Our Vision, Mission & Motto

As we live the promise in our second century, our vision is to inspire the human spirit through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery, and citizenship in a creative community, building one of the world’s great universities for the public good.

Our mission is to create and sustain a vibrant and supportive learning environment that discovers, disseminates, and applies new knowledge through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement, and partnerships. The University of Alberta gives a national and international voice to innovation in our province, taking a lead role in placing Canada at the global forefront.

Our motto:  Quaecumque vera

Translated, quaecumque vera means “whatsoever things are true” and is taken from the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible, the Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4, Verse 8: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue and there be any praise, think on these things.”



We aspire to become one of the top public universities in the world by 2020 by focusing our academic planning and strategic decision-making on four cornerstones:

1.     Talented People

2.     Learning, Discovery, and Citizenship

3.     Connecting Communities

4.     Transformative Organization and Support