Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University is a postsecondary institution that serves Vancouver Island and coastal British Columbia. This university was established as Malaspina College in the year 1969. It was named after the explorer, Alexandro Malaspina who discovered Vancouver Island. This college was awarded with the right to offer degrees in the year 1995. The province of British Columbia enacted legislation altering the institution's name into Malaspine University-Colleg and permitting it to start granting academic degrees and college diplomas. The Arms and Badge of this institution were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority in the same year.

It has now grown to become an institution that plays a major role in the cultural, educational and economic life of this region. The major campus of this university is present in Nanaimo, and this university also has regional campuses in Powell River and Duncan and a campus centre in Parksville. The Navigator is this university's press which is a member of CUP. 5 of the community colleges in British Columbia were awarded authority to provide baccalaureate degrees, and all these 5 institutions were then renamed as university colleges. At first, they provided degrees via one or another of the 3 provincial universities. Study in Canada is often highly regarded and so is this university.