Office of the President

A vision for UBC

In the fall of 2015, UBC will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our first class of students. UBC students, faculty, staff and alumni continue to enhance every part of society – in building a more just world and in advancing human knowledge and economic prosperity through innovation.

To build upon this impressive trajectory, I have set out a five-point vision that will help guide us into our second century:

  1. UBC is a Place of Research
    UBC is one of the world’s top research-intensive institutions
  2. UBC is a Place of Learning
    UBC creates leading, student-centric learning spaces for a lifetime of learning within a top research university
  3. UBC is a Place of Engagement
    UBC is a vital part of its communities: Vancouver, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, and the world
  4. UBC is an International Place
    UBC is Canada’s most internationally-oriented university
  5. UBC is a Place of Innovation
    Research and learning at UBC is informed by social needs and imperatives

I encourage you to consider what contributions you can make to UBC and look forward to the bold innovations and new thinking we will spark as we enter this exciting time in our history.

Arvind Gupta
President and Vice-Chancellor


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President’s Message to the UBC Community on Respectful Debate

Prof. Arvind Gupta articulates UBC’s standpoint on the free, respectful expression of ideas.


Podcast: In Depth with Arvind Gupta on UBC’s second century

An in depth interview with Ian Austin from the Province Newspaper. UBC president Arvind Gupta discusses UBC's second century.

Millennium Scholarship Breakfast 2015

2015 ZLC Millennium Scholarship Breakfast

On February 24, 2015, Prof. Gupta spoke at the sold out ZLC Millennium Scholarship Breakfast.

Lunar New Year Luncheon 2015

Lunar New Year Luncheon 2015

In anticipation of the coming year of the sheep, Professor Gupta and other members of the UBC community attended the annual event.

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