It was founded in 1908 by Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the first premier of Alberta, and Henry Marshall Tory (McGill University alumni), its first president. Its enabling legislation is the Post-secondary Learning Act.
The university comprises four campuses in Edmonton, the Augustana Campus in Camrose, and a staff centre in downtown Calgary. The original north campus consists of 150 buildings covering 50 city blocks on the south rim of the North Saskatchewan River valley, directly across from downtown Edmonton. More than 39,000 students from across Canada and 152 other countries participate in nearly 400 programs in 18 faculties.
The University of Alberta is a major economic driver in Alberta. The university’s impact on the Alberta economy is an estimated $12.3 billion annually, or five per cent of the province’s gross domestic product. With more than 15,000 employees, the university is Alberta’s fourth-largest employer.
University of Alberta research articles from Innovation Toronto
- Researchers engineer an electronics first opening door to flexible electronics – February 10, 2016
- Silicon-based metamaterials could bring photonic circuits – February 6, 2016
- Breakthrough in machine learning could revolutionize medical screening methods – May 30, 2015
- Poker-playing program knows when to fold ‘em< – January 9, 2015
- Researchers discover solar energy-driven process makes tailings ponds reclamation instant- October 11, 2014
- The new atomic age: building smaller, greener electronics – July 10, 2014
- “Molecular movie” technology will enable extraordinary gains in bioimaging, health research – July 4, 2014
- Discovery could make solar power cheaper, more accessible
- Zebrafish may hold the answer to repairing damaged retinas and returning eyesight to people
- UAlberta medical researchers make key discovery in fight against Alzheimer’s disease
- Magic Finger turns any surface into a touch interface
- Nano nod for lab-on-a-chip
- Hepatitis C breakthrough
- Nitrogen Pollution Likely to Increase Under Climate Change
- Huntington Disease Breakthrough
- Vaccine discovered for hep C
- New Hybrid Technology Could Bring ‘Quantum Information Systems’
- Proposed Extraction Process May Have Economic, Environmental Benefits