World VIU Days celebrate cultural connections

Week of activities Nov. 6-12 at Nanaimo campus showcases global citizenship

Nanaimo’s university wants to share the world of VIU with the community.

Vancouver Island University hosts World VIU Days this week, Monday, Nov. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 12.

Each year, Vancouver Island University benefits from a growing international student body, and this year is no exception – 2,300 students are currently enrolled from more than 90 countries, according to a VIU press release.

“While most Canadian universities talk about the importance of international education, I think VIU stands out in the comprehensive approach we take to internationalization across the campus,” said Graham Pike, dean of international education. “Our international students truly create a global community on campus – on any given day, just wandering around campus, you can hear a dozen different languages being spoken. VIU has its own, small global village.”

WorldVIU Days are a celebration of cultural diversity. The theme for the event, in its ninth year, is Creating a Connected Community. It features panel talks on subjects like building trust and connection through vulnerability, cultural identities and belonging, creating connection through space design, truth and reconciliation, and more. There will also be cultural displays of art, music, dance and food.

For more information about World VIU Days, click here.