Vision, Mission and Signature Areas

Our Vision

Canada's leading destination University, personal in character, that transforms lives and communities in the North and around the world.

Our Mission

To inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today.

Our Values

Experiential learning, exploration, and discovery

Our community celebrates and strives to provide an unparalleled learning experience which esnures that our students are prepared to meet the challenges of a fast-paced modern world, while stepping up and making a differerence. UNBC is a champion of intellectual freedom, academic inquiry, learning for its own sake, access to information, learning through applied and best practices in experiential initiatives, and the development and mobilization of new knowledge.

Inclusiveness and diversity

Social and cultural diversity is core to enriching the learning environment of a modern university. The confulence of diversity and respectful discussion stimulates creative thoughts, new ways of thinking, and new pathways of inquiry. This ensures that our research questions address society as a whole, and enables us to train leaders who understand our local and global communities.


UNBC is a place where community thrives and where we strive to understand and care for other members of our university. It is a place where all are welcome and where we commit to being respectful, innovative, resourceful, and responsive in our interactions with others.


To succeed we must be true to who we are, and focus on where we are now and what we want to be in the future. We are honest, supportive, and forthright in all our interactions, confronting problems and issues openly and constructively.

Academic Excellence and Student Success

The commitment of our faculty to academic and research excellence drives student success and ensures that UNBC provides a high-quality and transformative learning experience. The values articulated above: experience learning, exploration, and discovery; inclusiveness and diversity; and community and integrity are evident in the holistic and personal approach of faculty and staff to the learning, growth, and success of each UNBC student. Our environment and the values of those who teach, research, and work here create a community that attracts learners who not only gain knowledge, but who gain the confidence to become leaders.

Our Signature Areas

  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • First Nations and Indigenous priorities
  • Health and Quality of Life
  • Northern Community Sustainability and Development
  • Innovative and Quality Distributed Delivery Programs