Message from Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor

Video of Dr. Kachanoski's message on the university's vision, mission and values.

PresidentMemorial is Newfoundland and Labrador’s only university. We are a multi-
campus, multi-disciplinary, public, teaching/research university committed to excellence in everything we do. We strive to have national and global impact, while fulfilling our social mandate to provide access to university education for the people of the province and to contribute to the social, cultural, scientific and economic development of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

Recently the Memorial University community – faculty, staff, students and alumni – collectively developed a new Vision, Mission and set of core Values designed to underpin and inspire all of our activities.

The road to the Vision, Mission and Values was a natural progression, from extensive public consultations for Memorial University’s three fundamental institutional planning frameworks in the areas of:

  • Teaching and Learning;
  • Research Strategy; and,
  • Public Engagement.

The frameworks reflect a true desire to distinguish Memorial as a top public university in Canada and beyond, and to ensure that we build on and pursue global excellence in our areas of strength.

They demonstrate the deep understanding of the university’s importance to the province and Memorial’s responsibility to fulfill its special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Reinforcing the frameworks are the other essential parts of our institutional roadmap, including present and future infrastructure plans, and strategies for advancing university education and scholarly work across a broad range of disciplines and activities.

All this important work is guiding the university from now until 2020.

Memorial's continued success will be shaped by the same collaborative effort involving every segment of Newfoundland and Labrador society that has brought us this far. Working together, and with foresight and determination, we will fulfill our mandate as a nationally competitive, flag-ship, teaching-research public university – a university unequivocally committed to the public good and its special obligation to the people of this great province.

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