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VIU Launches Two New Information Technology Diploma Programs

VIU Launches Two New Information Technology Diploma Programs

September 29, 2020

VIU answers industry appeal for specialized Information Technology and Applied Systems program offerings in the mid-Island area.Two new information technology diploma programs are being offered at Vancouver Island University (VIU) to meet growing demand for skilled web and mobile developers and systems and networking administrators.The Systems Administration and Networking diploma and the Web and... Read more


Food security in the age of COVID-19

VIU Speaker Series Addresses Food Security in the Age of COVID-19

September 28, 2020

WHAT: VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker Series presents Food Security in the Age of COVID-19: Toward More Resilient Regional Food SystemsWHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2020, 6:30 – 8 pmWHERE: Hosted by Zoom webinar Earlier this year, COVID-19 curtailed travel on and off Vancouver Island, grocery stores began running out of select products and there were interruptions in food supply chains as virus... Read more


Joseph Monaghan in Applied Environmental Research Laboratories

VIU Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Imagine VIU Campaign

September 23, 2020

The campaign raised $7.3 million to complete three new buildings on campus, create new scholarships, awards and bursaries, and acquire cutting-edge equipment.From new equipment to learn on, to increased research opportunities, to dozens of new student scholarships, awards and bursaries – the impact of the Imagine VIU campaign has expanded beyond its initial goal of equipping and completing three... Read more


Dr. Judith Sayers, VIU's new Chancellor

VIU Appoints Dr. Judith Sayers as New Chancellor

August 10, 2020

Sayers is President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and a longtime Indigenous rights and sustainable development advocate.A prominent local Indigenous leader, sustainable development advocate and passionate educator will be Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) next chancellor.Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, is President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council – a non-profit society that... Read more


Ruby Barclay, VIU Child and Youth Care alum

VIU Alum Helps Start Mobile Youth Outreach Team to Support Homeless Youth

July 10, 2020

Ruby Barclay, a Child and Youth Care alum and coordinator of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre’s Youth Advisory Council, is part of an initiative that aims to support and learn more about youth living on the streets of Nanaimo.“I am the example of what survival is really about on this planet.”To Ruby Barclay, Coordinator of the Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre’s Youth Advisory Council, this quote shows the... Read more


Skills Canada

Discovery Day and Skills Competition Bring Hundreds of High School Students to VIU

February 24, 2020

WHAT: Discovery Day 2020 and Skills BC Regional Competition at VIUWHEN: Thursday, February 27, 2020WHERE: Nanaimo campus, various locations, see Campus MapWhile Vancouver Island University (VIU) students hit the books during reading break, more than 2,000 students from across the Island and Sunshine Coast will be taking their places on Thursday, February 27 for two popular annual events –... Read more


Early Childhood Pedagogy Network announcement

New teaching network a win for ECEs, quality child care

February 3, 2020

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has received funding for two pedagogist positions to work with early childhood educators at select child care centres in Nanaimo and Cowichan, as well as students in the University's Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) program. [[{"fid":"3518","view_mode":"default","fields":{"format":"default","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":false,"... Read more


Janelle Minoza, VIU Bachelor of Social Work student

The Power of Persistence: A Story of Success and Resilience

January 13, 2020

Janelle Minoza has overcome a number of obstacles standing in the way of her post-secondary education since becoming a student at Vancouver Island University last year.Janelle Minoza is living proof that hard work and determination can help you achieve your dreams.The third-year Bachelor of Social Work student at Vancouver Island University (VIU), from the Deh Gah Gotie Dene First Nations in Fort... Read more


Micah Messent legacy awards, VIU Foundation

New Student Awards Honour Legacy of VIU Alum Micah Messent

December 5, 2019

Two awards in memory of a VIU graduate who passed away in a plane crash in March 2019 will be given out to Indigenous students in need in 2020.Friends and family of Micah Messent remember the Vancouver Island University (VIU) graduate as a caring, community-oriented individual who focused on helping those around him. To honour this legacy of supporting and encouraging others, Messent’s family has... Read more


Support a VIU student on Giving Tuesday

VIU Reduces Barriers to Education on Global Day of Giving

November 27, 2019

VIU’s sixth annual Giving Tuesday campaign, running until December 3, highlights the need for additional scholarships and bursaries for students.­­Rebekah Aplin is grateful for the generosity of a stranger, which allowed her to continue into the second year of her Bachelor of Science degree at Vancouver Island University (VIU) with a significantly lower financial burden.“Receiving an award has... Read more


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