University of Calgary

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 with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university has a clear strategic direction – Eyes High – to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary.

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, under construction now, 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
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Leadership
  • Internationalization
  • Connection with community
  • Sustainability

The research themes that guide the university towards its top five goal 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.