Royal Roads University has received its biggest financial gift ever.
A $5-million cheque, more than double the next biggest donation to the university in the history of the school, was presented to the university Wednesday by Sherman Jen, an entrepreneur and founder of educational systems and schools in China.
The major donation took RRU president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon somewhat by surprise.
“It came out of the blue. In most fundraising you have an agenda, you establish a relationship, you do some cultivation and get ready,” he said.
“It is expected at some point. This was none of that. There was no (preparation) other than it felt clearly an indication of someone who wanted to invest in the institution because he believes in it.”