Plastic Ocean

January 8, 2018

By Rachel Stern Scientists don't fully understand the impacts of microplastics on ecosystems, and VIU faculty and students are on the cutting edge of research on the issue.   A rising tide of plastics are floating in the world’s waterways and amongst the debris is a hidden... Read more

Green is the New Black

January 8, 2018

By Dane Gibson A new project at VIU’s Nanaimo campus is using the flooded, abandoned coal mines underneath the campus to build a greener future. Here’s how.    Nobody could predict that the scores of workers who toiled in the Wakesiah coal mine in the early 1900s would... Read more

Poets on Campus

January 8, 2018

By Jenn McGarrigle The pen is definitely mightier than the sword, especially when it’s in the hands of students in VIU’s Creative Writing and Journalism program! Students captured a number of prestigious awards this year that are putting them –... Read more

Building a Barrier-free Future

January 8, 2018

VIU has a vision of a mid-Island with a thriving mix of businesses and industries setting up shop and taking advantage of a large pool of talented, skilled workers. In this vision, the job outlook is in the top third in BC, participation in the economy is high and so is the quality... Read more

Putting Their Skills to Work

January 8, 2018

By Jenn McGarrigle There are more than 75,000 VIU alumni living and working around the world, many of whom have started their own unique, innovative and successful businesses. Here’s what three grads did with the skills they learned in VIU programs.  Hailey Mannynvali and... Read more

Road to Reconciliation

January 8, 2018

“The only path to reconciliation is one that begins with recognition.” – Douglas White III, Director of VIU’s Centre for Pre-Confederation Treaties and Reconciliation    When Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released their report in 2015, there was a clear... Read more

Introducing the Mass Specmobile

January 8, 2018

By Jenn McGarrigle   Is there something strange in your neighbourhood’s air or water? VIU’s Applied Environmental Research Labs is developing new technologies that could revolutionize how we figure out what’s going on in our environment.   Thanks to a $1-million... Read more

International Biosphere Research Journal Launched by VIU

January 8, 2018

Biosphere reserves are the subject of research around the world, yet the field of study didn’t have an academic journal dedicated specifically to biosphere research. That is, not until recently, when VIU faculty and staff stepped up and created an online academic journal — the... Read more

Trade Students Show off Skills at National Competition

January 8, 2018

Culinary Management Diploma student Amanda Rizzo and Hairdressing student Leesy Ferguson got to show off how good they are with a whisk and a pair of scissors at the 2017 Skills Canada National Competition in Winnipeg. To get that far, the two students had to outperform dozens of... Read more

Mariners Men's Soccer Team Wins National Championship

January 8, 2018

Vancouver Island University’s Mariners men’s soccer team has won the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Men’s Soccer National Championship. Rain pounded Merle Logan Field, but the Mariners didn’t let the weather dampen their spirit. They scored a goal in the first half of the... Read more

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