Cape Breton University

Cape Breton University
Former names Xavier Junior College (1951)
Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology (1968)
College of Cape Breton (1974)
University College of Cape Breton (1982)[1]
Motto Theid Díchioll Air Thoiseach (Scottish Gaelic)
Motto in English Perseverance Will Triumph
Type Public
Established 1951 as Xavier Junior College
1968 as NSEIT
1974 as College Of Cape Breton
1982 as University College Of Cape Breton
2005 as Cape Breton University
Affiliation non-denominational
Endowment $14M[2]
Chancellor Annette Verschuren
President Dr. Dale Keefe (interim)
Students 2,511[3]
Undergraduates 2,189[3]
Postgraduates 322[3]
Doctoral students not available
Location P.O. Box 5300 Sydney, Nova ScotiaNova ScotiaCanada B1P 6L2
Campus Urban
Sport Teams CBU Capers
Colours Gold     , Green     , black     and gray      orange
Nickname Capers
Mascot Caper

Cape Breton University, formerly known as the “University College of Cape Breton”, is a Canadian university in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Regional Municipality Cape Breton University serves more than 3,300 full-time and part-time students from local, regional and national locations CBU is also the academic home of several hundred international students representing more than 50 countries.

Cape Breton University (CBU), formerly known as the “University College of Cape Breton” (UCCB), is a Canadian university in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Located near Sydney, CBU is the only post-secondary degree-granting institution on Cape Breton Island. The university is enabled by the Cape Breton University Act passed by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly Prior to this, CBU was enabled by the University College of Cape Breton Act (amended) The University College of Cape Breton’s Coat of Arms were registered with the Canadian Heraldic Authority on May 27, 1995
CBU is an ordinary (full) member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU), as well as an Associate Member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

At Cape Breton University, you’ll discover the effect you’re going to have in the world. With one-of-a-kind programs, small class sizes and an energetic campus life, CBU will quickly become more than your university—it will become your home away from home.
CBU is one of Canada’s youngest and most ambitious universities with a comprehensive set of liberal arts, science and professional programs, and a unique commitment to community, economic development, Aboriginal learning, research, environment and culture. CBU’s vision of higher education allows students to pursue diverse fields of study in programs with national reputations in final-year student satisfaction, faculty-student interaction and employability.
Cape Breton University delivers an authentic multicultural experience to all who become part of its academic community. The faculty bring passion to their teaching and research, and they are known for their smaller class sizes as well as their friendly and inclusive culture. Strong community involvement and a spirit of entrepreneurship enhance CBU’s position in postsecondary education. Cape Breton University is an Atlantic Canadian education leader with a growing national and international focus. Located near Sydney on Canada’s stunning east coast, CBU attracts students from the local area, across Canada and internationally from more than 40 countries.

With its strong Celtic roots, record of excellence and Cape Breton’s breathtaking scenery, CBU provides students with an extraordinary, multi-faceted learning experience. So study at Cape Breton University, because the world happens to need somebody just like you!

The Culture and Heritage Centre includes the Great Hall, the Art Gallery, the Folklore Department, and the Beaton Institute.
The CBU Art Gallery in the Great Hall of the Culture and Heritage Centre. It hosts many art shows during the year, including the community art event ProletariART.
The inside of the Verschuren Centre. The upstairs level houses the Green Wall, which is a wall covered in plants, and several research labs.
The main part of the upper level of the CBU Library. The collection is in the next room.

The Beaton Institute, housed at CBU, is the second largest public archive in Nova Scotia. Sister Margaret Beaton of Scotland, recognizing that many documents of significance to Cape Breton were being lost to neglect during her career as librarian at Xavier Junior College, began collecting these documents back in 1957. Preceded by Cape Bretoniana, the Beaton Institute operates as a regional archive from and about Cape Breton Island’s history, society, politics, economy, health, people, places, and events. The building is 17,000 square feet and includes a reading room, vault, work room, and several offices and specialized rooms. The collection includes paper records, photographs, film, video, audio materials, books, maps, plans, and microfilms, currently housing 3,000 manuscript collections, 60,000 images, 2,500 sound recordings, 1,500 video cassettes and film reels, 1,500 reference books, 2,000 maps and plans. Materials in the collection reflect the Mi’kmaq, Jewish, Acadian, Ukrainian, African Nova Scotian, Lithuanian, Polish, and Italian communities of Cape Breton, along with a sizable collection of Gaelic materials

CBU’s library is located adjacent to the Campus Center, along with the main cafeteria, Art Gallery 1, and Boardmore Theatre. The library features twelve special collections, apart from the main collection, including a CBU thesis repository, the Bernier LGBT Collection, the Fortress of Louisbourg Collection, and the F.A.C.E. Collection which provides access to the publications and contributions of the CBU faculty.[There is also has a collection of Cape Breton Post and Chronicle Herald publications on microfilm, which can be read on the microfilm readers located on the first floor. CBU Library has access to Novanet Search, Novanet Classic, and WorldCat, allowing students to search for publications from libraries all across Nova Scotia and the world. Interlibrary loaning services are available to access publications and journal articles not held in the CBU Library’s collection or accessible through CBU’s electronic resources

The university continued to expand with major campus additions initiated in 2009. As a collaborative player, CBU became a lead partner in the establishment of the Cape Breton Health Recreation Complex. The $10 million project is a newly opened health and recreation community facility situated on the CBU campus. It provides CBU students and the community with access to a track and field operation and year-round indoor soccer facilities as well as a fitness centre
CBU is growing in terms or residence and enhanced food services through the construction of Harriss Hall, a new student residence and dining hall, in September 2010, giving the campus a total of four residences Harriss Hall is also the new location for residence mail services, replacing MacDonald, and holds the office of the Residence Life Coordinator. With this new addition, the residence halls now offer meal service and living space for over 550 students. Recently, each dorm, along with the off-campus students, have been assigned colors and animals to represent them in residence competitions.

The four residences on campus include Cabot Residence, MacDonald Residence, Harriss Hall, and Alumni Hall. MacDonald offers single and double rooms, Harriss offers single suites, Cabot offers four-bedroom apartments, and Alumni offers five-bedroom apartments along with two-bedroom dorms.
The establishment of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy & Environment (CSEE) is a major part of CBU’s commitment to growth in research, specifically in efforts to balance needs for new sources of energy and increasing environmental sustainability. With public and private investment, construction on the CSEE began in 2010. Additionally,in 2012, the new Shannon School of Business building opened and became the new home of the Shannon School of Business faculty and programs

The university has recently completed a three-turbine, 5.4 megawatt wind farm off of the campus, establishing itself as the first university to do so. It is claimed that this wind farm, which was completed for $17.6 million in partnership with Natural Forces Technologies, allows the university to be carbon-neutral in the sense that it produces enough electricity to off-set its CO2 emissions. The idea was proposed back in 2010 in response to a program paying a premium rate per kilowatt of energy from small-scale green energy facilities. The farm is expected to generate approximately $2.1 million in annual revenue

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