Our Vision, Mission, and Values

Vision

To inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery, and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world's great universities for the public good.

Mission

Within a vibrant and supportive learning environment, the University of Alberta discovers, disseminates, and applies new knowledge for the benefit of society through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. The University of Alberta gives a national and international voice to innovation in our province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.

Values

The University of Alberta community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni rely on shared, deeply held values that guide behaviour and actions. These values are drawn from the principles on which the University of Alberta was founded in 1908 and reflect a dynamic, modern institution of higher learning, leading change nationally and internationally.

Above all, we value intellectual integrity, freedom of inquiry and expression, and the equality and dignity of all persons as the foundation of ethical conduct in research, teaching, learning, and service.

We value excellence in teaching, research, and creative activity that enriches learning experiences, advances knowledge, inspires engaged citizenship, and promotes the public good.

We value learners at all stages of life and strive to provide an intellectually rewarding educational environment for all.

We value academic freedom and institutional autonomy as fundamental to open inquiry and the pursuit of truth.

We value diversity, inclusivity, and equity across and among our people, campuses, and disciplines.

We value creativity and innovation from the genesis of ideas through to the dissemination of knowledge.

We value the history and traditions of our university, celebrating with pride our people, achievements, and contributions to society.

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