VIU Embarks on Three-Year Partnership With Kenyan College to Develop Building Technology Programs

June 22, 2017

Collaboration also promises to forge closer ties between VIU’s trades and engineering programs Vancouver Island University (VIU) is laying the foundations of a strong partnership with a national polytechnic in western Kenya that aims to help bolster the east African school’s building technology programs. VIU faculty and staff are in Kenya this week to meet with colleagues at partner institution... Read more

Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon to Receive an Honorary Degree from VIU

June 5, 2017

Her Honour will accept an honorary doctorate of laws during VIU’s June 6 afternoon Convocation ceremony Vancouver Island University (VIU) will award an honorary degree to one of the institution’s biggest supporters this June. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon has attended VIU’s Convocation ceremonies every year in her official capacity as the representative of the Crown in BC to address... Read more

Canada's Most Decorated Journalist to Receive Honorary Degree from VIU

June 2, 2017

Jeffrey Simpson’s national affairs column in The Globe and Mail was essential reading for many Canadians for more than 30 years Jeffrey Simpson knew from a young age exactly what he wanted to do with his life and how he was going to get there. Simpson decided in high school that he wanted to be a national-level journalist in Canada. Not only did he succeed in this goal, he also became the... Read more

Art Collector and Philanthropist Michael Audain to Receive Honorary Doctorate from VIU

May 30, 2017

Vancouver real estate magnate Michael Audain is a major supporter and champion of Canadian art Business has been good to Michael Audain. Since 1980, the chairman and founder of Polygon Homes Ltd. has put his skills and expertise to work in the Vancouver real estate market, leading his company to become one of BC’s largest homebuilders. Audain’s success has allowed him to focus on one of his... Read more

VIU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Inventor and Diving Industry Pioneer Phil Nuytten

May 29, 2017

Scientist Phil Nuytten designs undersea suits and submersibles used by the navy, NASA and Hollywood When R.T. (Phil) Nuytten was eight years old, he lived a block away from the Vancouver Shipyard. He remembers lying on the wharf planks, looking at the sea anemones and schools of fish around the pilings, wishing he could go down there. The young boy quickly learned to use a mask and fins, and... Read more

Construction of District Geo-Exchange Energy System Underway at VIU

May 25, 2017

Relying on water trapped underground in the abandoned Wakesiah mine, VIU’s geo-exchange system represents a huge leap forward in sustainability Nobody could predict that the scores of workers who toiled in the Wakesiah coal mine in the early 1900s would be providing the infrastructure needed to heat and cool buildings at a University – nearly a century later. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU... Read more

VIU Welcomes New Executive Director of Human Resources

April 10, 2017

Dan Vandersluis joins University in key leadership role Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that Dan VanderSluis has recently joined VIU as the Executive Director of Human Resources. In this role Dan will support the development and execution of University-wide Human Resources strategies and ensure the high quality human resources services at VIU continue to attract, retain... Read more

Nanaimo Family's Generous Donation Leaves Lasting Legacy for VIU Technical Theatre Students

April 4, 2017

Eldred and Joyce Classen have created an award in honour of their son, Brent Classen, an alum of the Theatre program who passed away in 2015 The show will go on for countless Vancouver Island University (VIU) Technical Theatre students, thanks to a generous donation from a couple who wanted to leave a lasting legacy in memory of their son. Nanaimo residents Eldred and Joyce Classen lost their... Read more

VIU Supports Federal Budget's Investments in Students and Innovation

March 29, 2017

The 2017 federal budget supports key areas of focus at VIU, including support for Indigenous learners, increased access to post-secondary education and investments in skills development and research Vancouver Island University (VIU) President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ralph Nilson says new investments outlined in the 2017 federal budget will increase student access to post-secondary education,... Read more

VIU Names New University Librarian

March 15, 2017

Ben Hyman takes on key leadership role at University Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that Ben Hyman has accepted a position as University Librarian, effective February 13. As University Librarian he is responsible for defining priorities and policies, providing leadership to area staff and leading the academic planning and development of the library.   Ben has had a... Read more