GOAL: Engage communities across our campuses, city and region, province, nation and the world to create reciprocal, mutually beneficial learning experiences, research projects, partnerships, and collaborations.

Community Engagement Consultations

Objective 16 - Strategy i

In September 2018, the Office of Government and Community Relations launched a year-long consultation process to gather input from internal and external community partners on the university’s community engagement. In November 2019, the consultation process concluded after more than 1500 participants shared their feedback during 81 engagement sessions and in online forums. The Office of Government and Community Relations is developing the University of Alberta’s first community engagement plan in line with For the Public Good.

MetroLab Partnership

Objective 16 - Strategy iii

In September 2019, University of Alberta became the first university in Canada to join the international MetroLab network. University researchers and The City of Edmonton will collaborate on three projects dedicated to finding innovative solutions to the challenges facing today’s urban centres.

United Way Campaign

Objective 16 - Strategies i,iii

Objective 18 - Strategy ii

The annual United Way campaign involves people from across the campus community and demonstrates the University of Alberta’s commitment to contributing to the wider community. The 2019 campaign "Everyday Heroes" has raised $526,412 (as of November 30, 2019) and donations go to the United Way’s programs and services that support the 135,000 people living in poverty in Edmonton.

Relationshop with Beijing

Objective 16 - Strategy iv

In October 2019 University of Alberta International renewed its student exchange agreement with Tsinghua University in Beijing, following 20 years of successful collaboration.

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Objective 18 - Strategy iv

The University of Alberta and fifteen other post-secondary institutions joined the Canadian pilot of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification program in February 2019. This program encourages universities to develop a framework for engaging with public and private sectors in their communities to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.

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