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New name for Concordia University College of Alberta

May 1, 2015 No Comment

Concordia-University-of-Edmonton-webEDMONTON – On April 30, 2015 Concordia University College of Alberta officially announced it was taking a new name as of May 1: Concordia University of Edmonton.

The Government of Alberta had granted permission to CUCA, along with four other institutions, in 2014 to begin calling themselves universities.

“This re-designation recognizes who we are: a higher education learning institution that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees to a diverse student population,” Concordia University of Edmonton writes in a release announcing its new name. “Throughout our 94 year history, Concordia has responded to its core mission—higher education grounded in a liberal arts tradition, globally aware, and responsive to the needs of life-long learners. Our transition from a university college to a university is, in many ways, a long term strategic recognition towards Concordia continuing to meet the rapidly changing demands of the 21st century learner.”

The release goes on to note that, since 1987, Concordia’s undergraduate offerings have expanded to include 45 majors and minors, 2 after-degree programs, 3 Masters degrees, and several graduate certificates and diplomas.

“Concordia already looks and acts like a small university,” the release notes. “By changing our name to Concordia University of Edmonton, we make that distinction clear. In a crowed and competitive higher education market, it is essential that students quickly and fully realize what makes Concordia University of Edmonton unique. The name change positions us as a one-of-a-kind institution: a publicly funded, independent university committed to professional preparation and community service at the regional, national, and international levels.”

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