Yukon College Officially Becomes 1st University in the North of Canada

Yukon College is now officially a university, making it Canada’s first full-fledged university north of 60. Its university transition has been years in the making.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the Yukon institution’s new status on May 19. “As a cornerstone for this new step, our government has already provided $26 million for a new science building,” Trudeau shared.

Founded in 1983, Yukon University has been offering students a unique northern experience in the city of Whitehorse. It offers over 50 degree, diploma, certificate, trades and university preparation programs that focus on northern and Indigenous research, culture, and industry.

Since 2012, YukonU has been constantly researching and collaborating with government bodies and industry experts to help them achieve this milestone.

It has 13 campuses and notable programs that include Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Science in partnership with the University of Alberta, and Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Social Work in partnership with the University of Regina.

Representing a ‘Strong, Resilient North’

YukonU’s journey has been “one of constant evolution to meet the changing needs of [its] students and community” since 1963, according to Dr. Karen Barnes, Yukon University President and Vice Chancellor. The institution commits to continue meeting education and research needs, offer accessible pathways to learners, and build a strong, resilient north.

Currently, YukonU is working on its application to become a member of the Universities Canada.

“The evolution of Yukon College over the past 57 years has been nothing short of phenomenal and I am incredibly proud to see it take this historic step, becoming the first territorial university in Canada.” said Tracy-Anne McPhee, Canada’s Minister of Education, in a press release. “By building on its well-established history and expertise, Yukon University will bring even more opportunities to learners in Canada’s North, as well as to the many communities it serves.”

The institution is celebrating the launch with a renewed website name, a new logo, and refreshed social media presence. Though campuses may be closed due to the pandemic, they are still accepting online registrations for fall semester programs.

“YukonU’s logo design was inspired by a crocus. It’s a flower that blooms first in the Yukon after a long and cold winter to let us know the arrival of spring. It’s a small flower, but is very strong and beautiful,” said Yoshie Kumagae, Manager for International Education, in an email message.

MSM Partner Institution Since 2016

As a proud partner since 2016, MSM congratulates YukonU on this amazing milestone. We are excited to see ambitious new plans and developments that will unfold as the university continues to welcome and embrace more international students from around the world.

“MSM congratulates YukonU for this wonderful feat – another dream coming to life with hard work, constant collaboration, and the innovative spirit of their campus community. As a partner for life, MSM commits to being with YukonU every step of the way as it opens up the entire north to more students of the world and helps them become successful in life,” said Sanjay Laul, CEO and Founder of MSM.

MSM seeks to recruit international students to our partner institutions no matter where they are in Canada or the world, creating real market demand and promoting their programs and excellent student offerings.

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