With a Canadian history that dates back more than 20 years in British Columbia, Vancouver Premier College (VPC) has evolved in accordance with growing international student demand for quality specialized post-secondary education programming. VPC has responded to the growing demand by enhancing its institutional capacity and related program offerings to include three designated colleges: Vancouver Premier College of Arts and Science; Vancouver Premier College of Business and Management; and, Vancouver Premier College of Hotel Management.
In addition, VPC has established Vancouver Premier College of Health Sciences and Vancouver Premier College of Continuing Education to complement its three designated member colleges. These complementary colleges will begin pursuing PTIB and EQA designation in the coming year.
According to the National Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, the number of individuals with post-secondary education on a global basis will rise from 841.7 Million in 2020 to 1.9 Billion in 2050. New data published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada confirms an annual increase in international students choosing Canada for their post-secondary programming of between 15-20% since 2016. The primary reasons sited for the increase in international student interest include the perceived quality of Canadian post-secondary education programs as well as the relative safety of Canadian cities and tolerance of the Canadian population. In British Columbia, international student enrolment has nearly tripled in the last decade, with the largest growth occurring in colleges and institutes. According to the Student Transitions Project (STP), the vast majority of undergraduate international students enrol in three program areas: Arts and Sciences; Business and Management; and, Engineering and Applied Sciences.
VPC’s PTIB and EQA designated institutions offer a variety of diploma and certificate programs on an accelerated basis in a range of Arts, Science, Business, Management, Hospitality and General Studies disciplines. Courses are delivered in 5-week cycles with three cycles being equivalent to one semester. VPC offers its diplomas on both a 3 and 4 semester basis which enable students to complete the various program requirements for the Hospitality Management program in 12 months and the requirements for the Business and Management Diploma program in 16 months. Each of the diploma programs enables the graduating students to receive up to 2 years of transfer credit with VPC’s articulated institutions.
VPC has established articulation agreements with both private and public degree granting institutions in British Columbia. Completion of the VPC’s Hospitality Management Diploma and Business and Management Diploma enables students to transfer up to 2 years of credit towards the completion of a Bachelor of Leadership or Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Trinity Western University. VPC also has transfer agreements with Capilano University that similarly enable students to transfer up to 2 years of credit towards the completion of Capilano University’s Bachelor of Tourism Management.