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VIU News

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Hundreds of High School Students Come to VIU for Skills Canada Regional Competition

WHAT: Skills Canada British Columbia Vancouver Island Central regional competition WHEN: Friday, February 22, 2019, 8 am to 4 pm WHERE: Vancouver Island...

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VIU’s Early Child Education and Care Program Doubles Seats for 2019

To meet the high demand for jobs, VIU is doubling its capacity for Early Child Education and Care program for the September 2019 intake. Students can receive...

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Alum of the month: Annie Hepp

It may take Vancouver Island University (VIU) Biology graduate Annie Hepp a little while to get used to living and working in one of the largest southern...

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VIU Events

Feb
21

Dine at The Discovery Room This Spring Semester.

The Hospitality Management Students would like to personally invite you and your fellow colleagues to dine in the Discovery Room, between January and April of...

Feb
21

Community Partners Series: Making teh World More Resilient to Infectious Diseases

With Dr. Christian Lange, Virologist at Metabiota. In an increasingly globalized world with massive air travel and ever more urbanization, the risks for...

Feb
21

Purely Social Affair

The Registration Centre is hosting this Fifth Annual Event bringing together faculty, staff, and, yes, even administrators! Come join us on Thursday February...

Feb
21

Dental Assistant Program — FREE Information Session

Interested in the Dental Assistant program? Join us for a free information session to learn more about the program — there is no need to pre-register.

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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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