The one-hundred-year history of the University of Alberta has been a century of vision, a vision borne out of the partnership of two ambitious men: Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first Premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory, a McGill University professor who became the University of Alberta’s first president.
Within a vibrant and supportive learning environment, the University of Alberta discovers, disseminates, and applies new knowledge through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. The U of A gives a national and international voice to innovation in their province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.
With both state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure and over 19000 acres of research land holdings, the U of A advances the fundamental sciences, the social innovation, and new technologies that will help preserve and sustain our environment. Research in ecology, plant genetics, wildlife management, climate change research, and biodiversity monitoring is coupled with investigations of the economic, social and cultural issues that arise with land management practices and policies; watershed management; water quality, supply and demand; and the response of small communities to ecological change.
As one of Canada's top teaching and research universities they employ over 15, 000 faculty and staff across five campuses making us one of the largest employers in the Province of Alberta.The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. They are committed to the principle of equity in employment. They welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.
The University of Alberta Students’ Union (SU) is the official body that represents all undergraduate students and acts as a strong advocate for students at the university, and at all levels of government. We operate a variety of businesses intended to appeal to students (from bars and a deli, to a convenience store and a full service print shop), and provide access to a wide range of student services designed to meet the needs of all of our members. We also operate - and own - the Students' Union Building, and run a budget of more than $10 million, with more than 200 staff.
Rapidly increasing use of the Internet by library users in all sectors of Canadian library and information services during recent years has been accompanied by the adoption of policies and procedures to control and monitor access to content.
In striving for a healthy campus community, we strongly believe in the value of integrating the following health promotion strategies in the work we do on campus:
The University of Alberta is a strong supporter of Campus Alberta. The university has a long history of collaboration with Alberta’s post-secondary institutions. When the provincial government created Campus Alberta in 2002, the U of A took on an active leadership role promoting excellence, access and efficiency across Alberta’s post-secondary sector. Our leadership includes not only programming and research partnerships, but also administrative collaborations.
University of Alberta varsity teams compete in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The U of A's 12 women’s teams, known as the Pandas, and 12 men’s teams, called the Golden Bears, boast 34 national championships in the past 15 years and sit third all-time with 72 national titles. As well, 48 coaches have won CIS Coach of the Year awards in the last 43 years.U of A Athletics is coming off a banner 2014–15 year that saw four teams win national titles. The Golden Bears repeated as champions in hockey and volleyball, while U of A curlers won both the men's and women's CIS titles.