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Vancouver Island University (Canada)

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Malaspina University-College image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 November 2006

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VIU was formerly Malaspina University College. It achieved university status in 2008.

From the Governor General website:

Coat of arms:

Dave Fowler, 12 May 2020

Malaspina University College

Malaspina University-College is located in Nanaimo, British Columbia. The very striking and colorful design can be seen at The Public Register of Arms, Flags and Badges of Canada
Ron Lahav, 16 November 2006

The gold pictured by the Canadian Heraldic Authority is yellow on the real flag.

Founded as Malaspina College in 1969, status of university college in 1989.

Main campus in Nanaimo, other campuses: Cowichan Campus (Duncan), Parksville-Qualicum Centre (Parksville BC), and Powell River Campus (Powell River BC).

Powell River is on the Sunshine Coast (on the mainland), the other locations are in the Mid-Island (Vancouver Island) region.

The school is named for Alexandro Malaspina, who explored the Northwest Coast of North America from Mexico to Alaska in the late 18th Century for Spain (he was Italian by birth, and various spellings are given for his first name).
Dean McGee, 18 November 2006


Arms: Or over three barrulets wavy Azure in base a representation of a Spanish corbeta tempore 1790 Azure sails Argent edged Gules on a chief dancetty Azure four open books Argent bound Or; Crest: Issuant from a Salish canoe Gules a demi-sun in splendour Or.
Eugene Ipavec, 17 November 2006