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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.
SFU is recognized around the world for academic excellence, innovation, and sustainability. We are consistently ranked among the top research universities in Canada and as one of the top 250 universities in the world. And with more than 170,000 alumni spanning the country and globe, SFU’s impact in every facet of life is far-reaching.
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, SFU was renowned in those early years as the “radical campus” for our students’ activism. Today, the 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.
Our youngest campus in Surrey opened in 2002, extending our community outreach into B.C.’s fastest-growing city where we have established some of our most cutting-edge initiatives such as the Quantum Algorithm Institute, the Sustainable Energy Engineering program and the School of Interactive Arts and Technology.
Where academic intensity meets unparalleled flexibility
Internationally renowned for our scholarship and research excellence, we are one of Canada’s top 15 research universities.
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 community and fulfill their potential.
- 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
- 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
- Coast Capital Venture Connection, our student-business incubator, teaches students and researchers how to commercialize their research
- Our culture of cross-discipline collaboration exposes students to new perspectives and builds complementary skill sets
- We offer professional master’s degrees on flexible schedules
- The Nights or Weekends program presents a path forward for those who wish to complete their degrees while working
- 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 devise solutions that contribute to a more innovative, inclusive, and sustainable economy in British Columbia and around the world.
We are leaders in fields such as public health, climate action, food security and sustainable engineering. Through initiatives like SFU Public Square, we engage and facilitate conversations on the most pressing issues in our community. And with SFU Innovates – our university wide innovation strategy – our faculty are helping to solve problems that improve lives and benefit society.
SFU faculty hold many of Canada’s highest research honours, such as Canada Research Chairs, fellowships in the Royal Society of Canada and 3M National Teaching fellowships.
Our faculty members’ exceptional scholarship and innovation are also helping to transform the world through partnerships and consultancy with global organizations such as the United Nations, World Health Organization and UNESCO.
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.