University of Regina Profile

Dr. Lloyd Barber Academic Green

Dr. Lloyd Barber Academic Green on main campus.

The University of Regina is home to 10 faculties, two academic units and approximately two dozen academic departments which have established reputations for excellence and innovative programs leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees.

In Fall 2016, more than 14,500 full-time and part-time undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University and our three federated colleges: Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College. Our Colleges bring excellence and diversity to the educational experience we offer.

Our campuses in Regina and Saskatoon are located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 land. In Regina, our main campus and historic College Avenue campus utilize 239 acres and provide an attractive study and work environment for our students, faculty and staff. Both Regina campuses are located in Wascana Centre, one of the largest urban parks in North America and the first in Canada to be created by a tri-level government/education partnership.

History

The University of Regina has roots in Regina College, a small residential high school established by the Methodist church in 1911. The College grew in size and significance becoming a campus of the University of Saskatchewan and, ultimately, an independent degree granting university – the University of Regina – in 1974.

Alumni

Our alumni – numbering approximately 68,000 – contribute to and build our society in Saskatchewan and in Canada, and are our ambassadors to the world. Our history, our accomplishments, and our growth as a university stem from our commitment to working together for the good of our local and global communities.

2015-2020 Strategic Plan

College Avenue Campus

Historic College Avenue Campus.

On November 4, 2014, the Board of Governors approved the University’s 2015-2020 strategic plan. Entitled peyak aski kikawinaw – Cree for “We are one with Mother Earth” – the plan builds on our rich heritage, recognizes the growing importance of our place in the world, and sets forth a bold collective vision for the future.  

The plan identifies and expands upon three key priorities – student success, research impact, and commitment to our communities – and includes Indigenization and sustainability as overarching areas of emphasis that contribute to our shared vision of being a national leader in developing educated contributors, career-ready learners, and global citizens while generating meaningful, high impact scholarship.  

Programs

We offer more than 120 undergraduate programs and 78 graduate programs, including many specialized programs such as police studies and public policy.

Our Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science offers a number of undergraduate programs aimed at preparing students for careers in petroleum engineering, software systems engineering, environmental systems engineering and electronic and industrial systems engineering. All are fully accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

In 2015, our Faculty of Arts joined a handful of Canadian universities to offer an undergraduate program in philosophy, politics and economics – an internationally-acclaimed designation offered by major universities including Oxford and Yale. Arts also welcomed its first Master of Journalism cohort in September 2015.

La Cité universitaire francophone is a hub for the study of French language and culture of French-speaking regions and countries across the world. La Cité offers a complete range of programming in French as a second language that meets the needs of learners from beginners to advanced levels.

Kisik Towers student residence

Kīšik Towers student residence.

In Fall 2011, the University accepted students into the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. This program is offered collaboratively by the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. In September 2014, the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP), an online Master’s program, was launched.

University programs such as nursing respond to the needs of the province, and the balance of scholarship, research and public service that constitutes our three-part academic mission is attracting students and international attention. We are proud to be the first Canadian university to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in Police Studies. The program has resulted in important partnerships with police services in the province and beyond. We are also proud to offer innovative interdisciplinary degree programs. The Creative Technologies interdisciplinary program, based in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance, brings together artists, scientists, and cultural theorists who can choose from a wide array of courses in engineering, computer science, and fine arts, such as new media, film production, animation and software design

Experiential Learning

We are leaders in the critical area of experiential learning, and our graduates leave our campus prepared to succeed in the world.  In 1969 we were the first university in Western Canada to offer co-operative placements, and we now offer the Co-operative Education & Internships Program in more than 50 programs in the Faculties of Arts, Business Administration, Engineering and Applied Science, and Science.

In addition to traditional co-operative programs and internship opportunities, our UR Guarantee Program provides students with access to critical academic, leadership and service opportunities throughout their undergraduate study. Students successfully completing the program should possess the skills and knowledge necessary to start their careers within six months of graduation. If a student is not successful, the University will pay for one year's worth (30 credits) of additional undergraduate tuition and course fees.

Paskwaw Tower and Wakpa Tower student residences
Paskwāw Tower (north tower) and Wakpá Tower (south tower) student residence.

Global Partnerships

We work with community stakeholders, government organizations and funding agencies at home and around the world and have partnered with academic institutions globally to provide opportunities to collaborate on teaching, research, and community-development. In 2015 alone the University fostered 102 formal study abroad exchange agreements in 31 countries for undergraduate students, as well as a number of partnerships allowing faculty to conduct teaching and research abroad. Our international reach continues to extend outwards with positive results.

Research That Has Impact

The University is home to more than 400 active researchers, including faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and seven Canada Research Chairs. Several institutes, centres, laboratories, and facilities on campus support research collaboration and partnerships focused on our research strengths. Indigenous research is a growing focus as we encourage and support Indigenous ways of knowing. Several centres and institutes reflect this in their projects and partnerships.

The University of Regina has emerged as a centre of excellence on a number of research fronts. Based upon research impact, critical mass of highly qualified personnel, distinctiveness, and commitment to partners in the community and the Province of Saskatchewan for high impact research, we have identified five thematic areas of research priority which represent clusters of researchers:

  • Anxiety, stress and pain

  • Digital future

  • Integrated human health: Equity, disease and prevention

  • Social justice and community safety

  • Water, environment and clean energy

Our commitment to discovery and opportunity extends beyond our campus and also finds its meaning in research undertaken through community and international partnerships:

  • Research and Innovation Centre (RIC)
    Research and Innovation Centre (RIC).

    The University of Regina achieved top ranking among comprehensive universities in international research collaboration by Research InfoSource. The rankings are based on the proportion of publications at each institution co-authored with researchers outside of Canada. For the period 2008-2012, over 51 percent of all publications by University of Regina researchers were co-authored with researchers abroad.

  • Two University of Regina professors were selected as visiting scholars by Fulbright Canada for the 2014-2015 year. The University of Regina is the only Canadian institution to have had two Fulbright Scholars selected this year, receiving two of only 11 placements in this prestigious scholarly exchange program to the United States.

Campus Growth

Recent campus growth is built on our history and a commitment to sustainability.

Completed in 2008, our Research and Innovation Centre received national attention from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada when it was profiled as an example of excellence in functional design in Award, the Magazine of Sustainable Architecture, Construction and Design.

In 2011, the University launched the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project – an ambitious plan to revitalize the architecturally and culturally significant buildings on College Avenue, ensuring a vibrant centre of learning, research and culture remains in the heart of downtown Regina.

In 2015, the University contracted Regina-based architectural firm P3 Architecture Partners (P3A) in association with heritage experts Donald Luxton and Associates to lead the project, which is underway now. For more information, visit our College Avenue Campus Renewal Project website.

In September 2015, the University opened a new building, called Kīšik Towers, providing an additional 605 beds for students in residence, 90 new daycare spaces and 150 underground parking stalls. The new construction is an example of our commitment to sustainability  – an overarching area of emphasis outlined in our strategic plan. Using leading-edge in-floor heating and cooling systems, heat recovery, LED lighting, and occupancy-based controls, Kīšik Towers will realize efficiency improvements of more than 25 per cent over our award-winning Paskwāw and Wakpá Tower project that was completed in 2005.

Building Community

Darke Hall

Darke Hall on College Avenue campus.

The University helps create capacity for social, cultural and economic development, and has long been recognized as a major player in strengthening and diversifying the local economy.

In 2014-15, the University and federated colleges together supported more than 3,600 jobs in the Regina region, including 2,995 directly on campus, with a further 632 in the Regina region and a further 1,442 elsewhere in the province. Additionally, the institution contributed $288 million to Regina’s gross domestic product (GDP) and $388 million to provincial GDP in the same period.

Our operating budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year is just under $215 million. This is the 22nd consecutive year the University has balanced its operating budget.

Our community reach is further extended through the College Avenue campus – a centre for educational outreach into the community. Home to the University’s Centre for Continuing Education – including the Lifelong Learning Centre and the Conservatory of Performing Arts – each year, the College Avenue Campus serves approximately 8,000 learners, including 1,100 students through English as a Second Language programming and 2,300 who benefit from programming at the Lifelong Learning Centre.

Fall 2016 will mark the eighth annual Community Connections Tour – an opportunity for senior leadership to tour the province and forge partnerships beyond the campus.

Updated: October 2016