since April 2021, the Centre for Seafood Innovation (CSI) has played an important role in providing valuable experiential learning opportunities to post-secondary students while supporting innovation among seafood entrepreneurs. Following three successful years, many initiatives will now be... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: April 4, 2024

April 4, 2024

Experts on solar eclipse, oral health and leadership 🗣️ In this issue of VIU news & experts:  How to take in the solar eclipse The importance of VIU's Dental Clinic to oral health in the community Decolonizing sexual education Happening Saturday: Trades & Tech Showcase and Vancouver Island Leadership Conference Featured experts Solar eclipse Interested in viewing the solar eclipse? Dr.... Read more

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VIU refines program portfolio

April 3, 2024

Integrated Engineering Technologist, Online Learning and Teaching and the Geographic Information Systems programs will no longer be offered after 2024. Four programs at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will no longer accept new students after this year as the university works to align program offerings more closely with regional needs and demand and to support fiscal responsibility. Like many... Read more

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Board of Governors approves VIU’s 2024-25 Budget

April 2, 2024

2024-25 Budget continues path for the university to return to balanced budgets Vancouver Island University’s Board of Governors has approved the university’s 2024-2025 Budget. VIU’s forecast deficit budget for the 2024-25 fiscal year has decreased to $8.9 million from $12.6 million. Additionally, the projected budget deficit for 2023-24 is currently tracking to meet the Board-approved budget. VIU... Read more