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Honouring a Voice for the Disappeared

As one of the only survivors of the infamous Campo de Mayo, the site of the genocide and kidnapping of over 30,000 people during the de facto military...

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VIU Professor Receives Prestigious Teacher Educator Award

A Vancouver Island University (VIU) Education professor is being recognized with a provincial award for her transformative teaching approach and collaboration...

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Nanaimo High School Wins Prestigious Pi Cup

Top math students in grades eight to 12 in the mid-Vancouver Island area competed in the annual BC Secondary School Math Contest held at VIU. Two teams...

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VIU Events

May
25

BCSPCA Speaking for Animals & VIU Hair

The VIU Hairdressing students are offering Aromatherapy Scalp Massages, Hair Cuts, and Hair Styles by donation to support animals in need at the Nanaimo SPCA...

May
25

BCSPCA and VIU Hairdressing fundraiser

The VIU Hairdressing students are offering aromatherapy scalp massages, hair cuts and hair styles by donation to support animals in need at the Nanaimo SPCA....

May
27

Active Transportation Weeks

Join us May 27-June 8 for Active Transportation Weeks! Is this the year you-- get outside more? get more active? connect with your community? take climate...

May
29

Fundamentals of Forest - Harvesting Practices FREE Information Session

Thinking about a lucrative career in the forest industry on Vancouver Island? This is your opportunity to get your foot in the door (or boots on the ground)...

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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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