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Alberta OWL Cooperation

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In the Alberta OWL cooperation, universities in OWL (Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Germany) and postsecondary educational institutions in Edmonton (Canada) work together to exchange and develop knowledge. The focus of the cooperation is on interdisciplinary close collaboration in research, as well as the exchange of students and trainees. Multilateral relations between all partners involved are intended to supplement, combine and expand the strengths of both regions.

Edmonton - The City of Learners

Edmonton, with its 1.3 million inhabitants, is located in the heart of Alberta, Western Canada. With over 90,000 students annually, the city is an intellectual center. The renowned postsecondary educational institutions count among their notable alumni prime ministers and Nobel Prize laureates. Known as the "hotbed of knowledge and innovation", Edmonton is home to numerous excellent research facilities, biotech, agribusiness and oil companies. Among other things, the broad industry of information and telecommunications technology makes the city a perfect location for national and international business enterprises. The region is also a popular tourist destination due to its world-renowned Banff and Jasper National Parks in the Rocky Mountains. Explore Edmonton is a great resource for events in the City of Edmonton and offers an excellent glimpse at life in the city. The City of Edmonton website has more practical information (transit prices, events, volunteering, recreation, etc.). You can find general information on Edmonton here.

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With about 40,000 students, the University of Alberta is the largest and oldest higher education institution in Edmonton. The comprehensive range of subjects offered by this research institution achieved top ratings in national and international rankings - TOP 6 in Canada according to the THE ranking. In more than 20 faculties and schools on 5 campuses, undergraduate, graduate, and targeted pre-employment programs are offered. About 6,500 international students are enrolled at the University of Alberta.

The University of Alberta sets the following priorities in research

MacEwan University is Edmonton's downtown metropolitan university offering a transformative education in a collaborative and supportive learning environment. With more than 65 programs, creativity thrives through research and innovation that engages students, faculty and the community. The 19,000 students are divided into six faculties and schools: from Arts and Science to Fine Art and Communications, from Health and Community Studies to Continuing Education, from Nursing to Business. MacEwan University instructs at the undergraduate level, offering degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Here you find the research profile of MacEwan University.

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is a college of technical and applied education. 28,000 students take part in undergraduate and applied degrees as well as trainings on 6 campuses. The NAIT offers the following areas: economics, science, technology and health sciences.

The NAIT sets the following priorities in research:

The Concordia University of Edmonton offers mainly undergraduate and professional programs in arts, sciences and management. Master programs are available in the subjects of education and health sciences. The Concordia University of Edmonton impresses with an excellent music department.

Click here for research at the Concordia University of Edmonton.

OWL - Partnering Science and Industry

With around 120,000 companies, Ostwestfalen-Lippe in northwestern Germany is a region with an industrial focus, in which business and science are closely connected. The collaboration of a wide variety of high-performance companies and universities makes OWL an important science location with more than 65,000 students. Internationality plays a central role here. Several so-called "hidden champions", big world market leaders, are based in OWL. The two largest cities Bielefeld and Paderborn complement each other in many ways.

Bielefeld University is a young research university with 24,000 students and more than 2,700 employees. With 115 subjects in humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and technology, Bielefeld University abides by the principle of interdisciplinary teaching and research according to the guiding concept of 'transcending boundaries'.

There are 6 English-taught master's courses and other international courses, such as double degree programs. The Cluster of Excellence in Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), the Center for Biotechnology (CeBiTec), and the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology (BGHS) are further international and interdisciplinary offers of the university.

Bielefeld University sets the following priorities in research:

With 20,000 students and more than 2,400 employees, Paderborn University is the second largest educational institution in OWL. Over 60 courses are offered in the 5 Faculties of Cultural, Economic and Natural Sciences, as well as Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics including Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes.

Presently, 9 internationally-oriented English master's programs are offered, in particular, in computer science, technical, engineering and natural sciences. Also many other courses contain significant international elements, in particular, the double-degree Bachelor in European Studies together with the Université du Maine, France. As a result, the number of international students is constantly rising.

Our academic staff includes ERC grant holder, Leibniz prize winners and other awardees performing excellent research with a strong focus on interdisciplinary. These activities span across all faculties and are supported by central research facilities, several externally-funded coordinated programs and also includes strong connections to companies of the area.

The research profile of Paderborn University sets the following priorities:

Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences (FH Bielefeld) works closely together with industrial communities and businesses in the region, with regards both to teaching and applied research. FH Bielefeld has over 150 partnerships worldwide and is constantly expanding its international cooperations. Its 11,000 students are enrolled in over 60 degree courses across three campuses in Bielefeld, Gütersloh and Minden. With a choice of different study models, many degree courses (homepage in German) are offered in cooperation with local companies.

There are six faculties: Design, Minden Campus (Architecture, Engineering, Computer Science), Engineering and Mathematics, Social Sciences, Business, and Health.

FH Bielefeld's research is guided by the global social challenges of the future, concentrating in particular on the compelling issues of climate and energy, health, mobility and communication. The research profile is characterised by the following institutes and focus areas:

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The OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL) is a strong research university for applied sciences, which offers around 50 bachelor's and master's degree programs as well as doctoral programs at three locations. It is firmly anchored in Ostwestfalen-Lippe, a lively and economically strong region in the north-east of North Rhine-Westphalia. The TH OWL is creative, innovative and sustainable. It lives through the diversity of its departments, which are technically, economically, creatively and artistically oriented.

The Technical University of Owl is an important part of the national and regional research landscape with strong focus. The TH OWL belongs with the most research-strong colleges in Germany.

OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts sets the following focuses on research:

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