Teaching and Learning

VIU Elder-in-REsidence Geraldine Manson and the cover of her new book

VIU Elder-in-Residence publishes new book

June 17, 2022

The book explores the history and meaning behind petroglyphs throughout the Nanaimo area. Vancouver Island University (VIU) Elder-in-Residence C-tasi:a - Geraldine Manson has authored a book that looks at the history, stories and meaning behind the petroglyphs that exist throughout the Nanaimo area. The book, Snuneymuxw History Written in Places and Spaces: Ancestor’s Voices—An Echo in Time, was... Read more

Queen Elizabeth Scholars

VIU Queen Elizabeth Scholars Prepare for Global Internships

April 27, 2022

The global student mobility program has returned, with students traveling to Australia and Belize. After a two-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) are once again able to participate in a global talent exchange program between Canada and other Commonwealth countries. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship (QES) program aims to develop the next generation... Read more

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New Program Prepares Next Generation of Climate Solution Global Leaders

April 21, 2022

A new partnership between three prominent island educational institutions marks Earth Day by investing in future climate action leaders to find solutions for the complex challenge of climate change.  Two recently signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between pre-university school Pearson College UWC, Vancouver Island University (VIU) and Royal Roads University (RRU) formalized the collective... Read more


Passionate about parasites, people, and places

April 6, 2022

 By Aly Winks, Internal Communications Specialist Note: Dr. Tim Goater is a Macebearer at VIU's Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Dr. Tim Goater is one of those fortunate people who is doing what he was born to do. His commitment, enthusiasm, confidence, and pure love for teaching and research, specifically about parasites and other invertebrate animals, radiates from his person... Read more

Team BC Culinary Olympics

Culinary Teams from Across Canada Coming to VIU to Prepare for Global Competition

April 6, 2022

Members of the Junior Culinary Olympic Team Canada and Team BC are hosting a reception and banquet-style dinner event. Top chefs and apprentices from around the province and across the country are coming to VIU this month as part of their continuing path to the Olympics – the Culinary Olympics to be precise. An international event that has taken place every four years since 1900 in Stuttgart,... Read more

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VIU Receives Funding for new EV Skills Training Program

March 21, 2022

Minister Bruce Ralston visited VIU on March 21 to learn more about the new program. Automotive technicians will soon be able to upgrade their skills to work on electric vehicles (EVs) at Vancouver Island University (VIU), thanks to funding from the provincial government.  The EV Maintenance Training program will be offered starting in January 2023, with a pilot in September 2022. The program,... Read more

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Program Helps Students Transform Business Ideas into Reality

March 17, 2022

VIU business training program helps those with disabilities on the road to self-employment. Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Program (CETP) offers students with disabilities or those who have faced employment barriers the opportunity to learn all the essential skills of being an entrepreneur. Students like Geneva Biggers, who has decided to start a custom... Read more

Nanaimo Hospice Dream Home

VIU Carpentry Program Partners With Nanaimo Hospice to Help Create Dream Home

March 7, 2022

Students will learn new technology and participate in the construction process. Students in the Carpentry program at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be playing a big role in a new community project and it’s all for a good cause. The program is partnering with Nanaimo Community Hospice and the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Vancouver Island (CHBA VI) to help construct a grand prize... Read more

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VIU Media Highlights: February 8 – 28, 2022

March 4, 2022

A roundup of VIU students and employees in the news. Top 10 News Stories CTV News (picked up by CFAX-AM): “They were loved”: Women’s Memorial March commemorated on Vancouver Island. Story features an on-campus event organized by VIUFA’s Status of Women Committee. Reach: 35.1 million. CTV News (picked up by CFAX-AM): VIU getting ready to offer first-in-Canada program on psychedelic-assisted... Read more

VIU Kenya Partnership

VIU Teams up with NIC and BCIT to Grow International Partnerships in Kenya

February 22, 2022

The initiative takes BC teaching and learning expertise global. Vancouver Island University (VIU) is expanding the footprint of its international cooperation efforts in East Africa with the help of two other BC post-secondary partners. VIU is working with North Island College (NIC) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) as partners in the Young Africa Works in Kenya: Youth... Read more