The University of Alberta’s engagement with refugees is multifaceted. Established in 2015, nine Syrian students received the President’s Award for Refugees and Displaced Persons in its initial year. Students received a tuition waiver as well as $21,000 annually for four years. In 2017, an additional five students, all selected through World University Services of Canada (WUSC), began their UAlberta journey.
Through the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund, an organization that supports visiting appointments for threatened scholars around the world, UAlberta has hosted 5 scholars in various departments. UAlberta is also a member of the Scholars at Risk Network, which protects scholars at risk by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions around the world.
In 2018, the University of Alberta was recognized with the prestigious IIE Beacon Award in honour of efforts in providing a safe haven for international scholars facing threats in their home country.