Message from the president

I always say universities should not reflect the world in which we live, but the world in which we want to live. 

Every day, Memorial strives to reflect that better world.

Our strategic plan, Transforming Our Horizons, is guiding the university towards a brighter future in which Memorial contributes to a socially resilient, economically prosperous, culturally vibrant, inclusive, healthy and sustainable Newfoundland and Labrador, all the while stressing the importance of Indigenization and equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-racism.

Memorials’ greatest strength is its people. We are Team Memorial, unified in our commitment to our university and to the future of Newfoundland and Labrador.

For example, our focus on innovation is contributing to a diversified economy. We are graduating highly qualified people who are the backbone of Newfoundland and Labrador’s developing tech industry and starting their own successful companies.

Our world-class oceans research is supporting the blue and green economy and we recently ranked 28th in the world out of 452 universities in the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal #14, Life Under Water. Not surprising given that 40 per cent of research at Memorial is ocean-related.

More than 19,000 students, including approximately 4,000 students from 115 countries, call Memorial home and are pushing the boundaries of new knowledge in creative and entrepreneurial ways.

Through our public engagement and research activities we are changing lives and communities. Our 100,000 alumni work in the province and every corner of the globe, bringing their education and expertise to solving the world’s problems.

In 2025, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Memorial University College. We will remember the past, celebrate the present and look to a future we want to live in

 

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