Creating our strategic plan

Join us in shaping UBC’s Next Century

We have the honour and responsibility to develop a vision and plan for UBC that will set the foundation for UBC’s next century.

While looking ahead to the university’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. It is now time for us to revisit UBC’s goals and priorities to reflect our changing world, and to take an outstanding university and make it even better.

Since the strategic planning process started, we have received thousands of thoughtful comments from faculty, staff, students, alumni, external partners and our community. This valuable input formed the basis of a series of draft priorities for the plan. With the help of our Deans and the Executive, we have explored these priorities further, and articulated them within an overarching framework.

We have established a series of working groups, which play a key role in substantiating the plan framework through strategies attached to each priority area. For details on the working group memberships, view the Strategic Planning Process Working Groups (PDF). Please note that these memberships are subject to change as the process progresses.

We recently asked the UBC community to share their thoughts on the emerging plan, by attending an open house event and/or completing an online survey. We are currently in the process of reviewing what we heard and refining the plan’s vision, framework and underpinning strategies accordingly.

Collectively, we can build a strategic plan that reflects our distinctive strengths and values. Whether you are a student, faculty member, staff, alumni, community member or someone who partners with UBC – we encourage you to continue with us on this journey.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor


How can you get involved?

Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide their input on the emerging plan at the recent open house events and via the online survey.

We are now in the process of reviewing all of the feedback we received to help refine the plan’s vision, framework and underpinning strategies. Our intention is to share these with the UBC Board of Governors in early 2018 for endorsement.

If you are interested in receiving updates and future opportunities to provide input, you are invited to sign up to our mailing list.

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