VIU's Canada Research Chair Focused on "Future Proofing" Shellfish

May 9, 2018

Dr. Timothy Green will be CRC Research Chair in Shellfish Health and Genomics Climate change is one of the biggest threats to shellfish populations and sustainable shellfish farming in Canada and worldwide. In British Columbia, ocean acidification caused by climate change is recognized as a key threat. That’s one reason why Dr. Timothy Green, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new Canada... Read more

Students, Employers to Benefit from More Engineering Spaces at VIU

May 2, 2018

An additional 40 engineering diploma and certificate seats at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will give more students access to the technical skills needed for good-paying jobs in the booming tech industry. “There hasn't been any significant investment in tech programming for more than a decade,” said Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. “Adding more tech spaces at... Read more

VIU's Refrigeration Mechanic Program Takes Training to the Next Level

April 4, 2018

University brings Level 3 training to Island for the first time A new offering in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Mechanic (RACM) program is saving students thousands of dollars in travel and living costs and leading to better job opportunities. The program, which trains students to install, service and troubleshoot all aspects of residential, commercial and... Read more

VIU Looks to Future with Balanced Budget in 2018/2019

March 23, 2018

With a consolidated balanced budget of $150.9 million, Vancouver Island University is well-positioned for growth in 2018/2019, and focused on supporting the six key objectives outlined in the University’s core institutional document – the Academic Plan: Promoting and Celebrating Access to Excellence. “The budget is a reflection of how VIU’s internal and external communities are ‘growing together... Read more

VIU Press Launches First Book

March 16, 2018

Adjunct Professor Michael A. von Hausen pens Small is Big, a guide to revitalizing small- and mid-size downtowns Vancouver Island University (VIU) Press celebrated an important milestone this week with the launch of its first book. This special honour goes to Small is Big: Making the Next Great Small to Mid-Size Downtowns by Michael A. von Hausen, a leading Canadian urban designer and planner and... Read more

Wildlife Concern on VIU's Nanaimo Campus

February 28, 2018

Over the past two weeks VIU’s Health and Safety department has been receiving reports about dead rabbits on the Nanaimo campus. The cause of death is unknown as no obvious signs of trauma have been found.  As soon as VIU’s Health and Safety department became aware of the deaths, they immediately connected with VIU’s Resource Management Officer Technology faculty, and with the BC Wildlife Health... Read more

Statement from the President's Office re Human Rights Tribunal Matter

February 23, 2018

This is an update to my communication in November 2017 regarding a potential human rights complaint. The Human Rights Tribunal is being asked to determine whether or not female employees and students at the University were harassed by a specific student of VIU between 2015 and 2017. Today the Tribunal issued a procedural decision setting out the conditions for the proposed class complaint to... Read more

Statement from the President's Office re: Supporting Each Other on Our Road to Reconciliation

February 15, 2018

We are saddened by the recent court process and convey our deepest sympathies to the family of Colten Boushie, to the Indigenous community and to all Canadians who are negatively impacted. Our institutional community is committed to reconciliation including supporting our Indigenous students, faculty, staff and local communities now and in the weeks, months and years to come.  At VIU, as stated... Read more

The Walrus Talks Leadership in Nanaimo on March 13

February 14, 2018

The Walrus Foundation and Vancouver Island University (VIU) are pleased to announce a special event exploring how our ideas and choices can shape the future of culture, reconciliation, economic development, and more. Tickets are now on sale for Vancouver Island University Presents The Walrus Talks Leadership. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 13 starting at 7 pm in VIU’s Malaspina Theatre (... Read more

VIU Honours Tireless Fighter for Human Rights with Honorary Degree

February 7, 2018

Dr. Jennifer Wade receives Doctor of Laws at February Convocation As long as she can remember, Dr. Jennifer Wade has had a deep sense of the importance of fairness. Starting back on the playground at school, she has been fighting for people who haven’t been able to make their voices heard.    “I think it was my Scottish mother. She felt strongly about unfairness,” says Wade. “It was stressed to... Read more