Founded in 1971, MacEwan University provides student-focused instruction in a warm and supportive atmosphere. They focus on teaching, so their students can focus on learning. It’s been a cornerstone of who they are for more than 40 years. And they continue to build on that reputation.
Offering more than 65 programs, the university provides a transformative education in a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Creativity thrives here through research and innovation that engages students, faculty and the community.
MacEwan University has an intentional focus on teaching and as a result has scored very well in the Globe and Mail's Canadian University Report. In the 2014 Report, their students gave them top marks – awarding us “A+” grades for their instructors' teaching style and their class sizes, along with “A” grades for the quality of their teaching and student-faculty interaction.
A Sustainable Legacy
Along with his many accomplishments as a professor, historian, the author of close to 50 books, lecturer, mayor of Calgary, and lieutenant governor of Alberta, Dr. J.W. Grant MacEwan believed that they are all responsible for establishing a helpful, caring, sustainable relationship with nature, a belief that is a large part of his legacy.
Before such words as “sustainability” and “being green” became household words, Dr. MacEwan was using his knowledge and passion for the environment to educate Canadians about issues affecting the world around them. For example, during the drought of the 1930s, Grant MacEwan discovered and then revealed to the media that Russian thistle weed could be fed to cattle as a survival strategy.
As an environmental advocate, Dr. MacEwan shared his values through various publications including his 1966 book, Entrusted to My Care. Through his words, Dr. MacEwan expressed his concerns for various environmental issues including air pollution, forest protection, and petroleum and mineral extraction. This book was the culmination of decades of experience and his advocacy for the environment. The use of natural solutions to environmental problems was demonstrated throughout his life.
In 1985, Dr. MacEwan received the Governor General’s Conservation Award.
As the only Alberta university named in honour of a real person, they are proud to carry the MacEwan name.See more