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Mission, vision, and goals


To serve learners and communities through innovation, collaboration, social integrity, and knowledge transfer.


The Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) aspires to lead in education and research, offering a unique experience to our student community and contributing positively to the improvement of our global society.

Goals and priorities

Our priorities and themes are aligned with Athabasca University’s (AU’s) strategic themes and are guided by the same values and commitments. Kwayskahsatsowin (conciliation) is also woven into our strategic themes and actions.

Academic excellence

FST is committed to upholding the principles of academia to provide research and teaching excellence that contributes to knowledge transfer and economic prosperity for our students and community in a global environment. We strive to actively bring about positive change, locally and globally, through research, teaching, and scholarship.

The academic excellence priority focuses on:

  • quality of research
  • teaching and learning

Making a positive difference

Our second priority involves a reflective process of all staff and faculty in engaging in various faculty activities. Aligned with the mission and vision of AU, FST strives to bring about positive change, locally and globally, by fostering and supporting the growth and development of our students and staff through our teaching, research, and community outreach.

Making a positive difference focuses on:

  • social integrity
  • academic freedom
  • creativity

Impact beyond borders

The themes of collaboration, community, and recognition in this strategic priority reflect the influence FST has on the relationships we form, not only locally but also extending beyond our borders. We firmly believe that whatever has been achieved within FST has effects and value outside the faculty. This extends to our staff, academics, students, research fellows, and trainees.

Impact beyond borders focuses on:

  • collaboration
  • community
  • recognition

Refer to the Faculty of Science and Technology Strategic Plan 2019-2023 for further details

Updated February 17, 2022 by Digital & Web Operations (