Celebrating tenth anniversary, SFU Surrey reflects on growing pains and triumphs

February 29, 2012

In an interview with Surrey Now, Joanne Curry, the executive director of Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus, says "it was a bit rocky in the beginning" when the Surrey campus was preparing to open its doors a decade ago. "We had to rely a lot on Simon Fraser University's name brand in the community to give comfort because there were some skeptics." Holding an open house today to celebrate its tenth anniversary, SFU Surrey has exceeded expectations in terms of growth, says Curry, who believes that developing technology-based programs that help to train a workforce for the future in the rapidly growing region has contributed to the campus' success. The university has plans for expansion, but those plans will depend on the availability of funding. "There's no question that we're going to at least double or triple in size and really innovate the programs but the question is when we can get started." Surrey Now | SFU Surrey 10th Year Anniversary Open House website