History, Affiliations and Rankings
Simon Fraser University, named after the explorer Simon Fraser, opened its gates to prospective students on September 9, 1965. It prides itself on its diverse wave of students. The University is affiliated with AUCC, CARL(Canadian Association of Research Learning), IAU(International Association of Universities), ACU(Association of Commonwealth Universities), CUSID(Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate), CBIE(Canadian Bureau of International Education) and CUP(Canadian University Press). According to QS World Rankings 2022, the university is ranked #298 in the world and placed between #201-250 as per THE Rankings 2022.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
SFU has three campuses across Canada- the main campus in Burnaby and two in Surrey and Vancouver. The University provides campus services like a bookstore, dining services, residence and housing, technology services, career services and more, alongside the library and student learning commons available for research work. There are eight faculties at Simon Fraser University (Faculty of Applied Science, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Beedie School of Business, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Science). The university offers more than 400 courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in various subjects including journalism and media, medicine and health, humanities, social sciences and business and management and more.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Simon Fraser University aims to build a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economic recovery. Their faculty, students and staff engage with organizations in Canada and around the world to drive innovation, improve public health, fight climate change, promote democracy, and create exciting new economic opportunities. The University has produced a number of alumni like Jane Channel (A Winter Olympian), Laya Behbahani (A PhD student who researches human trafficking, slavery and forced labour in the Gulf states of the Middle East), and Andrew Drinkwater (Co-Founder of Plaid Analytics).
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
SFU is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where all feel welcome, safe, accepted and appreciated in learning, teaching, research and work. The University follows a set of values to ensure that this happens. Their EDI Executive Subcommittee commits to deliver on these promises. Some of the top companies that hire students from Simon Fraser University include RBC, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Lululemon, etc.