The Aspire process was an exercise undertaken by the UBC Okanagan campus community to develop a long-term vision for the campus that would help guide UBC Okanagan into its second decade and beyond.
What emerged from the consultation was a consensus that the Okanagan campus should aspire to be a model of innovative and interdisciplinary programming within the UBC system, and a place that has an impact on communities both local and global.
The new UBC Strategic Plan incorporates the Aspire vision, and the final report is considered a foundational document for the Okanagan campus and UBC institutional planning. Research emerged as a key theme during the consultation and remains one of UBC’s core commitments.
- Collaborative (internally and externally)
- Undergraduate and graduate research opportunities
- Research in practice (impact)
- Regional and global impact (social/economic/cultural/well-being)
Shaping UBC Okanagan’s Future
Building on the university’s strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century, the 2015 Campus Plan and Aspire, ongoing discussions are underway at UBC regarding the opportunity presented by the Okanagan campus and what needs to be done to set the campus on its long-term course toward even greater impact and service to the people and communities of British Columbia.
Shaping UBC’s Next Century
Launched in 2018, UBC’s Strategic Plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century focuses on three key themes: Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation. It defines our collective vision, purpose, goals and strategies for the next century and guides the decisions and actions that inspire the very best in our students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners.
Research excellence is identified as a core area within the strategic plan.
Continued success requires both disciplinary depth and collaboration within and across disciplines and communities. It demands the creation of new knowledge and its accelerated translation into action. It also necessitates resources for research services that enable researchers to achieve excellence in a highly competitive landscape. Research might lead to spinoffs that take advantage of technological developments, but impact is also to be found in projects that lead to social innovations, that inform our understanding of history, or that enrich our world through creative works. Research Excellence encompasses this broad vision of accomplishment.
- Enable interdisciplinary clusters of research excellence in pursuit of societal impact
- Strengthen shared infrastructure and resources to support research excellence
- Broaden access to, and enhance, student research experiences
- Improve the ecosystem that supports the translation of research into action
- Foster a strong and diverse research culture that embraces the highest standards of integrity, collegiality and service
Innovation is identified as a theme running throughout the strategic plan.
In a world characterized by complex societal challenges and heightened public expectations, broad-based innovation is essential. As institutions of research and learning, universities must embrace creativity and risk-taking across all their activities. Technology and data are reshaping our world and how we interact with one another; this explosion of information is opening new opportunities for study, problem-solving and knowledge exchange beyond the academy. The spirit of innovation must also characterize how public universities operate and steward resources.