University of Prince Edward Island

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The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is a university in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

The university was incorporated in 1969 with the merger of its predecessor institutions, Prince of Wales College (PWC) and St. Dunstan's University (SDU). It's campus is located on the SDU campus.



Original SDU buildings in the central quad have been renovated to retain integrity of their exterior aesthetic design while meeting modern standards. Typical of many Canadian universities, UPEI experienced "growing pains" during the 1970s-1990s which saw many new buildings integrated into the campus, including the Utilities Building (1973), Duffy Science Centre, Blanchard Hall (1973), Bernardine Hall, the Robertson Library (1975), the Atlantic Veterinary College (1986), the Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre (1990), the Wanda Wyatt Dining Hall (1990), the Food Technology Centre, the K.C. Irving Chemistry Centre (1997), the W.A. Murphy Student Centre (2002), and the H.W. MacLauchlan Arena and Aquatics Centre (2004).

In October 2004 it was announced that UPEI administration would be undertaking an official campus plan to improve the aesthetics of modern buildings constructed since the amalgamation which do not enhance the original SDU design, and to take overall campus aesthetics into account for current construction of a new residence building, as well as for future construction, including planned expansions to the Atlantic Veterinary College and construction of a new National Research Council of Canada facility.


Graduates of SDU and PWC teach at UPEI, children of current and former faculty and staff attend the university, and many families proudly report multi-generational alumni connections to the institution. Now numbering more than 13,000, alumni of UPEI, SDU, and PWC - whether in Prince Edward Island, elsewhere in Canada, or abroad - maintain a close sense of connection with their University.


UPEI has seen important developments in its programming over the past thirty years. Bachelor's degree programs, in many cases including "honours" options, are available in Arts, Science, Business Administration, Education, and Nursing. Co-op programs have been established in Business Administration, Computer Science, and Dietetics. One new faculty, Veterinary Medicine, and two schools, Business Administration and Nursing, were added as the university expanded. Master's and Doctoral degree programs were first introduced through the Atlantic Veterinary College and, beginning in 1999, a Master of Science degree was offered through the Faculty of Science. In that same year the first students were admitted to the university's new Master of Education program.


The current President is H. Wade MacLauchlan, installed October 3, 1999. The current chancellor is William E. (Bill) Andrew.


UPEI is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the UPEI Panthers.

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