Founded a century ago, the University of Alberta is one of the top 100 teaching and research universities in the world serving more than 36,000 students with 11,000 faculty and staff. The U of A has an annual budget in excess of $1 billion and attracts more than $480 million in external research funding. It offers close to 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in 18 faculties.
Created – in the words of its first president, Henry Marshall Tory – "for the uplifting of the whole people," the university is committed to inspiring the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship and building one of the world's great universities for the public good. The original University of Alberta campus, in the heart of "sunny Alberta," has looked at downtown Edmonton from across the banks of the North Saskatchewan River for a century. Today, this campus (North campus) is complemented by a French-language campus, a downtown location, a rural liberal-arts campus, and a South campus.
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