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UCFV to become a University

The University College of the Fraser Valley will become a university, to be called the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), Premier Gordon Campbell and Advanced Education Minister Murray Coell announced today.

“The new University of the Fraser Valley will build on its international reputation for criminology and criminal justice programs, for its aviation program carried out in cooperation with Coastal Pacific Aviation, for its specialization in Indo-Canadian Studies, and for its trade and technology programs where it will initiate a new alternative fuel vehicle maintenance and repair program to begin in the fall of 2009,” said Premier Campbell.

“The University of the Fraser Valley will provide degree granting programs for thousands of students closer to where they live and for international students attracted to its exceptional teaching and community orientation.”

The institution began as Fraser Valley College in 1974. It was granted university college status and renamed the University College of the Fraser Valley in 1991. UCFV has campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Mission, and regional centres in Agassiz and Hope.

“Our new status will mean we can increase opportunities for our students while continuing to offer all of our current programs, including trades training,” said UCFV president Skip Bassford. “Having an accessible university means we can make the entire region more competitive, attracting more professionals and keeping grads closer to home.”

Amendments to B.C.’s University Act will be required to allow for the designation of the new university. UCFV has an enrolment of 14,049 students, including 568 international students.

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