Teaching and Learning

Nourish Cowichan

Nourishing the Minds of our Future

May 30, 2019

What began as a Vancouver Island University (VIU) Nursing Professor’s effort to introduce students to community nursing has evolved into a community-led project to nourish the minds of our future.  In 2013, Anita Carroll started taking her students into schools in the Cowichan Valley to gain practical community nursing experience.  “My background is working as a public health nurse and I wanted... Read more

Patricia Erb will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her efforts to give a voice to the disappeared and disadvantaged.

Honouring a Voice for the Disappeared

May 22, 2019

Patricia Erb, survivor of the “Dirty War” in Argentina and presently the Executive Director of Crossroads International, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her efforts to give a voice to the disappeared and disadvantaged.  As one of the only survivors of the infamous Campo de Mayo, the site of the genocide and kidnapping of over 30,000 people during the de facto military dictatorship... Read more

VIU Education Professor Paige Fisher

VIU Professor Receives Prestigious Teacher Educator Award

May 15, 2019

A Vancouver Island University (VIU) Education professor is being recognized with a provincial award for her transformative teaching approach and collaboration efforts.  VIU Professor Paige Fisher received the Teacher Educator award from the Association of BC Deans of Education (ABCDE) in recognition for her efforts in partnering with a teacher education program in British Columbia (BC).  “... Read more

Nanaimo High School Wins Prestigious Pi Cup

Nanaimo High School Wins Prestigious Pi Cup

May 10, 2019

Top math students in grades eight to 12 in the mid-Vancouver Island area competed in the annual BC Secondary School Math Contest held at VIU. Two teams representing Dover Bay Secondary School in Nanaimo took home the coveted Pi Cup trophy in the 25th annual BC Secondary School Math Contest held at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The top 83 math students: 45 juniors and 38 seniors from 11... Read more

VIU’s Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Certificate Program supports people with disabilities to actualize their business dreams.

VIU Training Program Helps Turn Ideas into Business Start-Ups

May 8, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Program (CETP) is supporting people with disabilities to actualize their dreams by giving them the knowledge and tools to start their entrepreneurial journey.  Jolene Trigg, one of first students participating in the first cohort of the CETP, says her disability presented her with an opportunity to create a unique mobile... Read more

Frank Brown will receive an honorary doctorate degree from VIU

Indigenous Advocate to Receive Honorary Doctorate Degree from VIU

May 8, 2019

Celebrating and preserving Indigenous cultures and perspectives through place-based teachings is Frank Brown’s life-long commitment.  Brown, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, who carries the Hereditary Hemas (Chief) name of Dhadhiyasila (λ.λ.yasila) meaning “preparing for the largest potlatch”, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Vancouver Island University (VIU)in recognition of... Read more


May 8, 2019

Each year, Vancouver Island University's Provost, Dr. Carol Stuart, announces the winners of the Provost's Awards for Excellence in Teaching Design and Practise. These individuals push the boundaries of what great teaching is. They have a sharp focus on what President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Ralph Nilson calls the most important relationship at VIU - that of the student and instructor.... Read more

VIU Initiatives Trust Q&A with Executive Director Janet Bonaguro

May 8, 2019

Like many other universities, Vancouver Island University has created a business entity that will allow the institution to participate in the economy in ways that VIU is unable to. This entity is called The VIU Initiatives Trust (the Trust) and it is able to engage in revenue-generating activities to the benefit of VIU and the VIU Foundation. We sat down with VIU Initiatives Trust Executive... Read more

Maxine Matilpi and Barney Williams VIU Elders

VIU Welcomes Two New Elders-in-Residence to the Nanaimo Campus

May 8, 2019

Have you met VIU’s new Elders-in-Residence providing cultural and spiritual guidance and other supports for students and employees at the Nanaimo Campus? Maxine Hayman Matilpi (Lakwa) and Barney Williams (Klitch-wii-taa) are the institution’s newest Elders-in-Residence based out of Shq’apthut – VIU’s Aboriginal Gathering Place. Matilpi, of Kwakiutl/Ma’amtigilia and Scottish/English descent, also... Read more

The VIU and Kenya teams involved in KEFEP

Instructor Reflects on Experience Working on International Cooperation Project in Kenya

May 8, 2019

As part of Vancouver Island University's active involvement in international cooperation work, VIU has partnered with Kisii National Polytechnic in western Kenya to help bolster the school’s building technology programs. The 3.5-year project is part of the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP), an initiative of Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) funded by Global Affairs Canada... Read more