Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

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Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)
SAIT curly logo.png
MottoIncipio Et Erudio
Motto in English
I Take In Hand And Educate
PresidentDavid Ross
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students11,023 (full-time)
1,270 (part-time)
Other students
8,777 apprenticeships, 34,622 corporate training and continuing education
Location, ,
ColoursAthletics: Red, White.          [1]
Institute: Red, White, Blue.               [2]
AffiliationsCCAA, AACTI, Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference, CBIE, CUP, Polytechnics Canada

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)[3] is a polytechnic institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. SAIT offers more than 100 career programs in technology, trades and business. SAIT is a member of Polytechnics Canada and one of Alberta's Top 50 Employers.[4] Established in 1916, it is Calgary's second oldest post-secondary institution and Canada's first publicly funded technical institute.[5]

Campus location and expansion[edit]

SAIT's main campus is located on 16 Avenue NW, overlooking the downtown core of Calgary and is served by the CTrain light rail system. SAIT has three other campuses located in Calgary:

  • Mayland Heights – Located on Centre Avenue, this facility supports students pursuing a career in auto body, crane and hoisting, recreation vehicle servicing, electrical, plumbing and rail.
  • Culinary Campus – Located on Stephen Avenue, it provides baking basics and cooking fundamentals. The Culinary Campus also acts as a marketplace, selling food to the general public.
  • Art Smith Aero Centre – Occupying 17 acres of land at the Calgary International Airport, this campus supports the School of Transportation.
SAIT campus viewed from the south field. Senator Patrick Burns building on the right, Heritage Hall centre, and Campus Centre left.


SAIT's student residence buildings
Clayton Carroll Automotive Centre at SAIT

SAIT offers three baccalaureate degrees (2019), three applied degrees, 73 diploma and certificate programs, 37 apprenticeship trades and more than 1,000 continuing education and corporate training courses.

SAIT delivers skill-oriented education to students through eight schools:

  • MacPhail School of Energy
  • School of Business
  • School of Construction
  • School of Health and Public Safety
  • School of Hospitality and Tourism
  • School of Information and Communications Technologies
  • School of Manufacturing and Automation
  • School of Transportation

SAIT also has two centres dedicated to providing student support: the Centre for Academic Learner Services[6] and the Centre for Applied Education Innovation.[7] SAIT's Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department works in partnership with industry on applied research.[8]

Scholarships and bursaries[edit]

SAIT offers more than $4 million in awards to students each year. Awards are available to qualifying students in recognition of academic success, financial need and community involvement.

The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists more than 770 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation.



SAIT Residence has two modern high rises located in the northeast corner of its main campus. Both residence towers feature four different floor plans and amenities such as fully furnished units, kitchenettes, high-speed Internet, study lounges and 24-hour security.

Campus Centre[edit]

The Campus Centre contains a coffee house, bar, Jugo Juice, gymnasium, fitness centre, squash courts, bowling alley, hockey arena, salt water pool and theatre.

Stan Grad Centre[edit]

This central building on SAIT's main campus houses food service outlets, study areas, classrooms, the campus bookstore and the library.


SAIT has been a member of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference since 1964. The SAIT Trojans are represented basketball, curling, soccer, cross country running, hockey and volleyball. All of SAIT's sports teams share the name Trojans.


SAIT has two on-campus newspapers: The Weal is owned and operated by SAITSA, SAIT's Student Association and the Polytechnic Press is operated by SAIT Journalism students.

The campus radio station, Journey 103, is operated by SAIT RTBN students. The RTBN program at SAIT (previously known as CTSR) boasts many graduates who have become prominent radio and television personalities.[citation needed] It is one of Canada's leading Television and Radio programs and admissions to the program are very competitive.[citation needed]

In the 2015 CEOWORLD magazine ranking of the top 50 hospitality and hotel management schools in the world, SAIT School of Hospitality and Tourism, ranked 47 just behind Swiss School of Tourism and Hospitality.[9][10]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) Trojans Athletics & Recreation - Trojans History". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-11. Retrieved 2016-04-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-04-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Alberta's Top Employers". Mediacorp Canada. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-08-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Centre for Applied Education Innovation". Retrieved 18 February 2020. External link in |website= (help)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-18. Retrieved 2013-08-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Top 50 Hospitality And Hotel Management Schools In The World, 2015". CEOWORLD magazine. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  10. ^ "SAIT School of Hospitality and Tourism ranked 47th CEOWORLD magazine ranking 2015". CEOWORLD magazine. Retrieved March 4, 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°03′43″N 114°05′29″W / 51.06194°N 114.09139°W / 51.06194; -114.09139 (SAIT)