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VIU Students Look To Help The Youngest Victims of the The Opioid Crisis

Societal stigma biggest obstacle in helping those in need

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Statement from the President's Office re: Supporting Each Other on Our Road to Reconciliation

We are saddened by the recent court process and convey our deepest sympathies to the family of Colten Boushie, to the Indigenous community and to all Canadi

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VIU Events


Dr. Sarah Giles: Medecins Sans Frontieres and what it is like to be a Doctor in some of the world's most challenging situations

Dr. Sarah Giles, is a Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontier) volunteer, as well as a locum doctor in the Northwest Territories. Sarah will present a...


Bring Your Lunch & Learn about ... The video game industry in BC and the role of public policy in developing the sector

Dr. Mark Williams will be discussing his field work for the study, 'The Rise of the Video Game Industry in British Columbia'. Mark and his research assistant,...


Discover What the People Plan Means to You - Invitation to VIU Town Halls

We are excited to share with you the next steps of the People Plan process. The first part of the consultation phase of the project is a series of Town Halls....


Free Information Session for Esthetics Program

Are you ready for a fast-paced career in the hands-on, creative field of esthetics? Vancouver Island University’s 8-month Professional Esthetics certificate...

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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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