Tucked away on a knoll behind the Second Narrows Bridge in North Vancouver lies one of B.C.’s most unique educational institutions—Capilano University (Cap U for short).
Specializing in creative, hands-on and off-the-beaten track programs, the following four reasons are an example of why Capilano University welcomes thousands of Canadian and international students every year:
What is C.U.S.P., you ask? The Capilano University Street Party (CUSP) is the day that the scenic Capilano campus is transformed into a street party complete with a “Wild Goose Chase,” theatre sports, food trucks, booths, games and live music. Officially, the day is the opening of school for university’s 6,400 new and returning students (think academic procession, complete with mace and regalia). But this party is not your parents’ Orientation Day event….
2. Feel the Love at We Day
Cap U is the place where We Day continues after secondary school. For the past three years, Cap students, instructors and staff have volunteered at the We Day Vancouver as part of the University’s partnership with We Day and Free the Children. Cap U students take the stage along with top global thinkers and changemakers.
In its inaugural year, Cap student and business innovator Daniel DuBois (Share Shed) shared his vision on social entrepreneurship. Last year, Cap’s musical theatre performed “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from the musical Hairspray—We Day audiences were on their feet and singing along. In addition, Cap’s unique We Schools Entrance Scholarships offer two full-ride scholarships for high school graduates who participated in the We Act educational program.
Capilano U’s Global Stewardship program prepares young change-makers for jobs in international aid and social entrepreneurship.
3. A living lab for complete sustainability
You read that right. Cap U’s goal is nothing short of complete sustainability.
Capilano U students, instructors and staff pioneered an approach to waste reduction with the first campus waste audit in 2011. The whole campus got on board and, as a result, the audit has become a key part of the curriculum and a way to engage students from a variety of faculties across campus in hands-on learning. As a result, the amount of organic waste was reduced from 69 per cent in 2011 to 40 per cent in 2014. The ultimate goal: zero waste and a campus that is ultimately a net-producer of energy. That’s a worthy aspiration.
4. Where art and innovation go hand in hand
Did you know that Capilano’s animation programs have been listed as one of the top 25 schools to hire from by Animation Magazine, the major trade publication for the industry? It’s no wonder the public and industry are raving about Cap’s animation talent, knowing that they worked on feature films like Frozen, Life of Pi and Hotel Transylvania and interactive games like Snowboard Supercross (SSX) and Transformers: Cybertron.
Or, how about that only this year, Capilano had over 50 jazz alumni, students and faculty performing at Vancouver Jazz Festival? And, that about 60 performing arts students, alumni and faculty took the stage in major productions in Lower Mainland!