The University of Lethbridge’s Arthur Erickson-designed University Hall is surrounded by green hills that make it look like a ship amid an emerald ocean—fitting for a school that is always charting new territory. The university-wide Agility initiative prepares students for 21st-century careers through hands-on workshops, innovation zones equipped with cutting-edge tools and resources, and scholarships and research grants that can ignite ideas and help bring them to life. Lethbridge has star academics working in niche areas and classes small enough that undergrads can share in professors’ discoveries. Dmytro Yevtushenko, Lethbridge’s Research Chair in potato science, brings industry and research into the classroom, giving students an opportunity to play a role in shaping the future of agricultural practices. Students regularly excel in the International Genetically Engineered Machine contest, where they tackle issues related to the environment, health and agriculture through the application of synthetic biology. A science and academic building for research and community outreach is under construction, slated to open in 2019. Lethbridge has roots as a liberal arts university and fosters an impressive fine arts community. Management students have a high-tech trading ﬂoor and a spacious team workspace in modern Markin Hall. President Mike Mahon envisions Lethbridge as a “destination university” where students from across Canada and around the world attend the university’s campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary.
• Niitsitapi Teacher Education: Prepares students for teaching within the Blackfoot culture; addresses such topics as Blackfoot language, values and ways of knowing.
• Neuroscience: Students have access to the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience and learn about memory, plasticity, brain disease and brain development.
• Therapeutic Recreation: Students learn a holistic approach to wellness, focusing on recreational methods to help those with cognitive, physical, emotional and social limitations gain independence and improve their overall wellness.
• The International Relations of Middle Earth: Lessons from Lord of the Rings: Draws on the popular fantasy series by J.R.R. Tolkien to consider contemporary global politics.
• Traditional Aboriginal Health Concepts: Students learn traditional health concepts directly from Indigenous knowledge-holders.