uAlberta president unveils plan to navigate financial challenges

September 20, 2013

University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera last week unveiled a 4-point plan that aims to guide the university through recent budgetary challenges. During her state-of-the-university address, Samarasekera explained that the plan will, over the next 3 years, focus on: academic transformation, cultivating a “vibrant” graduate research culture; sustainable financial models, and the need for changes to compensation, revenue generation/sharing, tuition, philanthropy and budgeting; and efficient administration and culture change, meaning “all future portfolios and faculties will need to simplify, consolidate and find new ways of doing business to eliminate duplication.” Samarasekera also announced a new administration blog entitled “Friday bulletins on Colloquy” to encourage transparency and collaboration in decision-making. uAlberta News Release