Alberta is one of the most important scientific research centres in Canada. It is home to six universities, 13 colleges and several trade schools. Among its most prestigious academic institutions are Bow Valley College, Medicine Hat College, Lakeland College, Keyano College, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and Athabasca University.
As the oil and gas industry expanded in Alberta in the past decades, so did the demand for engineers and qualified personnel, increasing the demand for foreign workers. Consequently, universities started to offer academic courses in the field, and since then, Alberta has become the go-to province for studies in the fossil-fuel industry. Medical researches have also become prolific in Alberta.
There are almost 100,000 international students in Alberta, from 150 countries, studying 400 undergraduate programs. At least 39,000 of these students are based in Edmonton, one of Alberta’s biggest cities and one of the most famous student cities in the province (along with Calgary).
Alberta is also home to some of the best natural attractions that Canada has to offer. The most notable of these attractions is the Rocky Mountains, which bring approximately three million visitors every year.
Below are some cities in Alberta that reflect the province’s educational diversity and that are home to important partnered institutions: