Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

research impact

For the period 2015–19

№ relevant publications: 423

№ times cited: 136

Key Stats

1,012 out of 8,873 graduates in 2020 gained a qualification that entitled them to teach at a primary school level.  

2,421 first-generation students started a degree in 2020/21. A first-generation student is the first person in their immediate family to attend university.

sample Courses



Coursera MOOCs

The U of A offers a dozen university-level courses as Massively Open Online Courses, meaning they are both open to the general public as well as for-credit for U of A students. Courses build on the university’s reputation for astrophysics, paleontology and Northern studies. The course Indigenous Canada is internationally recognized, going viral after Emmy Award-winner Dan Levy encouraged tens of thousands to sign up for the course.

🔗 U of A’s Indigenous Canada online course sees enrolment spike after ‘Schitt’s Creek’ star signs up

The University of Alberta Library

The University of Alberta Library licenses a wide range of electronic journals, e-books, abstracting/indexing databases and numerical databases from commercial vendors. These licenses permit walk-in use by the wider community at library computer stations or via University of Alberta guest WiFi. Books and periodicals and many specialized materials are also available for loan with a free guest library card.

Public Lectures

Many U of A event series are open to the wider community, including: Lougheed College Lectures, Sustainability Council Lecture Series, International Week and Let’s Talk Science.

U School

The University of Alberta Senate runs U School to introduce students in grades 4–9 from socially vulnerable, Indigenous and rural communities to the U of A. Each year, over 35 teachers bring their classes to attend a week-long immersion experience, helping 600+ children from underrepresented backgrounds consider university as an option.

Humanities 101

Humanities 101 is a Community Service-Learning outreach program designed to ensure that people with a love of learning have access to educational experiences. The program offers free, non-credit, university-level courses for people living in Edmonton’s downtown and surrounding areas who are passionate about learning and knowledge, especially those whose economic situation, academic experience, and financial and social well-being are compromised. 

Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program

The Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program is a full-time summer mentorship program for Black youth in grades 10 and 11. Mentees gain professional practice or research experience with a Black professional or faculty member, attend workshops and engage in group activities. Each week, they spend three days in individual mentorship with a professional or graduate student, and they work with their peers on group projects another day. The fifth day is spent in workshops developing skills in research, personal finance, mental health, academic writing, and more. Students continue to attend events throughout the fall and earn a stipend or honorarium.

🔗 U of A mentorship program helps Black high-schoolers succeed in university


🔗 Social connections critical to success for students with learning disabilities

U of A education researcher offers advice on how post-secondary schools and students can foster a sense of belonging and improve learning for those with learning disabilities.

🔗 Home truths: Education researcher probes history of residential schools on Blood Reserve

Tiffany Prete, an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, is looking at the different policies the Government of Canada had in place for the administration of residential schools and how that trickled down into individual principals and schools.

Notable Stories

🔗 Yellowhead Tribal College, University of Alberta collaborate to co-deliver Indigenous Community Industry Relations Certificate

Continuing education certificate program gives students knowledge, skills and attitudes to foster better relationships among government, industry and Indigenous communities.