Letter from the President of Saint Mary’s University

By Maroon & White | spring 2017

I am delighted to welcome you to the latest edition of Maroon & White. 

It is a pleasure to lead an organization as vibrant as Saint Mary’s University. Our Strategic Plan (2016-21) strengthens our vision ‘to be the university of choice for aspiring citizens of the world’ and our mission to offer academic programs and engage in research that serve both local and international communities. Our three key initiatives in the years ahead are: Promoting Discovery and Innovation in a Learning-Centred Environment, Fostering Intercultural Learning and Understanding, and Strengthening Institutional Sustainability. 

As Canada’s leading international university, we prepare our graduates to succeed in a global environment. The diversity in the student body, the curriculum, and in teaching, research, and staff communities, in addition to our extensive international outreach and collaboration with universities around the world affirms our leadership.

Our research activity has increased significantly in recent years, with success in federal and provincial funding competitions. Saint Mary’s has advanced in the Canada Research University of the Year rankings by Research InfoSource and has been consistently in the top 50 since 2010, holding 35th place in 2016. 

Saint Mary’s has a tradition of  engagement with our community, drawing on our active alumni, many of whom are national and international leaders in business, politics, the arts, culture, science, and industry. We are motivated by the values of our university, and the potential for giving back, summed up in our Latin motto Age Quod Agis. This calls us to ‘do what we do’ - this is our distinctive identity.

Our five-year plan requires us to articulate the distinctive Santamarian experience so that our identity is broadly understood and we can advance our standing as a leading university within Canada and the wider world.

I invite you to join us in achieving success in the key initiatives of our Strategic Plan. Please stay connected and send us your own stories of what makes Saint Mary’s so special as your ‘university of choice’.

Robert Summerby-Murray
President and Vice-Chancellor, Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the original Mi’kmaq People. We are all treaty people. 

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