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VIU Initiatives Trust Exploring Business Opportunities

The Trust undertakes revenue-generating initiatives for the benefit of VIU and the VIU Foundation. ­­ Vancouver Island University (VIU) has created a...

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VIU Partners with Elementary Schools on Body Mapping Projects

The University is reaching out to young students while they are still in the K-12 system to help instill a desire to continue with their education as part of...

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Indigenous Doctor Shortage Issue Brought to the Forefront by VIU Student

Sometimes all it takes to influence positive change is to put an idea in front of the right people.  Vancouver Island University (VIU) Masters of...

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VIU Events

Apr
25

HIRE FAIR FOR CASUAL, CLERICAL STAFF

Join us on VIU's Nanaimo campus on April 25 for a hiring fair to recruit staff for the on-call clerical pool. This event will take place in the Royal...

Apr
25

Community Partners Series: Moving Minds and Bodies

With Holly Bright, Founder of Crimson Coast Dance Society. Join us for a conversation about organizational relevance and relationships, and the power of...

Apr
26

Day of Mourning

Last year, 131 B.C. workers died from a workplace injury or disease. When you lose a loved one, the pain never goes away. Across Canada, April 28 has been...

Apr
26

Local Hikes - Elk Falls Provincial Park

Cultural Connections - Local Hikes Join Cultural Connections as we head outdoors and explore some of the most scenic and awe-inspiring, local hiking trails...

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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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