Large Increase in Student Enrolment at VIU's Cowichan Campus

June 20, 2016

New building, programs and partnerships help campus better serve the community DUNCAN, BC: Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus is growing. Since the new Cowichan Campus building opened its doors five years ago, the number of students attending classes there has increased by 17 per cent, from 1,092 to 1,280 – an increase of about 200 students. Karen Leeman, Associate Registrar... Read more

Jarislowsky Foundation Gifts $125,000 USD to Support Aboriginal Chair Position at VIU

June 6, 2016

Gift makes possible the establishment of the prestigious Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies at VIU Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be home to the first Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies thanks to a generous gift of $125,000 USD from the Jarislowsky Foundation, matching the commitment from the Fulbright Canada... Read more

VIU Honorary Doctorate Recipient Helps Prevent Illnesses and Early Deaths

May 10, 2016

Dr. Mary Thompson uses statistics to solve real-world issues  While health professionals get much of the credit these days for helping to ease people’s suffering from illnesses, the work of people like Dr. Mary Thompson, a highly regarded scientist and statistician, has a huge impact on preventing those illnesses from occurring in the first place. Thompson has devoted much of her career to... Read more

Renowned BC Historian to Receive Honorary Doctorate from VIU

May 10, 2016

Award-winning author Dr. Jean Barman wrote the definitive text on BC history Dr. Jean Barman is a lover of stories, especially those told to her by the people she meets around the province. It’s these stories, the ones that no one else has told, that fascinate the renowned British Columbia historian and author and motivate her to write. In her books, she uses these stories to hook into broader... Read more

VIU Honorary Degree Recipient Fostered a Culture of Inclusion in BC

May 10, 2016

Dr. Dana Brynelsen’s pioneering work in early childhood development to be honoured at VIU’s June 7 convocation ceremony Dr. Dana Brynelsen has helped change how society views people with developmental disabilities. As provincial advisor of the Infant Development Programs of BC from their inception in the early 1970s until 2010, Brynelsen worked hard to foster a culture of inclusion at a time... Read more

BC Government Announcement: Additional Trades Seats Support VIU Students

April 20, 2016

An additional 96 trades seats will give Vancouver Island University (VIU) students access to training in a variety of in-demand occupations in a range of sectors that support the provincial economy. Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson made the announcement during a visit to the Nanaimo campus of VIU. During his visit, Wilkinson also had the opportunity to see trades training... Read more

Prayer Pole And Warrior Canoe Raised In Memory Of Coast Salish Veterans

April 1, 2016

Veterans from both sides of the border gather to celebrate unity and honour the fallen with master works that will become permanent part of VIU campus Following a history-making event last November honouring Coast Salish veterans from both sides of the border, Vancouver Island University (VIU) today raised a veterans’ prayer pole and warrior canoe in remembrance of Coast Salish veterans who... Read more

VIU's Spring Break Days Gives New Students A Feel For University Life

March 9, 2016

Annual event introduces new students to Nanaimo Campus  It’s time once again to come on out and get a taste of the university experience while exploring opportunities at Vancouver Island University (VIU) during the 2016 Spring Break Days. The event is held so all those students who have applied to come to VIU can settle their nerves and get comfortable with their new school. From March 14-18 and... Read more

VIU Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series Looks at the Legacy of Canada's Residential Schools

February 16, 2016

First Nations Studies professor Laura Meijer Drees examines impacts of residential schools and TRC’s final report The mandate was clearly laid out when Canada’s Residential School system was envisioned: “Eliminate parental involvement in the intellectual, cultural and spiritual development of Aboriginal children.” The fact a system founded on such a principle wasn’t completely torn down for... Read more

Student Fee Implementation

January 26, 2016

Updated March 11, 2016   At its February 2016 meeting, the VIU Board of Governors approved a Student Services Fee in order to provide new benefits for students in three tangible areas: health and well-being, experiential learning, and access to technology. The Student Services Fee will allow VIU to provide services and supports for students that are comparable not only with universities in B.C... Read more