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


Experience Food from Around the World at VIU's Friends and Family International Gala Fundraiser

February 1, 2017

Cultural Food Event raises money to supplement field trips, extra equipment and other activities for Culinary Arts students From smoked salmon and bannock, to pork dumplings, tamales and beer-glazed weisswurst sausage, a range of delectable dishes and international flavours will be served up by Vancouver Island University (VIU) students at a special fundraising event on Thursday, February 9. In... Read more


VIU Culinary Arts Students Find Rewarding Careers at Fairmont Chateau Whistler

December 16, 2016

Culinary Arts program prepares students for exciting careers around the world Vancouver Island University (VIU) Culinary Arts program graduate Perry Assu is living his dream. For fun, he snowboards down some of the finest slopes in the world at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort and for work, he cooks up fine culinary creations in the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Assu, 19, who has wanted... Read more


VIU Grad Turned Publisher Launches 'In Our Own Aboriginal Voice'

November 16, 2016

Collection features 18 Indigenous authors and will be officially launched on November 22 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus  Lori Shwydky graduated Vancouver Island University (VIU) in 2016 with a BA in Creative Writing. Since then she’s wasted no time putting what she learned to use. At VIU what excited her most was the courses that focused on publishing, so after graduation she went right to work creating... Read more


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