Kwantlen sees record enrolment

Sun, Sep 19, 2010


Kwantlen sees record enrolment
Kwantlen sees record enrolment


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September 20, 2010

Kwantlen sees record enrolment

New university status credited for creating record demand

(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Kwantlen Polytechnic University is reporting record growth in student enrolment for the Fall 2010 semester. As of September 17, Kwantlen’s enrolment is up from seven to 10 per cent across all of its four campuses from the previous year and the university is now operating at full capacity.

“Kwantlen has achieved another record enrolment, and we’re seeing significant increases in virtually every program and every area within the university,” says Kwantlen’s registrar Robert Hensley. “The Cloverdale Campus, which houses our trades and technology programs, experienced the highest growth—a 10 per cent increase. The Langley Campus was next with just under a 10 per cent increase, and Richmond and Surrey each had increases of seven per cent.”

Hensley believes that the increased enrolment is partly due to the record-high transition rate for high school students entering directly into university after graduation across the province, as well as some significant changes at Kwantlen.

“Becoming a university has proven to be a real catalyst for growth,” says Hensley. “There’s a huge demand from students for our bachelor degree programs because of their applied focus.” To meet this growing demand, Kwantlen is in the process of developing a number of innovative new bachelor’s degrees. “The new Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management is a great example of the career-focused programs we specialize in as a polytechnic university,” says Hensley. “This program was developed in conjunction with business leaders, and is exactly the type of industry-focused degree that our students are looking for.”

Hensley believes Kwantlen can expect to see continuing growth in the future, “Becoming a university has also been a huge asset, especially for recruiting international students. We’ve seen a 17 per cent growth in enrolment from international students, mainly from China, India, and Saudi Arabia since we became a full-fledged university.”

“We’re working hard to make sure we’re offering the right programs, the ones our students want, and that we’re providing all of the necessary support for our students to succeed. We’ve seen a steady growth in enrolment every year over the past five years, and I expect that trend will continue.”

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