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In excess of 50 undergraduate and graduate programs, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates, spanning the Faculties of Business, Education, Liberal Arts, and Science and Technology are available at Cape Breton University.


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Cape Breton University (CBU) was born as a result of Nova Scotia’s provincial government’s attempt to create an institution of higher learning in the Cape Breton region. The result was the consolidation of St. Francis Xavier Sydney Campus, which opened in 1951 as an extension campus of St. Francis Xavier University, and the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology, which was founded in 1968. Since its establishment in 1974, the University saw an expansion of university-type programs and instruction and in recognition of this transformation the 'University College of Cape Breton' changed its name to 'Cape Breton University' in 2005. CBU is dedicated to keeping its student per teacher ratio low in order to enhance the educational experience by enabling increased interaction between teacher and student. The University ranked second in the Maclean’s Magazine' new 'The University Graduate Survey' which asked recent post-secondary graduates from across Canada to rate their overall satisfaction with their educational experience. In 2004, CBU opened a campus in Cairo, Egypt for Egyptian students; the new campus allows students to earn credit for the first 2 years of their degree before transferring to Canada to complete the remaining requirements.



University TypePublic

Date Established1974

Previous NamesUniversity College of Cape Breton

ChancellorAnnette Verschuren

PresidentDr. H. John Harker

SenateUniversity Senate


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Cape Breton University
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1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia
B1P 6L2

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Phone: 902-563-1136
1-800-474-7212 (within Canada)
Fax: 902-563-1941
Email: welcome@cbu.ca

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    Cape Breton University offers over 50 programs, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates, from the undergraduate to graduate level from the Schools of Arts and Community Studies, Business, Education, Health, and Wellness, and Science and Technology taught with an emphasis on local Cape Breton community, culture, economy, and history. The University also offers distance education opportunities including degrees and programs like the Bachelor of Arts Community Studies and graduate level Teacher Education Programs and over 50 courses. Cape Breton University also has study abroad programs.


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