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VIU News

Jan. 18, 2020: VIU Nanaimo campus and GR Paine CLOSED

January 18, 2020: Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo campus, G.R. Paine Horticultural Centre, and Deep Bay Marine Field Station are CLOSED for the day...

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VIU Receives $300,000 to Research Norovirus Contamination of Oysters

Research project focuses on helping the BC shellfish industry to forecast, manage and prevent risks to human health and multi-million-dollar losses associated...


Friday, January 17, 2020: All VIU campuses (Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River) and the Parksville/Qualicum Centre are open today, Friday, January 17, for...

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VIU Events


VIU Mariners "Making Some Noise" For Mental Health

Join the Mariners on January 18th and "Make Some Noise" for Mental Health. Bring your noisemakers and wear blue, games are at 1/3pm for Volleyball vs Douglas...


Back to School/Bundle Sale

From January 2 – 24, the Campus Store will be offering special prices on all your back to school supplies and great deals on selected VIU apparel — like our...


Dictionary Sale

From January 2 – 24, the Campus Store will be selling all dictionaries for 20% off!


Financial Literacy Fair

Visit the Financial Literacy Fair and learn about financial aid resources, scholarships and awards, career opportunities and various community supports....

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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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