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

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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

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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

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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

VIU Foundation launches challenge to support students in need

May 30, 2023

Challenge aims to inspire a network of community support for students – and participants can win a day at the spa. Paying for university can be challenging. With record inflation driving up the cost of food, housing and transportation, the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Foundation recognizes that students are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet. That’s why the Foundation created the... Read more

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The High School at VIU receives International Baccalaureate authorization

May 29, 2023

The school is the only International Baccalaureate program in Canada that is part of a university. A globally recognized secondary school diploma program is coming to The High School at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The school has now received International Baccalaureate (IB) authorization, an internationally recognized program that aims to prepare students for success at university. The... Read more

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VIU News & Experts: May 25, 2023

May 25, 2023

In this edition of VIU News & Experts:  VIU researcher investigating brain injuries as a result of domestic violence.  New expert in foot and ankle stability joins VIU.  World Oceans Day experts. VIU President and Provost talk research. Please reach out to us with your requests for experts! We are happy to help.  Featured experts Researching brain injuries as a result of domestic violence... Read more

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VIU news & experts: May 10, 2023

May 10, 2023

From wildfires, to spring snowpacks and a new end-of-life doula course, we have several VIU professors ready to share their knowledge and expertise on timely issues in this week's editon of VIU News & Experts. Please reach out to us with requests for experts. Featured experts Supporting people through end of life VIU is launching one of Canada's first end-of-life doula courses. Social Work... Read more

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VIU news & experts: April 26, 2023

April 26, 2023

Have you checked out the VIU Experts List yet? We are adding to it constantly. If you have any special requests for experts that you don't see there, let us know, we may be able to connect you.  Featured experts Gardening season is upon us!  Denise Winter is the Horticulture Coordinator for VIU's Milner Gardens & Woodland, a public garden in Qualicum Beach. Looking for someone to talk about... Read more