Living its vision as Canada’s
leading engaged research
university means being a leader
in knowledge mobilization and
novel approaches to education.
• SFU provides educational opportunities
that “connect the dots” between classroom
learning and community problem-solving,
with a local to global focus. The University
encourages students and faculty to engage
across traditional disciplines and boundaries
for a rich learning experience that provides
students with a range of skills needed for
career readiness in the global economy.
• SFU’s Information Systems program is
a joint program between the Schools of
Computing Science and the Beedie School of
Business that enables students to combine
computing science with business experience.
This is one of seven joint majors with the
Beedie School and other faculties at SFU.
• As the first of its kind in North America,
the School of Mechatronics Systems
Engineering, integrates mechanical,
electrical and software engineering to
meet the increasing demand for engineers
who can work across domains.
• The Centre for Coastal Science and
Management focuses on marine and coastal
ecosystems and resource conservation
through interdisciplinary research and
learning that integrate social and natural
science with local experiences and expertise.
• SFU’s NeuroTechLab, a joint SFU/
Surrey Hospital venture, brings together
research, medicine and business in
developing new technologies and
products to improve health care.
• SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
is a significant focus for the City of
Vancouver – home to SFU Woodward’s
Cultural Programs supporting performers
and artists in the community.
• In 2014 the School of Computing Science
at SFU established one of the first master’s
degrees in Big Data, embracing the
importance of understanding and utilizing
large quantities of data to improve quality
of life. SFU provides the computational
power for storing and analyzing the data
and has pioneered visual analytics as the
best method for quick examination of
• A Canadian leader in developing
international field schools, SFU offers
two week to full term programs abroad
that begin at an SFU campus and involve
traveling overseas. Recent destinations
include France, Czech Republic, Netherlands,
Ghana and Indonesia.
• SFU’s Semester in Dialogue encourages
students to examine how they can improve
society. Launched over 10 years ago, the
highly successful program brings together
students to identify how to make a difference
in an assigned area such as environment,
religion, health care or food policy.
• In 2012 the Beedie School of Business
established the Americas MBA for
Executives program – the first of its
kind – in which 60 students from partner
institutions in Canada, the US, Mexico
and Brazil work together, studying
management issues in each of the four
largest economies in the Americas.
• For more than 10 years, SFU has jointly
offered dual degree programs in Computing
Science with Zhejiang University in China.
These programs have won the following
awards: 2013 CBIE Panorama Award for
Outstanding International Education
Program in the Academic Category and
the 2012 BC Council for International
Education Award for Outstanding
Program in International Education.