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who we are
We respectfully acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples on whose unceded traditional territories our three campuses reside.
We equip our students with the knowledge, skills and experiences that prepare them for life in an ever-changing and challenging world. We are a world leader in research, knowledge development and innovation. And we forge lasting partnerships to enhance the social, economic, and cultural well-being of the communities we serve.
Consistently ranked among Canada’s top research-intensive universities, SFU is globally recognized for excellence in research, innovation and sustainability. And with more than 170,000 alumni around the world, our work and impact can be seen in all corners of the globe.
With vibrant campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities—Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver—SFU is not just shaping minds, we are also shaping communities.
Established in 1965 on Burnaby Mountain, our Burnaby campus houses the majority of our world-class academic and research infrastructure.
Our Vancouver campus opened in 1989 to foster connections with the business community and meet the educational demands of working professionals. Known today as the intellectual heart of the city, it encompasses nine sites that include a multi-venue arts and culture space, a centre for dialogue and our graduate school of business.
Opened in 2002, the Surrey campus extended our community outreach into B.C.’s fastest growing city and today houses cutting-edge initiatives such as the Quantum Algorithm Institute and our Sustainable Energy Engineering program and School of Interactive Arts and Technology.
Where academic excellence meets unparalleled flexibility
We are one of Canada’s top 15 research universities—an institution known across the world for our scholarship and research excellence.
SFU is distinguished by the extraordinary variety of educational and learning opportunities we offer our students, both on campus and in the community. As a result, our students graduate with the skills they need to succeed, contribute to the communities and fulfill their potential.
- We offer professional master’s degrees on flexible schedules
- Students gain valuable experiential learning from a broad selection of local and international field schools and exchanges, undergraduate student research awards, volunteer stewardship activities, and leadership training
- Our comprehensive co-op education program, one of Canada’s first and now one of its largest, has placed over 8,500 students in jobs with global corporations
- Our culture of cross-discipline collaboration exposes students to new perspectives and builds complementary skill sets
- Coast Capital Venture Connection, our student-business incubator, teaches students and researchers how to commercialize their research
- A comprehensive roster of Continuing Studies courses ensures anyone can become a lifelong learner
Faculty who are helping to change the world
Our faculty members fuel research discoveries, drive social innovations and create solutions that contribute to a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy in British Columbia and around the world. With SFU Innovates—-our university-wide innovation strategy-—our faculty are engaging with the community and our partners to solve problems that improve lives and benefit society.
As leaders in areas such as public health, climate action, food security and sustainable engineering, our faculty hold many of Canada’s highest research honours, such as Royal Society of Canada fellowships and college members, Canada 150 Research Chairs, Canada Research Chairs and 3M National Teaching fellowships. Their scholarship and innovation are helping to transform the world through partnerships and consultancy with numerous universities, networks and global organizations such as the United Nations.
Eight faculties. Endless opportunities.
Beedie School of Business
With a flexible undergraduate program featuring nine areas of concentration, this faculty’s students can follow their passions while learning to become big-picture thinkers. Consistently ranked among the world’s Top 100 business schools for research output, the Beedie School of Business produces broadly educated, enterprising and socially responsible business leaders.
Faculty of Applied Sciences
Home to the Schools of Computing Science, Engineering Science, Mechatronic Systems Engineering and Sustainable Energy Engineering, the Faculty of Applied Sciences’ unique programs, hands-on practical training and immersive learning opportunities put our students on the path to becoming global leaders in technology.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
From languages to literature, from brain waves to big data and bigger ideas, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences’ 114 degree programs prepare students to understand the world and create the jobs of tomorrow. It is our largest faculty, attracting 30 per cent of all students.
Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology
This interdisciplinary faculty nurtures our students’ curiosity and creativity as they explore programs that meet at the intersection of media, art, culture and technology. We’re educating the next generation of thinkers, makers and doers through interdisciplinary and experiential teaching in the Schools of Communication; Interactive Art and Technology; and the Contemporary Arts.
Faculty of education
From international education to social justice in education and diversity in learning, this faculty’s intimate and responsive degree programs, minors and courses teach our students to think critically and build confidence for achieving success in their careers.
faculty of environment
In the only Faculty of Environment in Western Canada, our students experience world-class teaching, research and outreach, exploring the complex relationships between humans and their built and natural environments from the past to the present. They also learn how to make positive impacts on local and international sustainability issues.
SFU operates according to British Columbia's University Act, with two governing bodies. The board of governors is responsible for the business of the university, and the senate presides over academic affairs.
The president, supported by the vice-presidents and deans, oversees the management and administration of the institution. The chancellor is a member of the senate and the board of governors, though not an employee of the university.