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Nanaimo High School Wins Prestigious Pi Cup

Nanaimo High School Wins Prestigious Pi Cup

May 10, 2019

Top math students in grades eight to 12 in the mid-Vancouver Island area competed in the annual BC Secondary School Math Contest held at VIU. Two teams representing Dover Bay Secondary School in Nanaimo took home the coveted Pi Cup trophy in the 25th annual BC Secondary School Math Contest held at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The top 83 math students: 45 juniors and 38 seniors from 11... Read more


VIU Climate Change Symposium Focuses on Local Solutions

May 7, 2019

VIU student-led climate change symposium on Saturday, May 11 will spotlight sustainable energy solutions for Vancouver Island. ­­ NANAIMO, BC: Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) student-led climate change initiative, Awareness of Climate Change through Education and Research (ACER), is hosting its sixth annual public symposium on Saturday, May 11.  The symposium, called Local Solutions... Read more


Global Philanthropists Recognized by VIU for Education Advocacy

May 2, 2019

In recognition of their efforts to empower youth through education, Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the Mastercard Foundation, and Peggy Woo, Strategic Advisor to the Foundation, will receive Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from VIU on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. ­­ Two women who have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth in Africa and, more recently, Canada, will receive... Read more


Sustainable Seafood Ambassador, Chef Ned Bell to Receive Honorary Degree from VIU

Sustainable Seafood Ambassador to Receive Honorary Degree From VIU

April 30, 2019

Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell will receive an Honorary Doctor of Technology degree at VIU’s June 21 Convocation ceremony.  A man who has impacted the way thousands of chefs and individuals around the world buy and consume seafood will be honoured by VIU. Ned Bell is an award-winning chef advocate, keynote speaker, educator and founder of Chefs for Oceans, an organization that raises... Read more


Hundreds of High School Students to Experience University for a Day at VIU

February 22, 2019

WHAT: Discovery Days 2019   WHO: High school students, Grades 10-12, from across the Island and further   WHEN: Tuesday, February 26 and Wednesday, February 27, 2019   WHERE: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus, various locations While Vancouver Island University (VIU) students hit the books during reading break, hundreds of high school students from across the... Read more


Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program

Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program Changing Lives

February 22, 2019

The Kw’am Kw’um Shhwuli (Strong Health, Well-being) Health Care Assistant program at VIU Cowichan combines technical training with wraparound supports and Hul’qumi’num language lessons to help move students into high-demand careers. ­­ A unique new program at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus that combines Health Care Assistant training and Indigenous language and culture... Read more


Hundreds of High School Students Come to VIU for Skills Canada Regional Competition

February 20, 2019

WHAT: Skills Canada British Columbia Vancouver Island Central regional competition WHEN: Friday, February 22, 2019, 8 am to 4 pm WHERE: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus; Nanaimo District Secondary School; Dover Bay Secondary School; John Barsby Secondary School   Up to 700 secondary school students from Duncan to Nanaimo and Powell River will be at Vancouver Island University... Read more


VIU Alum of the Month: Annie Hepp

Alum of the month: Annie Hepp

February 19, 2019

It may take Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology graduate Annie Hepp a little while to get used to living and working in one of the largest southern United States, where she has landed a position with Texas Parks & Wildlife.  “Living in Texas has definitely changed the way I view long distances and road trips! “We have six regions in Texas State Parks and I cover Central Texas to... Read more


VIU Awards Honorary Degree to a Pioneer in the Field of Social Isolation and Connectedness

January 18, 2019

“There is no other, the other is only ever us,” is the underlying theme in Kim Samuel’s work about connectedness and acknowledging humanity and our entitlement to be treated with love and respect.  Kim Samuel, Founder of the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness (SCSC), is unwavering in her advocacy for human rights and inclusive policy change. Her life’s work has focused on the power of... Read more


VIU Research Will Inspire Youth to Preserve Culture and Protect Salmon

January 16, 2019

Having the opportunity to go back to her community as a scholar to support the development of programs to preserve her language and culture is exciting to Vancouver Island University (VIU) Indigenous/Xwulmuxw Studies Professor Dr. Georgina Martin.  Martin has been awarded a $50,000 dollar Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Indigenous Research Capacity and Reconciliation... Read more


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