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Cape Breton University is a unique place where students who believe that they can affect the world discover what that effect will be. We are one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science, and professional programs and a unique commitment to community, economic development, aboriginal learning, and research into many aspects of environment and culture. Home to approximately 3500 students, CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction, and employability.
CBU prides itself on providing a personalized undergraduate education that focuses on academic and research excellence, student services, a vibrant campus life, and cutting-edge technological tools. The University offers outstanding applied research opportunities to students, and technical assistance to business, industry and community organizations. Home to Canada’s only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development, CBU is also known as Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education.
CBU traces its roots to 1951 when the “St. Francis Xavier University Sydney Campus”, also referred to as “Xavier Junior College” (XJC), was opened in downtown Sydney as a satellite campus of St. Francis Xavier University. Growth during the 1950s saw several buildings opened on this site. In 1968 the “Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology” (NSEIT) opened in 1968 on the Sydney-Glace Bay Highway, immediately east of Sydney. This institution focused on business technology, and trades and its development were primarily enabled by federal and provincial funding when the coal and steel industries in Industrial Cape Breton were facing severe challenges.
In 1974, the first university college in Canada was established on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia through an amalgamation of the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology and Xavier Junior College. The Xavier Junior College was affiliated previously with St Francis Xavier University. The University College of Cape Breton became a public degree-granting institution and retained technical and vocational programs from the former Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology. The Cape Breton University Act established cape Breton University.
To provide leadership and employer partnerships that assist learners and their communities in meeting their educational, cultural, and economic needs. To be Canada’s best University, understood and respected for its uniqueness, a sense of purpose, creativity in learning, and the capabilities of its learners and the quality of its educational, training, and discovery models. These put learners first in a community-based educational environment that identifies and celebrates humanistic values while embracing creativity and innovation for the common good.
Providing the learner with access to high quality learning programs and experiences which reflect, integrate, and develop knowledge traditions of the liberal arts, sciences, technologies, and trades Ensuring the continued pursuit of excellence in education, scholarship, service, and innovation, while recognizing the diversity of learners and celebrating the contribution of all learners to the community of scholars and Emphasizing partnerships with the people, cultures, and communities of Cape Breton and expanding connections to the broader global community, its peoples and cultures.
Shared values are fundamental to the success of the University in achieving its mission and realizing its vision. When pursuing its mission and vision, CBU will share values such as people, processes, partnerships, and flexible education, training, and discovery models. CBU accepts that academic freedom, accountability, integrity, innovation, and obligation to society are fundamental to the effective transfer of knowledge, scholarship, creativity, discovery, quality teaching, and learning experiences that benefit learners and their communities.


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