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Kwantlen's Timeline of Success

  • 2016
  • KPU pilots first semester-long remote science labs in Canada.
  • KPU announces partnership with Siemens to deliver new mechatronics program.
  • KPU design alumni design innovative cooling vest for national wheelchair rugby team at the Paralympic Games in Rio.
  • KPU and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine sign history-making MOU to develop a framework that will allow graduates of KPU's new acupuncture diploma program to transfer into year four of BUCM's five-year traditional Chinese medicine degree program.
  • Graphic design instructor Keith Martin designs a collection of Canada Post stamps featuring various Canadian birds.
  • Construction begins on the new Wilson School of Design at KPU Richmond.
  • KPU has the distinction of being the top adopting institution in BC for open textbooks. Open textbooks are those available online free of charge. More than 100 open textbooks have been adopted at KPU.
  • 2015
  • KPU welcomes first Elder in Residence. Lekeyten of the Kwantlen First Nation. The Elder in Residence program supports and encourages Aboriginal students on their educational journey. In his role, Lekeyten will share knowledge, traditions, and teachings with individual students and groups, as well as work with the university to promote understanding and respect for Indigenous perspectives, culture and values.
  • KPU is named one of BC's top employers, and one of Canada's greenest employers.
  • KPU introduces BC's first commercial beekeeping program. Students in the KPU program will receive instruction in beehive care, bee disease management, bee botany, integrated pest management, livestock production and colony management, food safety, processing, packaging and marketing, and bee business planning, management and growth.
  • Two horticulture students take home gold for their garden installation at the Skills Canada BC provincial competition.
  • KPU opens a state-of-the-art brewery at KPU Langley to accommodate its two-year brewing and brewery operations program.
  • KPU and Science World partner for a new speaker series.
  • KPU's new Pathway to Undergraduate Studies program allows students to upgrade their English language skills without delaying their undergraduate studies.
  • KPU extends financial aid to former youth in care. The pilot program will cover tuition and student fees for up to five applicants who have been accepted to KPU. Additional funding from the Irving K. Barber Endowment for Educational Opportunities will assist with other educational expenses, including textbooks.
  • KPU becomes the first institution in Canada to deliver a menu of professional courses to guide students through the opportunities and challenges of the medical marijuana industry.
  • KPU opens gender-inclusive restrooms on all four campuses.
  • 2014
  • KPU's Faculty of Science and Horticulture announces a new diploma in brewing and brewery operations.
  • The Ministry of Advanced Education announces KPU will host BC's first public school of traditional Chinese medicine.
  • A new bachelor's degree in sustainable agriculture is offered.
  • The Institute for Sustainable Horticulture lab at KPU Langley is awarded LEED Gold status.
  • First installment of President's Dialogue Series is held, with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.
  • KPU graphic design instructor Keith Martin Canadian stamp depicting the monarch butterfly.
  • KPU announces first programs in the continuing and professional studies section. The courses are aimed at professionals and lifelong learners.
  • TEDxKPU is launched, bring highly acclaimed speakers to the university to share their astounding personal stories and insights on relevant, current, and edgy topics.
  • KPU announces two new degrees: bachelor of arts, major in applied geography; bachelor of arts, minor in language and culture.
  • 2013
  • KPU unveils its first strategic plan as a polytechnic university. VISION 2018 is a five-year framework for growth, accountability, quality and success.
  • The KPU Eagles women's soccer team hosts the CCAA nationals at Newton Athletic Park.
  • KPU business students win prestigious CaseIT Business Case competition for the second consecutive time.
  • KPU hosts its first Science Rendezvous, featuring more than 500 participants.
  • KPU announces new bachelor of arts degree, major in political science.
  • KPU's public relations program is recognized for excellence by the Canadian Public Relations Society. Only five institutions in the country have public relations programs that are officially recognized by the CPRS.
  • KPU announces a new bachelor of science degree in applications of mathematics.
  • 2012
  • New Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design announced for KPU Richmond, thanks to $12 million contributed by Chip and Shannon Wilson and lululemon athletica, and equally matched by each KPU and the province of BC.
  • KPU is named a B.C. top employer for the sixth year in a row.
  • Dr. Alan Davis is named KPU president and vice-chancellor.
  • KPU wins BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award
  • KPU Eagles badminton team competes in the national championships.
  • KPU receives the largest individual donation to date of $500,000 from George and Sylvia Melville to create the Melville Centre for Dialogue at KPU Richmond. Melville is co-chairman and co-owner of Canada's number one casual dining chain, Boston Pizza International Inc.
  • 2011
  • For the fifth year in a row, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is named a Top Employer in B.C. After an extensive review by MediaCorp Canada of over 75,000 employers throughout Canada, Kwantlen is selected as one of B.C.'s top organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining quality employees.
  • KPU accounting alumni named to Business in Vancouver's Top Forty under 40.
  • Earl Mabaquiao KPU fashion design and technology student takes top prize and is named "Canada's breakout designer" during Montreal Fashion Week.
  • KPU Eagles Badminton team win National Gold
  • 2010
  • For the fourth year in a row, KPU is named a Top Employer in B.C. After an extensive review by MediaCorp Canada of over 75,000 employers throughout Canada, Kwantlen is selected as one of B.C.'s top organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining quality employees.
  • KPU women's soccer team repeats as provincial champions.
  • KPU's artificial turf field at Newton Athletic Park officially opens.
  • New degrees offered: bachelor of business administration in marketing management, bachelor of fine arts in visual arts.
  • KPU is named a 2010 Progressive Employer of Canada, the only Canadian post-secondary institution to be named on the list this year.
  • Aboriginal Gathering PlaceKPU celebrates the official grand opening of the Aboriginal Gathering Place. A ceremony is held at KPU Surrey with guests from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, local First Nations, University, and community.
  • Ike BarberKPU receives a donation of $2.5 million, largest in the university's history, from B.C. philanthropist Irving K. Barber to establish the Irving K. Barber Endowment for Educational Opportunities. The endowment funds programming and services that make it easier for students to make the transition to university-level study, from an academic assessment upon entering Kwantlen to monitoring and follow-up assessments, tutoring, supplementary instruction and seminars.
  • KPU is recognized as one of Canada's Greenest Employers for 2010.
  • 2009
  • Kwantlen Eagles women's soccerKPU Eagles women's soccer team wins British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association provincial championship and later finishes with a bronze medal at Canadian Colleges' Athletic Association national competition.
  • For the third year in a row, KPU is named a Top Employer in B.C. After an extensive review by MediaCorp Canada of over 75,000 employers throughout Canada, Kwantlen is selected as one of B.C.'s top organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining quality employees.
  • ISHKPU announces the official opening of its Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, a leading-edge research facility that focuses on innovations in biocontrol and on developing commercial applications for bio products to help build a sustainable and secure agri-food system. The ISH is a partnership between the University, industry and the community designed to meet the demand for more sustainability in horticulture.
  • Accompanied by Premier Gordon Campbell and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, Kwantlen President and Vice-Chancellor David Atkinson officially open newly expanded Library and Surrey Main at the unveiling ceremony.
  • A new degree offered: Bachelor of Arts in English.
  • KPU breaks ground to build Aboriginal Gathering Place to encourage Aboriginal students to enrol at Kwantlen and to enhance support services that help students complete their education.
  • KPU is presented with its official university mace by Kwantlen First Nation Chief Marilyn Gabriel and Kwantlen First Nation artist Drew Atkins. Atkins carved the mace specifically for Kwantlen. It has a variety of traditional First Nation components in it that also connect to KPU and represents the hard work, perseverance and tireless effort of Kwantlen students.
  • KPU holds its first university convocation ceremony and celebrated the graduation of its first students as a university. For the first time in Kwantlen's history, its certificates, diplomas and degrees were also conferred by Kwantlen chancellor Arvinder Singh Bubber, who is also the first Indo-Canadian to be appointed chancellor of a Canadian university.
  • $1 million from Coast Capital SavingsKPU's efforts to build on its new university status received a significant boost thanks to a $1 million donation from Coast Capital Savings. It marks milestones for both organizations, being the largest single donation received by Kwantlen in its history and Coast Capital's single biggest community investment to date. In recognition, Coast Capital Savings will receive naming rights to all four Kwantlen Polytechnic University libraries, including its new state-of-the-art Surrey Campus library.
  • 2008
  • KPU's School of Business receives accreditation renewal for a five-year period by Certified Management Accountants of Canada (CMA) for its bachelor of business administration in accounting program.
  • KPU is accepted as a member in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), Canada's association of leading university and higher education institutions.
  • For the second year in a row, KPU is named a Top Employer in B.C. After an extensive review by MediaCorp Canada of over 75,000 employers throughout Canada, Kwantlen is selected as one of B.C.'s top organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining quality employees
  • University InaugurationKPU celebrated its university status at a university inauguration ceremony on October 3, where its founding Chancellor, Arvinder S. Bubber, and founding President and Vice-chancellor, David W. Atkinson were officially installed.
  • University StatusKPU celebrates its first official day as a university on Tuesday, September 2, 2008.
  • University MaceArvinder Singh Bubber is appointed KPU's first chancellor, and will serve a three-year term through 2011.
  • Four new bachelor of arts degrees offered: bachelor of arts in history; and bachelor of arts double minor in anthropology or geography.
  • David Atkinson is named KPU's new president as of July 1.
  • University StatusPremier Gordon Campbell announces that Kwantlen University College will become Kwantlen Polytechnic University. As a polytechnic university, KPU will be better positioned to serve the fast growing segment of the population with higher education needs that are increasingly career-focused.
  • 2007
  • CloverdalePremier Gordon Campbell officially opens the new Kwantlen University College Trades and Technology Centre, which will provide leading-edge trades and technology training for more than 900 students in an environmentally friendly building.
  • New degrees offered: bachelor of arts minor in mathematics.
  • Kwantlen's Environmental Protection Technology program receives National Accreditation from the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. Prior to this, they had provincial accreditation as measured against the Canadian Technology Standards.
  • Kwantlen School of Business achieves prestigious international accreditation by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The School of Business at Kwantlen University College joins the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University as one of British Columbia's three accredited business schools.
  • For the first year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is named a Top Employer in B.C. After an extensive review by MediaCorp Canada of over 75,000 employers throughout Canada, Kwantlen is selected as one of B.C.'s top organizations that lead their industries in attracting and retaining quality employees.
  • 2006
  • Five new bachelor of arts double minor degree options offered in: Creative writing, economics, philosophy, political science or sociology.
  • Two new degrees offered and post-degree diploma: bachelor of psychiatric nursing; bachelor of business administration in human resources management; post baccalaureate Diploma in Human Resources Management.
  • CIDA accreditation. Only interior design program in B.C. so designated.
  • 2005
  • Construction begins on $42.3-million Cloverdale Trades and Technology Centre.
  • Building-C170Construction begins on Surrey Campus Phase III, a $36-million expansion.
  • Four new degrees offered: bachelor of arts, double minor in criminology, English, history or psychology; bachelor of arts in criminology; bachelor of arts in general studies; bachelor of arts in psychology.
  • 2004
  • New degree offered: bachelor of arts in community criminal justice.
  • Hort ResearchThree new research institutes: Institute for Sustainable Horticulture; National institute for Research in Sustainable Community Development; Institute for Advancement of Personal and Community Health and Wellness.
  • 2003
  • New degree offered: bachelor of applied design in graphic design for marketing.
  • 2003-Soccer170Kwantlen Eagles Men's and Women's Soccer teams play exhibition year in the BCCAA.
  • 2002
  • First research institute: Institute for Transborder Studies.
  • 2001
  • Three new degrees offered: bachelor of applied arts in psychology; bachelor of applied journalism; bachelor of business administration in accounting.
  • Kwantlen establishes Office of Research and Scholarship.
  • 2000
  • BaseballPoster170Kwantlen Eagles men's baseball team wins Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship.
  • New degree offered: bachelor of applied design in fashion design and technology.
  • FIDER accredited. First interior design program in B.C. to achieve this.
  • 1999
  • 1999-Surrey170Surrey Campus Phase II opens with a conference centre, gymnasium and fitness centre, high-tech classrooms and offices for faculty and academic support services.
  • Athletics programs launched: Kwantlen Eagles Men's and Women's basketball teams.
  • Kwantlen University College receives coat of arms from Governor-General Roméo LeBlanc.
  • Two new degrees offered: bachelor of technology in information technology; bachelor of business administration in entrepreneurial leadership.
  • 1998
  • phase II dSurrey Campus expansion groundbreaking ceremony including a millennium time capsule that was buried at the corner of G Building to mark the beginning of Phase II construction. The capsule contains among other things, a series of ceramic medallions made by students. The spot is marked with a ceramic plaque giving the details of the capsule.
  • 1997
  • Interior-Design-Grads170First degrees awarded: 11 students receive a bachelor of applied design in interior design.
  • 1996
  • First two degrees offered: bachelor of applied design in interior design; bachelor of science in nursing.
  • 1995
  • Status and name officially changes to Kwantlen University College. It becomes a bachelor's degree-granting institution and is allowed to grant honorary degrees in its own name.
  • First honorary degree recipient: environmental education Barry Leach, Doctor of Letters.
  • 1994
  • First year summer courses are offered at all campuses.
  • 1993
  • Langley Campus opens. Includes new horticulture centre with greenhouses. First crop from greenhouses is poinsettias.
  • 1992
  • Richmond CampusRichmond Campus opens.
  • 1991
  • Langley Campus groundbreaking ceremony.
  • Richmond Campus construction launch ceremony.
  • Kwantlen ceremony celebrates its 10th anniversary.
  • Alumni Association planned for Kwantlen.
  • 1990
  • 1990, Surrey CampusNew Surrey Campus opens, replacing portable trailers.
  • Kwantlen establishes President's Honour Roll with 171 students achieving a CGPA of 3.75 or more on the inaugural list.
  • Co-op education launched at Kwantlen.
  • 1989
  • Kwantlen College Faculty Association (KCFA) splits from Douglas College Faculty Association.
  • 1988
  • Province announces approval for permanent campus for Kwantlen College to be built in Surrey. With a $20-million price tag, the new campus will accommodate 4,000 students.
  • Land is purchased to build a permanent Richmond Campus.
  • Kwantlen begins honouring contributions of faculty and staff with first annual Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony.
  • 1987
  • Applied Science Engineering transfer program developed for the Richmond Campus. Program is first of its kind in the Lower Mainland.
  • 1986
  • Surrey groundbreakKwantlen announces plans for a new campus in Surrey. Site selected is at 72nd Avenue and 126th Street. Construction expected to be completed in 1990.
  • Student achievement recognized by an Awards Ceremony held in November. This is a new event for Kwantlen and it continues to take place annually.
  • 1985
  • Kwantlen College Technology Centre hosts first annual TechnOlympics.
  • 1984
  • In the fall, Kwantlen has its largest enrolment to date with 1,288 full-time equivalent students.
  • 1983
  • First year of Kwantlen's scholarship program.
  • 1982
  • Kwantlen College logo designed by Stuart Richardson, faculty member of the graphics and visual design program.
  • 1981
  • First Kwantlen President Tony Wilkinson (April 1981 to June 1986).
  • Kwantlen splits from Douglas College, taking over all of the campus locations south of the Fraser River, including a leased facility in Richmond and portable trailer campus located at 140th Street in Surrey.
  • First students, 149 in total, graduate from Kwantlen College. First convocation held in December. Credentials given: 14 associate degrees, 97 certificates and 38 citations.

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