History, Affiliations and Rankings
Royal Roads University is a public research-focused higher education school in Colwood, British Columbia, Canada, that was founded in 1995. Since 1995, Royal Roads University has focused on lifelong education as an authorised, publicly supported applied research university. The University warmly welcomes you to study the past, present, and future of our university, regardless of where you are in your education, profession, or life. The university is housed on the premises of the former Royal Roads Military College, which operated until 1995 when it was granted university status and the ability to award professional degrees. The International Association of Universities and the Canadian Bureau for International Education are both affiliated with it. Universities Canada and the Canadian Virtual University are also partnered with the university.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The Royal Roads University campus sprawls over 565 acres of lush parkland, where you will find walking, hiking, and biking trails, magnificent examples of the west coast’s flora and fauna, gorgeous views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the majestic Olympic mountain range in the background, a stunning Japanese garden, and a castle built for one of Vancouver Island’s most recognized coal barons. One of the things very noticeable about the Royal Roads University campus is that it is pretty passionate about sustainability. They’ve made a commitment to live and manage our activities in a way that balances social, economic, environmental, and institutional considerations to meet the needs of today without compromising the ability of tomorrow’s generations to meet their own needs. Royal Roads University is a public university with its main campus in Colwood, British Columbia. It is located on the grounds of the former Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) at Hatley Park National Historic Site on Vancouver Island. Royal Roads University offers applied and professional programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, focusing on graduate-level career development. The programs are primarily offered in a cohort model as a blended format, combining periodic on-campus residencies for face to face intensive sessions with online courses. Residency based programs range from one to three weeks and are often held on-campus, but select programs host their residencies in unique locations around the world.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Royal Roads University maintains strong ties with the Canadian Forces and considers alumni of RRMC to be part of its broader alumni community. Royal Roads University has now graduated over 20,000 students in the fields of Leadership, Business, Environment, Communication, Tourism, Hospitality and Social Justice who are working in over 60 countries around the world. The Royal Roads Military College Museum is a member of the Canadian Museums Association and the Organization of Military Museums of Canada Inc. In addition, Royal Roads University has a large alumni base, with many successful and well-known graduates. Grad Wasan Jema (Arab Women of Excellence Award Winner), Goffinet Miller (CEO of the Provincial Capital Commission), and Gordon Exel (President of Cummins Westport Inc.) are among the prominent alumni.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
At Royal Roads University, students' ideas, identities, and experiences are accepted and respected. Royal Roads collaborates to create a community that is egalitarian, diverse, and inclusive. One where people from any community or country can bring all aspects of themselves to their work and studies. With over 5,300 students from over 60 countries, Royal Roads University is a lively community that represents variety. More than 550 international students make up the student body. With an average class size of 25 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, one-on-one attention is possible.