Press Releases 2014-2015

Canadian Vice-Chancellor to Discuss His Successful Higher Education Model


Dr David HeflandDr David Hefland, President and Vice-Chancellor of Quest University in Canada, is to talk at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) this month about how he has successfully redesigned higher education within his own university.

The lecture, entitled ‘The Quest Model’, takes place on Wednesday 24 June at 3pm in the Reading Room at UWTSD’s Alex Design Exchange campus (Alexandra Road, Swansea). Places for the talk can be booked via email

Dr Hefland has led Quest University, based in British Columbia, since 2008. Prior to that, he spent thirty-five years at Columbia University in New York. He is also President of the American Astronomical Society, the professional society for astronomers, astrophysicists, planetary scientists and solar physicists in North America.

During his academic career, Dr Hefland developed a deep understanding of the problems that traditional universities face. Following his appointment at Quest University he seized the opportunity to develop his ideas of creating a model for 21st century higher education.

Quest University is Canada's first independent, not-for-profit, secular university. It offers only one degree, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and focuses entirely on excellence in undergraduate education.

The academic program is designed to educate students for a lifetime of learning, to develop their intellectual capacities, to encourage social and civic engagement and to prepare them to be employable. Quest students learn how to be independent problem solvers through investigating their own questions that require them to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and engage in hands-on experiential learning. In this way, each student is able to shape their education to address their specific interests.

UWTSD has had links with Quest University since 2009. Through an undergraduate student exchange programme, a number of Quest students have undertaken postgraduate courses at UWTSD.

Further Information

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