Past and Future
The University of Calgary first opened its doors in 1966 and has since evolved into a vibrant campus that is continuously growing. It offers a haven for scholars, faculty and the community alike to meet, create and learn. With leading researchers and creative student minds, the University’s achievements include making leaps in cancer treatments, a huge push forward in the treatment of diabetes and bringing environmentally responsible lighting to developing countries. It reports over 100,000 alumni— some of whom are now internationally renowned in the realms of science, arts and politics.
As part of a new generation of universities, the U of C is still comparatively young and up and coming, but is gaining more momentum by its emphasis on research. The U of C is the main postsecondary institution in Calgary and is a foundation for personal and professional growth for many. The U of C uses cutting edge approaches like integrating iPods into the classroom and offering courses online. With its variety of disciplines like engineering, arts, computers and medicine, old ideas are utilized, while new ones are discovered.
The 213-hectare campus, apart from its hub of classrooms and labs, also boasts an atmosphere of leisure and community. While academia prevails, those that aren’t students can find use of the Nickel Arts Museum, MacEwan Hall, the University Bookstore, the Olympic Oval and the Rozsa Centre. There is also a world-class recreational facility that offers programs in climbing, swimming, and fitness. Finally, there’s the Den, the trusty campus bar.