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Message from the President

President Ralph Nilson at ConvocationWelcome to Vancouver Island University.

Located on Canada’s magnificent West Coast, VIU is committed to providing our students with an environment where they can excel in life and learning. Our setting, small class sizes and hands-on research, combined with our unique blend of quality University and College programming, offers VIU students the opportunity to experience the best in both educational activities and student life.

President Nilson with a group of Malaspina students.Our employees are committed to ensuring students are supported, engaged and encouraged to excel in whatever they choose to do. Students are, and always will be, our number one priority. I will continue to support innovation that contributes to providing the highest quality of learning, research and self-discovery available.

To our partners in the community, thank you. Your ongoing investment into VIU is invaluable. Whether you provide funds for scholarships, hire our grads, invest in student practicums, come out to cheer for the Mariners or donate your time and talents to various VIU consultative processes, your support is appreciated. We exist to address the needs of our communities and our relationship with you is an important one.

I invite you to share in the spirit of VIU and explore the possibilities we have to offer. This “is” the time of your life. I know that your journey at VIU will allow you to discover more about yourself, our world and your potential.

Ralph Nilson, Ph.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Vancouver Island University