Teaching and Learning

VIU Trades Programs Use Skype To Bridge Oceans

April 4, 2016

Hairdressing and aesthetics students from Nanaimo and Trinidad share skills via Internet There they were on the big screen, live from Trinidad, smiling and waving at the Vancouver Island University (VIU) hairdressing students who excitedly waved back from their Nanaimo classroom. The Trinidadians on the wall-mounted video screen were hairdressing students from Youth Training and Employment... Read more

Innovative Program Changing Lives For VIU Students And Nanaimo Correctional Centre Inmates

March 22, 2016

Inside-Out program opens doors to new ways of learning with transformative results  When fourth year Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Criminology student Jason Harms signed up for his program, he didn’t realize that one of his courses would be taking place inside a jail and that he’d be discussing challenging ideas and concepts with inmates. Thanks to a one of a... Read more

VIU Discovery Days Opens Up A World Of Opportunities To Grade 10 Students

March 2, 2016

High school students from across Canada enjoy three days of campus life at VIU  More than 20 Grade 10 students came from great distances, wide-eyed and ready to find out where a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vancouver Island University (VIU) might take them. This is the sixth year VIU’s Grade 10 Discovery Days showcased the Bachelor of Arts programs in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the... Read more

VIU Project Will Help Build New Hospitality and Tourism Degree Program in Tanzania

February 22, 2016

VIU Hospitality and Tourism faculty excited about growing links to African partners The East African country of Tanzania is known for its vast wilderness areas and expansive Indian Ocean coastlines. The legendary Serengeti plains stretch across the country and the tropical islands of Zanzibar and incredible coral reefs of Mafia Marine Park draw tourists from around the world. While tourism in... Read more

VIU and SFU Sign First Year Engineering Transfer Agreement

January 6, 2016

Options for students wanting to study engineering at Vancouver Island University are expanding. VIU and Simon Fraser University (SFU) have signed a first year engineering transfer agreement allowing students to complete their first year of studies at VIU before transferring to the School of Engineering Science at SFU, or two other BC universities. In the agreement between VIU and SFU, VIU’s... Read more

Escape from Germany after WW II Topic of ElderCollege Saturday Speaker Series

October 27, 2015

With firsthand experience of the Russian advance into Germany in 1945, Giselle Roeder is more than qualified to discuss the trauma inflicted upon civilians in time of war. Roeder will present an extraordinary narrative of ordinary German people living under Nazi rule at the next ElderCollege Saturday Speaker Series on November 7, 10 am to 12 noon, at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Nanaimo... Read more

VIU Elders Celebrated in Signing of New Faculty Agreement

October 1, 2015

Aboriginal Elders-in-Residence at Vancouver Island University (VIU) have been recognized for the knowledge they share and the important role they play at the institution, with the signing of a new agreement that accords them a special faculty designation. Elders who work at VIU campuses in Nanaimo, Powell River and Cowichan were honoured in a traditional ceremony Sept. 25 at Shq’apthut, the... Read more

VIU Baking Students Train with UK Baking Superstar

September 28, 2015

VIU’s Professional Baking and Pastry program welcomed artisan baking superstar Wayne Caddy last week for a packed baking industry event and intensive student workshops. Caddy (centre), shown with (l-r) Baking students Jordyn Antioski, Sierra McIsaac and Adler Rabson, is Captain of the UK’s World Baking Cup team, and Head of Baking at the world famous School of Artisan Food near Nottingham, UK.... Read more

VIU Heavy Equipment Operator Students Really Dig Habitat for Humanity

June 30, 2015

Six new homes to be built in south Nanaimo by Habitat for Humanity will have a solid foundation to build on, thanks to students in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) program. In an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island, VIU students gain valuable work experience and reinforce skills learned throughout the year working on a variety of... Read more

Top Math Students Compete in Secondary School Math Contest at VIU

May 20, 2015

Two teams representing Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo took home the coveted Pi Cup Trophy in the 21st annual BC Secondary School Math Contest held recently at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Eighty-seven math students from high schools in the mid-Island region gathered at VIU for the final round of the contest. Junior students (grades 8 to 10) and senior students (grades 11 and 12) took part... Read more