Hong Kong, China – Premier Gordon Campbell officially opened the Asia Operations office for Victoria-based Royal Roads University in Hong Kong today.
 
“British Columbia’s post-secondary institutions are building stronger education connections than ever before with the Asia-Pacific,” said Campbell. “The expanded Royal Roads presence in Asia will strengthen our links with the world’s fastest-growing economy and contribute to our efforts to increase B.C.’s profile as Canada’s Pacific Gateway.”
 
The office is a first for Royal Roads, although the university’s presence in the region goes back to 1999 when it began offering its MBA program throughout Asia through educational partners. RRU now has close to 2,700 alumni in China – more alumni from an Asian-based program than any other Canadian university.
 
Royal Roads president Allan Cahoon said that while RRU’s primary focus is on serving British Columbia and Canada, the university’s mandate calls for it to strengthen relationships within the Pacific Rim. 
 
“We do this with programs in the Asia-Pacific region that build strong ties, global citizenship, and trade linkages,” said Cahoon. “We now have thousands of graduates who are influential and successful professionals in a country that is an engine of economic growth and a vibrant trading partner of B.C.”
  
RRU was the first and is believed still to be the only Canadian university to deliver programming in China in the Chinese language. Most of the university’s 1,347 international students are taking the MBA program in Asia, with some enrolled in the Thai-Canada MA in Conflict Analysis and Management program and others taking Canadian-based programs. The latter include undergraduates participating in a partnership agreement that sees them attend a Chinese University for the first two years and then complete their degree at RRU. In addition, Royal Roads is assisting the Central Party School in developing environmental education for Chinese leaders.
  
Cahoon says establishing an office in Asia will allow RRU to streamline and improve its services and relationships with affiliates, learners and alumni in the region.
 
Established in 1995, Royal Roads University is the only university in Canada dedicated to exclusively offering applied and professional programs, primarily at the master’s level.