Community Impact

Spreading our promise

We believe every future matters. That's why the Promise Partnership on our Saint John campus is helping public school students in two of Saint John’s priority neighbourhoods. UNB Saint John students mentor youth at Hazen White-St. Francis School, supporting the school in its efforts to increase literacy and numeracy rates. Before the program began in 2009, only 37 per cent of students entering high school from Hazen White-St. Francis School graduated on time. In 2014, 80 per cent of participating students graduated on time, with 20 per cent set to graduate only one semester behind.

Community-based health care

UNB's Community Health Clinic in downtown Fredericton serves vulnerable populations and provides primary care services to those without access. The nurse-managed clinic also provides transformative learning experiences and research opportunities for students from a variety of disciplines.

Residence fundraising challenges

Each residence on UNB's Fredericton campus has its own culture and traditions, and one of these traditions in giving back. Our students raise thousands of dollars each year in house charity events that range from icy cold polar dips to pushing a bed the distance between Fredericton and Saint John. Explore our residences to see their house charity.

Research powerhouse

UNB conducts 75 per cent of all publicly funded research in New Brunswick. We generate knowledge, fuel discovery and propel innovation across the globe. You can thank UNB researchers for the technology that powers Google Maps and thought-controlled prosthetic limbs.

We also generate income and jobs. Our annual research spending (2013-14) generated $32.2 million in added provincial income for the New Brunswick economy.

Startup Hub

UNB has launched 23 start-ups in the last two years, and we have more on the way. Our graduates not only find jobs – they create them. With six entrepreneurial centres and experiential learning integrated into academic programs across UNB, it's no wonder we're the most entrepreneurial university in Canada.

Researching environmental impacts on the community

As the first institute of its kind in the world, the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) at UNB has become an international leader in the field of river science.

With researchers from both UNB campuses, the CRI develops the aquatic science needed to understand, protect and sustain water resources. Since 2013, the CRI and its partners have been working with NB Power to research the potential environmental impacts of the future options being considered for the Mactaquac Generating Station. The Mactaquac Dam on the Saint John River will reach the end of its lifespan by 2030, and CRI has been evaluating key environmental challenges such as river health, fish passage and flow management. In 2015, CRI was given an additional $2.8 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to conduct an aquatic ecosystem study on the Saint John River.

Meet the CRI’s Science Directors

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