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Developing strategies that will take Dalhousie into its third century

As we look ahead to our third century, we do so encouraged by our past and challenged to live up to its promise: to take our place among the best universities in the world; to inspire, to innovate and to create a lasting impact in the lives of students, faculty and staff; and to contribute to the positive intellectual, social and economic transformation of our communities locally and internationally.

In 2013, we embarked on 100 Days of Listening, a period of rigorous analysis and thorough consultation, which resulted in a comprehensive statement of priorities: Inspiration and Impact: Dalhousie’s Strategic Direction 2014–2018, which included revamped vision and mission statements for the university and identified five strategic areas. Since then, the Dalhousie community has worked together to bring our priorities to life. Implemented under the Provost in a process geared to ensure that our academic goals drive our work and that our strategic priorities are aligned within the university’s budget, our shared efforts are targeted at maximizing collaboration and coordination across the university.


We are a leading innovative, research-intensive university, inspiring our diverse scholarly community to serve Nova Scotia, our region, our nation and our world.


Our mission is three-fold:
• To foster an environment of teaching and learning excellence, built on innovation, collaboration and respect;
• To create a hub of world-leading research and innovation, adding to the intellectual, social and economic capital of our communities;
• To facilitate opportunities for our students, staff and faculty to connect with and serve our local, national and global communities.


Of the five key strategic priority areas, Infrastructure and Support helps to provide the foundation and structure to enable effective support to the university. The Partnerships and Reputation priority area largely includes support strategies linked to the success in our other goals. The remaining three priority areas—Teaching and Learning, Research and Service—capture priority initiatives related to the mission areas of the university. 

Making significant progress

Each spring, Dalhousie will issue an annual report documenting the university’s progress against key performance indicators (KPIs). These higher level KPIs will be informed by a wide range of smaller targets set within faculty plans, unit plans and strategic priority charters. Each year, we will measure and report on what we have achieved and what we still need to undertake.