Whistler U proponent presents preliminary plan to city council

April 18, 2012

Whistler city council received a preliminary proposal Tuesday for Whistler University, whose project director is promising to construct a $300-million private institution for 1,500 students on a site known as Alpha Lands. With possible programs in tourism, sustainability, and business administration, Whistler U has already drummed up support from UNBC and BCIT. The proposed institution's relationship with UNBC and BCIT would allow Whistler U to grant diplomas and degrees, and it will also apply for degree-granting status on its own, the project director says. If the proposal were to get the go-ahead from council, classes could be up and running in temporary locations as early as fall 2013, he says. "For students, I think the appeal will be the location because it’s a sexy destination,” says the head of BCIT's tourism marketing program. "To have an international destination as a draw, that’s good, and that’s the primary focus for students." UNBC's VP of external relations says that while it's too early to detail program offerings, Whistler U will give UNBC an opportunity to expand the reach of its programs in business, sustainability, and tourism. Vancouver Sun