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Southern Alberta Institute of Technology joins the WTUN

The World Technology Universities Network is delighted to announce the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) is joining the World Technology Universities Network (WTUN). Professor Shirley Congdon, Chair WTUN, and the whole of the Network welcome Dr. David Ross, SAIT President and CEO, Mark Butler, Vice President, Corporate Development, Applied Research and International, and their colleagues to the WTUN, its Boards and programmes.

Professor Shirley Congdon, Chair WTUN
Professor Shirley Congdon, Chair WTUN

The WTUN’s diverse membership is united by a commitment to the inclusive advancement of sustainable scientific and technology teaching and research; each demonstrating a commitment to truly equitable innovation for the benefit of people and place.

“SAIT brings with it distinctive benefits and strengths…including applied research and development expertise…”

“We are delighted to welcome the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology as member of the Network. SAIT brings with it distinctive benefits and strengths to the WTUN, including demonstrated, deep-rooted applied research and development expertise,” says Professor Congdon. “We believe that they complement our existing membership and will expand the regional impact and opportunities for truly global collaboration on the challenges that the WTUN has committed to addressing.”


Established in 1916 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, SAIT was the first publicly funded technical institute in North America and is the second oldest post-secondary institution in Calgary. One of Canada’s top applied research colleges, SAIT has 77,000 square feet of specialized research labs and facilities, and full-time research staff dedicated to providing services organizations need to take their products from concept to prototype.

SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department engages in industry-driven research across a wide knowledge base in four distinct areas:

  • Green Building Technologies (GBT)
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials (CIRAMM)
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Unmanned Systems (CIRUS)
  • Centre for Energy Research and Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions (CERCUTS)

As a national leader in applied research, SAIT’s values and commitment to collaboration through the cultivation of skills, driving innovations and the advancement of economic and environmental efforts, locally and globally, align with the WTUN’s vision and that of its existing members. We believe their membership will be a great benefit to the Network.

“[SAIT’s]…commitment to sustainable research and innovation aligns with the goals set by the WTUN…”

Mark Butler, Vice President, Corporate Development, Applied Research and International, SAIT

“SAIT is excited to explore this new opportunity for collaboration through this diverse network of technology-focused post-secondary institutions. Our commitment to sustainable research and innovation aligns with the goals set by the WTUN to share knowledge and best practices to support building capacity in technology and education,” says Butler. “The opportunity will continue to advance SAIT’s commitment to excellence while broadening our community’s worldview.”

More about SAIT

Established in 1916, SAIT was the first of its kind, publicly funded technical school in North America. As a global leader in applied education and research — serving nearly 40,000 students annually — SAIT offers certificate, diploma, post diploma, apprenticeship and applied degree programs, baccalaureate degrees, corporate training and more than 1,000 continuing education courses, along with six dedicated, award-winning areas of research and capacity for new and emerging research. Curriculum and research priorities are developed through industry partnerships to ensure graduates have the skills and knowledge required to fulfill the demand for talent. SAIT is honoured to be recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of Alberta’s Top Employers for 2023,  and to be ranked sixth by Research Infosource Inc. in the Top 50 Research Colleges in Canada for 2023. CEOWORLD Magazine ranked the SAIT School of Business #51 on the list of Best Business Schools in the World for 2023, and the School of Hospitality and Tourism placed #15 on their list of Best Hospitality and Hotel Management Schools in the World — the only Canadian school listed — for 2023.

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The WTUN invites prospective members who share a commitment to the values of the Network. We have committed as a network to focus on guiding principles of sustainability and inclusivity. The WTUN is a signatory of the SDG Accord, the University and College Sector’s collective response to the Global Goals (www.sdgaccord.org) and the UN SDGs underpin and inform many of the Network’s priorities and activities.

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For more information about the WTUN including applying for membership please contact Development Manager, Denise Whitehead at wtun@bradford.ac.uk

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