University Canada West joins Global University Systems

12 May, 2015

University Canada West (UCW) in Vancouver has joined the Global University Systems (GUS) international higher education group.

University Canada West in Vancouver joins the Global University Systems group

The affiliation, which has received approval from the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, is designed to increase student enrolments for UCW and extend its global reach.

In a company statement, GUS said, “The partnership enables UCW to better support students’ needs and bring about greater opportunities through GUS’s network of academic partners, agents, international locations, marketing and online learning resources.”

“This is a very positive development for UCW and a new chapter in its evolution,” said Arthur Coren, President and Vice-Chancellor at UCW, which was established in 2004. “We are excited to have joined the GUS Group and confident that it will enable the university to achieve its full potential. This alliance is beneficial not just to UCW and its students, but to the British Columbia postsecondary sector.”

Chief Academic Officer of GUS, Professor Maurits van Rooijen, said, “The GUS Group will invest in UCW, enabling it to strengthen academic and student support operations and achieve its international ambitions.”

He added, “As a group, we work with global institutions to make education more relevant for our students, their future employers and society at large. With UCW joining Global University Systems, Dr Coren and his team will be able to refresh and advance the original idea of an innovative university that makes a distinctive contribution in British Columbia and far beyond.”

GUS was first established in 2003 but reorganised in 2012 around: the London School of Business & Finance, St Patrick’s College; Interactive; London College of Contemporary Arts; School of Fashion & Design London; FBT (Finance Business Training); The Language Gallery and LFC Elites. The group subsequently acquired Gisma Business School in Germany in 2013.

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