GOAL: Excel as individuals, and together, sustain a culture that fosters and champions distinction and distinctiveness in teaching, learning, research, and service.

Faculty Name Change

Objective 11 – Strategy i

On January 1 of 2018, the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation officially changed its name to the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation to better reflect the development of the faculty’s scope, its leadership and excellence in these disciplines, and the education its students are attaining. 

Knowledge Translation 

Objective 11 – Strategies ii, iii, iv

In September 2017, TEC Edmonton announced the new TEC Edmonton/Merck Accelerator, and the 2017 TEC Edmonton Innovation Awards celebrated new U of A patents and spin-off companies.

U of A expertise in AI and machine learning attracted DeepMind—one of the world’s leading AI research companies—to open its first international research base in Edmonton. 

Enabling Research Excellence

Objective 13 – Strategies iv, v

In autumn of 2017, the federal government announced $26.1 million in fundamental research funding for more than 160 U of A research projects through the NSERC Discovery Grants program. The announcement was followed by an additional $18.9 million in infrastructure funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation for six U of A research projects.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Killam program as 24 U of A scholars were named 2017 Killam Laureates.

The University of Alberta also celebrated two new Rhodes Scholars for 2018.

New Program Development

Objective 14 – Strategy i

The Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences and the Alberta School of Business collaborated to launch a new degree program: Fashion Business Management. The only program of its kind in western Canada, the new degree combines business management principles with textile and clothing design, production, distribution, and consumption.

Graduate Student Mentorship

Objective 14 – Strategy v 

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is leading change in graduate student supervision culture through a Mentorship Mondays workshop series for graduate coordinators and mentors, and the Managing UP series for graduate students. A graduate supervision and mentorship handbook is in development.  

Professional Development

Objective 15 – Strategies i,ii,iii

In collaboration with the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and Vice-President (Finance and Administration), Human Resource Services has convened an Objective 15 Working Group. Over the next year, the working group will consult and engage key stakeholders to assemble a plan that fosters learning and professional development opportunities for staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows.

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