Burman University

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Burman University
Northern Lights Over CUC.jpg
Northern Lights over Burman University in Lacombe.
Motto Think. Believe. Act.
Type Independent University
Established 1907
Affiliation Seventh-day Adventist, Christian
President Loren Agrey
Students 479
Location Lacombe, Alberta, Canada
52°29′20″N 113°43′52″W / 52.489°N 113.731°W / 52.489; -113.731Coordinates: 52°29′20″N 113°43′52″W / 52.489°N 113.731°W / 52.489; -113.731
Colours Purple and Gold
Nickname Burman Bobcats
Affiliations La Sierra University, Andrews University
Website www.burmanu.ca

Burman University is an independent publicly funded university located in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada.[1] It is sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[2][3][4][5] The school's official mission statement is to educate learners to think with discernment, to believe with insight and commitment and to act with confidence, compassion, and competence. The university places emphasis on service in local and global communities.[6][7]


Burman University traces its roots to the first Seventh-day Adventist secondary school in Alberta, established in 1907 in Leduc. In 1909, a site outside Lacombe was chosen. In 1919, the school became a junior college. In 1947, it began its first four-year program in theology and adopted the name Canadian Union College.[8] In 1997, CUC's name was changed to Canadian University College.[9] The school's property and the nearby hamlet of College Heights was annexed by Lacombe in 2000.[10][11]

In July 2014 the Alberta Government gave permission for Alberta's five independent publicly funded institutions to change status from "university college" to "university". As a result, in December 2014, the Canadian University College Board of Trustees approved changing the university's name from Canadian University College to Burman University. The name Burman University was chosen in honour of Charles A. and Leona Burman who founded the institution in 1907. The university operated under the name Canadian University College for the 2014-15 academic year. Implementation of the new name began with an official launch week from 27 March - 3 April 2015 and culminated with full implementation of the Burman University name and brand on 1 May 2015.[12][13]


Burman University offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees, Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA), a Bachelor of Education degree (BEd) and a Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree. Degrees are approved by the Campus Alberta Quality Council (CAQC) and the Alberta Ministry of Advanced Education.[14][15] Areas of study include Adventure Based Counselling, Behavioural Science, Biology, Business, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, English, General Studies, History, International Studies, Music, Outward Pursuits, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Wellness Management.

Consistent with Seventh-day Adventist teachings,[16] Burman University (formerly Canadian University College) teaches a literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis including young-earth creationism.[17]


Affiliated with Burman University and operating on the same campus, are Parkview Adventist Academy (a boarding school for grades 10-12), an elementary school, a La Sierra University extended campus program offering a Master of Arts degree from the La Sierra University School of Education, and an Andrews University extended campus program offering a Master of International Development Administration.

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  1. ^ Alberta Advanced Education. Retrieved 2011-09-02 Archived 2011-08-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Opinion/2010/1115/For-real-education-reform-take-a-cue-from-the-Adventists"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  6. ^ Industry Canada. Canadian University College. Accessed 03-16-2011
  7. ^ About Burman University. Burman University. Retrieved 2009-08-03
  8. ^ http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/music-at-community-colleges-emc/ The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada
  9. ^ History. Canadian University College. Retrieved 2009-08-03
  10. ^ "Board Order: MGB 042/00" (PDF). Municipal Government Board. March 10, 2000. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 135/2000" (PDF). Province of Alberta. April 12, 2000. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ Name Change Archived April 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.. Canadian University College Name Change. Retrieved 2015-01-16
  13. ^ "Canadian University College to become Burman University with name change set for May". Lacombe Globe. December 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-12-21. 
  14. ^ Campus Alberta Quality Council
  15. ^ Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology Archived 2011-04-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Did you know the world was made in just six days?
  17. ^ Which universities, colleges, and seminaries teach a literal Genesis, including six-day, young-earth Creation?

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