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.

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. 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.

The strategic planning process started at the beginning of 2017 with an online survey that elicited responses from more than 1,000 members of the UBC community. Several key themes emerged from the results, and with guidance from a Steering Committee, we identified a series of draft priorities. Through March and April we solicited feedback on these draft priorities via open house events and a second online survey. (Summaries are available here). Over the summer months we engaged with Deans and other leaders to explore the priorities further and articulate them within an overarching framework. We also started to develop a draft vision that we will continue to refine through further engagement and consultation.

As we enter the next phase of our strategic planning process, we shall be establishing representative working groups to substantiate the framework through objectives and strategies attached to each major area. We shall continue to work closely with the Deans, Executive and Steering Committee, and will begin a second round of engagement with many key groups, both internal and external, as well as with the community at large, to further develop these components. We plan to share the refined vision, framework and underpinning strategies with the Board of Governors in early 2018 for ratification.

UBC has already achieved great things and we are recognized worldwide for the quality of our research, our innovative teaching, our community engagement and our global outlook. To preserve and enhance that reputation, we need to make strategic investments in the people and initiatives that make up our community. 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 have taken the time to share your feedback on the draft priorities by attending an open house event and/or completing an online survey. Reports outlining what we heard are available here.

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