The 2020s

Blue Whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling of the Core Science Facility

During this decade, Memorial University has continued to expand academic programming across the province, allowing more N.L. students to access post-secondary education. This includes three new Faculty of Nursing satellite sites in Central Newfoundland and in Labrador. In addition, the Labrador Campus became our newest campus and continues to grow its program options.

Memorial’s new state-of-the art Core Science Facility officially opened. The building, which is a catalyst for collaboration and new discoveries, was inspired by the natural characteristics of the province, particularly icebergs. Its focal point is a stunning 75-foot blue whale skeleton, named Altum, which hangs in the atrium. Altum was recovered from the west coast of Newfoundland in 2014 after washing ashore in Bonne Bay.

A new Centre for Artificial Intelligence and a Centre for Research and Innovation officially opened, opening the doors for future partnerships, collaboration and innovation.

We developed, released and started implementation of our strategic plan, Transforming Our Horizons. Under the direction of President Neil Bose, who was appointed as president and vice-chancellor pro tempore for a two-year term in 2023, the plan continues to guide us towards a brighter future in which Memorial contributes to a socially resilient, economically prosperous, culturally vibrant, inclusive, healthy and sustainable Newfoundland and Labrador.

In 2025, Memorial will celebrate 100 years of transforming lives through education and fueling the future of innovation in N.L and the world. Stay tuned as plans and events unfold to celebrate this centennial milestone.

Also in 2025, Memorial will help host the 2025 Canada Games. Memorial is a proud partner of the Games, hosting the athletes’ village, provincial / territorial mission offices, competition and training venues, polyclinic, media centre, and entertainment / social spaces on St. John’s campus.