The University of Alberta (founded in 1908) is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The university is considered a “Comprehensive academic and research university” (CARU), which means that it offers a range of academic and professional programs, which generally lead to undergraduate and graduate level credentials, and have a strong research focus.
The University of Alberta is one of Canada's five largest comprehensive universities focusing on scientific research. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate degrees, 170 graduate degrees and 70 doctoral degrees, covering 275 research fields. The university has Canada's fifth largest number of professors, with three professors who holds the title of Canada Excellence Research Chairs. Only 27 professors hold this title across Canada.
Of the more than 400 engineering schools in North America, the University of Alberta's engineering school is firmly in the top 5%. In the recent QS World University Rankings, it has been consistently ranked in the top 100 in the disciplines of chemical engineering and civil engineering. The school of engineering of the University of Alberta has a history of more than 100 years. From sonar research in the first world war to interdisciplinary research today, from oil sands technology to interstellar exploration, it has played an important role in every important historical stage.