Ralph Nilson, former VIU president, smiles with the Dr. Ralph Nilson Centre for Health and Science in the background

Former VIU president Dr. Ralph Nilson named to Order of Canada

December 29, 2021

The Order of Canada is one of the nation’s highest civilian honours. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to share that former president and vice-chancellor Dr. Ralph Nilson has been appointed a member of the Order of Canada. In a media release issued Wednesday, December 29, 2021, by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, she announced that Nilson... Read more

Supporting our community in January 2022

December 22, 2021

As we head into the holiday break, we wanted to connect with our community about the continually evolving pandemic situation and VIU’s commitment to supporting our community’s mental and physical health and well-being. From the pandemic’s start, VIU has collaborated closely with public health officials and followed the Public Health Orders and provincial return to campus guidelines. The priority... Read more

VIU is closed December 24, reopening January 4

December 21, 2021

Vancouver Island University’s campuses and locations are closed from Friday, December 24, reopening on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Milner Gardens and Woodland is open for Milner Christmas Magic on Friday, December 17 to Sunday December 19 from 5 - 8 pm. Outside of these times, it is closed to the public until February 2022. In the event of severe weather, no communications will be going out during... Read more

Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021: VIU Nanaimo campus will reopen for afternoon classes and exams

December 18, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021: VIU's Nanaimo campus will reopen at 12 pm for afternoon classes and exams. Our crews are making excellent progress in removing snow and ice. However, some slippery patches remain. Please use caution travelling to and around the campus. FOR EMPLOYEES:   We know our region has many micro-climates and accumulation can vary dramatically. If you are unable to report to... Read more

Severe Weather Closure

VIU's Nanaimo campus closed this morning (December 18) due to snow and ice concerns

December 18, 2021

Saturday, December 18, 2021: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus is CLOSED this morning due to snow and ice concerns. All other VIU locations are following their regular schedule for Saturdays.  Classes are cancelled and exams will be rescheduled. You will be contacted by your instructor with details.    The next update will be at 10:30 am today. Please do not start to travel to VIU... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: November 15-29, 2021

November 29, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news. Top-performing Broadcast Story VIU alumnus Wawmeesh Hamilton was the featured guest on the November 23 edition of the Our Native Land podcast on CHEK News. Reach: 42,000 people.  Top 10 News Stories Toronto Star (through local journalism initiative): Indigenous journalists essential in amplifying the stories of Indigenous people. See VIU... Read more

Green, blue and red holiday lights twinkle and glow on Milner House and trees and shrubs.

Christmas Magic Returns this Holiday Season to VIU’s Milner Gardens & Woodland

November 24, 2021

Outdoor festival of lights runs Fridays to Sundays during the first three weeks of December. The garden paths and buildings at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Milner Gardens & Woodland will twinkle and glow with thousands of lights during Milner Christmas Magic this holiday season. After cancelling last year’s event due to COVID restrictions, the annual outdoor festival of lights is... Read more

VIU’s Severe Weather procedures

November 17, 2021

With winter on its way, it is time for everyone to review VIU’s Severe Weather procedures. These procedures outline what you will need to do in the event the University needs to close campuses or facilities due to severe weather.   Please take the following actions: Review the Severe Weather Procedures. Familiarize yourself with where you can find information about whether or not VIU’s campuses... Read more

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Media Highlights: November 1 - 15, 2021

November 16, 2021

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news. Top 10 News Stories: CTV News National website story: Indigenous-led literacy program in BC helps residential school survivors learn to read and write. Inspired by VIU News Release. Reach: 17.1 million.  CTV News Vancouver Island website story: Island Health relocating COVID-19 testing, vaccine clinics in Nanaimo. The testing site at VIU is... Read more

Classes resume at VIU Cowichan today (November 16)

November 16, 2021

Classes will resume at Vancouver Island University’s Cowichan campus today (Tuesday, November 16, 2021).   We know the storm has left variable road conditions across the region. If you cannot safely travel to the Cowichan campus, please contact your instructors or manager directly. Read more