UPEI to get new engineering school

November 18, 2013

In PEI’s Throne Speech last week, The Honourable Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, announced plans to establish a School of Engineering at the University of PEI. Calling it the “most transformative initiative of the decade,” the Throne Speech stated that the new engineering school would focus on sustainable energy, bio-resources, and mechatronics; according to a UPEI news release, the new program would be a “a unique project-based engineering education to be delivered through an industry-driven model with both local and global partners.” Currently, UPEI offers a diploma in engineering, but the new school will allow for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Design, which UPEI says would be unique to Atlantic Canada. The new school must first be approved by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), but UPEI officials are hoping for the first student intake to be September 2014, allowing current diploma-stream engineering students to continue at UPEI. PEI News Release | UPEI News | Throne Speech