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VIU News

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VIU Recreation Prescription Project Gets Youth Moving

Breaking down barriers to recreation for elementary school children could contribute to healthier, more active adults. Thanks to a $50,000 grant from Island...

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VIU’S MABRRI Researches the Importance of the French Creek Estuary Area

As communities continue to expand on Vancouver Island, creating a balance between development and natural spaces is even more crucial to ensure the protection...

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Cowichan Tribes Elders Teach Land-based Sustainability Course at VIU

Enhanced connections to the land, a deeper appreciation for the culture of local First Nations communities and the desire to pass these experiences on to...

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VIU Events

Dec
10

Farewell Celebration for John Lepage

Please join in the farewell celebration for John Lepage, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities from 1999-2006, and a beloved member of the English...

Dec
11

Get the Semester off to a Good Start: VIULearn Checklist

Do you need a quick refresher getting your VIULearn course ready for a new semester? Many of these “semester start” tasks only happen once a semester. We...

Dec
11

Soup & Bannock, Lunch and Learn

Please join us for lunch of soup...

Dec
11

Trades and Applied Technology Holiday Social and Open House

Join us in Trades and Applied Technology Discovery Centre Building 108 for some holiday fun and the rescheduled Marine, Automotive and Trades Complex Open...

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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.”


Bachelor of Science, Biology


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