Announcements

Portrait photo of Stephen Jarislowsky

VIU awards honorary degree to respected philanthropist and businessman

June 15, 2022

Stephen Jarislowsky will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at VIU’s June 24 afternoon convocation ceremony. There are two things you need to do to get ahead in life – you have to learn how to think and you need to lead an ethical life. This advice comes from Stephen Jarislowsky, who directed the growth of one of the largest and most successful management firms in Canada, and who has... Read more


Deborah Saucier and Stephen Jarislowsky signing documents seated at a table

Vancouver Island University receives $2 million to educate future public service leaders

June 8, 2022

VIU has been selected to join a prestigious new network to establish a Chair in Trust and Political Leadership. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is one of five Canadian universities selected to form a unique network focused on educating future politicians and civil servants. The Jarislowsky Foundation has chosen Acadia University, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (in collaboration with l’... Read more


Terri Doughty, a VIU English Professor, smiles while standing in front of a rhododendron plant.

VIU hosts conference on the environment and young people’s literature and culture

June 1, 2022

The Assembling Common Worlds conference, held at VIU’s Nanaimo campus from June 10 to 12, will explore concepts of the human relationship with nature in youth culture. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is hosting a conference from June 10 to 12 that will help broaden the understanding of environmental knowledge and issues in young people’s literature and culture. The conference – Assembling... Read more


campus aerial

Afternoon classes cancelled at VIU Nanaimo campus

May 18, 2022

A power outage is affecting most buildings on the Nanaimo campus due to the current windstorm. BC Hydro is investigating, and there is no estimated time for a return of power. Due to widespread outages which may delay restoration times, afternoon classes are cancelled starting at 1:30 pm. VIU will remain open. Most buildings are in lock mode due to the power outage, if people need access to... Read more


Three people hold up tampon boxes

VIU to Offer Free Menstrual Products at all Campuses

May 5, 2022

University, in partnership with VIU Students’ Union, signs on to the United Way’s Period Promise campaign. Free menstrual products will soon be available in washrooms at all Vancouver Island University (VIU) campuses. VIU, in partnership with the VIU Students’ Union, has signed on to the United Way’s Period Promise campaign, which raises awareness about the issue of period poverty and menstrual... Read more


Interior of the View Gallery with paintings hung on the wall and a wooden human body art piece on the floor.

VIU’s The View Gallery Presents Escape Artists

April 22, 2022

Bachelor of Arts Major in Studio Art graduating student exhibition runs from April 20 to May 13. After a year of taking studio art classes online, the 11 students in this year’s graduating student exhibition Escape Artists hit the ground running last September – challenging themselves in the final year of their Vancouver Island University (VIU) undergraduate degree. The result is the diverse... Read more


An interior of a vehicle with the top of the driver and passenger sears visible. Text across the image says Portal 2022 Words to Transport You.

Portal Hosts First In-Person Launch Since 2020

April 19, 2022

The launch is on April 29 at The Grand Hotel from 6-8:30 pm. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) student-run annual literary magazine is going to be celebrated in-person for the first time in three years thanks to the lifting of Covid restrictions and a desire for face-to-face festivities to mark the accomplishments of nearly 90 contributors since 2020. Portal 2022, a full-colour magazine, is... Read more


David_Alexander_Librarian

VIU Welcomes New University Librarian

April 19, 2022

David Alexander takes on vital University Librarian role with Vancouver Island University. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that after an extensive search, David Alexander has been appointed its next University Librarian. As the Librarian, Alexander will be responsible for leading the planning and development of the Library services while being an advocate for the Library’... Read more


The Future of Reconciliation in Canada A VIU Conversation

VIU Hosts a Conversation on the Future of Reconciliation in Canada

April 13, 2022

What: The Future of Reconciliation in Canada: A VIU Conversation When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 10-11:30 am  Where: Online (Zoom webinar)   Reconciliation is a complex concept with a variety of definitions, meaning different things to different people, but one thing many agree upon is that for reconciliation to become a reality, significant structural and societal changes are needed.... Read more


Nine people gathered around conceptual drawing of Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place)

Provincial Government Funds Expansion of Shq’apthut, VIU’s Indigenous Gathering Place

April 8, 2022

Investment will enhance on-campus learning experience for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students Indigenous students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will soon have access to more space as Shq’apthut (A Gathering Place) is expanded at the Nanaimo campus. The building is a home away from home for Indigenous students where cultural, academic, recreational and social activities are promoted and... Read more