Creating our strategic plan

Join us in shaping UBC’s Next Century


Professor Santa J. Ono

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 in December, 2016, 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.

During the summer months, we engaged a variety of key groups, both within the university and externally. We are also in the final stages of establishing a series of working groups, which will play a key role in substantiating the plan framework through strategies attached to each priority area.

As we continue through the fall, I am excited to see us entering a new phase in the planning process. Your input is of course crucial in this phase, as it has been throughout the strategic planning process. Further information will be shared in the next few weeks, outlining how we will seek your feedback on the proposed framework and associated draft strategies.

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 value your input and encourage you to continue with us on this journey.

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 strategic planning process so far. Reports outlining what we heard are available here.

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