Located in Canada on British Columbia's west coast and named for an early explorer, Simon Fraser University opened on September 9, 1965 with 2,500 students.
Noted Canadian architects Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey designed the original Burnaby Mountain campus to foster interdisciplinary contact between students and researchers. That same openness and desire to innovate informs SFU’s current vision: to be Canada's most community-engaged research university.
Now boasting three distinctive campuses, 30,000 students, 6,500 faculty and staff, and 130,000 alumni, SFU has matured into one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities.
Consistently ranked among Canada’s top comprehensive universities and named to the Times Higher Education list of 100 world universities under 50, SFU is also the first Canadian member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the world’s largest college sports association.
In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect, you'll find Simon Fraser University. Their vision? To be Canada's leading engaged university.
Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada's leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia's largest municipalities — Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.
Strategic Vision Background
To be the leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement—this is the strategic vision that will guide Simon Fraser University’s actions and innovations in the years to come.
Thousands of students, staff and faculty—and many thousands more alumni, friends and supporters—joined the 2010-11 envision>SFU consultation process to identify the core strengths on which the university might build its future.
What emerged was a vision of SFU as the engaged university committed to engaging students, research and communities.
Now it is their opportunity—and their challenge—to turn this vision into an exciting and functioning reality.
At SFU, students aren’t “end-users” to be trained and delivered, but partners in learning, discovery and community engagement.
In addition to critical thinking and research skills, they help them to gain the practical experience, social aptitudes and civic understanding not only to be job-ready, but also to be life-ready.
Their new vision commits SFU to becoming a world leader in knowledge mobilization, renowned for its capacity to disseminate knowledge and to harness new ideas and innovations for the benefit of society.
That commitment rests on a solid foundation of, and continuing commitment to, fundamental research.
If students are SFU’s starting point, community is their destination. Whether by preparing adaptable, high-functioning citizens or by sharing and mobilizing knowledge, SFU celebrates service.
They will contribute all of their capacities, from people to properties, to develop healthier and more vibrant communities.
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