The University of Alberta, located in Edmonton (population 875,000), the provincial capital of Alberta, is one of Canada's five largest research-intensive universities.
Over 29,000 students are served by more than four dozen programs and 165 specializations. Students enjoy an exceptional quality of life on a friendly campus in the midst of a city that values research and technology as well as its beautiful river-valley parkland.
Opened in 1908, the University of Alberta is renowned for its scholarly
achievements and its commitment to excellence in teaching, research and
service to the community.
Motto: "Quaecumque vera " (Whatsoever things are true).
Colors: green and gold.
Faculties and Programs
- Undergraduate Programs are offered in 13 faculties:
- Agriculture, Forestry and Home Economics
- Faculté Saint-Jean
- Medicine and Oral Health Sciences
- Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Physical Education and Recreation
- Rehabilitation Medicine
- Special Programs
- Faculté Saint-Jean:
undergraduate studies in arts, science, and education completely in the
- Faculty of Extension:
19,600 registrations in 1,000 seminars, evening courses, travel tours;
13,000 registrations in 850 spring and summer term credit courses.
- School of Native Studies:
an independent undergraduate program offering studies focusing on the
Native peoples of Canada.
- Co-op Programs and Intern Programs: used by several faculties to
alternate periods of work and study.
- Graduate Studies
The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is responsible for the general administration of graduate programs. With more than 76 master's and 64 doctoral programs and 190 research areas, the Faculty provides an extensive selection of research-oriented and professional course-based graduate programs.
- Main campus: 89 hectares, with more than 90 buildings.
- University of Alberta Libraries - the second largest research library in Canada, ranking first in number of volumes per student, with:
- close to five million volumes
- 26,000 serial subscriptions
- 3,600,000 microforms
- over 100 databases on CD-ROM.
- Van Vliet Physical Education and Recreation Centre and Universiade Pavilion: outdoor and indoor facilities for many sports, and indoor seating for 10,000.
- Timms Centre for the Arts, the newest and finest theatrical teaching facility in the country.
- Myer Horowitz Theatre with a seating capacity of 600.
- HUB International: the Housing Union Building, a unique residential complex and shopping mall.
- Additional 5,000 hectares of property away from the main campus, including:
- Edmonton Research Station
- Ellerslie Research Station
- Mactaggart Ecological Sanctuary
- Devonian Botanic Garden (including the Kurimoto Japanese Garden)
- Student Enrollment (1996-97): Almost 30,000 students.
- Student Services:
- Academic Support Centre
- Career and Placement Services (CaPS)
- International Centre
- Native Student Services
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Sexual Assault Centre
- Student Advisor
- Student Counseling Services
- Student Financial Aid and Information Centre
- University Health Centre
- Students' Union: Services include:
- Exam Registry
- Housing Registry
- Safewalk Program
- Student Housing:
- Residences for 2,495 people on main campus
- Additional 387 family units
- The University Cup, the University of Alberta's highest award for exemplary dedication to teaching and learning, was presented in 1996 to English professor Juliet McMaster, who is also a past recipient of the Canada Council Molson Prize.
- Margaret-Ann Armour, David Cass, and David Cook earned 3M Teaching Fellowships in 1996, Canada's top award for University undergraduate teaching.
- In 1996, Chemistry professor Jed Harrison won the prestigious
EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship for his application of microchip technology to chemical analysis.
- Ted Blodgett (Modern Languages and Comparative Studies) earned the 1996 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry. It is the third consecutive year a University of Alberta professor has won this award for literature.
- Renewable Resources professor, Anne Naeth was honored with the Canadian Land Reclamation Association's national award for her research focusing on reclamation of land disturbed by coal mining, pipelines or wellsites.
- Richard Taylor, the first Canadian to win the Nobel Prize in Physics (1990), is an alumnus who returns regularly as a Distinguished University Professor.
- Alice Nakamura, an internationally recognized labor economist, is a senior advisor to the federal government and served on its Social Security Reform Task Force.
- World's first antiviral treatment for hepatitis B was developed by
Lorne Tyrrell, Dean of Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, and Director of the Glaxo Heritage Research Centre.
- Academic staff: 2,310 continuing employees
- Support staff: 2,826 continuing employees
The University of Alberta is the largest research institution in Alberta.
It is the first university in Canada to identify and announce its areas of
established and emerging research excellence (areas are reviewed every three years and the new list will be available by December 1997).
Areas of established research excellence:
Areas of emerging research excellence:
- Analytical chemistry
- Carbohydrate chemistry
- Catalysis and catalytic reaction engineering
- English literature
- Environmental sciences and engineering
- Fish endocrinology
- Geotechnical and structural engineering
- Lipids and lipoproteins
- Pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry
- Printmaking, performance and piano
- Protein structure and function
- Social and managerial aspects of sport and leisure
- Western and northern Canada
The University of Alberta ranked among the top five Canadian universities in
1995-96 total research funding from the Medical Research Council, the
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
- Artificial intelligence, robotics and control systems
- Cell and organ transplantation and immunology
- Fluid dynamics and transport phenomena
- Particle physics
- Professional service firm management
- Telecommunications Research Laboratories
- Viral pathogenesis
The University of Alberta participates in all 14 of the Federal Networks of Centres of Excellence which link industry, universities and government in applied research and development. The University of Alberta is the national scientific and administrative headquarters for two of these: the Protein Engineering Network and the Sustainable Forest Management Network.
The University of Alberta is the headquarters of the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration, one of four such centres located across Canada.
- 1996 research funding from all external sources totalled $101.7 million.
- From 1993 to 1996, external research funding has increased by 26.7 percent.
- Since 1988-89, the University of Alberta has received from external sources more than $666 million for research, and is on target to meet its goal of attracting $1 billion by 2000.
- Involvement in all 14 Networks of Centres of Excellence will bring at least $30 million to the University through 1997-98.
Research consortia founded by the University of Alberta:
- The University's Industry Liaison Office (ILO) puts University research to work in the community and throughout the world. ILO facilitates the transfer of University-developed technologies, develops industrial funding, and promotes local economic growth through the creation of University spin-off companies.
- 50 active spin-off companies have created 880 direct and 1,680 indirect jobs in the community.
- Biotechnology spin-off companies include: Biomira Inc., Raylo Chemicals, SynPhar Laboratories, Isotechnika Inc., Isoclinika Inc., Isopharmika Inc., and AltaRex Inc.
Consortia are partnerships of industry, universities and governments working towards common goals.
Technology commercialization achievements:
- The Institute of Pharmaco-Economics involves the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, Alberta Economic Development and Tourism, Alberta Health,
Health Canada, the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, and eight of the world's leading pharmaceutical manufacturers: Astra Pharma,
Bayer, Eli Lilly Canada, Glaxo Wellcome, Hoechst Marion Roussel Canada,
Hoffman-La Roche, Novartis Pharma Canada, and SmithKline Beecham Pharma.
- Telecommunications Research Laboratories (TRLabs)
- Alberta Microelectronic Centre
- The Laser Institute
- Centre for Engineering Research Inc. (C-FER)
From 1994 to 1996:
- 112 patents held by the University of Alberta
- 180 patents held by University of Alberta spin-off companies
- 70 active commercial licenses
- 160 new Reports of Invention submitted
- 82 patent applications filed
- 24 new products and technologies licensed
- 19 spin-off companies formed
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- 160,000 alumni worldwide.
- Besides 17 alumni branches in Canada, and 10 in the USA, there are active alumni groups in: Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea,
Malaysia, Mexico, People's Republic of China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand,
and the United Kingdom.