Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen Polytechnic University now has four campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region.Established by the government of British Columbia in 1981, Kwantlen Polytechnic University now has four campuses located in the Metro Vancouver region.

With a career-focused programming model that integrates both theoretical and applied learning, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) gives graduates the skills to successfully meet the evolving needs of communities, industry, and regional and global markets.

The connection with industry is essential to how KPU designs and delivers its programming. The emphasis on hands-on experiential learning also provides a rich experience for students, and ensures graduates are not only ready for work, but are ready to be engaged local and global citizens.

“There is a huge agricultural base to our region, in every part of our region, and we’re very pleased to be able to support that in many different ways. Beekeeping is the latest initiative in that.”

With over 19,000 students enrolling annually across four campuses, KPU is uniquely positioned to offer its roster of over 124 quality programs. Students pursue a full range of applied credentials including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations, and apprenticeships in a variety of comprehensive career disciplines: academic and career advancement, liberal arts, design, business, health, science and horticulture, and trades and technology.

KPU’s Sustainable Agriculture, Technical Apparel Design and Continuing & Professional Studies programming are particularly unique.

“Continuing & Professional Studies (CPS) is a new department at KPU where we talk to industries, associations and professionals about the training needs in our region,” says Dr. Alan Davis, KPU president. “It’s a way for KPU to continually be responsive to the needs of our region; we have a regional mandate and want to make sure we put that front and centre.”

Western Canada’s first-ever commercial beekeeping program will launch at KPU in 2016, under the umbrella of the CPS department. The program addresses the bee deficiency in the province adversely affecting the agricultural industry. “There is a huge agricultural base to our region, in every part of our region, and we’re very pleased to be able to support that in many different ways. Beekeeping is the latest initiative in that,” says Davis.

Programs in Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture provide students with a skills-based education in a wide range of sustainable strategies. “The programs are unique and very much focused on more regional approaches to food production and sustainability,” reveals Davis. “I think that’s really a clear focus of the university and very much part of our excellence; we are very responsive and we provide opportunities where they don’t exist in any other place.”

KPU’s Wilson School of Design is one of the foremost design schools in western Canada developed through extensive collaboration with KPU alumni and Vancouver-based companies such as lululemon and Mountain Equipment Co-op. The program connects research, education, and business to support, inspire, and create innovative approaches to apparel design.

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