University Canada West

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Coordinates: 48°26′14.61″N 123°21′34.66″W / 48.4373917°N 123.3596278°W / 48.4373917; -123.3596278

University Canada West (UCW)[1]
Motto Learning that Fits [2]
Established 2005
Type Private for-profit
Chairman Skip Triplett[3]
Chancellor John Winter[4]
President Arthur Coren
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Campus Urban
Colors Red      and White     [5]
Affiliations AAC&U, IAU
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University Canada West (UCW) is a private, for-profit educational institution[6] in British Columbia, Canada. The university was founded in 2005 by David F. Strong, the former President of the University of Victoria and purchased in 2008 by the Eminata Group.[7][8] In 2015, it was acquired by the Global University Systems group.[9]

The University is accredited by the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, and carries the Education Quality Assurance (EQA) accreditation under the 2003 Degree Authorization Act.[10][11] The University is also a member of the British Columbia Council on Admission & Transfer [12] and is a Candidate for Accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).[13]


University Canada West was founded in 2005. It did not attract many students. By 2008, it was losing $300,000 a month and was negotiating with creditors to avoid bankruptcy.[8] In February 2010 the university closed its campus in Victoria, Canada, giving prior students the option of transferring to another college or to its other campus.[14][15] Students interviewed on CBC News said their preferred college was unwilling to transfer their units and they could not afford moving to the college's other campus.[14]

Educational services[edit]

The school is accredited by the British Columbian government.[15] Tuition for a full undergraduate degree program at UCAN is higher than similar programs at public universities because it is not publicly subsidized.[citation needed] According to the Student Aid BC website, 30 per cent of UCW students defaulted on their government-backed loans in 2009. That compares with a default rate of 3.7% at the University of British Columbia and 4.7% at the University of Victoria.[14]


In October 2012, "over 30 students, graduates, faculty and former teachers and employees interviewed by Hindustan Times have alleged that it is a university only in name, and that many of them were duped."[16]


  1. ^ "UCW Abbreviation". University Canada West. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "UCW Motto". University Canada West. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Skip Triplett Elected Chair of Board of Governance at University Canada West". Yahoo! Finance. 2012-11-13. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  4. ^ "First Chancellor Appointed at University Canada West" (PDF). University Canada West. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  5. ^ "University Color Scheme". University Canada West. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Former UVic President Forms Private University". Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Founder replaced at University Canada West". 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  8. ^ a b "B.C. university teetering on bankruptcy has been sold". 2008-11-23. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  9. ^ Baker, Amy (Jun 3, 2015). "Global University Systems acquires University of Law". The PIE News. Retrieved August 27th, 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "B.C. Post-secondary Institutions - Private and non-B.C. public institutions". British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education. Retrieved August 27th, 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Private Post Secondary Education". British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education. Retrieved August 27th, 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  12. ^ "BC Post Secondary System". BCCAT. Retrieved August 27th, 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  13. ^ "University Canada West". ACBSP. 12/2/2014. Retrieved August 27th, 2015.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ a b c "Students derailed by private university". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  15. ^ a b "Private university leaves students out". Macleans OnCampus. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  16. ^ "Bogus varsities prey on Indian students". Hindustan Times. October 14, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 

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