Teaching and Learning

Vancouver Island University carpentry students at the Cowichan campus learn skills on-site while building homes for the Malahat Nation.

Building Homes for a Nation

August 29, 2019

Malahat Nation is putting into action the “if you build it, they will come” concept through a partnership with Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) carpentry program. Since 2014, when George Harry Jr., Malahat Nation Chief, was a Foundations Carpentry student at VIU’s Cowichan campus, the university has partnered with Malahat Nation to build affordable housing on their land while offering... Read more


The VIU MBA program is evolving to suit the demands of industry and prepare students for the ever-changing business landscape.

Learning Business in the Digital Landscape

August 28, 2019

Disrupting the traditional educational model, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) redesign of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program prepares business leaders of tomorrow with the knowledge and tools to manage the complex and diverse work environments in this digital age. “For the redesign, our team identified the knowledge, values and skills our graduates need to be successful in... Read more


Snuneymuxw Chief Michael Wyse and Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Letter of Understanding between Snuneymuxw First Nation and Canada

August 27, 2019

Vancouver Island University extends heartfelt congratulations to Snuneymuxw First Nation on the signing of an historic Letter of Understanding (LOU) with the Government of Canada. The LOU commits both parties “to move forward together to renew and strengthen the historic treaty relationship and take the next step on meaningful reconciliation of governance and rights of the Snuneymuxw peoples.”... Read more


VIU Earth Science Rock Sample Collecting

Sharing the Secrets of the Rocks Around Us

August 19, 2019

As people walk upon the Earth, not many take the time to really notice what’s under their feet or realize just how vital sand, gravel and rocks are in today’s society.  “Rocks and sediments underlie everything we build on, walk on, or grow food on. Yet, few people realize how vital those types of materials are and how much of our daily activities interact with geology. The stability of building... Read more


Vancouver Island University’s Masters of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management student Sara Fulla

Leisure in a Cultural Context

August 8, 2019

As an Indigenous woman and leisure scholar, VIU Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management student Sara Fulla is merging her two worlds with her research project, which explores leisure in a cultural context. A recipient of the $17,500 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s award, Fulla has the financial support to continue exploring the Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch as a form of Indigenous... Read more


The Deep Bay Marine Field Station could play an important role in supporting marine agri-food businesses in the province.

Deep Bay Marine Field Station Identified as Potential Regional Food Hub

August 6, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Deep Bay Marine Field Station has been identified as a potential location for the establishment of a regional food innovation centre. Deep Bay is one of six sites in the province to receive funding from the provincial government to develop a feasibility study or business plan to determine the potential and capacity to offer a food processing centre in their... Read more


Indigenous summer camp at VIU

Summer Camp Inspires Youth to Explore Post-Secondary

August 1, 2019

The ḥaahuupa Summer Camp took place on Newcastle Island from July 2-5 with youth from Gold River, Zeballos, Nanaimo and Kyuquot. ­­ Shannon Frank can’t remember a time in recent history when she’s laughed as long and as loud. The Gold River Secondary School graduate was attending the haahuupa Summer Camp on Saysutshun (Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park) from July 2-5 with nine other youth... Read more


Dr. Amanda Wager becomes VIU’s new Canada Research Chair in Community Research in Art, Culture and Education

Creatively Advocating for Change Through Art

July 19, 2019

Using artistic expression to foster cross-cultural relationships, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new Canada Research Chair hopes to create a space for emerging youth leaders to connect and invoke change in their community.  VIU Faculty of Education Professor Dr. Amanda Wager’s new appointment as Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Community Research in Art, Culture and Education will provide... Read more


Dr. Whitney Wood joins VIU’s as the new Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in the Historical Dimensions of Women’s Health.

Birthing a New Perspective on Women's Health

July 17, 2019

Delving into the historical roots of childbirth experiences, VIU’s new Canada Research Chair hopes to improve women’s encounters with the health-care system during this critical time.  Home birth, water birth or hospital birth; medicated or unmedicated; doctor or midwife – the ways in which women give birth and perceive a “good” childbirth have vastly changed over time; however, women have always... Read more


Graphic Design Student Earns Spot at Worldskills Competition

June 7, 2019

Joe Thoong, a second-year VIU Graphic Design student, is heading to Russia in August to compete in WorldSkills Kazan 2019 with Team Canada. ­­ “Best in the World” is a title a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Graphic Design student hopes to earn this summer. Following a three-day competition in Halifax last week, Joe Thoong earned a spot on WorldSkills Team Canada 2019, and he heads to Kazan,... Read more