Announcements

Nathan Pham and Kiara White hold their redesigned product packaging.

Graphic design students address sustainability by rethinking product packaging

November 16, 2022

What: Unwrapped: A package design exhibit where less is more When: November 22 to December 1, 2022 Where: VIU’s View Gallery (Building 330), Nanaimo campus Product packaging is a major contributor to global waste and designers can make an environmental impact by choosing more sustainable options. Third-year graphic design students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) were challenged to select... Read more


Four VIU microbiology and culinary arts work on their fermented seaweed products.

VIU students pitch their seaweed products on Dragons’ Den-style show

November 9, 2022

What: The Urchin Tank, hosted by VIU’s Centre for Seafood Innovation When:  November 23, 2022, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Where: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre, Nanaimo campus Nanaimo, BC: The Urchin Tank is a Dragons’ Den-style show where Vancouver Island University (VIU) microbiology and culinary arts students pitch their fermented seaweed products to a panel of judges.  The judges will provide constructive... Read more


Nathan and Sam in front of vines on a wall

VIU expands awareness activities for free education savings grants

November 8, 2022

Funding from the Government of Canada’s Canada Learning Bond Program will be used to help more students and families sign up for these education savings grants. As post-secondary institutions across the nation welcome the first batch of students who are old enough to start using their Canada Learning Bond (CLB) education savings grants, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is stepping up awareness... Read more


A rendering of secure bike parking that will be built at VIU

New amenities encourage sustainable transportation at VIU

October 31, 2022

Members of VIU’s Campus Development team are on a continuous journey to improve the way VIU community members interact with the spaces they use to study and work. One of the keys to this is encouraging active transportation through good amenities that are easy for everyone to use. New showers and a new bike park show how this plan is taking shape in supporting sustainable activities while using... Read more


A group of soldiers pose for a photo with Nanaimo Remembers written across the bottom

VIU and community partners remember local fallen armed forces members through video memorial

October 28, 2022

VIU video project acknowledges Nanaimo armed forces members' contributions to the First and Second World Wars. Private Reginald Edgar Emblem, a farmer and resident of South Wellington, served in the 72nd Battalion during the First World War. He died at age 20 of influenza and pneumonia in October 1918 and was buried at Seaford Cemetery in Sussex, United Kingdom. Private William Armstrong Syer, a... Read more


An actor at centre stage has their hands thrown up in the air while they look off in the distance. Numerous cast mates stand behind them in various poses.

VIU’s Theatre Department presents A Good Person

October 24, 2022

WHAT: A Good Person by Ross Desprez – a play by VIU’s Theatre Department WHEN:  October 27 to November 5 WHERE: VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (Building 310), Nanaimo campus Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Theatre Department presents A Good Person by Ross Desprez, which is a comedic adaptation of Brecht’s The Good Women of Szechwan. In A Good Person, God comes to Earth in search of one good person... Read more


An aerial view of the Nanaimo campus on a sunny day with blue sky.

VIU releases position statement on climate action and sustainability

October 21, 2022

The University has also signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals Accord. Vancouver Island University (VIU) has released a position statement on climate action and sustainability to recognize that universities have an essential role in taking meaningful action to address climate action and sustainability. In support of its position, VIU has also signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals... Read more


Omair Quraishi is VIU's Chief Information Officer.

VIU welcomes new Chief Information Officer

October 19, 2022

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Omair Quraishi has been appointed Chief Information Officer. Quraishi will report to the Chief Financial Officer and VP Administration and will provide the vision and leadership for developing and implementing strategic information technology initiatives. He will be responsible for directing the planning and implementation of enterprise-... Read more


M. NourbeSe Philip stands in the front of a classroom.

Groundbreaking poet M. NourbeSe Philip to deliver VIU Gustafson lecture

October 17, 2022

Philip’s lecture is on October 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm on the Nanaimo campus. Renowned poet, writer and anti-racism activist M. NourbeSe Philip is Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2022-23. Philip’s lecture is October 27 from 7 to 8:30 pm on the Nanaimo campus in Building 355, Room 203. It is free to attend and will be followed by a catered reception, cash... Read more


Headshot of Dr. Shanna Lorenz

Using technology to support Indigenous data sovereignty

September 28, 2022

Dr. Shanna Lorenz, VIU’s 2022 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Studies, is working with Indigenous communities on a data gathering app.       Dr. Shanna Lorenz’s research is supporting Indigenous data sovereignty thanks to a digital app called Our Data Indigenous, which she helped design alongside faculty and First Nations community data specialists in Canada and the United... Read more