Teaching and Learning

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


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VIU Establishes New Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Program

February 9, 2022

The graduate certificate program is the first of its kind from an accredited university in Canada. As growing research continues to demonstrate that psychedelic-assisted therapies show promise for treating mental health conditions, a new program is set to launch in September 2022 at Vancouver Island University (VIU). The Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy program is a graduate-level certificate program... Read more


Global Citizens Week

VIU’s Global Citizens Week Shines a Light on Justice Issues

January 31, 2022

This year’s event includes visiting speakers, a film festival and reggae symposium. A campus-wide, community event with a global focus is once again returning to Vancouver Island University (VIU). Global Citizens Week takes place from February 7 to 11 this year and features a variety of campus and community events, visiting speakers and virtual classroom dialogues centred around the theme of... Read more


Global Skills Opportunity

New Global Skills Opportunity Projects Help VIU Students Gain International Experience

January 14, 2022

Funding from the federal government will allow students to participate in study and research experiences abroad. Dozens of students at Vancouver Island University (VIU) will be gaining global skills training through two recently announced projects. The programs, Crossing Borders: Using the Power of Place to Build Connections, and the International Research Mobility Experience project will offer... Read more


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The Strategic Plan, Foundation Plans, and Action Plans and how they work together

December 20, 2021

Starting with the Strategic Plan: People, Place, Potential, a number of institutional plans have been announced over the course of the Fall semester. We thought we would break down how all the plans will work together to fulfill the commitments of the new Strategic Plan. What has happened so far: 1. October 2021: Strategic Plan: People, Place, Potential is launched. The 15-page document sets an... Read more


VIU Baking Instructor Ken Harper displays the new exclusive VIU chocolate product, known as Spindle Whorl.

VIU Baking Program Launches Exclusive Signature Chocolate

November 18, 2021

A-one-of-kind signature chocolate created and designed by students is now available. It’s hard to top the taste of quality chocolate and in the case of a new creation courtesy of the Professional Baking and Pastry Arts program at Vancouver Island University (VIU), there’s nothing else like it in the world – literally. And starting this month, people can experience for themselves exactly what an... Read more


Connie Walker

VIU Indigenous Speaker Talks About Journalism’s Role in Reconciliation

November 10, 2021

Investigative reporter Connie Walker is the keynote speaker for VIU’s seventh annual Indigenous Speakers Series on November 22. Connie Walker has devoted the past decade of her investigative journalism career to exposing the truth about the impacts of residential schools, and helping Indigenous people tell their own stories.  “We’ve all been touched by this legacy, our lives have been shaped and... Read more


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The Strategic Plan: Making it a reality

November 10, 2021

Now that the Strategic Plan, People, Place, Potential has launched, we wanted to get the perspectives of senior leaders on what the plan means for VIU. Over the next few issues of VIU Voices, we will share interviews with the members of the Senior Management Team who will explain how it affects their areas and the Foundation Plans that will be supporting the commitments embedded in the Strategic... Read more