Since 1962, Trinity Western University has remained a popular option for students and parents who want to enjoy everything the west coast of Canada has to offer within a conservative yet innovative community. TWU is Canada’s largest private university with a proven reputation for high quality education and exemplary student engagement in a safe, diverse community near Vancouver.
TWU has remained faithful to its original mission: to provide students with a high-quality education that prepares them to become leaders and global citizens with Christian values.
“Trinity Western University continues to expand its relationship in China. We have established deep and meaningful collaborations with top universities in China. As of this year, we have more than 1,200 Chinese students in our campuses in Langley and Richmond,” said Dr. Phil Laird, TWU Vice President of Innovation, Global and Academic Partnerships.
TWU showed its strength of leadership and vision in planning for and adapting to COVID-19. Led by President, Dr. Mark Husbands, TWU transitioned to complete online-learning modality in only three days. The university also invited faculty members to come up with new online courses to support students, resulting in an increase in the number of offered courses by 10%. Also, enrolment for Fall 2020 grew by 6% from the previous year, revealing the strength of TWU to manage the pressures of the pandemic.
TWU has implemented many innovative ways to support students during the pandemic. It came up with the Red Bridge initiative designed to make the admissions process easier and faster for Chinese students, who receive decisions on their applications within 24 hours. It also launched the “96 Hour Marathon,” wherein staff, key program directors and foreign credential verification specialists book separate hour-long sessions with students or international agents. The initiative was so successful that the university now holds 96 Hour Marathons every two months.
“You can get academic and social support. You can get help and advice. You get a community of people prepared to innovate in order to meet the needs of students. You can have a network of people that take care of you both inside and outside Trinity Western University,” said Laird, highlighting the importance of looking past school rankings and think more about the community and country where universities are located.
“When you study at a university, you are also entering into a country and local community. It is important to consider the lifestyle, employment and immigration opportunities when you choose a university. Canada is a safe, beautiful and multicultural country. Vancouver is well known for exemplary beauty, safety, local diversity and a world class standard of living,” he added.
“Students have to think about where they get their degree and also where they will start their lives after graduation,” said Laird, who pointed out that Vancouver consistently ranks in the top 5 most liveable cities in the world, has direct flights to major Chinese cities, enjoys low unemployment, and offers world-class healthcare, all in a diverse community.