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VIU News

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Program that Brings Inmates and University Students Together Expanding

Thanks to a generous grant from the Vancouver Foundation, VIU’s Inside-Out program will not only continue, but triple in size. ­­ There’s nothing anybody...

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VIU Announces Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Recipients

Five Vancouver Island University (VIU) students will have the opportunity to make a difference internationally this spring thanks to the Canadian Queen...

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VIU Graduate Student Hopes to Influence Indigenous Learning in Belize

VIU Master of Education in Educational Leadership student Miriam Juarez is researching how to incorporate more Maya culture and perspectives into the...

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VIU Events

Mar
26

T'sasala Cultural Group

Please join us at the Malaspina Theatre and enjoy T'sasala Cultural Group's dance performance . This event is free and everyone is welcome!!!!

Mar
26

Water Film Night

VIU Sustainability is hosting Watermark by acclaimed documentary makers Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky. This beautiful and thought-provoking film will...

Mar
26

Hosting Information Session

Interested in hosting an International from The High School at VIU. This session will help you gain an understanding of hosting international students from the...

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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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