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VIU News

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VIU to Recognize Indigenous Peoples with Ancestral Lands In Canada as Domestic Students

Change to tuition approach reflects VIU’s continued and active support for process of reconciliation

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VIU Student Researchers and Faculty Organize Annual BioBlitz Event

Community volunteers sought to survey flora and fauna

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VIU Engineering Students Test Skills In Design Competition

Public invited to vote for best project design

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VIU Events


Jewellery Sale - Scholarship Fundraiser

22nd Annual Sale of Original Jewellery by Kathryn and Marni (WOST) All proceeds go to scholarships for students in the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver Program...


Input Request Re: VIU's Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure

This is an invitation to provide your feedback! It’s been one year since VIU adopted the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure, and the University is inviting...


Community Partners Series with Dr. Paul Hassleback, Medical Health Officer at Island Health

Join VIU's Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity Office and Community Relations in welcoming Dr. Paul Hassleback, Medical Health Officer at Island Health...


ONLINE: Information Session: New VIULearn Course Retention Process: Deletion of Courses from 2012 – 2015

VIU has been using VIULearn (D2L's Brightspace learning environment) since 2012 and we have a lot of courses, content and student data on our platform. It is...

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Testimonial - Eric Friesen

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.

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