three automotive students receive instruction from a teacher in the shop

VIU supports newcomers to Canada pursue trades careers

August 11, 2023

The tuition-free program helps newcomers transition into trades education.­­ Newcomers to Canada who want to pursue a career in the trades will get some extra help starting this September, thanks to a new program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Called Trades Pathways for Newcomers, the cohort-based bridging program supports newcomers looking for a career in the trades by ensuring they have... Read more

Dr. Sungchul Cho sitting at a desk and smiling at the camera.

VIU welcomes new dean of management

July 18, 2023

Dr. Sungchul Choi takes on important leadership role with Vancouver Island University. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce that, after a competitive search, Dr. Sungchul Choi has joined VIU as its next Dean, Faculty of Management.  As the Dean of Management, Dr Choi will provide strategic and operational leadership over the administrative and academic priorities of the... Read more

From left to right: Hayden Kenneth Taylor, Sheldon Scow and Talela Manson are hard at work planning a fun-filled summer camp experience for students.

VIU hosts summer camp for Indigenous students

July 6, 2023

The camp is organized by the ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Indigenous student mentorship program. Making Indigenous youth feel like they belong at university is the goal of a seven-day summer camp taking place at Vancouver Island University (VIU) this August. The Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem: Building a Foundation for our Youth summer camp takes place August 6 to 12 at the Nanaimo campus. The camp is... Read more

White lettering reading VIU on a dark blue background.

President Statement on University of Waterloo Violence

June 30, 2023

I am deeply saddened by the senseless act of violence that occurred on the University of Waterloo campus. Our collective hearts and thoughts are with those who were directly or indirectly impacted by this deplorable incident. Let me be unequivocally clear: violence has no place within the academic community. Post-secondary institutions are to be sanctuaries of learning, growth, and exploration,... Read more

Photo compilation of graduates

VIU News & Experts: June 22, 2023

June 22, 2023

#VIUGrad, new ways of learning to read and more On Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23, more than 1,200 Vancouver Island University graduates will cross the stage at the VIU gym (Building 190 on the Nanaimo campus) to receive their degrees, diplomas and certificates. Ceremony schedule: Thursday, June 22: 10 am and 2:30 pm Friday, June 23: 10 am and 2:30 pm Honorary degree recipients (Randle... Read more

Randle and Masako

VIU awards honorary degrees to local philanthropist and award-winning author

June 13, 2023

Masako Fukawa and Randle Jones will receive honorary degrees during VIU’s convocation ceremonies June 22 and 23.­­ Vancouver Island University (VIU) will award two people who have had a significant impact both locally and nationally with honorary degrees during convocation ceremonies this June. Educator and anti-racism activist, Masako Fukawa, and businessman and philanthropist, Randle Jones,... Read more

Graphic reads VIU expert spotlight with a person getting interviewed in the background

VIU News & Experts: June 9, 2023

June 9, 2023

New "fast ferry" for Nanaimo, Oceans Day and more In this edition of VIU News & Experts:  What a new downtown Vancouver to downtown Nanaimo ferry will mean for the region. Interest rate hikes and what they mean for home buyers/owners. World Oceans Day experts. VIU gets $1 million for innovative upgrading program. Please reach out to us with your requests for experts! We are happy to help. ... Read more

President's statement on the recent death of a VIU student

June 8, 2023

It is with deep sadness that I share the tragic news that one of our students passed away following an incident at Westwood Lake on Tuesday, June 7, 2023. On behalf of the University, I want to offer my deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the student’s family, loved ones, their friends here at Vancouver Island University and abroad, and to everyone that knew and loved them. Our community... Read more

VIU Nanaimo campus aerial - view of library and quad and city beyond

VIU receives funding to continue innovative upgrading program

June 5, 2023

The Pathways program helps students gain the pre-requisites they need to get into high-demand careers. More people are now able to acquire new or upgraded post-secondary skills or knowledge in English, math and science to meet their career goals through Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning Pathways at public post-secondary institutions, including Vancouver Island University (VIU... Read more

Emily Huner stands in front of foliage at VIU's Nanaimo campus

Vancouver Island University welcomes new CFO and Vice-President, Administration

May 31, 2023

Emily Huner has joined Vancouver Island University (VIU) as CFO and Vice-President, Administration. In this key role, Huner leads a portfolio that includes Enterprise Risk Management, Facilities and Ancillary Services, Financial Services, Information Technology and Strategic Initiatives. She is responsible for providing leadership, strategic direction and overall management in support of... Read more