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uCalgary Releases New Academic Plan

2 MAY 2012
Topic : Education News

The University of Calgary has released a new academic plan, which builds on a strategic direction developed last year. The plan seeks to be the building block in the school’s goal to turn itself into one of Canada’s top five research universities by 2016.

A campus-wide consultation process, led by Provost and Vice-President, Dru Marshall and Vice-President (Research), Ed McCauley, went in to the development of the academic plan, which describes seven academic priorities and makes recommendations within each of these priority areas:

  • Talent attraction, development and retention
  • Teaching and research integration
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Leadership
  • Internationalization
  • Connection with community, and
  • Sustainability

2016 is the university’s 50th anniversary,  a fact that served as the catalyst for the school’s ambitious research goals, which are based on the development of  innovative learning and teaching.

The strategy developed to achieve this is called Eyes High and its essence is a statement that defines the university’s future direction:

The University of Calgary will be a global intellectual hub located in Canada’s most enterprising city. In this spirited, high-quality learning environment, students will thrive in programs made rich by research and hands-on experiences. By our 50th anniversary in 2016, we will be one of Canada’s top five research universities, fully engaging the communities we both serve and lead.

The strategy statement is supported by three foundational commitments:

  1. Sharpen focus on research and scholarship;
  2. Enrich the quality and breadth of learning;
  3. Fully integrate the university with the community.

Eyes High also articulates eight core values shared by the university community, which are:

  1. Curiosity
  2. Support
  3. Collaboration
  4. Communication
  5. Sustainability
  6. Globalization
  7. Balance
  8. Excellence

“The academic plan is the roadmap to Eyes High, and I want to thank our students, faculty and staff for their terrific and extensive contributions to its development,” Marshall said.

What do you think of the uCalgary’s plans? Can they become one of the country’s best research schools in four years?