The Plan

Engage

GOAL: Engage communities across our campuses, city and region, province, nation and the world to create reciprocal, mutually beneficial learning experiences, research projects, partnerships, and collaborations.  

To serve the public well, the University of Alberta will excel at listening, connecting, and collaborating with key partners across all sectors of society. We will strive to be relevant as well as excellent and actively disseminate what we learn and discover for the benefit of the public good. We will engage across disciplines, campuses, faculties, and units to create interdisciplinary learning experiences for our students that prepare them to face the complex nature of today’s challenges and workplaces. We will continue to build and deepen mutually beneficial and reciprocal partnerships with local, provincial, national, and international communities, agencies, industries, businesses, and organizations. In doing so, we will expand and sustain the University of Alberta’s leadership in major national and international initiatives and networks that increase our reach and influence as one of Canada’s leading research universities.

Our ability to contribute to society will flow in large measure from our ability to connect with our communities…

OBJECTIVE 16:

Enhance, increase, and sustain reciprocal, mutually beneficial community relations, community engagement, and community-engaged research and scholarship that will extend the reach, effectiveness, benefit, and value of our university-community connections.
  • Strategy 1
    Identify and embrace opportunities to build, strengthen, and extend the University of Alberta’s connections to and engagement with external stakeholders, including the general public, neighbouring communities, ethnic and cultural communities, and other communities of practice.
  • Strategy 2
    Develop an integrated institutional strategy for fostering and rewarding community-engaged research and evaluation that is intentionally collaborative from research question design through to knowledge mobilization.
  • Strategy 3
    Engage with government, community, industry, business, and the post-secondary sector to address shared local, provincial, national, and global challenges.
  • Strategy 4

    Continue to build mutually beneficial, authentic relationships with alumni and donors.

  • Strategy 5
    Welcome increased community access, participation, and engagement at all University of Alberta sites, such as our downtown campus at Enterprise Square and our sports facilities at South campus.
…and to build interdisciplinary connections…

OBJECTIVE 17:

Facilitate, build, and support interdisciplinary, cross-faculty, and cross-unit engagement and collaboration.
  • Strategy 1

    Identify and remove systemic barriers to interdisciplinary, and where necessary, expand or create policies, resources, infrastructure, and strategies to encourage and reward academic and administrative partnerships and collaborations.

  • Strategy 2
    Incent the development of interdisciplinary and/or cross-faculty graduate and undergraduate teaching and learning initiatives, including programs, courses, and embedded certificates.
  • Strategy 3

    Develop mechanisms for identifying research expertise at the institution for more effective cultivation of emerging research opportunities and funding programs, particularly those requiring interdisciplinary research teams.

…that support institutional partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally.

OBJECTIVE 18:

Seek, build, strengthen and sustain partnerships with local, national or international research agencies, governments, government ministries and agencies, universities, Indigenous communities, libraries, not-for-profits, industry, business, and community organizations.
  • Strategy 1
    Provide leadership in Alberta’s post-secondary sector and support integration, collaboration, and partnership across the province’s six-sector model to the benefit of all Albertans.
  • Strategy 2
    Participate and provide leadership in municipal, provincial, national and international consortia, networks and programs.
  • Strategy 3

    Encourage municipal, provincial, national, and international collaborations, partnerships, and MOUs at institutional, faculty, department, unit, and individual levels.

  • Strategy 4
    Seek, enhance, and support partnerships with industry, including small and medium enterprises.
  • Strategy 5

    Work closely with key provincial partners and government agencies, including members of Campus Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Innovates, The Alberta Library, NEOS, etc., to undertake mutually beneficial research, and where possible, coordinate, streamline, and deliver shared systems, services, and processes to the benefit of all Albertans.

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