Overview of Pillars

The University of Arizona strategic plan is inspired by the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) – a time of augmented intelligence and the fusion of the digital, physical and biological worlds. It also embraces our original mission as a land grant university to serve the unique needs of the diverse population of Arizona. Through the implementation of the strategic plan, the University is developing innovative, adaptive learners and disruptive problem solvers who are prepared to lead meaningful lives and improve society in an ever-evolving world.

Wildcat Journey

At the heart of the strategic plan lies our commitment to drive student success in a rapidly changing world. We build on the deep and powerful legacy of the University of Arizona to prepare our students with the skills and mindsets to lead in the 4IR. We adapt to the future needs of our students and our state from recruitment and initial enrollment to timely graduation and placement into the workforce.

Grand Challenges

Consistent with our dual mandate to expand educational opportunities and address important societal challenges, we are well positioned to fully leverage the 4IR advancements in our existing strengths in research. The strategic plan tackles pressing grand challenges in the areas of space, human and intelligent systems as well as natural and built environment in a way that will fundamentally shape the future.

Arizona Advantage

We build upon our unique location and people to drive social, cultural and economic impact in the 4IR era. We leverage our remarkable differentiators to reinforce our commitment to diversity and inclusion and fuel innovation, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and corporate partnerships. New outreach and collaboration centers are the catalyst for partnerships, recruitment and more.

Arizona Global

We set the standard for a global university in the digital age. We are transforming global education and redefining the international university experience by engaging with communities globally. We are building an expansive network of UA Global locations, igniting international projects and expanding access to intercultural experiences for the entire Wildcat community.


Institutional Excellence

As a dynamic institution in education and scientific exploration, we always aspire to operate as a best in class place to learn, research and work, where innovations are encouraged and incorporated. To achieve this vision, we are deploying strategic initiatives that will better unlock the potential of our employees and enhance the student experience.

UA Health Sciences

Our bold, distinctive plan seizes opportunities to influence human health and positions UA as the go-to leader in addressing the global health challenges of the 21st century. We affirm our commitment to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services by preparing our students to be builders and leaders of the future of healthcare.