The numbers are in…-By Whitney Sharp

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It’s a common belief that learning is a lifelong pursuit. And statistics from Universities Canada support that notion. According to the organization, approximately 1.7 million students were enrolled in Canadian universities during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Since first opening over 30 years ago, over 200,000 students have attended classes at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and nearly 20,000 students enroll in classes each year across four Metro Vancouver campuses—Surrey, Richmond, Langley, and Cloverdale. The university offers a range of undergraduate degrees, diplomas, certificates, citations and training which gives students a wealth of real-world experience.

The recently released British Columbia 2014-2024 Labour Market Outlook predicts there will be 935,000 job openings in the province by 2024, and more than 75% of them requiring some form of post-secondary education and training. Currently, an estimated 70% of the province’s workforce have some form of post-secondary education and training.

KPU supports learners from application to graduation and provides a wealth of opportunities for hands-on learning and real-world experience through applied learning, group work, presentations and guest speakers in the more than 120 programs offered at the university. Many of the university’s unique programs and course offerings have been developed with input from industry leaders ensuring students are well prepared for a range of in-demand careers. In addition, select programs in the Faculty of Arts, School of Business, and Faculty of Science and Horticulture include co-operative education options alternating periods of on-campus study with paid work terms connected to a student’s area of study. While certain areas of the provincial economy are expected to have more growth than others in the coming decade, the Labour Market Outlook shows that there will be opportunities in every industry and region of BC’s economy over the next 10 years.

Numbers from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) show that it’s not just domestic students that see the value of going to school. Information from the CBIE proves Canada is one of the top 10 most popular destinations for international students and almost 25% of Canada’s international student population is studying in BC. KPU has a vibrant international student community, and provides many opportunities for learners to combine travel into their studies through field schools, exchanges, and study abroad excursions, preparing for entry into a global marketplace.

For more information about Kwantlen Polytechnic University, program options, and the application process visit kpu.ca or contact the Future Students’ Office at study@kpu.ca