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In February, it was announced that Trinity Western University had received a 450-year-old Torah scroll. The ancient Hebrew manuscript was presented to the University courtesy of donors Kenneth and Barbara Larson. Originating from 16th century Morocco, the Sephardi scroll contained the complete Torah—the first five books of the Bible—and consisted of 65 panels of carefully prepared and refined calfskin. “Our vision or dream is that the Torahs will be used, not just sit on a shelf,” Barbara said. “When people, whether scholars or not, see a Torah, there is an awe there, a love of God's word.” Part of the Larsons’ donation included the installation of a special Torah Room, designed by their son Christopher, which allowed for the Torah to be on display in TWU’s Alloway Library. The room was completed in the Fall of 2015.

Langley-based Redeemer Pacific College was renamed Catholic Pacific College. The college, founded in 1999, planned to continue offering TWU courses at its Langley campus.The official launch of the new name was celebrated in the presence of Archbishop J. Michael Miller on Feb. 4.  


Following a thorough review process, Trinity Western University’s School of Nursing had its accreditation renewed by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), the official accrediting agency for university nursing programs in Canada.“Having this accreditation is a sign of excellence,” said School of Nursing Dean Sonya Grypma, Ph.D. “It provides national and international recognition.”


TWU announced that it would launch the Institute of Indigenous Issues and Perspectives. The new Institute was designed to build bridges of conversation and dialogue with the First Nations community and also with other universities. It would also examine what reconciliation means from a Christian and biblical perspective. The official launch took place on October 22, with Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, presiding.


School of Education professor Allyson Jule, Ph.D., was named President-Elect for the Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Feministes (WGSRF). She would serve in that capacity for a year before taking on the role of President for a two-year term. “It’s an honour to lead a national organization such as this,” Jule said, “not only for myself, but for the entire Gender Studies program at Trinity Western University.” 


TWU celebrated the grand opening of its Richmond campus, from September 14 to 18. TWU Richmond was home to the university’s MA in Leadership. It also hosted a BA in Leadership in two degree completion formats: one tailored for full-time international students, and one for adults who wished to study part-time.( TWU had offered these programs at the Richmond Cultural Centre and the Richmond Olympic Oval since 2012.) TWU Richmond would also be home to the university’s MBA program beginning in 2016.


On Dec. 10th, TWU celebrated the British Columbia Supreme Court’s recognition of true Canadian diversity. The court restored the B.C. Law Society’s April 2014 decision to recognize graduates of TWU’s proposed School of Law. Despite the original acceptance being reversed after a lawyers' vote in October 2014, Chief Justice Hinkson ruled that the Law Society’s original decision, which approved the academic qualifications of TWU grads, should be restored. The Chief Justice wrote that “the evidence in this case and the relevant precedents conclusively establish that the decision does infringe the petitioners’ Charter right to freedom of religion,” which the Law Society failed to properly consider. Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and the Yukon will recognize TWU’s law graduates. A decision by the Nova Scotia court requiring approval of TWU law graduates has been appealed by the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society. An Ontario court decision against TWU has also been appealed and is expected to proceed in the Spring of 2016.