With over 120 programs to choose from, ranging from trade certificates and diplomas to undergraduate and graduate degrees, it’s safe to say that there are plenty of opportunities to experience a variety of places, courses and backgrounds. connections to VIU.
And whether you’re a new student looking to experience all that this place has to offer, or you’re a returning student who just needed a quick reminder of what’s on offer, there is no shortage of unique places. no, whatever happens you are looking for. While many of these locations are located on VIU’s main campus in Nanaimo, we’ve included a few facts about our other campuses and facilities as well.
The upscale restaurant
The Nanaimo area has no shortage of delicious choices when it comes to dining options and that includes the fine dining establishment here at VIU, known as The Discovery Room. VIU’s full-service learning restaurant connects students with customers in the community. Learning by doing, hospitality management and culinary arts students provide a contemporary culinary experience. The menus change weekly and are generally updated every Monday for the upcoming week’s service.
The fully equipped theater
Located in building 310, VIU’s 300-seat Malaspina Theater serves as an educational theater for budding artists and hosts a variety of events throughout the year, most of which are hosted by students and faculty. Past performances have included plays and theatrical productions, film screenings, poetry readings, burlesque shows, orchestral ensembles and musicals.
Located in Tamagawa Gardens (next to Building 340), Koi Pond is a favorite spot for those looking for an oasis of calm and peace on campus. Around the pond, the traditional Japanese garden is home to a wide variety of trees, shrubs and flowers. Designed by Japanese garden specialist Roy Tanaka, the gardens were donated by Tamagawa University in Tokyo and were inaugurated in 1979. The pond koi were donated by CUPE Local 1858, Mr. and Ms. RH Sage and Joel Southward.
Adjacent to the Visual Arts Building is the View Gallery, designed and run by professors from the Department of Art and Design. The gallery organizes contemporary art exhibitions by international, national and student artists for the university and the local community. The gallery also serves as the annual student exhibition venue and is an important part of the visual arts curriculum and the student experience of campus life.
Shq’apthut – VIU Indigenous Gathering Site
A home away from home for First Nations, Status, Non-Status, Métis and Inuit students, Shq”apthut – VIU’s Indigenous Gathering Place on the Nanaimo Campus is home to Indigenous Student Services (SAS). All members of the campus community are welcome at Shq’apthut, and Alumni in Residence are available five days a week to help you with questions that arise at every stage of your student experience. Shq’apthut is also a place where cultural, academic, recreational and social activities are promoted and celebrated. There are many parties, success workshops and other community events that all students are encouraged to[participatethroughouttheyear[participateinthroughouttheyear[participertoutaulongdel’année[participateinthroughouttheyear
Need to have a dentist appointment, but you don’t know where to go? Why not check out the cost effective VIU campus dental clinic? All treatments are provided by dental students supervised by licensed professors and dentists. To become a client, call the clinic at 250-740-6240.
The automotive shop
Is your vehicle making a funny noise? Are you finding it increasingly difficult to walk up Fifth Street all at once? Why not take your vehicle to the campus auto shop and let the automotive students take a look? All work is inspected by an instructor, and any safety related work (such as brakes, steering, etc.) is road tested by the student or students who have worked on the vehicle and an instructor or a workshop technician.
The Hairdressing Program at Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus operates a salon as part of the program. The salon is open Monday through Thursday for hairstyling services and the purchase of hair products. From time to time, the show will offer promotions on the products they offer. VIU employees and the general public are always welcome to visit the salon during opening hours to purchase salon products or to make an appointment for services.
The wooded area
Take a little trip “on the island?” Why not stop at the 70-acre wooded estate known as Milner Gardens? The estate is just a 40-minute drive from the Nanaimo Campus in the town of Qualicum Beach. The property was purchased by Ray Milner in 1937, who began establishing the garden with his first wife until his death in 1952. Work continued on the garden after Ray married his second wife Veronica in 1954. The estate was acquired by VIU in 1996. In May of the same year, the garden was officially consecrated as “Milner’s Gardens”, in homage to Ray and Veronica. VIU’s goal is to maintain the garden in perpetuity for educational purposes, as well as for the benefit of the community.
The beauty salon
Located in Parksville, the VIU Spa Institute is an educational school that offers esthetic and manicure services. All services are performed by students in training under the supervision of certified instructors in aesthetics and nail technology, using only professional products. VIU employees, friends and family and the general public are always welcome to the salon during opening hours to make appointments for services. Gift certificates are available.
The LEED® certified campus
Located about a half hour drive south of the VIU Nanaimo campus is the VIU Cowichan campus in the town of Duncan. Designed to LEED Gold standards, the comprehensive educational institution offers a wide range of academic, applied, vocational, technical, vocational and development programs. During the day, 90% of the building’s lighting is provided by natural daylight, and over 90% of the building’s roof is also a green roof. Green roofs are engineered systems that incorporate vegetation on top of traditional roofs.
The marine research station
Located in Bowser, British Columbia, on the shores of the Baynes Strait, the Deep Bay Marine Research Station is a key research facility for the University of Vancouver Island. The station conducts applied research for the shellfish industry and educates the public about this important part of the BC economy. It also has flexible wet and dry laboratory spaces with access to standard analytical systems and equipment, salt water flowing directly from Baynes Strait, collected to a depth of 40 or 80 feet at dead tide, on 11 ha. marine research shellfish farm comprising both intertidal and deepwater leases, and two marine research vessels and equipment.
The former primary school turned university campus
In 1974, VIU – then Malaspina College – took over responsibility for continuing education courses that were offered by the Powell River School District. At first, classes, which were offered only in the evening, were held in a small white storefront on Marine Avenue in the city center. When the college received funds to run adult basic education day classes, a new campus opened in the centennial building next to the city museum. The new building featured offices and three classrooms, although classes were also held at local elementary schools and hotels. In 1983, the campus finally moved to a space that could accommodate the growing number of students and staff – the former Gordon Park Elementary School. The school was leased to the district and originally had 14 classrooms. Five years later, an indoor play area was converted into more classrooms and a new entrance, with a staff room, meeting room and main office was added. In 2004, the campus was purchased from the school district and air conditioning, new flooring and new lighting were installed.
Looking to learn and discover even more about Vancouver Island University on your own? Don’t miss the Experience VIU live virtual event, which takes place on Saturday, October 2. Anyone interested in post-secondary education can attend, from high school students and their parents to those who have been out of school for a while and are ready. to explore their options. While things are still a little different this year, you can still find the information you need to help you choose a program, explore the many services and supports available to you as a student, and get answers. to your questions.