About SAIT

What is polytechnic education?

Polytechnic — "many arts and skills"

A polytechnic is an innovative and entrepreneurial post-secondary institution, distinct from universities and colleges in that it offers a skill-focused approach to learning.

From apprenticeships to baccalaureate degrees, full-time to part-time, polytechnic institutions offer a range of credentials in diverse program areas focused on experience-oriented training. Multi-disciplined and industry responsive, polytechnic programs provide students with the required knowledge and skills for a rewarding career.

Leaders in applied research and innovation, polytechnics work closely with industry, regional and local organizations and community partners, providing access to leading-edge knowledge, skill and resources. Canada's polytechnics also offer diverse industry training products to corporations across the country and around the world.

SAIT is a member of Polytechnics Canada, a national alliance of leading research-intensive, publicly-funded colleges and institutes of technology dedicated to helping colleges and industry create high-quality jobs for the future. 

Programming areas


The SAIT Strategic Plan 2006-2016 charts an ambitious course for the next decade under three directional priorities: Leader in Learning, Entrepreneurial Outlook and World-Class Service Culture.

Leader in learning

  • First publicly funded technical institute in Canada, established in 1916
  • More than 2,600 faculty and staff providing training to 47,373 unique students
  • Graduate employment rate of 95 per cent (2013)
  • $3.9 million in scholarships and bursaries awarded annually
  • Founding member of eCampusAlberta, a consortium of 16 schools delivering online courses and programs
  • More than 207,000 alumni in 76 countries
  • Created and fostering an environment committed to student success
  • The number one research college in Canada (RE$EARCH Infosource Inc.)

Entrepreneurial outlook

  • More than 65 program advisory committees
  • More than 1,000 business and industry advisors
  • SAIT generates $1.6 billion of economic activity
  • Return on investment for students of 16 per cent
  • Known for innovative applied research and development activities
  • Corporate training delivered worldwide

World-class service culture

  • One of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Waterstone Human Capital)
  • One of Alberta's Top 65 Employers in 2014, 2013, 2011 and 2010 (Mediacorp Canada Inc.)
  • One of Alberta's Best Workplaces for Training and Development in 2013 (Alberta Venture)
  • One of Alberta's 2010 Best Overall Workplaces (Alberta Venture)

Programs and courses (2014/15)

  • 10,919 students in 90 certificate, diploma, and degree programs
  • 6,926 apprentices in 34 apprenticeship programs
  • 32,944 students in 1,489 continuing education and corporate training courses
  • 47,373 unique students
  • 13,899 full-load equivalent (FLE) students