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Scholarships & bursaries for students in 2017-18


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VIU News

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Alumni of the Month: Denise Tierney and Ruben Galdames

Two VIU alumni – mixed-media artist Denise Tierney (Bachelor of Arts ’17, Visual Arts major) and sculptor Ruben Galdames (Visual Arts) have teamed up to put

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VIUPoints: 5 Questions With Emeka Udeagha

Emeka Udeagha is a Vancouver Island University alumnus, who now works at as a Financial Consultant at Investors Group Financial Services Inc.

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Global Citizenship At The Heart Of VIU's GIS Training Program in Ukraine

Courses help Ukraine government develop sustainable economic policies

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VIU Events


VIU Explorers Spring Break Camp

Students from the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management will be providing a unique day camp experience for children aged 6-10 on the Nanaimo VIU...


Arts and Humanities Colloquium: "A Tale of Two Playwrights: Writing Across Culture and Gender."

As a teenager in a Fraser Valley mill town, playwright and VIU English Professor Nelson Gray had a traumatic experience that continued to haunt him as an adult...


The VIU Difference: What Sets Our Graduates Apart?

Come join us for a workshop demonstrating how the student experience at VIU creates an outstanding graduate. We will share how VIU’s Graduate Attributes are a...


Special Collections Tour at the VIU Library

What’s so special about an academic library's Special Collections? In this session, you’ll discover some of VIU Library’s treasures of rare and special books...

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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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