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VIU News

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Standing together against racism

I know many of you are experiencing feelings of anger, fear and an overall sense of heaviness over the recent rise in anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19...

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VIU Business Interns Focus on Economic Recovery

University partners with national organization to offer businesses and organizations help with solving challenges or exploring new opportunities. ...

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Air Quality Improves Across the Province During the COVID-19 Crisis

Vancouver Island University (VIU) student researchers see a dramatic decrease in air pollution levels due to reduced car and plane traffic.Restrictions imposed...

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VIU Events


Tuesday Tours at 2 - Live from the VIU Facebook page

Hello everyone, we are cancelling this week's (Tuesday, June 2) event in support of #BlackOutTuesday. VIU does not tolerate racism in any form. We will be...


Culture Kitchen

Culture Kitchen is a weekly Facebook Live cooking show hosted by VIU Intercultural Program Coordinator Simón Schachner on Tuesdays starting at 5 pm. Each week...


Coffee Chats

Join us every Wednesday at 10:00 AM with your favourite morning drink or snack for a casual chat with friends!


Coffee Chats

Join us every Wednesday at 10:00 am on zoom for a casual coffee chat with friends. An opportunity to see familiar faces and meet some new people:) Zoom ID...

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Cassandra Twiname, a VIU Bachelor of Science degree student, on a field trip

Cassandra Twiname

“Being from a small town in Northern B.C., coming to VIU was an easy adjustment with its welcoming atmosphere, small class sizes, approachable professors, and beautiful forested campus. The biology program is challenging but has an amazing faculty who have inspired my love for biology and have been there to help me throughout my academic career.”

Bachelor of Science, Double Major in Biology and Psychology 

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