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VIU News

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New Student Awards Honour Legacy of VIU Alum Micah Messent

Two awards in memory of a VIU graduate who passed away in a plane crash in March 2019 will be given out to Indigenous students in need in 2020.Friends and...

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Culinary Arts and Baking Students Design Signature Chocolate for VIU

VIU is the fourth Canadian educational institution ̶ and the fifth one in the world ̶ to create an exclusive chocolate recipe.Dark, milk, white, fruits and...

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Removing Barriers to Online Learning for Trades Students

Examining Trades and Technical education learning and teaching in a digital age.Digital access to textbooks, lesson plans and research has been transforming...

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VIU Events

Dec
06

Winter Art Sale-Stice

Fine art, crafts, and gifts - galore! Come down to visit and see what's in store! Easy payment with out debit machine, A unique gift you're sure to glean!

Dec
06

Read/Light Retrospective December 6th 30th Anniversary

Fourteen female professors and students read their creative work, or inspiring words from others, to honour the 14 female engineering students who were killed...

Dec
06

Upper Cafeteria Closure

To facilitate the Seasonal Soiree the Upper Cafeteria Building 300 will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday December 6, 2019.

Dec
06

Main Cafeteria Early Closure

To accommodate The Seasonal Soiree the main cafeteria building 300 will close at 1:00 p.m. on Friday December 6, 2019.

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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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