Boston’s Northeastern announced today that it is adding a Vancouver campus to the university’s global network with a specific focus on computer science.
Northeastern’s global university system includes campuses in Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, Charlotte, Toronto, and London.
The Vancouver campus will offer degree programs to prepare students for careers in the age of artificial intelligence, including pathways that enable those with no high-tech background to pursue computing careers.
“We are excited to build this partnership with Vancouver, a great global city whose strengths and goals align so closely with ours,” said Northeastern University President Joseph E. Aoun.
“Vancouver and Northeastern are shaping the technology-driven economy that is human-centered, giving learners and innovators the right opportunities for continuous reinvention.”
The Vancouver campus will play an important role in meeting the demand for talent by recruiting and educating students from a variety of academic backgrounds.
In addition to the master’s of computer science, available in the spring of 2020, the new campus will also offer the Align, a master’s in computer science beginning in the fall of 2020, for people who did not study in the computing field as undergraduates.
Align, an initiative at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences since 2013, has led to careers for 95 percent of its graduates at leading tech firms including Dell, Facebook and Microsoft.
The new campus will be based in a temporary headquarters at 333 Seymour Street. In 2021, the university will move into a downtown tower currently under construction at 400 West Georgia Street.
Designed by Westbank, the new 24-story office tower comprises several clusters of four-storey steel-framed cubes arranged around a central core, with Apple, Deloitte and IWG’s co-working brand Spaces already confirmed as key tenants.