SFU celebrates 10 years in Surrey

February 16, 2012

The Surrey campus turns 10 this year and will celebrate with a community open house March 1 from 4–8 pm.

The campus officially opened in 2002 with an enrolment of 565 students, housed in the Central City shopping mall.

A decade later, more than 6,000 students attend classes at SFU Surrey’s 350,000-sq ft. facilities designed by award-winning architectural firm Bing Thom & Associates.

“I’ve seen many changes in the neighbourhood, including a completely leased office tower, new residential construction, and a new city library,” says Joanne Curry, who has been executive director of the campus since day one.

“What is unchanged is the excitement and support of the community. We truly feel part of the fabric of Surrey and the South Fraser.”

The Technical University of British Columbia (Tech BC) operated in the space from 1999 to 2002 when the BC government closed it and transferred its students, programs and assets to SFU.

Curry, who headed SFU’s transition team, says the task was “an amazing accomplishment by so many people,” given the work involved in merging numerous systems, including registrars and the library, while recruiting new students in a highly charged environment.

The March 1 open house will feature demos and exhibits from all programs and services, along with entertainment and information sessions on all SFU programs.

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