Teaching and Learning

Innovative Chemistry Major Now Being Offered at VIU

Innovative Chemistry Major Now Being Offered at VIU

April 10, 2019

The emerging disciplines of green chemistry and analytical chemistry are just two of several unique aspects of the new Bachelor of Science, Major in Chemistry degree program being offered at VIU this fall.  Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award holder Misha Zvekic is excited to be among the first to graduate with Vancouver Island... Read more

VIU business management students

VIU Expands Graduate Business Programs to Support Regional Needs

April 9, 2019

Vancouver Island University (VIU) has developed two new Faculty of Management graduate programs to support the substantial growth of the business sector.  The Graduate Diploma in International Trade (GDIT) and Graduate Diploma in Project Management (GDPM) are both 12-month programs that will be starting in September 2019.  “As a regional university, we are constantly assessing the needs of the... Read more

Dr. Lynda Phillips take leadership role in VIU's Faculty of Health and Human Services.

VIU Brings New Associate Dean of Health and Human Services On Board

April 8, 2019

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Dr. Lynda Phillips has accepted the position of Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Human Services. She brings 15 years of experience in post-secondary education in British Columbia and a strong background in educational psychology to this vital role. An experienced educational psychologist and child and adolescent psychotherapist,... Read more

VIU Mariners Women's Volleyball team gold at nationals

VIU Mariners Teams Make History

April 2, 2019

Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s)  Mariners Athletics Department is having a record-breaking year on the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association’s (CCAA’s) national competition circuit.   “I don’t think any other CCAA school in the country has achieved the level of team sport success we have this year at the national stage,” says Stephanie White, VIU Mariner’s Athletic Director.  VIU sent... Read more

Students Solidify Critical Care Training in New VIU Facility

Students Solidify Critical Care Training in New Facility

March 26, 2019

VIU’s new Centre for Health and Science encourages greater collaboration between students and professionals across all health disciplines.  Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) new clinical skills and simulation labs engage students in interprofessional training that allows health care graduates to successfully compete for highly skilled, in-demand jobs.  The $40.9-million, 6,855-square-metre... Read more

VIU Graduate Student Miriam Juarez hopes to influence indigenous learning in Belize

VIU Graduate Student Hopes to Influence Indigenous Learning in Belize

March 19, 2019

VIU Master of Education in Educational Leadership student Miriam Juarez is researching how to incorporate more Maya culture and perspectives into the curriculum taught in her home country of Belize.  NANAIMO, BC: Inspired by the ways Vancouver Island University (VIU) has worked with First Nations to bring Indigenous ways of knowing and being into many of its programs and courses, international... Read more

Dr. Deborah Saucier will be the next President and Vice-Chancellor at Vancouver Island University

VIU Announces Incoming President

March 18, 2019

In March, Vancouver Island University's Board of Governors announced that Vancouver Island University's next President and Vice-Chancellor will be Dr. Deborah Saucier, who currently serving as President at Grant MacEwan University.      Saucier was welcomed into the VIU community at a luncheon held on March 11 in the Trades Discovery Centre at the Nanaimo Campus. Snuneymuwx Elder Gary Manson,... Read more

Welcoming New Employees

March 18, 2019

Welcome to all new VIU employees since December 18, 2018! We hope you are enjoying it here and finding your way.  Deanna MacKay, Professor - Faculty of Health and Human Services Allison Lucier, Administrative Assistant - Cowichan Campus Rita Grower, Instructor - Faculty of Trades & Applied Technology Lynda Phillips, Associate Dean - Faculty of Health and Human Services Ghislaine Boucher,... Read more


March 18, 2019

Vancouver Island University employees continue to amaze with their pursuit of education and career excellence. In this issue, we want to recognize the following people for their achievements: Kristine Chyplyk for receipt of her Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Her thesis was titled Recognition at Vancouver Island University for Non-Instructional Employees. Heather Burke... Read more

Second Annual Sustainability Across Curricula Workshops Rocks VIU

March 18, 2019

By Don Alexander, Geography & Community Planner Professor, Co-chair VIU Sustainability Advisory Committee  Following on the heels of last year’s successful Sustainability Across Curricula workshop, faculty, students and community members came together on February 27th to discuss steps to make VIU a leader in sustainable teaching and learning. As occurred last year, faculty members interested... Read more