SFU Surrey's Global Community Open House Schedule

Contact: Marianne Meadahl, University Communications, 

Surrey campus set to celebrate SFU’s 50th Anniversary Open House

Join the fun at Simon Fraser University’s 50th Anniversary Open House at the Surrey campus on March 2 from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.  

The event will feature a host of interactive activities and information on programs offered at the campus while celebrating SFU’s diversity and community connections.

Visitors will see an array of exhibits that showcase leading research and innovations by both faculty and students. A variety of cultural performances celebrating the community’s diversity will also be featured.

“We’re proud to invite the community to help us mark the University’s milestone year and celebrate our role in Surrey’s thriving downtown core,” says SFU Surrey campus Executive Director Stephen Dooley.

"We're also celebrating the success of our students—including those who are becoming young entrepreneurs and giving back to the local community—and the impact of our growing alumni here in Surrey.”

Exhibits will include a host of student innovations, examples of new health technologies being created and fostered through SFU’s Digital Health Hub, digital art and wearable technologies, robotic battles and unmanned aerial devices, and more.

Anchored in the heart of Surrey centre for 14 years, the campus is home to more than 7,500 students (Surrey is SFU’s number one feeder district), diverse research in such fields as clean energy and health technology (SFU is a founding partner in the city’s Innovation Boulevard), and myriad partnerships with multiple community stakeholders.

The campus offers programs in a wide range of fields, from criminology (including police studies) and big data to business (including a part-time MBA program) and a new entrepreneurship and innovation concentration. The campus also features first-and second-year science labs and is home to the popular Mechatronics Systems Engineering (MSE) and Interactive Arts and Technology (IAT) programs.

SFU Community Engagement Director Matthew Grant says: "SFU’s goal is to become Canada’s leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement. Through this event we celebrate the myriad community-university partnerships that have resulted in enriched learning opportunities for students, amplified research accomplishments, and led to beneficial outcomes for organizations, businesses, and residents, locally and beyond.”

As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement.  SFU was founded almost 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is a leader amongst Canada's comprehensive research universities and is ranked one of the top universities in the world under 50 years of age. With campuses in British Columbia's three largest cities—Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby—SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 30,000 students, and boasts more than 130,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.