University of Calgary

International House

July 2, 2009

New residence program opens soon

The Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House is nearing completion.

The Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House is nearing completion.
Opening this fall, the Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House will deliver two new and exciting projects—Global Village and Hotel Alma.

At the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year, Global Village will welcome its inaugural group of students into the university’s first living-learning residence community. Global Village is designed to enhance the on-campus experience for international and domestic students.
Global Village will bring international and domestic students together to participate in programs geared towards three key learning objectives: increasing cultural awareness, increasing global and local awareness, and helping students develop leadership skills in a multicultural community. Student participation in this program will be recognized on their co-curricular record.

“We are very excited about this new residence program,” says Ann Tierney, vice-provost (students).  “In addition to innovative student programming, Global Village expands our residence capacity and addresses our residence waitlist needs.”

Global Village is the newest residence on campus offering outstanding facilities to its students—including double beds, flat screen TVs, community lounges and kitchens, and a convenience store.

Opening in support of Global Village is Hotel Alma, providing 85 euro-style standard rooms, 15 one-bedroom suites, five boardroom-style meeting rooms hosting up to 12 people and one large conference room which will host up to 125 people. In addition, the hotel and conference centre will operate its own bistro and gift shop.  Hotel Alma provides critically needed on-campus accommodations for guests, conferences, and special events year-round.

“Revenue generated by the hotel and conference centre will be reinvested back into residence operations,” says Tierney. “The hotel operation also creates another opportunity for experiential learning; the Haskayne School of Business’ hotel and resort management program is developing a partnership with Hotel Alma to provide hands-on experience for students pursuing a future in the hospitality industry.”

The Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House is part of the university’s larger capital expansion, designed to enhance the student experience. Public and university operating funds are not used to support the Dr. Fok Ying Tung International House or the projects within it; Global Village and Hotel Alma will operate on revenue generated by the university ancillary operations and residence fees.

For more information or questions regarding Global Village, please visit

Hotel Alma will be accepting reservations and conference room bookings beginning the middle of July. Please visit our website for updates.

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