Kwantlen students develop website for the Consulate of Solomon Islands to Canada

Mon, Jan 14, 2013
KPU students create web design
(L-R) Wayne Tebb (Dean School of Business), Arvinder Bubber (Chancellor), Andrew Payne (student), Jeff Franzke (student), Chris Chu (student), Antonio Su (student), Ashwant Dwivedi (Consul General), Dr. Alan Davis (KPU President & Vice- Chancellor)

For immediate release

January 15, 2013

(Metro Vancouver, BC) – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) students enrolled in the bachelor of technology in information technology (BTech in IT) have recently developed a website for the Consulate of Solomon Islands to Canada.
"Kwantlen Polytechnic University provides unique opportunities for students to acquire and demonstrate the skills that make them productive employees the first week on the job," said Wayne Tebb, dean, school of business, KPU. "The professional quality work that this group of students did in setting up the official web presence of the Consulate of the Solomon Islands in Canada clearly demonstrates the value of a polytechnic education, for the student and for potential employers."

KPU students Chris Chu, Jeff Franzke, Antonio Su and Andrew Payne, had the opportunity to apply their IT skills to real-life work experiences. The students have been working since November with government officials of the Solomon Islands and KPU administrators, to develop the site.

"The generosity from Kwantlen is very much appreciated by the people of the Solomon Islands," said Mr. Ashwant Dwivedi, Solomon Islands, head of consular post and honorary consul to Canada. "The bright students behind this project have become diplomats in their own capacity. As Solomon Islands and Canada grow its relations this website will be a major tool that will be widely used by business leaders both in Canada and the Solomon Islands."

This is the first project of its kind that KPU students have participated in. The site was completed early December 2012 and is now officially launched. To view the site, please visit

"This project has been a great learning experience with real world exposure," said Chris Chu, student, KPU. "The quality and quantity of learning has been optimum, and the project is helping student developers to enhance their skills and gain knowledge."

KPU's BTech in IT program allows students to earn a bachelor degree that prepares them for employment in the IT industry in Canada or for graduate school. Graduates of the program will work as system administrators, system analysts, networking professionals, software developers, web developers, mobile app developers, and IT project managers. For more information please visit,

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 18,000 students annually have a choice from more than 200 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Please visit:


For more information on this project please contact:
Wayne Tebb
Dean, School of Business
Tel: 604.599.3251

For more information on KPU contact:
Cara Johnson
Media Specialist
Tel: 604.598.6196