Monday, June 12, 2017

Appointment of Interim Vice-President (Research)

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Governors has today approved the appointment of Dr. Walter Dixon as Interim Vice-President (Research) for one year, effective July 1, 2017. As you know, Vice-President (Research) Lorne Babiuk will retire from his position at the end of June and I have been working with the Vice-President (Research) Advisory Search Committee to identify his successor. I would like to thank Dr. Dixon for taking on this essential leadership role as we continue our search.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Appointment of VP (University Relations)

After a comprehensive, international search, I am pleased to announce that the University of Alberta Board of Governors has approved the appointment of Jacqui Tam to the position of vice-president (university relations), with unanimous support from the advisory committee. Her appointment is for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2017.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Partnership with National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Yesterday, Chancellor Doug Stollery and I were honoured to be signatories to a memorandum of understanding between the University of Alberta and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. The signing marks a significant step forward in our For the Public Good commitment to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Report released on Peter Lougheed Leadership College

The Peter Lougheed Leadership College
In 2015, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College accepted its first cohort of 45 students. At this year’s spring convocation, they will graduate with their degrees and certificate. Their aspirations for the future vary widely—some are heading to medical school, others are running in the upcoming municipal elections, and several are working on various start-up ventures. Yasmin Rafiei, the University of Alberta’s latest Rhodes Scholar, will soon take her place at Oxford University.

The variety of these students’ aspirations underscores the purpose and vison of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, a vision that Peter MacKinnon, former president of the University of Saskatchewan, highlights as a core strength of the college in a report we release today. In his report on the PLLC, Dr. MacKinnon also stresses that there is a tangible "esprit de corps” among the students, teaching fellows, mentors, and staff of the college which comes out of a shared passion and commitment to the program.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

From the President’s Desk — April 27, 2016

This coming weekend marks the end of winter term classes and exams. My thanks to everyone for your efforts teaching and supporting our students over the last four months. Helping them to achieve their best is a collective effort of faculty, staff, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate teaching and lab assistants across our campuses. Whether your role is in the classroom, lab, library, student services, facilities, or administrative supports, your contributions matter and I’d like to take a moment now at the end of this term to thank you for all that you do for the University of Alberta.

The end of term has also coincided with the completion of an important piece of work. Last Friday, at a special meeting of the General Faculties Council, the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Governance Including Delegated Authority presented its report and recommendations.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Response to 2017 Federal Budget

Today’s 2017 federal budget reaffirms the Government of Canada’s investment in Canadian research, innovation, and skills development. In Budget 2016, we saw $95 million increase to Canada’s granting councils, and with today’s commitment to maintain those investments, the government has demonstrated their continued commitment to the value and benefit of curiosity-driven research.

Friday, March 17, 2017

From the President's Desk: March 17, 2017

The winter term is passing quickly. We have now turned the corner into the last month of classes, and this week has been particularly eventful. Let me begin by highlighting that March 16-18 is Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Week at the University of Alberta. One of our university's defining features is its diversity of people, disciplines, and perspectives. Yesterday, I spoke to the Edmonton Region Urban Development Institute about the vital importance of preserving and championing this diversity, especially in light of isolationist movements and rhetoric we so often hear about in the media these days. EDI Week gives us a great opportunity to celebrate and revitalize our commitment to building an inclusive community. I'd also like to thank and congratulate the recipients of the inaugural EDI Awards for their inspiring work on our campuses.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Good news from Government of Alberta's Budget 2017

Today’s provincial budget is good news for post-secondary education in Alberta. The Government of Alberta has honoured its promise to provide stable and predictable funding to our sector. On behalf of all of the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Alberta, I thank the provincial government for its 2 per cent increase to our Campus Alberta grant and for its steadfast support of the U of A and post-secondary education and research in the province.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

From the President's Desk: Signature Areas Campus Forum

Please join Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Steven Dew, Vice-President (Research) Lorne Babiuk, and me at a Campus Forum focused on the development of signature research and teaching areas.

When: Thursday, March 23, Noon – 1 pm
Where: Council Chambers, 2-100 University Hall, Van Vliet Complex

Monday, March 13, 2017

Congratulating the 2017-18 Student Representatives

The Students' Union Building and Triffo Hall
Over the last few weeks, the students of University of Alberta have run elections for their 2017-18 representatives, the final results of which have all been released. On behalf of the University of Alberta, I’m pleased to congratulate all of the undergraduate and graduate students who were involved in this year’s elections, from the campaign teams to the voters. This year’s voter turnout, particularly in the Students’ Union election, exceeded expectations and demonstrated the growing involvement of our student body.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Welcome to the New Members of the Board of Governors

Today, the University of Alberta welcomes the Government of Alberta’s appointment of six new members to the Board of Governors. Each of these new members brings valuable and diverse perspectives, experiences, and expertise.  We look forward to working with them to further the strategic goals and initiatives laid out in For the Public Good.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

President Turpin stresses UAlberta commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity

University of Alberta
Today, as president of the University of Alberta—but also as a citizen of Alberta and Canada—I want to voice our university’s firm commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the face of rising isolationism and division. These values guide our actions every day in a myriad of small ways, but sometimes, we are called to stand up for them in visible and vocal ways.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

From the President's Desk: Jan 12, 2017

President David Turpin

Welcome to the 2017 winter term! With the return to classes this week comes the launch of The Quad’s weekly newsletter. A part of the university’s digital landscape for more than a year, The Quad has become a virtual gathering place, thanks to the many contributions of faculty and staff writers who have shared stories, ideas, and opinions of interest to the internal community.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays from the University of Alberta

Happy Holidays, U of A!
As the semester and the calendar year come to an end, I reflect on the many milestones and accomplishments that marked 2016 at the University of Alberta:

Monday, December 19, 2016

From the President's Desk: Dec 19, 2016

As we move into the final week of exams and start to look forward to the holidays, I would like to thank all of you for your efforts over the last term. The University of Alberta depends on the energy and dedication of its people to consistently provide excellence in teaching, research, support, and service—it is a collective effort and I want to thank each of you for your contributions.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Announcement Regarding Vice-President (Research)

Lorne Babiuk, VP Research

As you may know, Lorne Babiuk will complete his second five-year term as Vice-President (Research) on June 30, 2017. Lorne has advised me that he will not be seeking reappointment.

Monday, November 14, 2016

From the President's Desk: A Congratulations to Bears Soccer

Golden Bears Soccer
I want to congratulate Golden Bears Soccer on their national championship win yesterday, the fifth in the program’s history. This year’s team clearly distinguished themselves from the competition, with several players named tournament all-stars – including tournament MVP Noah Cunningham – and with leadership from CWUAA Coach of the Year Len Vickery. Together, the members of Golden Bears Soccer demonstrated outstanding teamwork and resilience.

On behalf of the University of Alberta, congratulations on a successful season and championship tournament.  We are all proud.

David H. Turpin
President and Vice-Chancellor

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

From the President's Desk--Nov 1

Since my last update in September, I have been in China, Hong Kong, Toronto and Ottawa, meeting with national and international partners, government officials, alumni, and colleagues.

I began my travels in China in early October. Although I have been there many times over the past 25 years, this was the first time that I was exposed to the breadth, depth and reach of the University of Alberta’s relationships and partnerships in China. This university has had such a long and major impact on China’s higher education sector, and I am proud to play a role in building on this remarkable history.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The President's State of the University Address 2016 (Transcript)

U of A President David Turpin delivers the 2016 State of the University Address
On September 27, 2016, President David Turpin delivered the following State of the University Address:

Monday, September 26, 2016

Video: State of the University Address 2016

Today (Tuesday, September 27), all members of the U of A community were invited to join President David Turpin for the annual State of the University Address and the formal launch of our new institutional plan: “For the Public Good.”

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For pdf of “For the Public Good”, click here.
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