As I begin my second term as Vice-President Research, I am elated by the ongoing success of our researchers and filled with optimism for our continued success as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities.
The University of Alberta's 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. Research has an important role in fulfilling that vision.
Within a vibrant and supportive learning environment, the University of Alberta discovers, disseminates and applies new knowledge in a number of ways - through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, community involvement and partnerships.
Research and creative inquiry are at the heart of what we do. Whether in the studio or lab, lecture theatre or library, it is where we engage in our essential work. The quest for knowledge, for new discovery and understanding, permeates everything we do, from undergraduate student to tenured faculty. As a campus regular or a proud alumnus, a long-standing community partner or a new international collaborator, the connection we all share through the University of Alberta is founded on the same, intertwined principles of learning, discovery and citizenship.
Our office is responsible for establishing, advancing and supporting an environment at the University of Alberta that fosters research and creative activity of the highest calibre. Such a mandate offers a number of unique challenges, but also tremendous opportunities, as the portfolio cuts across the full breadth of the academy. Its central responsibility is to facilitate and support the rich variety of research excellence and creative activity underway in the institution while providing university-wide leadership and direction.
Embarking on research, scholarship and creative activity encompass the most exciting aspects of the journey as people pursue their scholarly vocations. An abiding curiosity and firm belief that we can achieve great things spurs us on to investigate, create, test, critique, improve and articulate. If we challenge ourselves to ask the big questions in our diverse fields of research and creative activity, we potentially increase the reach of our scholarly work and place ourselves at the forefront of knowledge frontiers.
Our office will lead the challenge of enhancing the way we undertake research and creative activities at the University of Alberta, and it will take the collective effort of the entire institution to break down barriers and forge new connections. Collaboration within and across faculties, seeking out new partnerships and opportunities locally or internationally, facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technology beyond the bounds of the academy - all of these activities will extend Henry Marshall Tory’s founding promise of “uplifting the whole people.”
Dr. Lorne A Babiuk