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University of Alberta
|Motto: Quaecumque Vera (Latin: "Whatsoever things are true")|
Effective July 2005:
|University Colours||Green and Gold|
|Campus Size||50 square city blocks (~100 buildings)|
|Sports Teams||Golden Bears (men)|
The University was founded in 1908. The Act creating the University had been passed two years earlier in the first session of the new Legislative Assembly, with Premier Alexander C. Rutherford as its sponsor.
The University has approximately 35,000 students, 5,600 of them in graduate studies. About 2,000 students are international students from more than 100 countries. The University has 3,200 academic staff along with about 5,000 support and trust staff. It offers post-secondary education in about 200 undergraduate and 170 graduate programs. The University of Alberta recently switched from a 9-point grading scale to the more common 4-point grading scale.
Housing over 400 distinct research laboratories, the University of Alberta is one of the leading research universities in Canada. Since 1988-1989, the University of Alberta has received more than $2.6 billion from external sources for research. Currently under construction is the new $52 million National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT ), a joint project between the Government of Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, the Government of Alberta, and the University of Alberta. Once completed, the 21,086-square-meter building will be one of the world's most technologically advanced research facilities.
- Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin
- Former Premier of Alberta Peter Lougheed
- Former Prime Minister Joe Clark
- Former Governor General Roland Michener
- Nobel Laureate Richard Taylor
- Chemistry pioneer Dr. Raymond U. Lemieux, winner of the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (1999) and the Albert Einstein World Award of Science 1992
- NHL Great Wayne Gretzky (Honorary)
- Former Deputy Prime Minister Don Mazankowski (Honorary)
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