In May 2020, Yukon College officially transitioned to become Yukon University—the first university in the Canadian territories. YukonU uses its location to its advantage, applying northern expertise to examine and solve issues pertaining to the North. Encompassing 13 campuses, YukonU offers six undergraduate degree programs, along with two master’s programs. Students can study science, arts, business, education and social work, including the first made-in-the-Yukon degree: a bachelor of arts in Indigenous governance, developed in collaboration with 14 Yukon First Nations. The school is also developing a new B.A. in northern studies slated to launch this year.
“Our students, faculty and researchers are tackling key issues facing northern Canada—climate change adaptation, sustainable resource development, Indigenous governance capacity, business innovation and economic development,” says interim president Maggie Matear. “The pace of change here in the North is tremendous and our graduates are rising to the challenge of unlocking northern ingenuity, versatility and resilience.”
As a hybrid institution, YukonU will continue to offer certificates, diplomas, university preparation, skilled trades training and applied research opportunities along with its degree programs. Its Yukon Research Centre, equipped with a lab that features a growth chamber and an atomic absorption spectrometer, conducts research in mine reclamation, cold climate construction, climate change, community health and economic diversification.
The school’s main Ayamdigut campus in Whitehorse, which sits on a bluff overlooking the Yukon River valley, offers single and apartment-style residences. Tuition (including mandatory fees) for an undergraduate program costs $5,021.