Engage Locally and Globally

Goal: to be a preferred partner and leader in local and global engagement.

UVic researchers, faculty, staff and students continue to foster strategic relationships and mobilize knowledge, locally and globally. We have strengthened our connections to the community through onand off-campus initiatives and are working to enhance our reputation, building off and on the tremendous success of our faculty and alumni and using The UVic Edge to position ourselves to the world.

Highlights from 2019/19

Speakers Bureau

During the 2018/19 Speakers Bureau season, volunteers gave 580 talks in Greater Victoria, reaching approximately 19,000 people. Nearly half of those talks were in K-12, the highest total proportion ever for this group. Measured by number of bookings and audience size, the last five years have been the most successful in the program's 38-year history.

Related strategies: 6.1, 6.2, 6.5

Community events

The Faculty of Fine Arts offers over 150 community events a year, from concerts and theatre performances to readings and exhibits.

This year, our Farquhar Auditorium celebrated 40 years of being an important cultural centre on campus for our broader community. Thanks to innovative programming, promotional efforts and new branding, we saw an overall increase in presenting series attendance and a 35% increase in revenue.

Related strategies: 6.1, 6.3, 6.5

International student mobility initiatives

We have seen increases in several international student mobility initiatives since implementing our International Plan.

In 2018, we increased the number of outbound international student exchanges by 9% and inbound student exchanges by 17%.

Thanks to 18 new partnerships with international institutions to support faculty and student exchanges for teaching and research, we now have 216 active agreements.

We also offered 27 international field schools.

Related strategies: 3.1, 6.1, 6.2

Alumni engagement

UVic grants about 5,000 degrees per year, and our alumni continue to have an impact locally and globally. UVic writing alumna Esi Edugyan won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and is one of only three authors to twice win the prize. The Globe and Mail named her 2018 Artist of the Year.

Increasing the engagement of our alumni strengthens our connections with communities and creates lifelong ambassadors.

Related strategies: 6.5

Looking ahead

Community University Engagement Action Plan

New structures, processes, people and resources are already being put in place to help advance community-university engagement at UVic. We are developing a Community University Engagement Action Plan and in the coming months we anticipate opportunities to engage the campus further, including campus conversations and possibly workshops.

Related strategies: 6.1

Communications and Marketing Plan

The recently published Communications and Marketing Plan includes strategies to further communicate our strengths and build our reputation nationally and internationally.

We are currently working on a complete redesign of the UVic website, set to launch in 2020, which will improve the online experience for all of our audiences—including prospective students, donors and partners.

Related strategies: 1.1, 1.4, 6.1, 6.4, 6.5

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