CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - September 16, 2016) - University of Calgary students, faculty, staff and supporters came together at Mac Hall on Friday - with many joining via livestream - to hear President Elizabeth Cannon deliver the university's annual Community Report and celebrate the year's successes.
"This - our 50th Anniversary year - has truly been a transformational one for the University of Calgary," said Cannon. "And it is due to the ongoing dedication and achievements of our incredible students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and friends whose pioneering spirit, passionate curiosity and quest for innovation inspire us daily."
The Community Report publication documents the university's tremendous progress against the three Eyes High foundational commitments that underpin all of the work done at the University of Calgary: sharpening the focus on research and scholarship; enriching the quality and breadth of teaching and learning; and fully integrating the university with the community.
UCalgary looks at 42 measures of its performance, 36 of which incorporate comparative data from top five peer institutions. Of these 36 metrics, the University of Calgary ranks amongst its top five peers on 25, based on 2014-15 data.
Highlights from the 2016 Community Report
- For the fifth year in a row, the University of Calgary is ranked among the top young universities in the world. The university is No. 1 in both Canada and in North America according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Top 150 Under 50 2016 and the Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS) World University Rankings. In January 2016, THE also ranked the University of Calgary as one of the top 200 most globally oriented universities in the world, and in September 2016, QS ranked the University of Calgary one of the world's top 200 universities overall.
- The launching of a campus-wide mental health strategy and an institutional sustainability strategy; the opening of the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning; and ongoing renovations of learning spaces for students.
- UCalgary is ranked the No. 6 research university in Canada with $360.5 million in sponsored research funding.
- $75 million in federal government funding over seven years from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) for the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources to develop safe, clean, secure energy supplies for the world.
- Funding for eight key infrastructure projects totaling $160 million from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund. The federal government will provide $78 million, with the remaining $82 million coming from a mix of provincial funding, philanthropy and the university's own infrastructure dollars.
- The provincial government's commitment of $17.2 million over two years for the planning phase of the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties redevelopment.
- Hosting the 75th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, where UCalgary welcomed more than 8,000 scholars presenting over 5,500 research presentations.
- Launching a $1.3 billion fundraising campaign - called Energize: the Campaign for Eyes High, with more than $725 million raised by more than 20,000 supporters since 2011.
- Building a vibrant, welcoming community and helping vulnerable neighbours through initiatives like the Syrian Refugee Bursary program, which supports access to post-secondary education and English-language training. And through the annual United Way campaign, raising a record $562,457.
- Welcoming more than 1,400 Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees with open arms to stay on campus for four months, making it the largest post-secondary evacuee reception site in Alberta.
- Competing and winning gold, silver and bronze medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games: University of Calgary Dinos' athletes and coaches made their city and country proud.
- Earning four top workplace awards as one of Canada's safest employers; one of the top 10 most sustainable organizations in Canada for the third consecutive year; one of Alberta's top employers; and Alberta's first Fair Trade campus.
The year ahead
As the university continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary through to April 2017, Cannon outlined plans for the year ahead, including building a campus Indigenous Strategy; opening the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex; finalizing the university's long-range development plan; major facilities development with the recent announcements of infrastructure funding; and refining the Eyes High strategy.
"The can-do spirit of each of you as University of Calgary community members will continue to spark meaningful change," said Cannon. "You are each paving the path to allow this university to reach our ambitious Eyes High goals, charting a new course for each of us today and for generations to come."
Read the 2016 University of Calgary Community Report and watch the video at ucalgary.ca/report/
About the University of Calgary
The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.'
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