Canada, British Columbia

Vancouver Island University (VIU) is a public university situated on Canada's heavenly west coast in Nanaimo, British Columbia. Initially established as Malaspina College in 1969, it has developed into a university that assumes a significant function in the instructive, social and financial existence of the locale. The university offers bachelors, masters, technical certifications, diploma, and other pathway programs to its students and over 120 programs in subjects of art, design, performing arts, social science, business, management, science, technology, tourism and much more.

Campus Life

The main campus is situated in Nanaimo and there are regional campus grounds in Duncan and Powell River and a center in Parksville. The main campus is spread over 92-acres of land. The university has a 1,00,000 square-foot library that houses over 2,30,000 books and other collections. The campus has a multi-purpose gym that includes free weights, treadmills, exercise bikes, elliptical machines and much more along with courts for soccer, badminton, volleyball and basketball. There are ten residence buildings that house more than 500 students every year. The students have an option to choose from dormitories, apartments and a townhouse. The university also has an active student union that conducts events all round the year.

Noted Alumni

The university has a strong alumni network of 75,000 which grows each year. Some notable names include Paul Manly, a well-known member of parliament for Nanaimo and a Canadian politician, Victor Blasco who is a midfielder football player for the Canadian Club Pacific FC, Kevin Borserio, Director of the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program and Amelia Alcock-White who is a Canadian artist among many more.