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Mount Royal University was founded in 1910 following a charter by the Alberta provincial government.
Mount Royal became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior College (MRC) offering transfer courses to the University of Alberta and later to the University of Calgary. In 1972 Mount Royal moved from several buildings in downtown Calgary to a new campus in Lincoln Park on land previously used as an air force base. A war memorial honour roll is dedicated to Mount Royal alumni who have volunteered for active service in the Canadian Forces.
Mount Royal University was granted university status in 2009 by the provincial government. The university currently offers 12 degrees and 32 majors with an average class size of 29 students.
In 2017, Mount Royal University was awarded the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation joining 44 universities which are leading higher education in the area of social innovation and changemaking.
Faculty of Arts
Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies
English, Languages, and Cultures
Sociology and Anthropology
Bisset School of Business
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Supply Chain Management
School of Communication Studies
Broadcast Media Studies
Faculty of Health, Community and Education
Child Studies and Social Work
Health and Physical Education
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Science and Technology
Chemistry and Physics
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Mathematics and Computing
Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension
Institute for Community Prosperity
Institute for Environmental Sustainability
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Centre for Community Disaster Research
Centre for Child Well-Being
Trico Changemakers Studio
Mount Royal University officially opened the Riddell Library and Learning Centre on September 7, 2017 replacing the previous library which opened in 1972. The Riddell Library is named after Calgary businessman Clay Riddell who contributed a sizeable donation to the project. The $100 million dollar facility features more than 16,000-square-metres of space, 34 study rooms, 1,700 seats, access to 3D printing, and even a cafe.
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Notable alumni of the university include:
Doris Anderson (1939); powerful force for change and women's rights as editor of Chatelaine magazine from 1957 to 1977. She continued her advocacy efforts as Chair of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and President of Fair Vote Canada.
Paul Brandt (Nursing, 1992); most awarded male country musician in Canadian history. He was a pediatric nurse in 1996 when the release of his first single My Heart Has a History, propelled him to international musical success.
Chris Gailus (Journalism, 1989); Emmy award-winning news anchor. After leaving Calgary in 2000, he worked in Dallas and then New York before joining the Global BC team in Vancouver as weekend anchor.
Norman Kwong (Commercial, 1949); former CFL player and was installed as Alberta's 15th Lieutenant Governor on Jan. 20, 2005. He was the first person of Chinese heritage to serve in either profession.