We recently had a chance to have a brief Q&A with Dr. Arthur Coren, President of University Canada West (UCW). Prior to joining UCW, he spent nearly a decade as Dean of Business at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Q: Tell us a little bit about University Canada West.
A: UCW is a business-oriented, teaching-intensive university. We’re located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and offer programs on campus and online.
Q: What kind of programs?
A: Keeping with our business focus, we offer an MBA, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications. Our programs are taught by outstanding faculty and provide students with the applied and theoretical basis for success in the workplace or future academic pursuits.
Q: What’s the past year been like at UCW?
A: Extraordinary! At the end of last year the University was acquired by Global University Systems. They have extensive experience in post-secondary education and a profound commitment to quality. UCW has seen a complete renovation of the campus, additional space, and a network of international academic partners. We’ve also launched our University Access Program which focuses on Academic English and is accredited by Languages Canada.
Q. Tell us about your online programs.
A. They are a great option for both domestic and international students. Our online studies offer a wide range of resources, including video lectures, online discussions, and one-on-one time
with instructors. These courses follow the same structure as our on-campus offerings–the only difference is how they are delivered. Historically, we’ve had a sizable number of learners from
Ontario enrolled online and they’ve been some our best students.
Q. Do you offer scholarships?
A. We have many scholarship opportunities. All domestic and international students can apply for our Academic Excellence Scholarships and the MBA Foundation Study Grants. Our new Founder’s Scholarship provides 20 full-time undergraduate scholarships for recent high school graduates who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and studying on campus. And the Emily Baker MBA Scholarship offers scholarship funds for eligible First Nations applicants.
Q: Is a private university education as good as a degree from a public university?
A: Well, I guess you could point to the fact that the Ivy League schools are all private! Every member of our leadership team has a deep background in the public post-secondary system. Our faculty have both academic and business experience and you’ll find many of them also teaching at local public universities. All of our programs have been extensively reviewed and are authorized by the Minister of Advanced Education. And we have over 500 articulated course transfers into the public system. We’re confident that our students receive an outstanding education.
Q: What is the future like for UCW?
A: We’ve experienced a sharp climb in applications and we’re planning for several new programs. This year the University also celebrated it’s tenth anniversary and it looks like an exciting decade ahead!
For More Information Please Visit www.ucanwest.ca