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University of Alberta University of Alberta

In 1908, Henry Marshall Tory, the University of Alberta's first president, challenged the university community, the Province of Alberta, and future generations to remember that:

"The modern state university has sprung from a demand on the part of the people themselves….The people demand that knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone.  The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal.  This should never be forgotten."

One hundred years later, as we celebrated our Centenary in 2008, our university community spent a year reflecting on our history of graduates and achievements and on our growth over the years into a formidable institution close to 40,000 students strong, into one of the top research universities in North America and one of top 100 public universities in the world.
We searched long and hard to find a contemporary phrase that would capture the experience—the spirit—of the University of Alberta today.  In the end, we discovered that the time-honored words of Henry Marshall Tory continue to express what centers our daily work—students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni alike—as we pursue "whatsoever things are true."As the University of Alberta enters the second decade of the 21st century, world events continue to present us with an unfolding sequence of challenges, opportunities, and threats—just as it has in every decade past.  Remembering daily that "uplifting the whole people" is the University of Alberta's raison d'etre binds our community in a united desire to improve livability, sustainability, and hope for all citizens of our local and global community.

Faculties & Departments:

University of Alberta is home to Canada's largest academic staff association. There are more than 8,400 faculties, librarians, graduate assistants and other academic staff. Another 6,500-plus employee’s work in a supporting capacity.

  • Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Alberta School of Business
  • Arts
  • Augustana Campus
  • Campus Saint-Jean
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Extension
  • Graduate Studies and Research
  • Law
  • Library and Information Studies, School of
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Native Studies
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Public Health, School of
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Science
  • St. Joseph's College
  • St. Stephen's College

Research Statistics and Rankings:

The University of Alberta is a major research-intensive university, with more than $507.6 million in total research funding. The U of A continues show strength in university rankings:

  • Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings: 59 from 74
  • SCImago Institutions Rankings, measuring research publications: 57 in the world among post-secondary institutions
  • Shanghai and Jiao Tong University World University rankings: 5 in Canada and 108 in the world
  • Research Infosource: 3 in Canada for total annual research funding ($513.5 million)

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