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



President’s Academic Advisory Committee

The Academic Advisory Committee engages distinguished faculty in conversation and debate about topics key to the research and learning mission of UBC.


President Arvind Gupta’s Hot Lunch address to staff in Vancouver

On April 29, UBC's President attended a sold-out Staff Hot Lunch event at St. John’s College. He spoke about why he chose to become the President of UBC and his vision for the university.


President’s Statement on the Earthquake in Nepal

Prof. Gupta's statement on the devastating earthquake and its aftershocks.


Interview with the Ubyssey

The Ubyssey sat down with UBC president Arvind Gupta as he nears the end of his first year in office.

UBC Stories


UBC Aboriginal MD program meets goal five years ahead of schedule

Long before the training wheels on her first bicycle were removed, Lee-Anna Huisman had her sights set on the road ahead.


UBC’s Centennial

The official launch of UBC’s Centennial, combined with the opening of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, will take place on September 30, 2015 - 100 years to the day since we welcomed our first class of 379 students.

****(Photo by Wilson Wong/UBC Athletics 2015 All Rights Reserved)****

State of the art baseball training facility coming to UBC

A state of the art training facility will soon be a reality for the UBC Thunderbirds baseball program and players across the Lower Mainland, thanks to an anonymous $3.5 million donation.