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Queen Elizabeth Scholars from Tanzania Learn Lessons in Resilience

July 7, 2021

VIU Master of Sustainable Leisure Management graduates conducted their research remotely this year due to the pandemic. The three final international participants of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QES) program will graduate this summer – marking the beginning of the final year of the program.After graduating from the College of African Wildlife Management... Read more


Portrait shot of Charlton Mapayi, VIU alum, in his scrubs

Starting Over and Making a Difference in Canada

July 3, 2021

Alumnus Charlton Mapayi's storyComing to Canada in his mid-40s from Harare, Zimbabwe, where he worked in sales and marketing, Charlton Mapayi found himself looking for a new career after failing to find work in this field. Applying for position after position to no avail, he decided to take temporary work as a janitor, in retail sales and as a package handler. Mapayi found out about Vancouver... Read more


VIU Shines Light on Inequities During Global Citizens Week

VIU Shines Light on Inequities During Global Citizens Week

January 27, 2021

Annual VIU event goes virtual with community conversations on building a more just society at home and abroad. In the midst of a pandemic and a year of reckoning with racial injustice, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Global Citizens Week is tackling the theme of Equity in Action.The event (February 8 – 12, 2021) will explore initiatives that aim to challenge inequity –... Read more


WorldVIU Days Showcases Culture in Series of Virtual Event

WorldVIU Days Showcases Culture in Series of Virtual Events

October 27, 2020

WHAT: 11th annual WorldVIU Days WHEN: Monday, November 2 – Friday, November 6, 2020 WHERE: Various virtual online events including Facebook live and Zoom sessionsNANAIMO, BC: WorldVIU Days is a week-long annual event that explores how culture influences our world view. This year organizers have developed new, virtual ways to create a connected community, showcasing efforts that students... Read more


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