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Elissa Doerksen in Florence

Transform Your Education into a Global Adventure

September 18, 2019

Do you have the travel bug? A field school, exchange or internship abroad experience is your passport to becoming a global citizen.by Rae-Anne GuentherThe best things in life are not things — they are the lasting memories created by interacting with people and the world around us.“The experiences I have gained from travelling are worth any material item I could ever own,” says Elissa Doerksen, a... Read more


Kisii National Polytechnic in Kenya will be rolling out a new trades program in the fall in partnership with Vancouver Island University.

Kenyan Partnership Takes VIU Trades Training Global

May 1, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) institutional partnership with Kisii National Polytechnic (KNP) in Kenya is taking the next step this fall with the roll out of KNP’s new foundations program in Building Technology. Six KNP instructors are at VIU this month being trained on project-based learning and technical skills to deliver the new program, which includes elements of plumbing,... Read more


VIU announces 5 recipients of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship to partake on a three-month international internship

VIU Announces Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Recipients

March 20, 2019

Five Vancouver Island University (VIU) students will have the opportunity to make a difference internationally this spring thanks to the Canadian Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (QES) program.  “The QES gives our students the opportunity to collaborate with international partners on pressing issues facing coastal communities around the world,” says Jennifer Sills,... Read more


VIU English Instructor Belinda Williams

5 Questions with Belinda Williams

February 14, 2019

VIU English Language Instructor Belinda Williams is passionate about sharing her love of language with her students. Whenever she’s able, she also works as an Education Assistant in the public-school system for Port Alberni, where she supports learners with special needs. Outside of the classroom, she’s an avid wilderness hiker, active member of the Portal Players Dramatic Society and... Read more


VIU students attend PeaceSummit for Emerging Leaders'

VIU Peace Ambassadors Return from Bangkok to Share their Knowledge

January 31, 2019

VIU students travelled to the Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders’ in Bangkok to strengthen peace efforts with 500 Peace Ambassadors.  Before we can achieve world peace, we must understand what this concept means when put into practice. This is what Vancouver Island University (VIU) students, Stephanie Pastro and Justin North sought to find out during the Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders... Read more


VIU Global Citizens Week

Sharing Immigrant Women's Stories Through a Pair of Shoes

January 28, 2019

VIU’s Global Citizens Week aims to start conversation about newcomer experiences On the first day of school, a girl noticed all the students in the courtyard were crying. As her father kissed her goodbye, she realized this would be the last time she would see him – and so, she became another girl crying in the school yard. As she walked into the classroom, a teacher gave her a pair of plastic... Read more


VIU QES Scholar Proves All Dreams Can Be Possible

November 20, 2018

It has been a long journey for Avryl Brophy to realize she could achieve academically.  “I grew up in foster care since I was 12 years old,” she says. “I never saw the opportunity as a youth that post-secondary education was in my future.” With a little courage and perseverance, Brophy changed that narrative. A single mother of two teenage boys, Brophy returned to the classroom in her... Read more


VIU STUDENT REFUGEE PROGRAM PROVIDES STUDENTS SAFETY AND A SECOND CHANCE

September 26, 2018

NANAIMO, BC: Becoming a Canadian resident and studying at university was an opportunity Salem Abdullah never imagined possible until four months ago. Thanks to Vancouver Island University (VIU)’s World University Service of Canada (WUSC) local committee Abdullah is pursuing his passion in a new country.  Abdullah and Emmanuel Lokolong, a refugee from Kenya, are two... Read more


VIU Shortlisted for International Teaching Excellence Award

May 28, 2018

Institution one of 17 finalists from six countries Vancouver Island University (VIU) is receiving international recognition for its high standard of teaching and learning. VIU has been named a finalist for the Higher Education Academy’s 2018 Global Teaching Excellence Award. Introduced last year in association with Times Higher Education, the award recognizes and celebrates an institution-wide... Read more


VIU and MIBI Host Consuls General Visit

May 17, 2018

University and Mid Island Business Initiative participated in a regional familiarization tour for 14 international representatives on May 15 Students and employees got the opportunity to showcase Vancouver Island University (VIU) to more than a dozen representatives from countries around the world this week. The University partnered with the Mid Island Business Initiative (MIBI) to tour 14... Read more


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