Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Diane Purvey
Dean of Arts


Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)is a community-focused institution with a student body of 18,000. The university is characterized by a highly diverse, multicultural student population and close partnerships with its surrounding communities in Surrey, Richmond, Cloverdale and Langley. Shaped by its setting in these highly dynamic, fast-growing and ethnically diverse communities KPU is both mandated to “recognize and respond to challenges and opportunities within the dynamic communities of the Fraser region of British Columbia,” and “promote leadership by developing and supporting community-based initiatives that address economic, social, and cultural issues within an increasingly global context.”

The Faculty of Arts provides courses and programs in disciplines from across the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. Our overarching goal is for our students to become well-rounded, creative and critical thinkers: graduates who can write persuasively, who can formulate arguments and defend their ideas in conversation, and who are socially engaged and responsible, with an awareness of contemporary and interconnected human issues and a concern about social justice.

The Faculty of Academic and Career Advancement is the front door to the University for non-traditional learners who we support in becoming successful students.  Four program areas ease the transition into university education: in Academic and Career Preparation learners can upgrade specific skills in English, math and science, or obtain a BC Adult Graduation Diploma; Access Programs for People with Disabilities offers job preparation, employment skills training and work exploration for adults with disabilities; Career Choices and Life Success students gain knowledge/self-awareness through career assessments and meetings with potential employers; and English Language Studies courses provide academic preparation at varying levels for ESL students.

Membership in the Surrey LIP committee underscores KPU’s commitment to all its citizens, newcomer and long-time resident alike.