Student Success

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

VIU's Learning Matters Website Guiding Students Every Step of the Way

November 8, 2016

From wellness to effective study habits, Learning Matters houses a wide range of information that many VIU students now rely on  For Vancouver Island University (VIU) Aboriginal Transition Student Advisor, Janet Sinclair, just drawing her students’ attention to the fact that VIU’s Learning Matters website exists isn’t enough. There is so much information on Learning Matters, which is designed to... Read more

A Voyage of Self-Discovery at VIU

October 17, 2016

During her eight years at Vancouver Island University, MBA grad Sherry McCarthy learned about business, her heritage – and herself Sherry McCarthy’s epic journey at Vancouver Island University (VIU) began with adult education upgrades and ended with a Master of Business Administration degree. Along the way, she also gave birth to two of her three daughters, became a student mentor, and served in... Read more

VIU Awards Full-tuition Scholarships to Top Scholars at Regional High Schools

October 3, 2016

VIU’s President’s Scholarship Program started in 2008 and has been growing steadily ever since Nearly 40 students will begin or continue their studies at Vancouver Island University (VIU) this fall with fewer financial worries, thanks to the University’s President’s Scholarships programs. VIU has a number of full-ride scholarship programs available to students: The Chancellor’s Entrance... Read more

VIU Exchange Program Welcomes Belizean Scholars

September 15, 2016

Participating students from VIU and Belize focus on shared issues of coastal resilience Shirley Humes is keen to help communities deal with issues of coastal development in her home country of Belize. And she aims to do that by applying the knowledge she gains at Vancouver Island University (VIU) over the next two years. Humes, a planner in Belize’s Ministry of Natural Resources, is enrolled in... Read more

'VIULEARNS' Brings Student Support Into the Light

September 14, 2016

Almost 30 program, support and student organizations are coming together for VIULEARNS, Enhancing Student Learning Event Sept. 26-29 Every student runs into barriers now and then. Whether it’s keeping up with course demands, getting motivated to study, determining a path to success or something else – at those times it’s good to know where to turn.  The ‘VIULEARNS, Enhancing Student Learning... Read more

Chromebook Classrooms Boot Up at VIU's High School

September 13, 2016

Students benefit from devices that encourage always-on, collaborative learning Every student at The High School at Vancouver Island University (VIU) can now benefit from always-on technology, thanks to an innovative initiative that provides all pupils with a Chromebook computer. Chromebooks look like laptops, but there’s a crucial difference: they don’t have a hard drive. Instead, they’re cloud-... Read more

VIU's Clemente Course Breaks Down Barriers

August 31, 2016

Program opens doors to post-secondary educational opportunities for non-traditional students The Clemente Course is a rigorous, university level course that’s been breaking down educational barriers at Vancouver Island University (VIU) since 2008. The program is open to anyone who has a driving intellectual curiosity and desire to engage in higher education but because of life circumstances or... Read more