The University of Northern British Columbia—founded as "a university in the north, for the north"—holds as its mission to improve the quality of life in its region, the province, and beyond, by attaining the highest standards of undergraduate and graduate teaching, learning, and research. UNBC is committed to serving a vast region by building partnerships and by being innovative, resourceful, and responsive to student and community needs. In the spirit of its Carrier motto—‘En cha huna'—UNBC celebrates diversity and intends to reflect and to foster the rich cultural diversity of northern British Columbia and its peoples. UNBC recognizes that the strength of the University is its people and that the most important measure of its success is the educational enrichment of its students. The University strives to offer all its people—students, staff and faculty—a healthy, safe, open, friendly, supportive, consultative and stimulating environment conducive to individual intellectual growth, personal fulfillment, and career progress. UNBC embraces the principles of freedom, responsibility, education for its own sake, integrity, inclusion, respect for others, equity, fairness, operational efficiency, and public accountability.
Our values are those select points of belief held in the highest regard at UNBC, and are meant to guide the University, and each member of the University community, in their actions and in fulfillment of their ambitions.
UNBC strives for excellence in the fundamental roles of teaching, research, and student service. The University recognizes that the educational enrichment of its students is the ultimate measure of excellence. UNBC is also committed to exemplary standards in service quality, operating effectiveness, and public accountability.
UNBC, as a new university, approaches the complexities of its time with responsive and innovative approaches to education. UNBC offers a modern curriculum, and utilizes advanced technologies and the most innovative pedagogical methods in teaching. Much of the University's research is at the intellectual frontier, with the ultimate goal of generating tangible returns to society.
UNBC's program and course offerings are based on the needs and preferences of students, the community, and society. In particular, the University is committed to providing regional students with a standard of educational and student services equivalent to that of its central campus. Through its teaching and research, the University will continue to contribute to the social, cultural, and economic development of the north, and to an improved environment and health for its people.
Teaching excellence is a critical factor in effective student learning, and in the transmission of knowledge to the next generation. The quality of the teaching and learning environment is essential to the continuing strength and growth of UNBC. Excellence in teaching requires a university environment that fosters and facilitates teaching, and acknowledges and rewards success.
Learning is a continuous, lifelong process, a necessary part of human development. UNBC is about learning—about providing opportunities to learn, and assisting and enabling all those who come to the University in achieving personal enrichment through learning. UNBC champions intellectual freedom, academic inquiry, learning for its own sake, access to information, learning through applied learning initiatives (e.g., Co-operative Education, Internships and Practica) and the development of new knowledge. UNBC supports research initiatives, and the integration of research and teaching so that our students can both profit from, and participate in, the development of new knowledge and new discoveries.
Scholarship, which spans disciplines and cultures, and programming, which cuts across organizational units, are to be hallmarks of UNBC. Removal of the barriers to learning, which traditional disciplinary and cultural boundaries often present, is what shapes interdisciplinarity at UNBC. While such areas as Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, International Studies, Northern Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies underlie the University's commitment to interdisciplinarity, the commitment transcends specific programs and represents the way the University intends to conduct its academic business.
Knowledge creation is central to the mission and mandate of a university. Excellence in knowledge creation requires a university environment that fosters and facilitates research and scholarship, and appropriately acknowledges and rewards success.
Diversity and Equity
The University is committed to promoting and increasing diversity among its students, staff, and faculty, and to eliminating barriers to the free flow of ideas from the diverse cultures, disciplines, and fields of study which make up UNBC. UNBC celebrates diversity—especially so in its relationship with the aboriginal peoples of the northern region. UNBC is also committed to ensuring fairness in matters relating to gender and social equity, particularly with respect to academic opportunity.
Success increasingly depends on being internationally knowledgeable and inter-culturally competent. UNBC is committed to the development of teaching, learning, and research that strengthens an understanding of global interdependencies.
UNBC aspires to intellectual and moral leadership in society. This is a role which the University must earn through the rigorous development of its ideas, through the integrity of its actions, through the trust merited by its officials, through the effectiveness of the services it provides, and through the institutional respect it commands within the community. The University seeks to develop and foster leadership qualities in its students, staff, and faculty.