Simon Fraser University (SFU) is a public research university with three campuses in British Columbia, Canada: Burnaby (main campus), Surrey, and Vancouver. The main Burnaby campus, which is 170-hectares (420 acres) on Burnaby Mountain, is 20 kilometres (12 miles) from downtown Vancouver and has over 30,000 students and 160,000 alumni. The university was founded in an effort to increase access to higher education in Canada.
SFU is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the International Association of Universities, and Universities Canada, among other national and international higher education institutions. SFU has also collaborated with other universities and other educational agencies to run joint research facilities such as the TRIUMF, Canada's national particle and nuclear physics laboratory, which houses the world's largest cyclotron, and Bamfield Marine Station, a major centre for marine biology teaching and research is in SFU.
SFU's undergraduate and graduate programmes run on a three-semester, year-round schedule. SFU is the first Canadian member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the world's largest collegiate sports association, and has consistently been regarded as Canada's top comprehensive university. It was also nominated to the Times Higher Education list of 100 world colleges under 50. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accredited SFU in 2015, making it the second Canadian university to do so.
Faculty and alumni from SFU have received 43 Royal Society of Canada fellowships, three Rhodes Scholarships, and one Pulitzer Prize. Among the alumni are Gordon Campbell and Ujjal Dosanjh, former premiers of British Columbia; Francesco Aquilini, owner of the Vancouver Canucks NHL team; Pakalitha Mosisili, Prime Minister of Lesotho; Robert Turner, director of the Max Planck Institute; and Terry Fox, humanitarian and cancer research activist.
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