As a public institution and Prince Edward Island’s only university, the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has a special obligation to the people of PEI and plays a distinct role in contributing to the success of this province.
At UPEI, more than 5,500 students from over 92 countries come together to learn and discover. From actuarial science to wildlife conservation, UPEI offers certificate, diploma, undergraduate, and a growing number of professional and graduate programs. With millions of dollars in scholarships, international exchange and experiential learning opportunities, an active Student Union, a commitment to research excellence, and outstanding student-faculty interaction, the University offers its students an educational experience designed to help them reach their potential in both the classroom and the community.
The high quality of the educational experience is evident in the increasing number of students who come from around the world to study and learn at UPEI's campuses in Charlottetown and St. Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. UPEI’s dedication to the highest standards in education is also reflected in its alumni, who enjoy success in their chosen fields and form a global network of "Panthers for Life."
UPEI’s community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni rely on shared, deeply held values that guide behaviour and actions.
UPEI's values are drawn from the principles on which the University of Prince Edward Island was established in 1969—honouring the history of our two founding institutions, Prince of Wales College (est. 1834) and Saint Dunstan’s University (est. 1855), and reflecting a dynamic, diverse modern institution of higher learning.
Academic Freedom and Rigour
The freedom to teach and conduct scholarly work guided by curiosity and intellectual inquiry, without deference to prescribed doctrine, is fundamental to our University. This freedom is essential to advancing and disseminating knowledge, and carries with it the duty to use that freedom in a manner that is consistent with an honest search for knowledge. It is important for the credibility of the University that this quest for knowledge is carried out with integrity and rigour.
Accountability and Integrity
As individuals and as a community, we are accountable to those we serve for the quality of education we deliver and the transparency of our operations. We will conduct ourselves with integrity, employing our expertise to serve others and benefit society.
We aspire to excel in education, scholarly endeavours, research, and service.
Inclusion, Equity, and Reconciliation
We are dedicated to making UPEI an open, accessible, and welcoming community, and to the fair treatment of all persons. We are committed to continually re-examining and growing our understanding of the role UPEI must play in promoting a better understanding of cultures and identities, and the needs of community members with disabilities in a manner that supports education and respectful relationships.