University Canada West

University Canada West | Vancouver, B.C. | Founded 2005

Vancouver campus. (Courtesy of Canada West University)

Vancouver campus. (Courtesy of Canada West University)

University Canada West is a private, for-profit university located in downtown Vancouver. With the option to study on campus or online, this 17-year-old university offers four degree programs: a bachelor of commerce, a B.A. in business communication, an associate of arts degree and an M.B.A.—the most popular program. With programming designed to emphasize leadership, critical thinking and persuasive communication, students are challenged using real-world case studies and examples.

Class sizes are small—usually 25 students or fewer—to maximize the interaction between professor and student. The university offers four terms per year, accommodating students who wish to study at a faster pace. Of approximately 3,700 students enrolled per term, generally about 10 per cent study online and 90 per cent are international students.

“While COVID-19 has changed much about the world and has created a lot of uncertainty, we remain committed to providing a high-quality education that prepares our students for the business world by equipping them with skills that employers are looking for,” says president Brock Dykeman.

Last fall, CanWest moved its main campus to Vancouver House, a new development featuring a unique twisting tower, green space, ocean views and urban amenities. The new campus boasts computer labs, student lounges, a new library, and an innovation hub.

Canada West was founded by former University of Victoria president David Strong in 2004, but became part of an educational conglomerate in 2008. Since 2014, it has been owned by Global University Systems, an international network of private higher-education institutions. CanWest has experienced record growth over the past three years and plans to add more graduate-level degree programs.

A bachelor’s degree runs $8,325 per year for domestic students, and $17,400 for international students. The M.B.A. can be completed in less than two years, or in up to five years if pursued part-time. The full cost of the M.B.A. is $23,400 for domestic students and $35,100 for international students.

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