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VIU Media Highlights: November 23, 2022

November 23, 2022

Seaweed product research, Christmas magic & sustainable packaging 📦 November is a busy month at VIU. Students are showcasing projects they have been working on all semester, and we have a lineup of community-focused events and campaigns.  Top stories VIU students pitch seaweed products to industry tonight What happens when VIU microbiology and culinary arts students work together? Some cool... Read more


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VIU launches new service to help connect students and employers

November 18, 2022

What: Career Studio grand opening When: Monday, November 21, 2022, 11 am to 1 pm Where: The Career Studio, Building 255, Room 204 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus (see campus map) The latest BC Labour Market Outlook report forecasts more than one million job openings in the province over the next 10 years. Of these one million job openings, almost 80 per cent are expected to require post-secondary... Read more


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VIU Giving Tuesday campaign raises funds for students in need

November 17, 2022

University’s ninth annual campaign runs from November 15 to 29, 2022. Access to quality, nutritious food is vital to academic success, but with inflation eroding students’ spending power, it is getting harder for some to meet this basic need. That’s why the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Foundation is raising money for Give a Meal, a new initiative launched by VIU’s Ancillary and Food Services... Read more


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VIU expands awareness activities for free education savings grants

November 8, 2022

Funding from the Government of Canada’s Canada Learning Bond Program will be used to help more students and families sign up for these education savings grants. As post-secondary institutions across the nation welcome the first batch of students who are old enough to start using their Canada Learning Bond (CLB) education savings grants, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is stepping up awareness... Read more


Profile of Bianca van der Stoel in a greenhouse surrounded by plants

Alum of the Month: Bianca van der Stoel

July 8, 2022

After graduating from VIU’s Horticulture Technician program in 2019, Bianca van der Stoel has been busy growing her own Horticultural Therapy business, witnessing powerful moments of rehabilitation and joy as she helps people reconnect with nature. We caught up with Bianca to learn more about how her program helped her do what she’s doing now, and what’s next for her.  Why did you choose VIU? I... Read more


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VIU to Offer Free Menstrual Products at all Campuses

May 5, 2022

University, in partnership with VIU Students’ Union, signs on to the United Way’s Period Promise campaign. Free menstrual products will soon be available in washrooms at all Vancouver Island University (VIU) campuses. VIU, in partnership with the VIU Students’ Union, has signed on to the United Way’s Period Promise campaign, which raises awareness about the issue of period poverty and menstrual... Read more


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VIU Students Aim for Connection with Youth Leadership Conference

March 30, 2022

The Vancouver Island Leadership Conference happens Friday, April 1 to Saturday, April 2, 2022 at VIU’s Malaspina Theatre and the Vancouver Island Conference Centre Dozens of emerging leaders will gather for two days of keynote talks, career advice and fun activities during the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference April 1-2. An annual event organized by Vancouver Island University (VIU) students... Read more


BC GOVERNMENT SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS STUDENTS WITH EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

BC Government Supporting Indigenous Students with Emergency Assistance

April 3, 2020

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to share the news the provincial government has announced an additional $1.5 million in emergency supports for Indigenous students.  “We are pleased the province is providing additional support to our Indigenous students,” says Jennifer Christoffersen, VIU Services for Aboriginal Students Coordinator/Education Advisor. “For several years, the... Read more


Liberal Studies alum Braedan Zimmer

Alum of the Month: Braedan Zimmer

February 12, 2020

Have you ever wondered what life is like after a Liberal Studies degree? Shortly after graduating from VIU in May 2019, Braedan Zimmer found himself travelling around western Canada and the United States as a representative with independent academic publisher Broadview Press, using skills he learned as a Liberal Studies student. Here’s his best advice for those looking to follow in his footsteps... 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