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University of Victoria (UVIC)


Continuing education has been an integral part of the University of Victoria since its inception in 1963. Today, the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) provides adult and continuing education programming in co-operation with UVic faculties and community partners. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of programs in a range of academic disciplines, using diploma, certificate, degree and other programming models to serve adult, part-time, international and geographically dispersed students.

Acts and figures

icon21,800 students (undergraduate and graduate)

icon900 full-time faculty members

icon531 patents filed to date

icon1,065 invention disclosures to date

icon169 start-up companies to date

icon$3.7 billion UVic annual economic impact

icon115th in the world and the top university in Canada, across all sciences, for international research collaboration (Leiden)

A top-ranked Canadian university
We're recognized annually as one of Canada's top universities by external surveys and satisfied students.

#1 among Canadian comprehensive universities in THE citation rankings (2016/17)

#3 among all Canadian universities in citation impact per faculty member (QS rankings, 2018)

#2 among all Canadian universities in CFI funding per faculty member (2016)

Gold star performer for sustainability practices in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, compiled by the international Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

#1 among comprehensive universities in medical/science grants per faculty (Maclean's 2018)

#1 for citation impact among all Canadian universities (tied with U of T) (Maclean's 2017)

Our strengths
Civic engagement is a key part of our mission, and our faculty, students and staff work with community partners locally and globally to tackle issues that matter to people, places and the planet.

International perspectives
Indigenous focus
Sustainable initiatives
Our research strengths
UVic's internationally recognized areas of research strength include:

Creativity and culture
Data science and cyber physical systems
Environment, climate and energy
Global studies and social justice
Health and life sciences
Indigenous research
Ocean science and technology
Physical sciences and engineering, mathematics and computer science