The U of A’s daring and transformational spirit inspires faculty and students to advance knowledge through research, seek innovation in teaching and learning, and find new ways to serve the people of Alberta, the nation and the world. The University of Alberta strives to be one of the world’s greatest universities for the public good.

The Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences (CCIS) is the first of its kind in Canada, bringing together world-class researchers and outstanding students from various scientific fields.

Position Profile

The President serves as the university’s chief executive officer and Vice-Chancellor, and leads the university community to preserve, enhance, and secure the university’s reputation as a major comprehensive and research-intensive institution. The President encourages academic excellence in all disciplines and collaborates to strengthen the university’s teaching, research, and service. The President ensures the achievement of this standard of excellence while fostering an atmosphere that promotes the highest standard of ethical behaviour.

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...knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal.

-Henry Marshall Tory, Founding President

Motto

Quaecumque vera means “whatsoever things are true.” The phrase comes from the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4, Verse 8, in the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible. In the passage, the writer exhorts the readers to focus their thoughts on truth and other virtues.

Mission

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 our province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.

Vision

To inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world’s great universities for the public good.

Our Campuses

The University of Alberta has 18 faculties on five campuses—four in Edmonton and one in Camrose. North Campus has 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks nestled on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River. Campus Saint-Jean is a French-language campus, a one-of-a kind gem in the heart of Edmonton’s francophone community. Augustana is a historic campus in a vibrant rural community with an intimate residential learning environment. South Campus contains extensive land for agricultural research and is home to several recreational facilities. Enterprise Square forms a hub in Edmonton’s downtown for learners at all stages of life and for entrepreneurs creating businesses out of new research.

Quick Facts

  • 40,061 students from 156 countries
  • 14,438 employees
  • More than 290,000 alumni
  • 75 Rhodes Scholars
  • 78 national athletics titles
  • $12.3 billion annual impact on Alberta's economy
  • $348.5 billion annual revenue of organizations founded by alumni
  • $1.4 billion endowment

Rankings

The U of A is one of the world's top research universities. Making discoveries that answer fundamental questions, build new industries, improve human health and foster social change, our researchers are at the forefront of advancing knowledge for the benefit of all. Learn more about where we rank.

Paleontology
#3

In the world

(CWUR)

Forestry
#5

In the world

(CWUR)

Geology
#5

In the world

(CWUR)

The tranquil Evergreen Pond and Circle are found on South Campus, which covers hundreds of acres in the middle of the city and features some of North America’s best agricultural research and teaching facilities.

Located in rural Camrose, Alberta, and home to just over 1,000 students and faculty, Augustana Campus offers a world-class education within a small, supportive campus community.

Teaching and Learning

From applying Indigenous approaches to experiential learning to offering free massive open online courses (MOOCs) to the public, our faculty are leading innovators in teaching. The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides ongoing support to instructors, and the annual Festival of Teaching and Learning celebrates excellence—both practiced and innovative—in teaching and learning at the University of Alberta.

Research & Innovation

The pursuit of truth drives the work done at the University of Alberta. By asking why, what and how, our researchers push the boundaries of knowledge. They make discoveries that improve our lives and the world. They help shape our future. Using some of world’s most advanced research facilities, equipment and resources, our researchers have discovered new knowledge in health and life sciences, energy, artificial intelligence and much more. Learn more about our research.

Top 5

Research university in Canada

91

Canada Research Chairs

$500+M

Annual research funding 2019

130+

Active Spinoffs

Leading Research Areas

Artificial Intelligence

One of three AI hubs in Canada, the University of Alberta has always been at the forefront of AI and machine learning with our research driving new health tech, disaster prediction efforts, renewable energy and the future of transportation. We attracted DeepMind, the world leader in AI research and application, to establish its first international research lab in Edmonton and select three of our AI experts to lead it.

Artificial intelligence is at the heart of "smart" bionic limbs that—as impossible as it sounds—have intuition that allows them to operate as seamless extensions of a person's body.

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Health Innovation

The University of Alberta is an international leader in generating, applying and disseminating new medical knowledge for the benefit of all, with focuses in diabetes, cancer, women and children’s health, cardiovascular health and health policy. Home to a rich interdisciplinary environment of research, learning, practice and public service, we have some of the most modern and well-equipped health facilities in Canada.

New technology is helping to keep donated organs healthy over long trips to waiting patients.

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Energy

The University of Alberta is creating the energy technologies of the future and finding solutions to the issues posed by current energy systems. Our researchers are at the forefront of confronting key industry challenges, from creating new ways to responsibly develop hydrocarbon energy and harness renewable resources to exploring how these technologies will shape our world.

There’s more than enough solar power to meet our energy needs. The next frontier is figuring out how to store it.

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Environment

Our experts in faculties as diverse as engineering, agriculture, public health, medicine, law, sociology, business and the life sciences are involved in tackling the major challenges facing our water systems. With access to some of Canada’s best facilities and equipment, they are studying the impact of human activity on ocean health, finding innovative ways to track waterborne diseases and ensuring safe, secure water supplies for Albertans.

The impacts of renewable energy technologies are not yet understood, but researchers are already finding surprising ways to mitigate potential consequences to groundwater.

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The student-focused Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) allows scholars from across the health sciences fields to work together to innovate on research, education and patient care.

For the Public Good

The university’s strategic plan, For the Public Good, outlines the main strategic goals for the next three to five years. At the highest level, the plan is meant to empower and enable each member of the University of Alberta to build, experience, excel, engage and sustain.

As a community, the U of A has developed one long-term, multi-layered plan to guide the university’s overall decision-making and governance processes. Our community has identified our first three cross-disciplinary Signature Areas of research and teaching:

Energy Systems

Among the world's top 10 producers of energy systems research and the largest such teaching and research network in Canada, the U of A is leading international collaborations that will guide local and global communities through energy transitions needed today and tomorrow. With more than 500 experts from across 18 faculties, we are exploring approaches for sustainably developing both fossil fuels and renewables, understanding and measuring climate change, improving land and water use, and rethinking environmental law and policy.

Intersections of Gender

By mobilizing the world-class gender expertise of more than 250 researchers across the university, the U of A is pivotal to tackling today's most complex challenges: from health-care delivery in refugee camps and water security on Indigenous reserves to automated transport and institutionalized sexual harassment. The research collaborations possible through Intersections of Gender are setting the standard for intersectional gender analysis and inclusive excellence.

Precision Health

Precision Health is an emerging health-care model that leverages data and new technologies to better understand and address diseases and disabilities. Leveraging the discovery, applied and clinical research in all 18 faculties and supported by infrastructure and assets like omic technologies, biological and computational sciences, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and health policy research, we are improving approaches to health promotion, rehabilitation and reduction of health disparities in populations.

The “U of A en français,” Campus Saint-Jean offers Western Canada’s only French-language university curriculum and is a cultural hub for Edmonton’s francophone community.

Located in the historic former Bay Building in downtown Edmonton, Enterprise Square is the vibrant home of the Faculty of Extension, Alberta School of Business programs, and North America’s first university-based business accelerator.

Governance & Administration

The University of Alberta has a bi-cameral governance structure, as set out in the Alberta Post-secondary Learning Act. The Board of Governors has authority for board governance and the General Faculties Council (GFC) has authority for academic governance. The Board of Governors consists of a chair appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, the chancellor, the president and 18 other persons appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, representing alumni, students, staff and the general public.

The chancellor is the ceremonial, or titular, head of the University of Alberta and is elected by the university's senate to serve a four-year term. The senate of the University of Alberta is an independent body of diverse community leaders and university representatives that fosters and celebrates the achievements of the university.

Comprehensive Institutional Plan

Each year, the university prepares a Comprehensive Institutional Plan (CIP) for submission to the Government of Alberta, explaining the university’s goals and priorities. This document is a valuable information source and communication tool for both the government and the university, and helps demonstrate alignment between institutional and government priorities.

The CIP supports collaboration in achieving common goals and is actively aligned to the institutional strategic plan, For the Public Good. A companion document, the Annual Report, facilitates accountability to stakeholders by relating the institution's actual performance to the goals, expected outcomes and performance measures identified in the CIP.

Further Reading

Main Quad, a central meeting spot on North Campus for 35,000 students and 7,500 faculty and staff, is blanketed in snow during the winter months.

Seen here on the right, the University of Alberta North Campus sits across from downtown Edmonton on the bank of the city’s expansive river valley.