That is certainly true for the University of Saskatchewan. As such, we set our direction not on the basis of what we want to be, but on the basis of what the world needs us to be.
I say with confidence that USask is well on its way to being the university the world needs. This is in part because of our remarkable alumni who have forged this path of excellence. Our 155,000 extraordinary alumni worldwide are an influential force for change that help tell the USask story.
Boundless collaboration is one of the three commitments in our 2025 University Plan and the theme of this issue of the Green & White. Being collaborative comes naturally to our grads and helps them influence positive change in their lives and the world around them.
The history of collaboration at the University of Saskatchewan is deep and rich—one of my favourite examples being the cobalt 60 project, which we’ve highlighted on page two of the Remember When feature.
The best part of the story in my eyes is the collaborative nature of the project; the equipment used to create the world’s first betatron accelerator for treating cancer was developed around the corner at Acme Machine and Electric Co on Idylwyld Drive. This collaboration resulted in the world’s first radioactive cobalt-60 machine and saved the lives of millions of cancer patients.
When we collaborate, we inspire and learn from one another. We are able to share our thoughts, spark passions, challenge existing opinions and ignite change. Because of the foundation of collaborative excellence that has been set by our alumni, USask is meeting the greatest challenges the world is facing today in water security, food security, environmental sustainability, political instability, social justice, equity and inclusion, economics and agricultural resources.
As always, there is still work to be done.
As a community, we have a shared responsibility to honour and join in the collaborative journey of reconciliation. Relationships have been fractured; they require repair and healing. Many stories in this issue focus on rebuilding these relationships and on the collaborative efforts it takes to practice reconciliation in all our engagement efforts. It is important that USask is a leader in these conversations and that we continue the collective healing that is part of true reconciliation.
Our students are becoming the leaders of tomorrow—engaged global citizens who will themselves embody the strong traditions we honour in the pages of this issue of Green & White.
It is a great privilege to be the president of such a collaborative university—the university the world needs.
President and vice-chancellor