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VIU News

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Sharing the Secrets of the Rocks Around Us

As people walk upon the Earth, not many take the time to really notice what’s under their feet or realize just how vital sand, gravel and rocks are in today’s...

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VIU Selected for an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Grant and the Dimensions Pilot

As a values-based institution, Vancouver Island University (VIU) embraces the principle that a diverse range of talents, opinions, perspectives, experiences...

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Leisure in a Cultural Context

As an Indigenous woman and leisure scholar, VIU Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management student Sara Fulla is merging her two worlds with her research...

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VIU Events

Aug
22

President's Welcome Social

Come enjoy great company, some food and fun at the President's Welcome Social at the Nanaimo Campus!

Aug
23

Colliery Dam Walk

Connect with nature, enjoy the view or add to your daily steps. Whatever your reason, join us every Friday to walk the Colliery Dam. We meet outside the...

Aug
26

Back to School & Bundle Sale

The Campus Store is offering special prices on all your back to school supplies and great deals on selected VIU apparel! TRIPLE BUNDLE EXTRAVAGANZA: For...

Aug
26

Dictionary Sale

The Campus Store is having a dictionary sale from August 26 to September 27! 20% off all dictionaries (all languages)

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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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