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VIU News

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Alum of the Month: Ebony Logins

As a young female politician, Ebony Logins is very conscious of the fact that women are not well-represented in the political sphere. To encourage more young...

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Graphic Design Student Earns Spot at Worldskills Competition

Joe Thoong, a second-year VIU Graphic Design student, is heading to Russia in August to compete in WorldSkills Kazan 2019 with Team Canada. ­­ “Best in the...

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VIU Hosts Summer Camps for Indigenous High School Students

Thanks to the generosity of The Peter Cundill Foundation, VIU is offering three free camps at the University’s Cowichan, Powell River and Nanaimo campuses this...

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VIU Events


Joe Skipsey's Retirement Celebration

Please come and join us in saying goodbye to our friend, Joe Skipsey, who will be retiring later this month. You are invited to attend our celebration on June...


Raising the Snuneymuxw and Metis Flags at VIU Nanaimo Campus

In recognition that VIU's Nanaimo campus is on the territory of the Snuneymuxw People who allow us to live, work and learn here everyday, we are raising the...



This year, VIU Mariners Athletics and Recreation are proud to now offer 8 weeks of action-packed summer camps for youth ages 6-17. The expanded summer camp...


Equity and Equality: Working with Students with Disabilities

Equity and equality—is there a difference in the classroom? Join Disability Access Services and CIEL for a collaborative, educational session about ensuring...

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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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