Our four institutions ― Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier University ― share a common vision and set of shared values.
We are all committed to outstanding teaching, exceptional hands-on research experiences, collaborating closely with students, and creating unique opportunities to contribute to communities at home and around the world.
Students who graduate from our four institutions are uniquely equipped to navigate a complex global landscape as citizens and leaders dedicated to the values of a just, civil society.Find out more about our four universities
Why do we collaborate?
We believe that together we are better than the sum of our individual parts. In every endeavour, we must be able to answer two fundamental questions:
- What can we do together that we cannot do on our own?
- How does working together enhance what we do do on our own?
These questions demand we re-wire our mindsets around higher education in order to think carefully and critically about who we are and what we do in new and innovative ways; it calls upon us to be creative and bold in designing signature initiatives; and it asks us to be open to radical disruption and upend structural and systemic barriers in order to equip our graduates with the skills and competencies necessary to thrive.
What do we hope to accomplish?
There is a social justice element to our efforts. The national trend to massify undergraduate education ― where students are treated as consumers or as data points on a spreadsheet ― is alarming. Provincial funding models across Canada have led to an increasingly homogenized landscape of higher education, so much so that Ontario has almost entirely phased out primarily undergraduate institutions.
In contrast, our Maple League universities individualize undergraduate education ― where students are treated as producers and collaborators in their own learning journeys ― with a holistic approach to learning within the classroom and beyond. We believe that diversity of institutions as a key contributor to a vibrant ecosystem of higher education in Canada. And we believe that a liberal education is the best way forward.
Vision and guiding pillars
The Maple League’s innovative strategic vision, mission, and values ― including its guiding pillars ― is established by the Presidents’ Council.
In order to harness the power of our shared communities, we’ve also identified three pillars to support our culture of collaboration.Find out more about our strategic vision and guiding pillars
Maple League land acknowledgement
The Maple League of Universities are built on lands of Indigenous peoples, the Abenaki people and the Wabanaki Confederacy at Bishop’s, and the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) at Acadia, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier universities. They are the traditional stewards and protectors of the territories. In our institutions we value indigenous ways of knowing and honour the hard work ahead on truth, reconciliation, and justice with Indigenous peoples.
Maple League Francophone heritage
Our four universities are located in regions with rich Francophone heritage (Acadian and Québécois), and we value the cultural and linguistic contexts of the areas in which we live and study. Students of the Maple League are afforded a unique opportunity to pursue their university education in a predominantly English-speaking environment while learning about and immersing themselves in Francophone culture, language, and traditions.