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Alum of the Month: Daniel Gardiner

Vancouver Island University (VIU) Bachelor of Business Administration graduate Daniel Gardiner’s hard work has added up to a successful career at an...

Update on Information Technology Outage: VIU Technology Back Online

IMPORTANT NOTICE: VIU technology is back online as of 2:30 pm, January 20, 2019 Thank you for your patience while VIU’s Information Technology Services (ITS)...

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VIU's Dr. Patrick Brouder Named BC Regional Innovation Chair for Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development

A VIU researcher will explore the impact of tourism development and how it relates to community resilience in rural areas across British Columbia. Vancouver...

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VIU Events

Jan
22

Dover Bay Grade 8's Coming to VIU Share Learning: How Does Where We Live Impact How We Live?

The Dover Bay Learns team is once again bringing all 253 of their grade 8’s to VIU’s Nanaimo campus to share their learning from an interdisciplinary unit...

Jan
23

Student Research Training Opportunity - Conferences 101

Never been to a conference? Have no idea what to expect or what to do? This will be a fun and informal talk to let you know all about conferences. The CREATE...

Jan
23

Portal Magazine Paint Nite

Join us for an evening of paint, pints, and Portal magazine! This is a fundraiser for our full-colour nationally distributed literary magazine featuring VIU...

Jan
24

The Tao of Marking: Finding Joy by “De-Complicating” Grades and Feedback

We care deeply about our students—that’s why we teach. But caring for our students can also lead us to adopt practices that are non-sustainable and maybe even...

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Eric Friesen, a Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

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.”


Bachelor of Science, Biology


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