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Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University (formerly known as Malaspina University-College and before that as Malaspina College) is a Canadian public university serving in Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia. Established in 1969 as Malaspina College, it has grown into a university that plays an important role in the educational, cultural, and economic life of the region. The main campus is located in Nanaimo, and there are regional campuses in Duncan and Powell River, and a campus centre in Parksville.

Vancouver Island University was founded in 1969 as Malaspina College, named after Captain Alexandro Malaspina, who exploredVancouver Island. Following a 1988 government initiative designed to increase access to degree programs in British Columbia, five community colleges in BC were granted authority to offer baccalaureate degrees, and these five institutions — Malaspina, Fraser ValleyKwantlenCariboo and Okanagan — were renamed university colleges. Initially, they offered degrees through one of the three provincial universities.

Malaspina College had regional campuses in Nanaimo, Duncan, and Powell River by 1990.[5] In the 1990s several at Malaspina promoted the idea of the institution offering something distinct—interdisciplinary Bachelors' degrees in Liberal Studies—and in 1995 the institution was awarded the authority to offer degrees in its own right.[6] In 1995, the province of British Columbia enacted legislation changing the institution's name to Malaspina University-College and allowing it to begin granting academic degrees and college diplomas.[7] Malaspina University-College's Arms and Badge were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on May 20, 1995.

Malaspina University-College was upgraded to a university under an amendment of the University Act and officially began operation as Vancouver Island University on September 1, 2008.

International students: 817.96 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 2007-2008.

Vancouver Island University's first president was Dr. Carleton Opgaard. The first chancellor was Shawn Atleo, who in 2009 became the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

The university press, The Navigator, is a member of Canadian University Press.

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