Vision and Values

Vision & Values


As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.


Academic Freedom

The University is independent and cherishes and defends free inquiry and scholarly responsibility.

Advancing and Sharing Knowledge

The University supports scholarly pursuits that contribute to knowledge and understanding within and across disciplines, and seeks every opportunity to share them broadly.


The University, through its students, faculty, staff, and alumni, strives for excellence and educates students to the highest standards.


The University acts with integrity, fulfilling promises and ensuring open, respectful relationships.

Mutual Respect and Equity

The University values and respects all members of its communities, each of whom individually and collaboratively makes a contribution to create, strengthen, and enrich our learning environment.

Public Interest

The University embodies the highest standards of service and stewardship of resources and works within the wider community to enhance societal good.