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Students showcasing their projects at CREATE 2019 and Research Week

VIU CREATE 2019 and Research Week

April 3, 2019

Hundreds of students and faculty will be participating in Vancouver Island University’s largest showcase event, CREATE 2019 and Research Week.  WHEN: April 8 – 13, 2019  WHERE: Various locations across the Nanaimo Campus  NANAIMO, BC: Vancouver Island University (VIU) faculty and students are gearing up to show off their scholastic, research and creative projects during the... Read more


Program that Brings Inmates and University Students Together Expanding

March 21, 2019

Thanks to a generous grant from the Vancouver Foundation, VIU’s Inside-Out program will not only continue, but triple in size.­­There’s nothing anybody else could say about Joe Cramer that would be worse than the things he’s said about himself over the years.A former child actor who got caught up in a cycle of addiction, rehab and jail in his 30s, Cramer ended up serving a nearly two-year... Read more


Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program

Indigenous Health Care Assistant Program Changing Lives

February 22, 2019

The Kw’am Kw’um Shhwuli (Strong Health, Well-being) Health Care Assistant program at VIU Cowichan combines technical training with wraparound supports and Hul’qumi’num language lessons to help move students into high-demand careers. ­­ A unique new program at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus that combines Health Care Assistant training and Indigenous language and culture... 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


First-Generation Students Find Their Fit at Vancouver Island University

December 14, 2018

University gives new students the tools to succeed When Mya Wilson, an English and Psychology student at Vancouver Island University (VIU) first decided to go to university, she was a bit lost. She didn’t know what a credit was, or what a major or minor was. Wilson also had no idea there were so many options to choose from in every program. Her parents had never gone to university – making... Read more


Top High School Students Earn President's Scholarships to Pursue Their Educational Dreams

September 27, 2018

The VIU President’s Scholars program awarded 25 top high school scholars, as well as six students entering their third year of studies at VIU, full-tuition scholarships this year.  From protecting BC’s natural resources; to encouraging people to lower their carbon footprints; to helping people learn and recover from illnesses and injuries, the latest round of President’s Scholars at... 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 Cowichan Fills Need for More Education Assistants

July 9, 2018

Campus partners with School District 79 to offer the Education Assistant and Community Support certificate program in Duncan From classrooms to community settings, there’s a greater need for people trained to work with children, youth and adults with diverse needs. This need is acutely felt by School District 79 (Cowichan Valley), which continues to recruit qualified and skilled educational... Read more


VIU Visual Art Student Displays Work at Maffeo Sutton Park

June 21, 2018

Ben Sopow is one of 13 artists participating in the Temporary Public Art Program For many student artists, going from the private process of making art in a studio to displaying a finished piece in a public space is a big step. A Vancouver Island University (VIU) Visual Art student has taken the leap from the classroom to the park this year with one of his sculptures on display at Maffeo Sutton... Read more


VIU Graphic Design Student Wins Skills Canada Nationals

June 10, 2018

Joe Thoong takes top spot in country in his category A Vancouver Island University (VIU) student is the nation’s top graphic designer at this year’s Skills Canada National Competition. First-year Graphic Design student Joe Thoong beat out students from across the country to take the gold medal at the national competition, held June 4 and 5 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. “It’s something I’... Read more


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