Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Established 
1981
Main Campus 
12666 72 Ave
Surrey, BC V3W 2M8
Highlights 
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has served the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 learners. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs in business, liberal arts, design, health, science and horticulture, trades and technology, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 120 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and apprenticeships.

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.

Campus locations: 

Renowned expertise

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable horticulture
  • Design (fashion design, product design, interior design, technical apparel design)
  • Farrier
  • Brewing and brewery operations
  • Trades
  • Physics for modern technology
  • NGO and Non-Profit Studies

Industry Partners 

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)

President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Alan Davis
alan.davis@kpu.ca

Provost and Vice-President Academic
Dr. Salvador Ferreras
salvador.ferreras@kpu.ca

Executive Director, External Affairs
Marlyn Graziano
marlyn.graziano@kpu.ca

Executive Director, Institutional Analysis and Planning 
Lori McElroy 
lori.mcelroy@kpu.ca

Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning
Stephanie Chu
stephanie.chu@kpu.ca
 
Executive Director, Marketing and Recruitment
Joanne Saunders
joanne.saunders@kpu.ca