Why U of A Values You

As a new employee at the University of Alberta, you are welcomed into a community with roots deep in the history of Alberta. For more than a century we have contributed towards the improvement of the human experience, locally and internationally. The U of A consistently ranks as one of the top Canadian universities and employers with more than 38, 000 students from across Canada and 144 other countries, and more than 15, 000 employees.

It is the talents, skills, experience, and expertise of each individual that advances our vision to inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery, and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world’s great universities.

We are here to support one another and to help each other grow to reach our full potential, and in doing so, we are confident that we will help others. Together, we will achieve our founding promise of “uplifting the whole people.” (Henry Marshall Tory, First President, University of Alberta).

  • Culture - You are part of a culture of continuous learning, contribution, exploration, discovery, and connection. Make the most of your U of A employment: Discover, Connect, and Grow.
  • Dare to Discover - The blueprint for greatness; using our values, vision, mission and cornerstones as a framework to guide us as we grow.
  • History - We are a community rich in history. Founded in 1908, the original north campus was built along the south banks of the North Saskatchewan River and has since expanded to include 5 campuses and several large farming facilities.
  • Living Our Promise - "The modern state university has sprung from a demand on the part of the people themselves….The people demand that knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal. This should never be forgotten." (Henry Marshall Tory)
  • Our Vision and Motto to inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery, and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world’s great universities for the public good.