About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High.
As a comprehensive academic and research institution, the University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. Through the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, which opened April 18, 2016, the university will take the lead in educational innovation by researching the most effective methods for engaging students, by supporting faculty to be the best teachers they can be and by providing some of the most innovative learning spaces available anywhere in North America.
The academic priorities that provide a foundation for the university to reach its strategic direction are (2012 Academic Plan):
- Talent attraction and retention
- Teaching and research integration
- Connection with community
The research themes that guide the university towards its top five goals are (2012 Strategic Research Plan):
- Brain and mental health
- Human dynamics in a changing world
- New earth-space technologies
- Engineering solutions for health
- Infections, inflammation and chronic diseases in the changing environment
- Energy innovations for today and tomorrow
The University of Calgary attracts and nurtures the talent that drives new knowledge creation, improves lives and betters our world. In this rich learning environment, the university serves over 31,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs, and provides the community with diverse lifelong learning opportunities. International study, volunteer, work, and research programs provide global context while promoting diversity and excellence in learning, teaching and research.
The University of Calgary stands out among Canadian universities in how it actively engages students in leadership development in all areas – the arts, athletics, science, medicine, engineering, volunteerism and business. It is also a leader in sustainability with its set of values embraced by the campus through teaching, leadership and campus operations.
By the numbers
1966 University of Calgary founded
25,624 undergraduate students
5,871 graduate students
448 postdoctoral fellows
157,500 alumni in 152 countries
200+ academic programs
85+ research institutes and centres
$325 million in research income
77 Canada Research Chairs
53 Royal Society Fellows
450+ student-athletes competing
1,800 faculty members
$7.9 billion economic impact in Calgary
For more information, visit www.ucalgary.ca.