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Exploring the Importance of Snow to Vancouver Island Water Supplies

VIU researchers are helping devise new methods of assessing the quality and quantity of water sources in coastal mountains using drones.  Vancouver...

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VIU English Language Instructor Belinda Williams is passionate about sharing her love of language with her students. Whenever she’s able, she also works...

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VIU Launches Campaign to Help Complete New Buildings and Support Students

Imagine VIU is a campaign to equip and complete the three new facilities at the Nanaimo Campus – the Centre for Health and Science; the Marine, Automotive and...

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Daniel Heath Justice - Why Indigenous Literature Matters

Join Dr. Daniel Heath Justice, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture, as he discusses Indigenous literature, identity, and Two-...

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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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