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Student numbers continue to grow at Canada’s leadership university
Victoria – Enrolment at Royal Roads University has been growing the past number of years and the head of the institution says he is seeing positive signs again this fall.
“We’ve been very encouraged by the enrolment trend we’ve been seeing,” says Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads. “We have grown an average of eight per cent the past two years and are up seven per cent in this fiscal year.”
Cahoon says in the past 17 years more than 18,500 alumni active in 60 countries have discovered the value of the innovative Royal Roads educational model and are using that education to create and lead change for a better world.
“From the start our focus has been on providing relevant, applied learning, oriented to the labour market, rather than focus on the more typical generalist approach to education at traditional universities,” Cahoon says, adding that 70 per cent of Royal Roads students are pursuing graduate degrees, the highest percentage of any university in Canada. “We are committed to making our education fit the needs of our students, their communities and their employers.”
Cahoon says the blended learning Royal Roads pioneered in 1995, combining the strengths of team-based, applied and experiential practices delivered in short term on-campus residencies along with a rich online environment, is even more relevant and practical for today’s students.
“The average age of our graduates this spring was 41,” Cahoon says. “Most of these students can’t afford to take long periods of time off work to pursue education – our programs fit better with their schedule and the content is relevant to the big questions being asked in contemporary society. What they learn in class today they can apply in their lives tomorrow.”
Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education.
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