Kwantlen’s new president addresses Chinese community

Tue, Oct 23, 2012

More than 200 members of the Greater Vancouver Chinese community gathered at the Shiang Garden Seafood Restaurant in Richmond on October 25, to welcome Dr. Alan Davis, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (KPU) new president and vice-chancellor.

The event began with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and a presidential address by guest speaker, Dr. Alan Davis. “It is exciting for me to be formally introduced to leaders in the Greater Vancouver Chinese-Canadian community,” said Dr. Davis. “It is important for the university to build strong links with those it is mandated to serve, and to understand their needs and to listen to their ideas for the future of KPU.”

Discussions on prospective co-op programs, international education, and continuing education at KPU were also topics of conversation between the leaders. The occasion, not only served as an opportunity for KPU’s new president to meet business and community leaders, but was also an event for attendees to share ideas on how Kwantlen can continue to benefit its regions.

“KPU is unique from other universities because of its mission to serve its students and their communities,” said Ken Tung, member of the KPU Governance Board. “Through engagements like these, KPU is able to connect with its communities to gain a better understanding of their needs, and ultimately help our students become leaders and advocates.”

Recognizing the prosperity of partnerships, KPU dedicates itself to collaborative efforts with its students and their families to help prepare for a more promising future. The university offers all students, regardless of background and preparation, opportunities to achieve the highest standards of academic performance as self-directed, independent learners.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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