Syrian Refugees Find Welcoming Community at VIU Cowichan

January 19, 2018

Baraa Mohammed and Fanar Sheikh Zein are taking adult upgrading courses at the campus A Syrian couple who spent four years living at a residential complex for refugees in northern Iraq are finding a welcoming new community at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Cowichan Campus.... Read more

VIU Community Members Gather To Make Placards for Women's March

January 19, 2018

VIU is honoured to be a sponsor of Nanaimo Women March On  Members of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) community gathered Thursday, January 18 to make placards for the approaching Nanaimo Women March On event. The March is Saturday, January 20 from 10 am to noon.... Read more

Mental Health Awareness Initiative Launched at VIU Cowichan

January 17, 2018

The Friendship Bench aims to stimulate conversations and encourage student-to-student connections An educational experience at Vancouver Island University (VIU) changed Adaline Russell’s outlook on life. In 2008, Russell was severely depressed when she joined a handful of other... Read more

Elder Bonnie Jones and Graham Sakaki, MABRRI Research and Community Engagement Coordinator, plant seedlings in the Garden of Spiritual Healing at the Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre.

Project Between VIU and Snaw-Naw-As Preserves Traditional Plant Knowledge

January 16, 2018

Garden of Spiritual Healing connects Snaw-Naw-As Community Members A Garden of Spiritual Healing is taking root at the Snaw-Naw-As Community Health Centre thanks to a partnership between the First Nation and Vancouver Island University (VIU). VIU’s Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere... Read more

VIUPoints: 5 Questions with Gerry Sylvester

January 10, 2018

Vancouver Island University (VIU) recently hosted a very special guest – one of the Institution’s first presidents! Gerry Sylvester was Malaspina College’s second president, from 1979 to 1981. Before coming to Malaspina, Sylvester taught at Notre Dame University College in Nelson... Read more

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

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

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

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

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