In the 55 years since it was established, Memorial University has grown into a truly comprehensive institution that proudly serves the citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and the world. Founded in 1925 as a teacher training college, Memorial is a most fitting war memorial to those who served their country with distinction. It also stands as a testament to the hard work and dedication of those people both past and present, who have made this institution what it is today.
Memorial University developed its first strategic plan, titled Launch Forth, in 1994. At that time, five themes were chosen to guide the university: quality, outreach education, community resources, mid/north Atlantic and expanding horizons. This was a significant first step for Memorial and led to a second round of strategic planning in 1998. The resulting document, A Strategic Framework for Memorial University, built upon the first plan and identified seven priorities: university and the community; student recruitment and retention; research and creative activity; faculty and staff renewal and development; resources and resource management; academic and administrative reforms; and external communications.
In 2007, Memorial completed its most recent strategic plan, which was the result of a comprehensive consultation with the university community and the province. The objective of the plan is to build on the success of Memorial University’s previous plans and to outline the important priorities that will guide the university in its next five years and beyond. The plan outlines 29 major goals under five pillars: Students; Research, Creative Activity, and Scholarship; Needs of the Province; Conditions for Success; and Institutional Responsibility.
The future direction of Memorial University affects all of us
— faculty, staff and students. Please read our new plan and
think about how you can help Memorial achieve its goals and fulfill