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RANKED ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP 100 UNIVERSITIES BY TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION Founded a century ago, the University of Alberta is one of the top 100 teaching and research universities in the world serving close to 40,000 students with 11,000 faculty and staff. The UAlberta has an annual budget in excess of $1 billion and attracts more than $500 million additionally in external research funding. It offers close to 400 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in 18 faculties. Created – in the words of its first president, Henry Marshall Tory – “for the uplifting of the whole people,” the university is committed to inspiring the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship and building one of the world’s great universities for the public good.


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Located in the province’s capital of Edmonton, the campus covers about 50 city blocks with more than 90 buildings on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River valley.

A French-language campus with degree programs in arts, commerce (bilingual, offered jointly with the Alberta School of Business), education, engineering (first year), science, nursing (bilingual, offered jointly with the Faculty of Nursing), conservation and environmental sciences (bilingual, offered jointly with the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences), and master’s programs in arts (Canadian studies) and education.

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Creating a vibrant hub in downtown Edmonton’s historic former Bay Building, Enterprise Square is home to TEC Edmonton, the Faculty of Extension, the Alberta School of Business executive education and family business programs, a UAlberta bookstore, and various administrative units, including Alumni Affairs and University of Alberta International.

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SOUTH CAMPUS & MICHENER PARK Location of the Edmonton Research Station experimental farms, which are home to much of the university’s agricultural research in areas like food safety and crop use for food and industrial products.

AUGUSTANA CAMPUS Based an hour’s drive from Edmonton in the rural community of Camrose, the tightknit campus offers degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Specializations include a signature outdoor education program, nationally competitive athletics programs, and international study opportunities.



Centre is located in the heart of downtown Calgary and houses staff from Augustana Campus, External Relations, the faculties of engineering and rehabilitation medicine, and the

purpose is to engage the 20,000-plus Calgary-area alumni, as well as learners, prospective students, donors, and other university supporters.

Edmonton, Alberta Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta and is the province’s second-largest city. Edmonton is located on the North Saskatchewan River and is the centre of the Edmonton Capital Region, which is surrounded by the central region of the province. Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It plays host to a year-round slate of worldclass festivals, earning it the title of “The Festival City.” Edmonton traditionally has been a hub for Albertan petrochemical industries, earning it the nickname “Oil Capital of Canada” in the 1940s. Supply and service industries drive the energy extraction engine, while research develops new technologies and supports expanded value-added processing of Alberta’s massive oil, gas, and oil sands reserves. source:


PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA In the People’s Republic of China, the University of Alberta has cultivated a large network with local government, research/education institutions and funding agencies. The University is expanding its scope of collaboration at all directions and levels. Project activity focuses on the areas of agriculture, information and communications technology, teacher education, and governance and public sector management. The UAlberta has 60 partnership agreements with Chinese governments, organizations and institutions, including the Ministry of Science and Technology, China Scholarship Council, Tsinghua, Peking and Zhejiang Universities, China University of Petroleum (Beijing and Dongying). Through the support of Alberta and


the University of Alberta Vice-President (Research), the China Opportunity Fund was established as a vehicle to support linkages between UAlberta scientists and leading researchers in the People’s Republic of China. In 2005, the UAlberta developed the Joint Research Laboratories (JRL) program with China’s Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), which funds State Key Laboratories (SKLs) and National Laboratories (NLs). In this program, collaboration between UAlberta researchers and SKLs/NLs has been funded jointly through the China Opportunity Fund and MOST. Under this agreement, a wide range of collaborations with various universities in China have been established, including the China University of Petroleum and the China University of Mining and Technology.

Ualberta • More than 2,000 students at the UAlberta are Chinese nationals • The UAlberta has received more China Scholarship Council (CSC) PHD students than any other Canadian university • Over 100 professors of Chinese origin found in the UAlberta Association of Chinese Canadian Professors – many of them engaged in energy research • CSC-selected students, now 80 on campus, are a key link to Chinese universities • One eighth of all graduate students on campus are Chinese nationals

CHINA INSTITUTE The China Institute at the University of Alberta (CIUA) was established in the fall of 2005 with an endowment fund of C$37 million from the Government of Alberta. The endowment is to match the appraised value of The Mactaggart Art Collection, donated to the University of Alberta Museums by local philanthropists Sandy and Cécile Mactaggart, under an agreement by the University that the funds so obtained, would be used to create the China Institute, dedicated to enhancing understanding between Canada and China.

CIUA is a board-governed organization, which reports to the Provost and VicePresident (Academic) of the University of Alberta. The director of the CIUA is Mr. Gordon Houlden, a specialist of Chinese and Asia Pacific affairs. CIUA plays an umbrella function for all China-related activities at the University of Alberta. Its major areas of activities are: the Joint-lab research project with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology; the annual Canada-China energy forum; student exchange programs; training programs, cross-cultural leadership development projects and networking opportunities; cutting-edge research on Chinese politics, economy, society,

mission CIUA’s mission is to forge linkages between China-related initiatives and scholarship at the University of Alberta, to enhance and support new teaching and research activities between Canada and China, and to develop an enduring friendship and promote cultural, scientific, and business exchanges.

vision CIUA’s vision is to become renowned in China and internationally as a unique Canadian enterprise that stimulates outstanding Chinarelated teaching and research initiatives and interdisciplinary collaboration with the University of Alberta. Spanning a wide range of disciplines, the Institute will encourage the participation of undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty from the University of Alberta and Chinese institutions. The China Institute will bridge university and community activities to encourage cultural understanding, and scientific and business ventures between the two nations.

culture and Canada-China relations; and language teaching programs. As CIUA expands its scope of collaboration in all directions and at all levels, we look forward to further developing our collaborations with our Chinese partners for robust research, education, and joint programs.


ACADEMICS & RESEARCH – UAlberta The University of Alberta is a vibrant, energetic place with a passion for teaching and discovery. We have more national teaching award winners than any other university in Canada. Globally engaged, with international research partnerships and student exchanges throughout the world, we are known for challenging conventional thinking and for our groundbreaking research. It helps our graduates emerge from the classrooms to take their place as leaders and to serve society.

funding. A significant achievement includes securing four of 19 Canada Excellence Research Chairs, more than any other university.

With annual external research funding exceeding $510 million and $1.2 billion in capital projects planned or underway, the UAlberta is well supported by the public, government, funding agencies, and industry.

The UAlberta sits fifth among Canadian universities in annual total research funding from the three federal government granting councils: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

The university’s annual research funding has more than tripled in the past decade. The University of Alberta ranks second nationally in annual sponsored research funding at Canadian universities, including clinical trials and related research


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The Faculty of Agricultural, life & Environmental Sciences The mission of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences is to provide solutions to the most pressing global challenges related to human interactions with the natural and lived environments. Our academic activities are focused on sustaining the earth and its resources, wise management and innovative use of those resources, and on supporting individual and community well-being. We strive to be leaders in the creation of knowledge about environmental, social and economic sustainability at regional, national and international levels. Our scholarly activities span the natural and social sciences, include the full range of ‘pure’ and ‘applied’ approaches, and are necessarily collaborative, multi- and interdisciplinary in nature. Community engagement, knowledge transfer and application of research to practice and policy are integral to achieving our goal to “Make a world of difference”.

living organisms depend upon the earth to provide food, water, habitat and related ecosystem goods and services. The Environmental Sustainability theme forms the foundation upon which the other themes rest. The Food For Health/Security and Bioresource Innovation themes centre on innovative approaches to managing and using the earth’s biological resources to ensure a safe, healthy and sustainable supply of food, water and a diversity of other resources and services. Individual

Four themes provide the foundation for our research, learning and community engagement activities: • • • •

Environmental Sustainability Food For Health/Security Bioresource Innovation Individual and Community Well-being.

The themes transcend departmental and disciplinary boundaries, leverage interdisciplinary opportunities, and collect and focus the research breadth within the faculty. They are overlapping and interconnected. All

and Community Well-being is an outcome based on individual health and the interrelationships of individuals with one another and with the lived environment, set within the context of social, economic, and political factors and conditions. This theme could be seen as an outcome of collective efforts within the other three.

John Kennelly, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences


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Partner Institutions in China The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences has agreements with several key Chinese universities and scholarly organizations and collaborates with over 20 research institutes and centres in China. These collaborative relationships, usually expressed in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding, include provisions for cooperation in science and technology, graduate student mobility, undergraduate transfer programs, professoriate appointments in both Edmonton and China, academic exchanges and sponsored student programs.


1 China Agricultural University, August 2011 2 Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, August 2011 3 Chinese Academy of Forestry, 2004 4 Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2007 5 China Scholarship Council, January 2012 6 Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, 2010 7 Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, 2004 8 Northwest Agricultural and Forest University, August 2011 9 Tianjin Agricultural University, 2010 10 Tsinghua University, 2004 11 Sichuan Agricultural University, 2010 12 Sun Yat-sen University, 2011 13 Zhejiang A & F University, 2004 14 Zhejiang University, 2000

On Collaborative Relationships in China Long standing student and academic mobility agreements between the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences and Chinese universities like Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University, China Agricultural University, Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University and Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University allow students to complete one or two years of study at their home universities in China, then transfer to our faculty to complete their training and obtain a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta. Many students develop successful careers in the agri-food industry or continue onto graduate studies. Since 2009, the Faculty of has attracted more than 90 students from its Chinese partners. Annually, the faculty hosts approximately 100 visiting scholars from partner institutions in China to increase research collaboration, knowledge exchange and joint project development in

agriculture, food, nutrition, renewable resources, environmental sociology and resource economics. Researchers from the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences in animal genomics, forest soils, food microbiology, biodiversity and biotechnology lend their time and expertise to local investigations and classrooms at our partner universities in China to transfer knowledge, leverage research capacity and enhance comprehension of global trends and industry terminology. In the upcoming year, undergraduate students from the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences will have the opportunity to participate in a field trip in Hangzhou to study the environmental and economic benefits of bamboo farming, as well as increase their awareness of tea culture and understanding of Chinese society.


Joint Research Labs OFFER More Capacity In 2005, a Joint Research Lab between Chinese State Key Laboratories and the University of Alberta, supported by the China Opportunity Fund, was established based on a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Science of Technology and the University of Alberta. The Joint Research Lab will increase capacity and leverage resources for researchers. Here are a few results from that agreement: Dr. Steve Strelkov from the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences is co-supervising graduate students from China Agricultural University in his area of research, plant pathology. Dr. Michael Gaenzle is collaborating with researchers at a Ministry of Science and Technology State Key Lab in Wuhan on a food microbiology and probiotics project to elevate the level of food safety training and practices.


Drs. Leluo Guan and Graham Plastow are collaborating with researchers from China Agricultural University’s State Key Lab of Agricultural Microbiology on a livestock genomics project. Dr. Scott Chang collaborated on a land-use change, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions project with State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture at the Nanjing Institute of Soil Science. Research collaboration under the leadership of Dr. Chang, Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University and the Alberta Research Council, with graduate students funded by the China Scholarship Council, resulted in two joint publications regarding water-use efficiency of wheat under environmental stress. Dr. Chang has also led a project with researchers from the Nanjing Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy

of Sciences about land-use change, carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions in China and Canada. The Vice-President (Research) of the University of Alberta, Dr. Lorne Babiuk, who is also a member of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, leads and supports joint research programming related to infectious diseases with Chinese virologists and members of the University of Alberta’s Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology under the auspices of the Ministry of Science and Technology. It is anticipated that continued successful collaborative outcomes between the University of Alberta and the Ministry of Science and Technology will lead to the development of future projects related to water and energy. Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences’ researcher Dr. Fangliang He, a world-renowned biodiversity expert and the Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity and Landscape Modeling, is working closely with researchers from the State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology at Beijing Normal University on a biodiversity maintenance project. Joint Lab for Biodiversity Conservation In May 2011, Sun Yat-sen University and the University of Alberta established the SYSU-Alberta Joint Lab for Biodiversity Conservation with a mandate to conduct cutting-edge research in ecology and biodiversity conservation.

and distribution of species in landscapes and predicting the impact of human activities and environmental change on the wellbeing of ecosystems. To date, the collaboration has resulted in the publication of five papers in journals such as Nature and Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the training of three MSc students, six PhD students and three post-doctoral fellows. The Ecological Conservancy Outreach Fund (ECO Fund) The Ecological Conservancy Outreach Fund provides funding for four projects serving to rehabilitate degraded ecosystems in China, particularly on sites along the Upper Yangtze River in Yunnan Province where soil erosion is severe, and near Beijing where recurrent sand storms and desertification seriously threaten the metropolis. The impact of reclaiming China’s famed Yangtze River lies in the reduction of poverty for more than 100 million rural Chinese still living below the poverty line of $1(US) per day.

One of the main projects funded by the Ecological Conservation Outreach Fund that is lead by Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences researchers is the Yangtze River Conservation project. Drs. Francis Yeh, David Chanasyk, Janusz Zwiazek, Peter Crown and Donald Pluth worked in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the Government of Yunnan Province and Yunnan University. The project aims to restore the Yangtze River ecosystem, mitigate soil erosion and reduce poverty in the rural communities of the river basin by helping subsistence farmers convert to more environmentally friendly and sustainable forest-based agricultural practices. The Provost of the University of Alberta, Dr. Carl Amrhein, and Dr. John Kennelly, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, are to visit the research and reclamation site to personally witness the results of this collaboration.

Championed by Dr. Larry Wang, University of Alberta professor emeritus in the Department of Biology, the Alberta-based ECO fund was originally financed by himself, his friend Sam Chao and other private Chinese donors residing in North America and South East Asia.

Dr. He and Dr. John Spence, Professor of Ecology, Conservation and Evolutionary Biology, are working with researchers at Sun Yat-sen University’s State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol on modeling abundance


Collaboration PROVIDES Greater Impact An example of the impact of these collaborations is that of Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences Professor Zhiquan Wang. Along with industry partners and researchers at Sichuan Agricultural University, Dr. Wang has contributed his expertise to analyzing the genome of beef cattle in order to identify preferred traits that lead to improved growth rates and feed efficiency. In doing so, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences is supporting Sichuan Agricultural University’s quest to improve and enhance its genome analysis. Dr. Wang’s collaborations on beef genomics reach many of China’s top agriculture schools, including


China Agricultural University. Faculty member Dr. Jianping Wu is also seizing the opportunity of collaborating with colleagues from China Agricultural University and is currently working on a joint poultry protein chemistry project.

a breeding ground for further animal genotyping to improve other meat proteins such as lamb, chicken and pork, as well as training placements for Chinese Scholarship Council scholars pursuing a doctorate at the University of Alberta.

Similarly, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences’ researcher Dr. Leluo Guan is working closely with researchers from Zhejiang University’s Institute of Dairy Science to develop a joint laboratory of functional genomics. They are jointly publishing a study about the manipulation of gut microbiome for the purpose of improving milk quality.

As the middle class population in China grows, so does its purchasing power and appetite for a diet plentiful in animal protein. Providing solutions in beef and dairy genomics has become a focus in the ever more relevant global concern of food security. The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta is committed to joint scientific collaboration that provides solutions to these and many other major milestones in China.

Establishing these types of collaborative relationships provides

Infrastructure and Networks, Centres and Institutes The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences has extensive infrastructure to conduct its research. It has nine research stations strategically located throughout Alberta and more than 11,000 square metres of research and teaching lab facilities in 10 buildings on the University of Alberta’s north and south campuses.

Agri-Food Discovery Place

Ellerslie Research Station

Kinsella Research Station

A bio-product processing pilot facility where industrial partners can collaborate and leverage the expertise of world class researchers. It supports applied research in meat safety, agindustrial technologies, functional foods, and health products.

Located on the southside of Edmonton on 150 acres of land, it serves as a field facility to conduct agricultural, environmental and forestry field teaching and research.

A 12,000-acre beef cattle breeding facility located 150 km southeast of Edmonton, it houses 650 cattle that support bovine genomic research. The ranch is also home to Precision Ranching Research which studies the complexities of interactions between animals and the environment.


The plots are one of very few longterm soil study projects in the world and contain valuable information about how management practices affect soils and crops. Research conducted here over the past 78 years has led to significant economic impact through improved crop production.

Located 90 km north west of Peace River, this research station hosts a groundbreaking 80- to 100-year study that compares natural disturbance (fire) with harvesting and tries to emulate key processes in natural disturbances that go missing with harvesting using indicators such as flora, fauna, soil nutrients and hydrological features.

Edmonton Research Station

George Lake

Located on South Campus, two kilometres south of the North Campus, it spans 600 acres and houses some of the best agricultural research and teaching facilities in North America for animal metabolism, crops, dairy, poultry and swine in addition to AgriFood Discovery Place.

Located one hour northwest of Edmonton, it is used to study forest and aquatic ecosystems. It hosts two long-term population ecology studies, one examining the water strider population during two decades while the other is studying beetle populations.

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Mattheis Ranch Located near Duchess, 150 km east of Calgary, it sits on 12,000 acres, has a diversity of ecosystems and habitats, a rich variety of plant life, different riparian areas and several wetlands. Research on various aspects of applied ecology, grazing management, livestock husbandry and production economics for mixed-grass prairie region are conducted on the ranch.

St. Albert Research Station Located three kilometres north of St. Albert on Highway 2, it hosts a variety of environmental and crop research projects on 777 acres.


Centres, Networks and Institutes The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences hosts 10 centres and institutes and four networks.

Centres and Institutes Alberta Institute for Human Nutrition Alberta Veterinary Research Institute Centre for Enhanced Forest Management Dairy Research Technology Centre Environmental and Research Studies Centre Livestock Gentec Material Culture Institute Phytola: An Alberta Innovates Centre Poultry Research Centre Rangeland Research Institute Swine Research Technology Centre

Networks Bio Conversions Network Consumer and Market Demand Network EmbryoGENE Network LEARN (Linking Environment and Agriculture Research Network)


Research funding and personnel The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences routinely attracts external research funding that is among the highest average rates of the 18 faculties of the university.

In 2011-12, the average amount of external research funding obtained per continuing academic member was $475,775 – once again, one of the highest rates on campus.

In the last three years, the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences generated $212 million in external research funding, an average of $46.7 million per year.

Funding sources include provincial and federal governments, industry, industry associations and endowments funded by corporate and personal donations.

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Distinguished Research Leaders Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Canada’s most prestigious designations for internationally renowned scholars)

Vic Adamowicz Fellow of Canadian Society of Animal Science (Outstanding contributions in animal agriculture)

Laki Goonewardene John Kennelly Erasmus Okine Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada John Kennelly Fellow of the International College of Nutrition John Kennelly distinguished University Professor Vic Adamowicz Tom Clandinin


3M NATIONAL TEACHING FELLOWS 3M National Teaching Fellowships are the most prestigious teaching honour in Canada. They recognize teaching excellence and educational leadership. The Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences has had four 3M Fellows named over the years. Frank Aherne Anne Naeth Mick Price Frank Robinson canada research chairs Nadir Erbilgin, Canada Research Chair in Forest Entomology Michael Gänzle, Canada Research Chair in Food Microbiology and Probiotics Uwe Hacke, Canada Research Chair in Tree-Water Relations Fangliang He, Canada Research Chair in Biodiversity and Landscape Modeling Brenda Parlee, Canada Research Chair in Social Response to Ecological Change Randy Weselake, Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Lipid Biotechnology

Vic Adamowicz

Tom Clandinin

Nadir Erbilgin

Michael Gänzle

Uwe Hacke

Fangliang He

Brenda Parlee

Randy Weselake

STUDENT MOBILITY AND RECRUITMENT Chinese Students at the University of Alberta

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The People’s Republic of China is the largest source of international students for the University of Alberta’s undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as for the English Language Program. Agreements are in place between several Chinese universities and various faculties of the University of Alberta to allow students to complete one or two years of study at their home universities in China, then transfer to the University of Alberta to complete their degree. For its part, the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences has provided training in agriculture, environmental conservation and resource economics to 307 international students from China

since 2009. That represents 69 percent of the total international undergraduate student body at ALES in the last three years.

Student Population at the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences • In 2011/12, 1,464 undergraduate students were registered in nine programs. • The percentage of international undergraduate students in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences is 13 per cent, well on the way to the target of 15 per cent target set by the University of Alberta.

• The graduate student population is 485 students in 22 specializations. More than half the graduate students (53 per cent) are international students. • By 2014 we look forward to 15% international undergraduate student population


Marta Gomez-Wu Assistant Dean, International 780-492-4931 2-14 Agriculture/Forestry Centre Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2P5

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