British Columbia is known for its prestigious universities, arts and design schools and polytechnic institute. Consistently high-ranking, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University offer undergraduate and graduate programs to students who gain professional qualifications that are respected world-wide. Both universities are global centers for research and offer a wide range of professional studies in everything from computer science and engineering to medicine and law. Vancouver’s top art schools are recognized for a history of leadership in the creative arts. B.C.’s premier higher educational technical institute offers applied education and prepares students for practical career credentials. These leading post-secondary schools all strive to help students develop skills to succeed in today’s global economy.