University of Calgary

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The University of Calgary is the State University of Calgary, in the Province of Alberta in Canada. It was founded in 1966 and has approximately 28,000 students. The university is one of the leading research universities in Canada and is a member of the Group of Thirteen. The University has four campuses, one of which is abroad in Doha, Qatar, is located. The University offers a total of 150 study programs with which you can make the Bachelor, Master or PhD degree.


The University of Calgary was officially founded in 1966, whose history goes back to but over the year 1905, when the Alberta Normal School was founded in Calgary. The Alberta Normal School was established for the training of teachers for primary and secondary schools of the new province. The people of Calgary called for the establishment of another state institution of higher education, the provincial government approved the establishment of another university. A short time later the Calgary College was founded, which has then been transformed a few years later to the University of Calgary. In the early 20th century, the faculties of theology, law and medicine sciences and 1971 the Department of Architecture were added. The end of 1960, the University recorded a massive construction boom. The Calgary Hall and the building of the Faculty of Engineering have been extended. 1966 studied 4,000 students at the university, the number of members of the university grew to 355 employees.

Departments and Colleges

The University has 14 faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts includes a spectrum of several areas ranging from anthropology to women's studies.
  • Faculty of Continuing Education
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Environmental Design
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Haskayne School of Business - Economics
  • Faculty of Kinesiology
  • Faculty of Law - Law
  • Faculty of Medicine - Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Nursing - Nursing
  • Schulich School of Engineering - Engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Sciences includes a total of seven departments in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics and statistics, physics and psychology.


Main Campus

The University main campus is located approximately two miles outside of Calgary, north of Downtown Calgary and south of the urban areas Varsity and Dalhousie. The site covers an area of 2.13 km ², making it larger than the city of Calgary. The campus is adjacent to the Crowchild Trail, 16 Avenue Northwest, 32 Avenue Northwest and the Shaganappi Trail. The 24 Avenue serves as the main access to the campus.

The architecture is characterized by a combination of neo-Gothic and brutalism and modern buildings that are located on campus. Most of the buildings were built 1905-1980.

A larger park was built in the inner area of the campus. At the park there are several benches and old trees and spacious green areas.

Downtown Campus

On 13 September 2010, the University of Calgary opened its new downtown campus. The campus is located at 8th Avenue and 8th Street south-west. The first phase is complete and includes several facilities on campus, next to a book store, a learning center and other facilities. After completion of the entire campus system there are the lecture halls of the Departments Continuing Education and Energy & Environment, and the individual areas of the Haskayne School of Business and the settled new School of Public Policy.

West Campus

In 1995, the University of Calgary of Alberta a larger vacant lot. The site has an area of ​​approximately 800,000 m² and is located east of Shaganappi Trail between 16th Avenue (Trans Canada Highway ) and 32 Avenue Noth West. The West Campus is located in a hilly area near the Bow River. In addition to University buildings and facilities located on the campus of the Alberta Children's Hospital and the Child Development Centre. After the increase in the budget of the university, the university administration began with further expansion plans on the site.

Five years ago, in particular the western grounds of the campus at the Alberta Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House has been rented. Currently, the campus is built in half. From the West Campus can be seen from the main campus of the University, and Downtown Calgary.

Qatar Campus

In 2007, the University of Calgary opened a campus in Doha, Qatar. The University of Calgary - Qatar trains primarily medical professionals. The university offers a regular course in Bachelor of Nursing (BN ) and other statements on the master level.


The University of Calgary is among one of the renowned and powerful research universities in North America. Overall, the University maintains some 36 research centers and institutes. Other research centers are run cooperatively with other institutions and universities. The research centers include, among others: .

  • Calgary Centre for Financial Research
  • Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology ( CCIT )
  • Calgary Institute for the Humanities
  • Centre for Mathematics in Life Sciences
  • Centre for Microsystems Engineering ( CME)
  • Centre for Military and Strategic Studies ( CMSS )
  • Centre for Bioengineering Research and Education (CBRE )
  • Centre for Information Security and Cryptography ( CISC )
  • Institute for Quantum Information Science
  • Institute for Space Research
  • McCaig Institute for Bone & Joint Health
  • Pipeline Engineering Centre ( PEC)
  • Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy


The university has several facilities on their campuses. The MacEwan Hall is a multi-purpose event hall for up to 1,000 people. The hall is used for conferences, dinner parties and political debates. The Rozsa Centre is a theater and concert hall and is situated in the western area on campus. The Olympic Oval is an ice rink on campus, which was opened for the Olympic Winter Games 1988. Other facilities on campus include:

  • University of Calgary Aquatic Centre - includes a big one for the Winter Olympic Games swimming pool, with a deep plunge pool and larger wave machines.
  • McMahon Stadium
  • Fitness and Lifestyle Centre
  • Rothney Astrophysical Observatory


The sports teams of the University of Calgary, call the Calgary Dinos. They play in college sports leagues Canada West and Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference.

Known graduates (excerpt)

  • Stephen Harper ( born 1959 ), the 22nd Prime Minister of Canada
  • James Gosling ( born 1955 ), one of the forefathers of the Java programming language
  • Theo de Raadt (* 1968), founder of the OpenBSD project
  • Robert Brent Thirks (born 1976 ), Canadian astronaut of the CSA

Literature on the University

  • V Jones, CS Lane: A History of the Faculty of Management at the University of Calgary (1967-1981), in: Administrative Sciences Association of Canada - Annual Conference 19, no 24 (1998), pp. 56-66
  • Geertje Boschma: Faculty of Nursing on the Move: Thirty Years of Nursing Education, Research and Science at the University of Calgary, 1969-2000 ( Calgary: University of Calgary Press, September 30, 2005 )