Kwantlen Polytechnic University is expanding into the city centre of Surrey with its plans for a new campus. KPU Civic Plaza will be Kwantlen’s fifth campus and will open early 2016.
Kwantlen’s latest site is envisioned to bring upper-level business courses and post-graduate credentials to the region south of the Fraser and serve over 1,600 students. The 30,000 square feet building will be minimum three-storey site located in 3 Civic Plaza beside Surrey’s new City Hall and the City Centre Library.
The Civic Plaza will be a $150-million, 52-storey multi-use building, includes a 144-room hotel, 349 condos and five floors of office space, three of which are Kwantlen’s.
The KPU Civic Plaza will “offer programs that include diplomas and certificates in: strategic planning; media and communications; policy, governance and innovation; public relations; emerging market analysis; product development; management sciences; accounting; human resource management; financial analysis; specific business applications, and; professional standards,” according to a media release by Kwantlen.
President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Davis said that “Kwantlen was born from the need to provide relevant post-secondary education to the South Fraser Region. For the past 32 years, we have grown to serve more than a quarter of a million students. But KPU’s vision is to be bigger, bolder and better. KPU Civic Plaza is just that.”
Davis believes that with the expansion of the university to the city centre of Surrey will make the university a ‘hub’ for community, collaboration and connections. Kwantlen is not known for having a sense of community so this expansion could help increase the organizations, programs, and overall community involvement surrounding the university.
“With one-third of Surrey’s population under the age of 19, the new KPU Civic Plaza is an excellent example in how the City of Surrey is reaching out to meet the needs of our future leaders,” said Mayor Dianne Watts.
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