Five years of "impact"

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.

Inspiration and Impact: Dalhousie Strategic Direction 2014-18 articulated five key strategic areas, which included specific strategic priorities in each area. Over the past five years, Dalhousie has achieved record enrolment, research income and fundraising; strengthened academic programs and our physical campus; advanced research and innovation of vital importance to the region and the world; and we have made real progress in creating a Dalhousie where all truly belong.

Annual progress

The path forward into our third century is starting to take shape

Phase one of our next planning process is complete, with a university-wide survey and extensive engagement sessions helping inform our next set of priorities, which will become a new institutional plan—one that enables us to expand our reach and impact both in our region and around the world. Together, we will write the next chapter in Dalhousie’s story.

Learn more about the planning process

Our purpose


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 promise


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.

Five key strategic areas

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.