VIU Library Receives a Grant to Digitize Canada's Historical Narratives of Exploration

October 18, 2018

The narratives of Canada’s journey of exploration will be shared with the online world through the digitization of Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Special Collections archives.  VIU is one of 21 successful candidates from 213 applications to receive funding from Libraries and Archives Canada (LAC) and the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS)to digitize collections for the... Read more


VIU Professor Receives NSERC Discovery Grant for Endangered Species Research

October 9, 2018

What consequences are there to a species when it is on the brink of extinction, then re-populated through captive breeding? This question is one Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology Professor Dr. Jamie Gorrell is at the forefront of discovering an answer to through his research with the Island marmot population.    “By studying the success of reintroductions we will learn how... Read more


Drummer Brain, Prison Theatre and Heritage Graffiti Featured in Colloquium Talks

September 24, 2018

Free public lecture series hosted by the VIU Faculty of Arts and Humanities covers range of themes From how drummers, prisoners and 16th Century Scottish women think; to the role graffiti plays in the art world; to an investigation of how media creates a sense of belonging, a free public lecture series at Vancouver Island University (VIU) investigates a wide range of topics. Every year,... Read more


Belize Field School Explores Employability Skills

September 17, 2018

Students create portfolios describing how what they learned translates to the workforce  Fourth-year Sport, Health and Physical Education (SHAPE) student Rory Marshall learned a lot on a recent field school to Belize. Thanks to SHAPE’s new collaboration with Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Centre for Experiential Learning, he can relate his experiences to specific skills employers are... Read more


VIU Welcomes New Dean Of Health And Human Services

September 7, 2018

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Dr. Patricia O’Hagan has accepted the role of Dean, Health and Human Services. O’Hagan brings ten years of experience in post-secondary education in BC and a strong background in population health, health promotion and prevention to this important VIU role. She also has many years of international experience, including in the US, China,... Read more


FAQs: Canada-Saudi Arabia Diplomatic Crisis and its Impact on VIU Students

August 16, 2018

As many of you are aware the diplomatic situation between Canada and Saudi Arabia is directly impacting thousands of students across Canada. This includes the 93 Saudi students who are enrolled at VIU for the fall semester. What is the latest information? Earlier last week, all Saudi students received a communication in Arabic from the Saudi Cultural Bureau in Ottawa directing them to... Read more


VIU Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair Focuses on Aboriginal Learning

August 16, 2018

Vancouver Island University (VIU) welcomes Dr. Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller, the Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studiesfor 2018.  “I feel very humbled,” says Drywater-Whitekiller. “It seems surreal that I have been honoured to contribute in this way.” “I am excited to welcome Virgina Drywater-Whitekiller to Vancouver Island University... Read more


VIU Supported Business Program Inspires Indigenous Youth

August 15, 2018

As the only Indigenous student in his university undergraduate and graduate classes, Bernard Gilbert struggled to find connection to campus life.  “There were times where I felt I did not belong in university,” says Gilbert, whose traditional Nlaka’pamux name translates to “Running Elk.” He is Shuswap from the Secwépemc territory.  In high-school, he developed a crippling fear of... Read more


VIU English Professor Explores Inter-cultural Dialogue with Play Collaboration

August 3, 2018

Dr. Nelson Gray and renowned Métis playwright Marie Clements tackle one storyline from two different perspectives How we perceive the world through our cultural beliefs can vary so much that if two people are asked to recount the same event, the result can be two radically different stories. That is certainly true in Vancouver Island University (VIU) English Professor Dr. Nelson Gray’s latest... Read more


VIU to Increase English Language Requirement for International Students

August 2, 2018

To better support students’ academic success, Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be increasing the English language proficiency requirement for international students.  “A number of studies demonstrate that English language proficiency is a critical factor in academic success. By requiring a higher level of academic English, VIU is ensuring that future students are better set up for... Read more


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