Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Richmond, BC Homes, Townhouses, Condos, Apartments for Sale
Originally established in 1981 as a community college, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has evolved to offer a wide range of degree programs while continuing to develop traditional college studies. Evidence is in buildings such as the $42 million Trades and Technology Centre at the Cloverdale campus, as well as the upcoming $36-million School of Design at the Richmond campus.
When opened in 2015, the new facility will house advanced research facilities and increase on-campus academic space by 125 per cent. KPU's "intensive learning environment blends theory with practice and is recognized for its extensive engagement with its communities;' says president Alan Davis, who adds that the university "serves one of the fastest-growing regions in the country." Kwantlen offers more than 120 programs-including trades, vocational education and qualifying studies that are designed with flexibility in mind. Students have the option of building on applied and technical programs by bridging certificate and diploma credentials into bachelor degrees.
The school draws about 80 per cent of its undergrads from the Lower Mainland, and wants to start advanced placement programs with nearby school districts to deepen local roots. KPU has four disparate campuses, each with a feel and culture all its own. As home to the student centre, Surrey is a hub of activity. It also plays host to the sports teams. Richmond has a metropolitan feel while Langley and Cloverdale enjoy a closer proximity to more rural areas.
Urban Ecosystems: Examines the impact of horticultural activities on the urban environment with a particular focus on the functioning of green spaces.
Brewing and Brewery Operations: KPU partners with local craft breweries to prepare students in the science, production and business of beer-making and brewery operations.
Physics for Modern Technology: In addition to traditional studies, students gain technical skills relevant to local industry; includes a work placement.
Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: KPU criminology students, together with incarcerated men and women, study as peers in an upper-level seminar course held behind prison walls.
Creativity, Ecology and Nature Experience: The course takes place outdoors, encouraging an integrative view of the connections between art, science and the natural world.
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