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University of the Fraser Valley

Country : Canada University of the Fraser Valley

Region : British Columbia

City : Abbotsford

Web site : www.ufv.ca

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), formerly known as University College of the Fraser Valley and Fraser Valley College, is a Canadian public university with campuses in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission and Hope, British Columbia. Founded in 1974 as Fraser Valley College, it was a response to the need for expanded vocational training in the communities of the Fraser Valley. In 1988, it became a university college, with degree-granting status. As the University College of the Fraser Valley, it grew rapidly, becoming one of the largest university colleges in Canada.

In recognition of the growing needs for higher education within the region and in the province, the provincial government granted full university status on 21 April 2008. Student enrollment is now over 15,000 students annually.

In the 2010 The Globe and Mail Canadian University Report, UFV earned the most "A Range" grades of any post-secondary institution in British Columbia, receiving A grades in quality of education, student-faculty interaction, and ease of registration.

Faculties and Schools

  • Faculty of Arts
    • Arts
      • Department of Communications
      • Department of Economics
      • Department of English
      • Department of Fashion Design
      • Department of Geography
      • Department of History
      • Modern Languages Institute
      • Department of Philosophy
      • Department of Political Science
      • Department of Psychology
      • Department of Social, Cultural and Media studies
      • Department of Theatre
      • Department of Visual Arts
    • School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Faculty of Professional Studies
    • Departments
      • Aviation
      • Department of Business Administration
      • Department of Early Childhood Education/Child & Youth Care
      • Department of Applied Business Technology
      • Department of Library and Information Technology
    • School of Health Sciences
    • School of Social Work and Human Services
  • Faculty of Science
    • Department of Biology
    • Department of Chemistry
    • Department of Computer Information Systems
    • Engineering Transfer Program
    • Department of Geography
    • Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
    • Department of Math and Statistics
    • Department of Physics
  • Faculty of Trades
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Aircraft Structures
    • Department of Architectural Drafting
    • Department of Automotive Service
    • Automotive Collision Repair
    • Department of Carpentry
    • Department of Culinary Arts
    • Electrical
    • Department of Electronics
    • Heavy Duty/Commercial Transport
    • Hospitality/Event Planning
    • Joinery
    • Plumbing and Piping
    • Welding
  • Faculty of Access and Continuing Studies
  • School of Graduate Studies


UFV is home to ten research centres and institutes; additionally, the Chilliwack Campus is the site of the new BC Centre of Excellence for Agriculture. Much of the research conducted at UFV, in particular through the activities of centres such as the Agriburban Research Centre and the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, focuses on issues of regional concern.

There are two Canada Research Chairs at UFV: Dr. Lenore Newman holds the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment, and Dr. Hugh Brodie holds the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. Additionally, Dr. Irwin Cohen holds an RCMP Senior Research Chair in Crime Reduction.

UFV is designated a Special Purpose, Teaching University under the University Act, with a mandate to focus on regional undergraduate education. However, faculty members are also actively engaged in research, and UFV places major emphasis on providing research opportunities for undergraduate students and training in research skills. Students have opportunities to apply for grants and lead research projects, to co-author papers with professors, and to present papers at international conferences. UFV also promotes and recognizes student research through its Undergraduate Research Excellence Award program.

Sources : Wikipedia, www.ufv.ca

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