Reminder: Further supports for the VIU Community, week of November 13-16

November 8, 2018

As we move into Study Break for some of our community and the continuation of regular classes and work for others, we would like to remind everyone of the ongoing supports that are in place for students and employees.    For our students: Student Affairs (Building 200, Third Floor) will continue to have enhanced counselling support from Tuesday, November 13 to Friday, November 16. Counselling... Read more

Renowned BC Poet Lorna Crozier Comes to VIU for Gustafson Lecture and Reading

October 23, 2018

VIU’s Ralph Gustafson Distinguished Poet for 2018 is Lorna Crozier, one of Canada’s literary giants. She will participate in three events, including a free reading and a lecture that are both open to the public on November 7 and 8.  Sometimes it can be a risk to speak your mind, but Lorna Crozier learned early that writing poetry that matters means taking that risk again and again.   The... Read more

VIU and McGill Partner to Create Learning and Research Opportunities in Indigenous Studies

October 16, 2018

A deep and shared commitment to supporting the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) have led McGill University and Vancouver Island University (VIU) to form a unique collaboration to create new opportunities in Indigenous studies. On Monday, October 15, 2018, Prof. Christopher Manfredi, Provost and Vice-Principal Academic, McGill University, and Dr. Ralph Nilson,... Read more

Students at VIU Get Education and Training for Future Success

October 10, 2018

Vancouver Island students can now access new and upgraded facilities that will equip them for careers in the health and trades sectors. A new Health and Science Centre, as well as an upgraded and expanded Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex, were officially opened at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The event also marked the completion of a district geo-exchange energy system. "People want... Read more

Murder, Living in Hell and Facing Fate: VIU's Malaspina Theatre Introduces 2018-19 Season

October 9, 2018

The Malaspina Theatre at VIU’s 2018-19 performance lineup includes Concord Floral, No Exit and Oedipus Rex performed by students. ­­ From a creepy, murder-thriller, to a play set in hell, to a re-envisioned Greek classic, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Malaspina Theatre explores a range of themes this year. The Theatre’s 2018-19 season includes two mainstage plays – Concord Floral (October... Read more

VIU Campaign Aims to Increase Access to Post-Secondary Education

September 20, 2018

September 22 Canada Learning Bond signup event launches new initiative to support learners from low-income families Every child should have the opportunity to access post-secondary education. With this belief in mind, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is launching the Canada Learning Bond Accelerator Program ­– an initiative designed to boost the number of families accessing free government... Read more

Island Savings Invests in Community with Donation to VIU

September 20, 2018

Gift will help University deliver high-quality health and science programs to communities Education has the power to support the quality of life of individuals, with the ripple effect being stronger, happier, healthier communities overall. In recognition of the important role that education plays in communities, Island Savings has made a generous gift to help support learners and programs at... Read more

New Students Ready to RockVIU

August 28, 2018

Welcome events at VIU help students build their stories and share their experiences  School will be back in session soon, and at VIU the fun is just beginning – especially for the 1,000 new students arriving from all over the world to attend university this fall. They will kick off their school year with VIU’s biggest annual event – RockVIU – facilitated by VIU’s new Office of Co-Curricular... Read more

VIU Hosts Three Summer Camps for Indigenous High School Students

July 3, 2018

Free camps held at the University’s Cowichan, Powell River and Nanaimo Campuses Making the transition to university can be scary if you don’t know anybody there and you’ve never stepped foot on a university campus before. Three free summer camps for Indigenous high school students being organized by students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal... Read more

Retiring Provost Dr. David Witty Reflects on Years at VIU

June 14, 2018

Much to be proud of and thankful for at University  Dr. David Witty, outgoing Provost and Vice-President Academic at Vancouver Island University (VIU), knew he was blessed in his new role as he traveled on the ferry one day eight years ago to visit VIU’s Powell River Campus.  There were a few reasons he felt that way. The first and most obvious was the breath-taking scenery. The second was what... Read more