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Royal Roads University

British Columbia, Canada | Public


Royal Roads University is a public university that provides a unique model for post-secondary education in Canada. It was founded in 1995 with its main campus situated in Colwood, British Columbia. It offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degrees, as well as executive education in Business, Management, Social and Applied Sciences. The university was placed 1st among other public institutions for its active and collaborative learning experiences according to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). In addition, it was ranked 4th in the Small Sized Business School category by the Corporate Knights Magazine in 2009.




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The campus and surrounding grounds of the university are situated at Hatley Park National Historic Site. This is located in Colwood, Vancouver Island to the southwest of Victoria. Colwood is a lively city with a population of approximately 15,000 people. There is the Fisgard Lighthouse in the city which serves as one of Canada's National Historic Sites. At the entrance to Esquimalt Harbour is Fisgard's red brick house and a white tower which were built by the British in 1860. More so, the city is home to several attractive sites such as the historic Fort Rodd Hill.

The city features lots of amenities, such as the City's waterfront at Esquimalt Lagoon, the Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, Royal Colwood Golf Club, The Q Centre, Olympic View Golf Club and the library facilities for the Western Communities. In addition, there is a good network of roads connecting various parts of the city. Shopping malls and other groceries stores are spread across the city.


The university has lots of infrastructures on campus such as faculty building, lecture halls, laboratories among others. So many facilities are available for students’ utilization in Royal Roads University starting from Gymnasium RR22, which includes gymnasium, weight room, fitness studio, squash courts, outdoor tennis courts, and etc. to Arbutus Building, Boathouse, Coronel Memorial Library (this is significant because it honors the Battle of Coronel, in which four young Canadians died), Learning and Innovation Centre, Mews Conference Centre and the Milward Wing (of the Nixon Building) among others.

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Royal Roads University offers a number of convenient on-campus housing for students while on short-term residency. It is the students’ responsibility to choose from a variety of private single and double rooms or dormitory-style suites with shared washrooms. On campus, accommodations are located in the Milward and Nixon buildings. Residence lounges include fridges, microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, kettles and cutlery, and the nearby Habitat Café offers a variety of meals for purchase seven days a week. Off-campus long-term options also abound for students who desire to have such.


The university has a faculty to student ratio of 1:12 comprising of several competent academic and administrative staff. One of the notable faculty members is Ashley Shaw who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, and an associate faculty member and researcher in Education and Technology with Royal Roads University.

Jobs and placements

CareerRoads is RRU’s online employer database and job board, which was established to encourage students to develop their profile and begin searching future employers, volunteer opportunities and job postings. Personal Assets Inventory is a self-reflective workbook that explores personal skills, experiences and preferences. This help in providing users with a starting point in their career planning. The annual Career Development Conference is hosted every February and welcomes students to learn from employers at the many panels, sessions, and keynote speaker sessions.

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