Student Success

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VIU Welcomes New Students with Two Weeks of Events and Activities

August 27, 2021

RockVIU: New Student Orientation takes place August 23 to September 3 and includes a mix of virtual and in-person events and activities.After a year and a half of online learning for many, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is gearing up to welcome more students back to campus this fall.With two cohorts of students who have never set foot on VIU campuses before – both first-year and many second-... Read more


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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


Samantha Good sits in her excavation square during the dig she attended in the Drimolen Palaeocave system.

VIU Grad Discovers Two-Million-Year-Old Skull while Attending Field School in South Africa

June 14, 2021

VIU Anthropology graduate Samantha Good unearthed skull at the Drimolen Palaeocave System in 2018. Samantha Good is graduating from Vancouver Island University (VIU) with an accomplishment few anthropologists achieve in their lifetime – unearthing a two-million-year-old skull belonging to an early human ancestor.Good, who graduates with a Bachelor of Arts, Major in Anthropology ... Read more


Genevieve van der Voort examines insect samples with a microscope.

VIU Undergraduate Student Publishes Research Paper in Peer-Reviewed Journal

June 9, 2021

Genevieve van der Voort was the lead author of the published research – a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate student.Genevieve van der Voort is graduating from Vancouver Island University (VIU) with a significant accomplishment under her belt – she is lead author on a research paper published in The Canadian Entomologist.“I still haven’t quite got my head wrapped around it,” says the... Read more


Felicia Fischer sitting on stairs

VIU Graduate Student Joins National Advisory Committee

January 28, 2021

Master of Community Planning student Felicia Fischer will advise on initiatives that aim to advance sustainability and access at institutions across the country.­­A Vancouver Island University (VIU) student will have the chance to weigh in on collaborative sustainable development initiatives taking place at institutions across Canada and make sure students are involved in them.Felicia Fischer, a... Read more


VIU Students Strengthen Environmental Education in Ghana

June 4, 2020

Tourism and Recreation students receive research awards for their work strengthening environmental programming for junior high schools in Ghana, West Africa.Vancouver Island University (VIU) Tourism and Recreation students are helping junior high schools in Ghana, West Africa strengthen their environmental programming so youth in the region can gain knowledge to help protect sensitive ecosystems... Read more


Vancouver Island Leadership Conference organizers Kayla and Seth

VIU Students Host Virtual Leadership Conference

June 3, 2020

VIU students take annual leadership conference online to support mental health and well-being.A longstanding leadership conference led by Vancouver Island University (VIU) students will go forward as planned with one key difference this year – it will be held completely online.The 12th annual Vancouver Island Leadership Conference (VILC) will run for the entire month of June and features student... Read more


Showing Students VIU Cares

April 15, 2020

Students living in residence and in homestay placements throughout Nanaimo are away from their families and may have limited connections to them right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To show these students they are not alone during this period of physical distancing, VIU’s Student Wellness Promoters, in partnership with various departments on campus, have put together care packages that will... 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


Carpentry shop in VIU Trades Discovery Centre

Trades Discovery Centre Builds Foundation for Future Workforce

August 1, 2019

Students and employees are enjoying the new learning space, which opened in fall 2018. ­­ When Jason Winchester came back to Vancouver Island University (VIU) in February for his carpentry apprenticeship training, he was excited to work in the new space. The Carpentry program is now located in the new Trades Discovery Centre, which opened in fall 2018 thanks to generous support from the... Read more