Creating our strategic plan

Join us in shaping UBC’s Next Century


Professor Santa J. Ono

At the University of British Columbia, we have the privilege of being a globally renowned place of learning and research, based in the culturally and geographically diverse province of British Columbia. As our university enters its next century, we have an opportunity to pursue our aspirations through a new strategic plan, UBC’s Next Century.

While looking ahead to UBC’s future, we intend to build on the achievements of the past. UBC has been well served by both Trek 2000, introduced by President Martha Piper in 1998, and Place and Promise, the plan introduced in 2009 by President Stephen Toope.

Thanks in large part to those plans, today UBC ranks among the world’s leading universities. We are the most international university in North America, thanks to a commitment to global citizenship that we first adopted in Trek 2000. At the same time, UBC needs to revisit its goals and priorities to reflect our changing world. We now have an opportunity to set the course for the next 25 years, to take an outstanding university and make it even better.

We have established a Steering Committee, which plays a key role in this strategic planning process. In early spring, the committee considered all of the comments received to date and identified eight draft strategic priorities, which we invited your feedback on through an online survey and series of open house events in March and April. Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your thoughts and ideas to date. Reports outlining what we heard so far are now available.

UBC has already achieved great things and we are recognized worldwide for the quality of our research, our innovative teaching, our international outlook and our community engagement. To preserve and enhance that reputation, we need to make strategic investments in the people and initiatives that form our community.

Together we can transform an already outstanding institution from excellence to eminence. Whatever the nature of your relationship with UBC, I encourage you to take part in the shaping of UBC’s future.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


How can you get involved?

Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your feedback on the draft strategic priorities by attending an open house event and/or completing the online survey. Reports outlining what we heard during this phase are now available.

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