TWU expands: new buildings, new programs, same community feel

Langley, B.C.—Since humble beginnings as a two-year community college in 1962, Trinity Western University has evolved into a serious competitor in the university market, offering 38 undergraduate degrees and 12 graduate degrees to its 3,500 current students and 16,000 alumni.

Though already offering degrees ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, this fall TWU added four new majors and one new minor to the list. Students can now earn a degree in Modern Languages, Sport and Leisure Management, Art, European Studies and minor in Spanish.

“As enrolment continues to climb,” explains Ron Kuehl, vice-president for enrolment marketing and strategic projects, “we feel that students will be attracted to a wider range of programs and options that continue to provide them with exceptional university education, preparing them to be leaders in a competitive marketplace.”

This fall, TWU has also begun the construction, expansion and renovations of four campus buildings. The biggest project is the 3.3 million dollar construction of Canada Institute of Linguistic’s (CANIL) 32,000 square foot building. The building will provide both CANIL and TWU with much needed classroom and office space and will be a home to the B.C. regional office of Wycliffe.

A much needed, 1.3 million dollar, 2-floor expansion is being added to the Robert N. Thompson building. This will provide improved facilities for TWU’s Art and Drama departments. Highlights for the students include wet and dry art studios, workshops, dressing rooms for drama students, plus new offices and classrooms.

Also vital to this significant growth year at Trinity Western University are two program milestones. TWU began its first Doctorate degree this fall, a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) with emphasis in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. This four-year professional degree is aimed to develop the skills of current church leaders. The second milestone is the addition of a Master’s degree in teaching English as a second language, the MA TESOL.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-13
Author: Keela Keeping