Athabasca University (AU) is a publicly funded post-secondary institution, and it was founded in 1970 by order in the council of the Government of Alberta. Today, the University is one of the world’s fastest-growing online and distance education institutions and one of four comprehensive public universities in the province of Alberta, Canada. The Middle States Commission accredits Athabasca University on Higher Education.
The mission is to remove barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.
The University is home to over 40000 students from more than 80 countries and over 1000 faculty and staff members. Situated in Alberta, AU incorporates four campuses in Athabasca, St. Albert, Edmonton, and Calgary. In addition, AU has more than 350 collaborative agreements with partners’ international post-secondary institutions.
There are over 850 courses in more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programmes in various disciplines, such as arts, science, and professional areas. In addition, students have access to the AU Library that includes a range of resources and materials.