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Scholarships & bursaries for students in 2017-18


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Global Citizenship At The Heart Of VIU's GIS Training Program in Ukraine

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VIU Students Learn Responsible Tourism Management at Field School

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VIU Press Launches First Book

Adjunct Professor Michael A. von Hausen pens Small is Big, a guide to revitalizing small- and mid-size downtowns

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VIU Events


Success Coaching

If you are experiencing obstacles or setbacks and would like support to create a way through the last part of the semester, please connect with the Success...


Soup & Bannock - Lunch & Learn

Please join us for our Soup & Bannock- Lunch & Learn With our Nuu-Chah-Nulth Elder-in-Residence, Barney Williams Jr., as he talks about, “Mental Health...


Bring Your Lunch & Learn about ... Looking for Affinities: Making Space for Indigenous Knowledge in the Academy

As teaching faculty, what are our responsibilities with regard to reconciliation? This presentation, led by Dr. Dawn Thompson, VIU English Professor, is...


Student Affairs Faculty/Staff Feedback Sessions

Student Affairs needs your input! In response to action item #6 of the VIU Academic Plan: Celebrating Access to Excellence, Student Affairs is currently...

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Testimonial - Eric Friesen

Eric Friesen

All the professors in my department know me by name and have shown a genuine interest in not only teaching me, but helping me succeed. I would say that the teachers I’ve had have been more mentors than professors. It feels like everyone is there because they love science and it creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes good academic communication so incredibly easy. The professors taking a personal interest in the students, being approachable, and most importantly being passionate about biology has truly made me feel like my education matters to them.

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