Student Success

Blind Artist Breaks Down Barriers with Accessible Art

August 18, 2017

VIU Visual Arts and Psychology student Richard Harlow is creating tactile art that can be experienced via touch as well as sight A few years after Richard Harlow started to lose his vision, he began to have a reoccurring dream. In the dream, he was walking through a tropical forest and when he came out, he was on the beach and a beautiful sunset was unfolding before him. The waves were crashing... Read more

VIU Cowichan Celebrates its First Class of Bachelor of Education Graduates

May 30, 2017

The first to start and finish their degrees at the Campus since the program was brought there in 2014, many have already found work The future is bright for the first group of Bachelor of Education students to start and finish their degrees at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus – a class that has enhanced the culture of the campus and added to its vibrancy. The 16 students will... Read more

VIU Trades Students Showcase Their Skills at National Competition in Winnipeg

May 29, 2017

Two VIU students, one from Culinary Management and the other from Hairdressing, will compete in the Skills Canada National Competition May 31 – June 3 Two Vancouver Island University (VIU) trades students are about to step onto a national stage to show the world their skills in cooking and hairdressing – and compete for a chance to be best-in-Canada.   Culinary Management Diploma student Amanda... Read more

Active Learning Classroom Coming to the High School at VIU

May 12, 2017

The school recently received a $65,000 grant from Steelcase Education for new furniture to help create a more engaging classroom A classroom at The High School at VIU will be remodeled with a focus on creating a more mobile, dynamic and engaging space for students thanks to a $65,000 grant from Steelcase Education’s Active Learning Centre program. The High School was one of 15 high schools and... Read more

VIU's Aboriginal Students Celebrate Achievements at Graduation Ceremony

April 28, 2017

More than 185 Aboriginal students received degrees, diplomas and certificates from VIU in 2016-17 Hugs, smiles and a few happy tears were the order of the day as Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Aboriginal students celebrated the successful completion of various degree, diploma and certificate programs earlier this month. There are more than 1,400 students who identify as Aboriginal studying... Read more

VIU Makes More Than $2.4 Million Available for Student Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

March 29, 2017

The amount available for VIU students this year is the highest ever, thanks to generous community support For Emily Martin, a second-year student at Vancouver Island University (VIU), stressing about money is a normal occurrence. The 19-year-old Bachelor of Arts student is paying her own way through university, and while she works at the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s Nanaimo North branch,... Read more

VIU Visit an Inspiring Experience for Students and Faculty from California's Pitzer College

March 27, 2017

The two institutions have embarked on a unique mentorship exchange program funded through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative Phil Brayley was many miles from home, but on a recent visit to Vancouver Island University (VIU) from his home university – Pitzer College in Claremont, California – he left saying he feels more comfortable in his own skin than ever before. Brayley, whose father... Read more

VIU Engineering Bridge Design Contest Includes Students from Vietnam

March 27, 2017

VIU’s Engineering Design Competition ties Vietnam’s Tra Vinh University engineering students to engineering students from VIU Bridges are being built across an ocean thanks to the annual Vancouver Island University (VIU) Engineering Design Competition. Engineering students from both Vietnam’s Tra Vinh University (TVU) and VIU are competing to come up with designs and models based on real world... Read more

VIU Names Latest Recipients of Prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships

February 27, 2017

Students en route to Belize to focus on shared issues of coastal resilience Cross-cultural learning will be high on the agenda for Melanie Messier when she lands in the Central American country of Belize later this spring. Messier, a fourth-year student in Tourism Management at Vancouver Island University (VIU), is one of seven VIU recipients to recently receive a prestigious Queen Elizabeth II... Read more

Celebration of Learning Brings VIU Students, Mentors and Elders Together

February 22, 2017

Annual event honours strength of VIU’s Aboriginal student mentoring program, Community Cousins  The fifth annual Celebration of Learning at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Shq'apthut Gathering Place was not just about learning but a celebration of mentorship, Indigenous resilience and the Aboriginal journey to university. The Feb. 10 event was organized and facilitated by student mentors from... Read more