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UBC Vision and Initiatives


The University of British Columbia provides its students, faculty, staff, and alumni with the best possible resources and conditions in which to learn, discover, and contribute, each in his or her own way. UBC creates a fulfilling environment in which to work and live that is reflective of the values of excellence, equity, and mutual respect. In cooperation with government, business, and industry as well as with Aboriginal people, other educational institutions, and the greater community, UBC creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.

Graduates of UBC will have strong analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking abilities; excellent research and communication skills; greater intercultural understanding and awareness; and an aptitude for flexibility and innovation. They will value diversity, work with and for their communities, and be agents for positive change. Acknowledging their obligations as global citizens, they will strive to secure a sustainable and equitable future for all.

Shaping UBC's Next Century

For over a hundred years, UBC's motto, Tuum Est (It is Yours), has been a declaration of our commitment to attracting and supporting those who have the drive to shape a better world. The founders of UBC understood the university's potential as a place of engagement; a place where relevant, innovative and impactful research would be conducted; a place where pressing societal issues would be examined, deliberated and resolved; and a place where critical thinking would always be welcomed and informed citizens shaped.

Now, as UBC embarks on its next century as a leading public university, we continue to reflect on this ongoing commitment to excellence in the academic mission and to citizenship. Shaping UBC's Next Century is our road map, articulating the University's core commitments in research excellence, learning and community engagement. Underpinning these commitments are our people, who not only form the cornerstone of UBC, but who also endow our university with its special qualities and define how our work is accomplished.

Shaping UBC’s Next Century will guide our decisions, actions and interactions into the future. Our new plan focuses on three themes that we believe are critical to society today: inclusion, collaboration and innovation. It also outlines the goals and actions designed to realize the University's vision for the future: "Inspiring people, ideas and actions for a better world." This is our moment to harness the energies and strengths of an extraordinary institution to contribute to sustainable and positive change, both locally and globally. Visit UBC's Strategic Plan website to learn more.

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