Student Success

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... 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... 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... 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