Bateman to receive honorary doctorate from Vancouver Island University

Bateman, whose artwork has raised money for countless conservation and environmental causes, will accept an Honorary Doctorate of Laws during VIU’s afternoon Convocation ceremony on January 27th, 2017. Heather Pastro, a VIU Art Education Professor in the Faculty of Education, calls Bateman “a voice of reason and hope, with a clear and articulate vision to make our world a better place.”  Read the full article…..

VIU launches $20-million expansion of trades-training complex

Vancouver Island University’s Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex is about to expand and the school will get a new energy system thanks to a $22-million injection of funding from the federal and provincial governments. The expansion of the trades-training complex means there will be room for 128 more students in the automotive, motorcycle, marine and carpentry programs.  Read more…..

VIU Recognized by Fulbright Canada for Leadership in Aboriginal Education

Fulbright Canada, one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the world, has chosen Vancouver Island University (VIU) to be the home of their newest research Chair, the Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. Fulbright Canada chose VIU because of the leadership role the University has taken in building relationships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities and supporting Aboriginal education. See more…….

VIU Tuition Waiver Grad Launches Career as Child Protection Officer

Life has come full circle for Jordanna Southall, who graduated in June from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. One of the first students to enroll at VIU under the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program nearly two years ago, Southall has secured a job as a child protection officer with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Campbell River, BC. – See more

During the past six years, Arthur Vickers has created a suite of two chairs and a box to be used in convocation ceremonies at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo

This project was commissioned by Coast Capital Savings. Last month, the suite was officially presented, with Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon in attendance, and at that time Vickers was made an honorary doctor of letters. The artist recently spoke with Robert Amos at his gallery in Cowichan Bay. Arthur Vickers has created many high-profile art works, including the desk for the premier’s office and Intangible Heritage, an image in 23-carat gold that is on show at the Royal B.C. Museum. These days, … Continued

Government of Canada Supports Innovation in British Columbia’s Aquaculture Industry

April 8, 2015 – Nanaimo, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced funding of $667,000 to Vancouver Island University (VIU) to support a project that will enable them to purchase equipment and undertake a comparative analysis of new technologies in shellfish farming. With this funding, VIU is proposing to advance shellfish hatchery design by integrating the latest technological developments into an operating hatchery at its Deep Bay … Continued

New Master of GIS Applications Program Approved for VIU

Students can now map their futures in a growing in-demand field through Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) newest master’s program. VIU has received approval from BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education and the provincial Degree Quality Assessment Board to offer a two-year Master of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications program starting in September 2015.  Read more…..  

VIU’s Statement in Response to NDP Executive Compensation Claims

Yesterday, the BC Official Opposition released a report on executive compensation at certain post-secondary institutions including Vancouver Island University. Unfortunately, some of the information contained in this report is inaccurate and misleading. We feel it is necessary to set the record straight, and to highlight VIU’s outstanding record in accountability and transparency with respect to reporting on executive compensation. VIU takes great effort to ensure that we perform our government-mandated responsibilities with the utmost care and attention. Each year, we … Continued

PACE Report: Young Adults needed for a Healthy Rural Canada

Young adults are the essential ingredient for successful rural revitalization. Attracting young adults to rural areas for employment and to establish families is a goal of many of Canada’s rural communities. Yet, these communities often struggle due to limited knowledge on what motivates young adults’ relocation decisions. The purpose of this study is to assess the attractiveness of living in rural areas from the perspectives of young adults. Download the pdf report VIU Young Adults in Rural Areas

PACE Report: Vancouver Island University student's research informs the World Tourism Organization on visa policy development.

Visa policies are among the most important governmental formalities influencing international tourism. In association with national and international governing bodies, the World Tourism Organization conducts research on visa policies, international tourism markets and visa processing technology to assist countries and regions maximize tourism growth. Download the pdf report VIU Visa Policy