The University of Prince Edward Island has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence dating back to the early 19th century, 根植于它的创始机构, 威尔士亲王学院(PWC)和圣. 邓斯坦大学(香港特别任务连). UPEI esteems this heritage and proudly embodies historic symbols of 香港特别任务连 and PWC in positions of honour within the shield that anchors the 大学的官方盾徽, 国旗.
The commitment to education as a primary factor in PEI’s development can be traced to debates of the colony’s earliest legislative council. A particular champion was Lieutenant-Governor Edmund Fanning (1786–1805). Fanning actively promoted the view that education was central to the colony’s progress, that it should be seen as a priority, along with the enhancement of agriculture, 渔业, 商务, 和人口增长. In 1804, he personally donated the land on which PWC was to stand “for the purpose of laying the foundation of a College thereon.” Kent College, later to become Prince of Wales College, opened in 1820. A related predecessor institution, Central Academy, received a Royal Charter in 1834. In 1860 the Colleges were renamed for the Prince of Wales in honour of the visit of the future King Edward VII.
圣的前身. 圣邓斯坦大学. Andrew’s College, was founded in 1831 under the leadership of Bishop Angus MacEachern. St. Dunstan’s College was established in 1855 by Bishop Bernard MacDonald on a large farming property which today is surrounded by the expanding city of Charlottetown. This property, including the historic Main Building constructed in 1854, serves as the UPEI campus. The campus is well-known for its respectfully maintained historic architecture, 互补的现代建筑, 还有它的红砖, 精心修剪的外观、.
In 1969, the University of Prince Edward Island welcomed its first students, following the amalgamation of Prince of Wales College and St. 邓斯坦大学.
The University’s campus is a reflection of the character of UPEI on many levels—a complementary blend of old and new, 传统与创新. Original 香港特别任务连 buildings have been renovated tastefully to retain integrity of design while meeting modern standards, many buildings have been integrated into the campus, including the Central Utility Building (1973), 布兰查德霍尔(1973), 罗伯逊图书馆(1975), 大西洋兽医学院(1986年), 智运杨体育馆(1990年), 万达·怀亚特餐厅(1990年), K.C. 欧文化学中心(1997)，W. A. 摩菲学生中心(2002年), 比尔和丹尼斯·安德鲁·霍尔(2006), the School of 工商管理 and Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2008), 健康科学大楼(2012年), the School of Sustainable Design Engineering (2016).
The depth of UPEI’s academic heritage is reflected not only in the buildings and scholarships named in honour of education pioneers and benefactors, 但在个人方面, 日常联系. 香港特别任务连和PWC的毕业生在UPEI任教, children of current and former faculty and staff attend the University, many families proudly report multi-generational alumni connections to the institution. The University has a long history of welcoming inter国家 students and many graduates remain actively engaged with UPEI as part of the local community or networked through professional and collegial world-wide relationships. 校友的UPEI, 香港特别任务连, 和pwc，现在已经有近30个了,无论在爱德华王子岛, 在加拿大其他地方, or abroad—maintain a close sense of connection with their University.
UPEI has seen important developments in its programming over the past 35 years. 单身汉的程序, in many cases including ‘honours’ options, 可在艺术, 科学, 工商管理, 教育, 和护理. Co-op programs have been established in 工商管理, 计算机科学, 物理, 和营养学. 一个新教师, 兽医, 和两个学校, 工商管理与护理, 是随着大学的扩张而增加的吗. Master and doctoral degree programs were first introduced through the Atlantic Veterinary College and, 从1999年开始, a Master of 科学 degree was offered through the Faculty of 科学. In that same year the first students were admitted to the University’s new Master of 教育 program. 从那时起, several programs have been added: Master of Arts in 2003; Master of Applied Health Services 研究 in 2004; Bachelor of Integrated Studies and Master of 工商管理 in 2008; Bachelor of Business Studies and PhD in 教育al Studies in 2009; Bachelor of Wildlife Conservation, 运动学理学学士学位, 2010年获护理学硕士学位. Many new programs have been added since that date.
Underlying the University’s programs and activities is a commitment to rigorous study and inquiry, 相信知识的价值, 一生的能力建设, the development of the whole person—along with a sense of community at UPEI and in its local, 区域, 国家, 与国际环境. Faculty in all disciplines produce research and scholarly works of 国家 and inter国家 calibre, while continuing to give priority to UPEI’s well-earned reputation for high-quality teaching characterized by individual attention.