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

VIU Launches Campaign to Help Complete New Buildings and Support Students

February 14, 2019

Imagine VIU is a campaign to equip and complete the three new facilities at the Nanaimo Campus – the Centre for Health and Science; the Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex; and District Geo-Exchange Energy System – and support the students who will be learning in these new facilities. ­­ Three exciting new projects are expanding opportunities available to students at Vancouver Island... Read more

Planned IT Outage Updates

February 7, 2019

IMPORTANT NOTICE: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019 IT OUTAGE   This is the next phase of VIU’s Information Technology Services (ITS) Network Remediation Project (NRP) to upgrade our network and provide significant benefit to all employees and students. Sunday, February 10, 8 am – 12 noon only The following are UNAVAILABLE Internet access (External Websites) from all campuses Wireless... Read more

Update on Information Technology Outage: VIU Technology Back Online

January 20, 2019

IMPORTANT NOTICE: VIU technology is back online as of 2:30 pm, January 20, 2019 Thank you for your patience while VIU’s Information Technology Services (ITS) completed the network remediation planned for this outage. Our technicians, vendors and many others from the VIU community have worked through the weekend to complete this portion of the Network Remediation Project. All VIU technology... Read more

VIU Awards Honorary Degree to a Pioneer in the Field of Social Isolation and Connectedness

January 18, 2019

“There is no other, the other is only ever us,” is the underlying theme in Kim Samuel’s work about connectedness and acknowledging humanity and our entitlement to be treated with love and respect.  Kim Samuel, Founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness (SCSC), is unwavering in her advocacy for human rights and inclusive policy change. Her life’s work has focused on the power of... Read more