About AU

Welcome to Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University. We are committed to removing barriers in university-level education and increasing opportunities for adult learners worldwide.

We help thousands of students accomplish their goals every year. Click below to get to know us better.

At a glance

As a leader in open, online education, Athabasca University offers over 850 courses in various disciplines, so students of all ages and backgrounds can pursue their academic goals from anywhere in the world.

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Senior leadership team

Meet the minds shaping Athabasca University’s future. Our senior leadership team is dedicated to advancing online education and empowering learners.

Meet the team


At AU, the Board of Governors is the senior governing body but shares academic governance with the General Faculties Council, the academic governing body.

Explore our governance structure


Athabasca University was established on June 25, 1970, and is now one of the world's fastest-growing online institutions, serving over 45,000 students.

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Coat of arms

Discover the symbolism behind Athabasca University's Coat of Arms, granted in 2011, and the animal, flora, and fauna symbols that best represent AU.

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Administrative offices

Whether you're seeking assistance from a specific department or trying to connect with our administrative staff, we have a comprehensive list with all the information you need.

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Updated October 26, 2023 by Digital & Web Operations (web_services@athabascau.ca)