Over the past year, there have been a number of significant changes which have impacted our Faculty directly. Along with the release of the new UBC strategic plan, we have new leadership at the Faculty level as well as new leadership in many of our Departments, Schools and programs. I have heard from many of you first-hand that you view these changes as opportunity to revisit our current strategic plan (Engage 2020) and work together tore-imagine our future as a Faculty.
A new plan will ensure that APSC is ready to respond appropriately to the anticipated external changes and forces that will impact every aspect of our core mission areas: teaching, research, community and people. Importantly, the ability of our APSC students & faculty to maximize their contribution to the UBC community requires that we first step back and redefine what we want the collective future for our Faculty to look like.
Within our Faculty there is significant diversity, reflected in our disciplines, our programs and our people. I believe that this diversity will help APSC continue to be a leading Faculty at UBC, in Canada, and around the world. As the Dean, I want to make sure that the new APSC strategic plan is developed through extensive consultation with all of our stakeholders to reflect this diversity.
Creating our Strategic Plan
In collaboration with the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, we will utilize a phased approach to support the development of the new strategic vision for the Faculty.
What will be different about this APSC Strategic Plan:
- We will use a bottom-up approach to build the plan together
- We will conduct broad stakeholder engagement to leverage the diversity across our Faculty
- The Steering committee will look at the external factors (disruptions and trends) which will affect us over the next 5 – 10 years
Therefore, I challenge each of you to think about what the future of APSC should look like and to work with myself and our Steering Committee to create a vision for the Faculty of Applied Science, which will help define where we will be in the next 10 years.
James Olson, PEng, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science
Professor, Mechanical Engineering