Steenkamp’s road to Royal Roads
In Business in Vancouver’s Right Course magazine, Royal Roads University’s President Steenkamp spoke about moving from independent Botswana to the apartheid of South Africa to Canada.
Here’s an excerpt:
The son of a government official who travelled to other countries…Steenkamp became fascinated with geography, pouring over atlases and globes. He recalls his first connection with Canada—the country he would eventually move to—was the soft drink Canada Dry.
‘I would have this cold drink on a hot day and look at that map of Canada on the bottle, and it looked like such a different place,” he says. ‘In the back of my mind, I must have thought, “I must go there.”’ […] Steenkamp, who begins a five-year position at Royal Roads in January, relishes the school’s emerging status.
‘There’s nothing quite like it in Canada—a small university largely focused on mid-career professionals and applied education,’ Steenkamp says, noting that the average age of a Royal Roads student is 40. ‘It gives people the flexibility to return to learning in a way many traditional universities cannot. People can take courses at Royal Roads to advance their skills and get new credentials while maintaining their careers.’