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VIU News

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It has been a long journey for Avryl Brophy to realize she could achieve academically.  “I grew up in foster care since I was 12 years old,” she says...

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Breaking the Poverty Cycle: The Economic Impact of Post-Secondary Education

After a year of planning, Ruby Barclay arrived at Vancouver Island University (VIU) Student Residences from her hometown with two Rubber Maid totes and a...

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World-Class VIU Research Vehicle Will Monitor Air Quality in Nanaimo this Winter

Researchers with Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) Applied Environmental Research Laboratories (AERL), in co-operation with community partners are...

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VIU Events


Bring Your Lunch & Learn about ... Re-Thinking IT Leadership - A Science Based Approach to Team Engagement.

With Darren Everleigh, Director of IT Operations at VIU. Did you know that when people feel excluded, it provokes the same sort of reaction in the brain that...


Nourishing Actions to Enhance Health and Well-being

Explore categories of interventions that spell ACTIONS: Active, Calming, Thinking, Identity Optimizing, Nourishing and Social. This week we will focus on...


Garden Design Workshop & Harvest Potluck

The VIU Community Peace Garden Club invites you to attend a Garden Design Workshop and Harvest Potluck. Our campus demonstration garden is looking ahead to the...


Artist Talk by Nadine Bariteau

Montréal and Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist Nadine Bariteau will speak about her internationally exhibited work. Admission is free.

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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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