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VIU News

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VIU Equips Students for Success on Global Day of Giving

Thomas Flegel was pleasantly surprised to return to Vancouver Island University (VIU) this fall to complete his second year of the Automotive apprenticeship...

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Alumni of the Month: Peter Wizinsky

Meet Peter Wizinsky, Vancouver Island University’s first Bachelor of Science in Math graduate since the new major option came into effect this year. Peter, who...

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VIU Points: 5 Questions with Hamish Thomson

Hamish Thomson, the cooking and nutrition teacher at the High School at VIU, has spent a large part of his life at the Nanaimo campus starting from when he was...

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VIU Events

Nov
15

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon & Community of Practice Meetup

Join us for Nanaimo and VIU’s second Wikipedia Edit-a-thon...

Nov
16

Alternative Cinema Series (PICI 001 F18N01)

The Alternative Cinema Series, facilitated once again by Dr. Ron Bonham, will offer six films, shown on consecutive Friday nights beginning at 7:00 pm. This...

Nov
17

Vancouver Shopping Trip

Tsawwassen Mills is a destination shopping experience like none other, providing you access to stores not available on Vancouver Island, and a real shopping...

Nov
20

Bring Your Lunch & Learn about ... Re-Thinking IT Leadership - A Science Based Approach to Team Engagement.

With Darren Everleigh, Director of IT Operations at VIU. Did you know that when people feel excluded, it provokes the same sort of reaction in the brain that...

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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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