Skidegate Haida Immersion Program Elders

Nine Haida Elders Receive VIU's Most Prestigious Award for Language and Culture Preservation

April 29, 2019

Haida Elders create “Great Work” over two decades to preserve and revitalize their language; Vancouver Island University recognizes Elders’ contributions with honorary degrees on Monday, June 3, 2019.     When a culture loses its language, an irreparable connection to the essence of a people is gone. One way to kill a Nation is to kill their language. The architects of the... Read more


VIU Initiatives Trust Exploring Business Opportunities

April 23, 2019

The Trust undertakes revenue-generating initiatives for the benefit of VIU and the VIU Foundation. ­­ Vancouver Island University (VIU) has created a business entity that will allow the institution to participate in the economy in ways that VIU isn’t able to do on its own. Following in the footsteps of several other post-secondary institutions across British Columbia, VIU has created a trust... Read more


VIU President Ralph Nilson

VIU Presents Balanced Budget for 2019/2020

April 4, 2019

Budget supports VIU’s key objectives outlined in the Academic Plan and reflects growth through student enrolment, contract delivery, external support for social impact initiatives and the popularity of VIU among international students. Vancouver Island University (VIU) continues to grow together through a consolidated balanced budget of $158.8 million for the 2019/2020 fiscal year. The budget... Read more


VIU Elder in Residence Maxine Matilpi

VIU Welcomes New Elders-in-Residence at Nanaimo Campus

March 28, 2019

Maxine Hayman Matilpi (Lakwa) and Barney Williams (Klith-wii-taa) join four other Elders-in-Residence offering support, traditional knowledge and spiritual guidance to students at the Nanaimo Campus. ­­ Vancouver Island University (VIU) has two new Elders-in-Residence at the Nanaimo Campus. Since the program started in the 1990s, VIU Elders-in-Residence have played an important role at the... Read more


Sad News: A Loss in our Extended Community

March 11, 2019

We are greatly saddened to learn that Micah Messent, who graduated from VIU last year, was among the 18 Canadians killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday, March 10. He was travelling to Nairobi, Kenya to attend the United Nations Environment Assembly as a delegate for the UN Association in Canada. Micah was an engaged member of our community, contributing his time, energy and... Read more


Dr. Deborah Saucier is VIU's next president

Deborah Saucier Appointed Next President of Vancouver Island University

March 1, 2019

Saucier, an accomplished neuroscientist, dedicated educator and university administrator with a deep commitment to STEM and Indigenous education, will start a five-year term at VIU on July 4, 2019. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Deborah Saucier as the university’s next president and vice-chancellor. Saucier, who starts a... Read more


Philip Oxhorn, VIU Dean of International Education

New Dean of International Education Joins Leadership Team at VIU

February 26, 2019

Dr. Philip Oxhorn to take on key academic role with the University ­­ An internationally respected expert in Latin American affairs is joining Vancouver Island University (VIU) as the new Dean of the Faculty of International Education. Dr. Philip Oxhorn brings almost 30 years’ experience in post-secondary education to this role, along with a strong research background in the comparative study... Read more


Information Technology Network Project

Important Notice for all VIU Community Members

February 26, 2019

The next phase of VIU’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Network Remediation Project (NRP) to upgrade VIU’s network will require a technology outage on Sunday, March 3, from 8 am – 8 pm. This project will provide significant benefit to all employees and students.   On Sunday, March 3, 8 am – 8 pm only the following are UNAVAILABLE: Internet access (External Websites) from all... Read more


VIU No Longer Mailing T4s Directly to Homes

February 20, 2019

Vancouver Island University will no longer mail T4s directly to employees’ homes. However, it will be easier than ever for you to access them through the completely secure VIU Payroll Portal.  This change is being made for the following reasons: 1)      Future-proofing against technology changes 2)      Achieve efficiencies 3) ... Read more


Severe Weather Week February 11 to 15, 2019

February 14, 2019

Vancouver Island University experienced an unusual weather event this week, during which we saw classes cancelled three days in a row. The decision to close is never taken lightly and is driven by the safety of our employees and students, which is our first priority. We want to send out a HUGE thank you to our facilities employees who have been working hard to clear the grounds and make our... Read more


Need more information?

Request Information

Want to talk to someone about specific questions?

Contact a Representative

Ready to join us at VIU?

Apply Online