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74% Domestic
14% International
12% Indigenous

Equals one amazing group of students

$3 million

Scholarships & bursaries for students in 2017-18

120+

A wide range of programs to fuel your passion

2,409

# of VIU students participating in 98 different outdoor rec activities, intramural leagues, fitness classes, and special events

96%

Students satisfied with education at VIU – BC Student Outcomes 2016
(Survey of Bachelor’s Degree students)

1936

VIU's history began with the establishment of a vocation training school in Nanaimo

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VIU News

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VIUPoints: 5 Questions with Gord Buzzard

Gord Buzzard, a retiring instructor in the Faculty of Academic and Career Planning, has been passing on his belief in the transformative power of education to...

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Retiring Provost Dr. David Witty Reflects on Years at VIU

Much to be proud of and thankful for at University  Dr. David Witty, outgoing Provost and Vice-President Academic at Vancouver Island University (VIU),...

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VIU Announces New Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic

Dr. Carol Stuart accepts key academic leadership role with University NANAIMO, BC:  Vancouver Island University (VIU) is pleased to announce Dr. Carol...

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VIU Events

Jun
25

Gord Buzzard's Retirement Party

After 35 years of dedicated work in Academic and Career Preparation and with the Union, Gord Buzzard is retiring! Come join us at the Royal Arbutus Room from 4...

Jul
07

Beauties and the Barn

Beauties and the Barn is a student fundraiser on behalf of RASTA Sanctuary and A Home for Hooves. Both are local registered non-profit, no kill...

Aug
15

Course Portfolios: What are They, and Why Make One?

Have you ever finished a course knowing exactly what you would keep and what you would change the next time, but when the course came around again, you had to...

Aug
15

Virtual Classes and Meetings: Introduction to VIU's Web Conferencing Platform - Zoom!

VIU has recently introduced a new web conferencing tool, Zoom, to support VIUOnline Rooms, a much improved system to facilitate virtual classes and meetings...

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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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