Kwantlen Polytechnic University is Canada’s only polytechnic university. The largest teaching university in British Columbia, KPU is home to one of the biggest undergraduate schools of business in Western Canada, highly specialized and unique design programs in the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design, research institutes dedicated to sustainable agriculture and food systems, and one of the most technologically advanced trades and technology training facilities in Canada. KPU provides an exceptional learning environment, reinforced by small classes, supportive educational environments and engaged faculty.
KPU offers students meaningful, and highly marketable experiences, and opportunities to engage in applied educational experiences through undergraduate research, community-focused research, cooperative learning, practicum placements, international field schools and much more.
- Sustainable agriculture
- Sustainable horticulture
- Design (fashion design, product design, interior design, technical apparel design)
- Brewing and brewery operations
- Physics for modern technology
- NGO and Non-Profit Studies
Institutional Data from the 2015-2016 Reporting Year
***The student count is calculated by summing full-time enrollment, part-time enrollment, other-credit enrollment, and the number of apprentices pursuing training at the institution.***
KPU supports a broad range of applied research, scholarship, and creative artistry as an integral part of its polytechnic culture of teaching and learning, community engagement, and social innovation. The linkage between distinctive program streams and applied research enables students and faculty to apply practical knowledge and skills in real-world contexts and establish collaborative partnerships with local communities, industry and government. Notable KPU research institutes, themes and projects include:
- The Institute for Sustainable Horticulture
- The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems
- Acting Together – SSHRC-CURA Project
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Research Community Learning and Engagement (CIR:CLE)
- The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Lab and Farm
- The Visual Media Workshop
- Lifespan Cognition Lab
- The Bee Lab
- O.R.G.A.S.M. Lab
- IMAGe Lab
- MacLean Research Group
- D+FA – Design + Food Atelier
- Open and Innovative Pedagogies Lab
- The Forensic and Applied Social Psychology Lab
- Centre for Global & Multicentric Education
- Dementia Friendly Communities Project
- Nutrigenomics Research Project
- Including All Citizens Pilot Project (Inclusive learning for students with intellectual disabilities)
- High Fidelity Patient Simulation Project
- The Challenge Dialogue – Clean Technology Solution Pilot Project
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KPU also maintains a strong commitment to mobilizing knowledge through its open access resources found online and partnerships which include:
- BC Applied Research and Innovation (BCARIN)
- ResearchImpact (RIR)
KPU is prominent in international education, hosting over 3,000 international students from 26 countries around the world annually. KPU actively recruits students from around the world, including Asia, the Middle East, South America, and Europe. As of 2017, the international student body comprises approximately 20 per cent of the entire student population, and it continues to grow annually.
KPU also offers a wide array of study-abroad options for all students with partner institutions in Australia, South Korea, Brazil, China, Iceland and more. KPU’s notable global partnerships include joint undergraduate programs with Xiamen University in Marketing, International Economics, Trade, and Accounting. These program qualifications are recognized both in Canada and China. Other strategic partnerships include the International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC), which allows graduates from the ILAC pathway program to enter directly into KPU’s undergraduate studies.
KPU offers a variety of courses in our English Language Studies program for international students who wish to upgrade their English. Through our Pathway to Undergraduate Studies option, students may choose to upgrade their English while also taking a select suite of undergraduate courses. Once their upgrading is complete, students are able to transition fully to undergraduate studies.
KPU also offers the Graduate Nurse program, an Internationally Educated Re-Entry program, designed for individuals who have completed nursing credentials outside Canada, and are preparing for practice and licensing in Canada. The program enhances skills and knowledge as required by the College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia (CRNBC).
KPU’s unique identity can be seen through its commitment to quality and its pursuit of innovation in teaching and learning. In educating global citizens, KPU International is committed to the values of diversity, community engagement, and educational access. KPU’s international reputation is relevant to the global community by prioritizing its experiential learning, purposeful engagement, and student experience.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Alan Davis
Provost and Vice-President Academic
Dr. Salvador Ferreras
Executive Director, External Affairs