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Scholarships & bursaries for students in 2017-18


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VIU News

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VIU Global Studies Graduates Make A Difference

Five VIU Global Studies graduates and former VIU Professor Dr. Catherine Schittecatte gathered this summer to share about life after university. ...

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VIU Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair Focuses on Aboriginal Learning

Vancouver Island University (VIU) welcomes Dr. Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller, the Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Foundation Visiting Research Chair in...

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VIU Supported Business Program Inspires Indigenous Youth

As the only Indigenous student in his university undergraduate and graduate classes, Bernard Gilbert struggled to find connection to campus life.  “There...

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VIU Events


Get the Semester off to a Good Start: VIULearn Checklist

Do you need a quick refresher getting your VIULearn course ready for a new semester? Many of these “semester start” tasks only happen once a semester. We...


Teaching Across Campuses with Video-Conferencing: Pedagogy and Technology Tips and Techniques

VIU’s video conferencing tool is now able to integrate with our new VIUOnline Rooms (Zoom). This has broadened learning access for students because they can...


Embracing Vulnerability - Gateway to Authentic Heart

Share an evening with Mandaza Kandema, traditional healer and peacemaker in the Shona and Ndebele traditions. This event is a fundraiser for Mandaza's...


Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning Program: Awareness Session

VIU’s Recognition of Achievements in Teaching and Learning was collaboratively designed with feedback from faculty members serving on VIU’s 2016 – 2017 Council...

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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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