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Annual Report 2018

President's message

Dr. Eddy Campbell, UNB President and Vice-Chancellor

UNB students are leaders.

Leaders committed to changing our province and the world through their academics, their activism and their humanitarianism.

This past year our university has reached significant milestones, all with the intention of providing our students with a world-class university education and encouraging them to be changemakers.

We exceeded the objectives of our recent fundraising campaign - It Begins Here - raising more than $125 million thanks to our community partners, alumni and friends who believe in the transformative power of a UNB education. More than $65 million raised is dedicated to student support and is already changing lives through scholarships, bursaries and prizes.

Earlier this spring, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the provincial government to provide stable tuition for our students and predictable multi-year funding for the university. This is an investment that will allow us to continue to make a quality post-secondary education available.

In the spirit of reconciliation, we have been making strides towards the rightful recognition of Indigenous peoples and cultures on our campuses, which are located on traditional Wolastoqey territory.

As leaders in education, we have a responsibility to deepen our relationship with Indigenous communities and take action to find a better way forward. We released a Truth and Reconciliation Strategic (TRC) Action Plan, in response to the national TRC’s call for a bridging of the educational attainment gap within one generation. Included in our plan’s short- and long-term goals is establishing the role of Piluwitahasuwin, or Assistant Vice-President Indigenous Engagement, who will promote and expand Indigenous culture and opportunities on our campuses and within the community.

UNB has been a leader and a changemaker since 1785. Our students will continue that tradition for many generations to come.