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.


Connected by Commitment 2014-2015 Annual Report

I am pleased to share the University of British Columbia’s Connected by Commitment 2014-2015 Annual Report.


Vancouver Sun: B.C. shows fastest growth attracting university research dollars

B.C.’s research universities are showing the fastest growth in the country in federal research funding and are now second only to Quebec in per capita funding, the Research Universities Council of British Columbia has found.

Photo credit: City of Surrey

Meeting with Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner

Today UBC President Arvind Gupta and Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner met to discuss transit, the regional economy, the Innovation Boulevard initiative and ways UBC can strengthen our connection with communities across the province.

UBC Stories


HIV/AIDS: The work is far from finished

UBC and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) will welcome more than 6,000 of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS experts to Vancouver next week for the 8th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention.


UBC athletes participating in the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games

A Canadian record holder, field hockey siblings and one of the country's top young swimmers are among the UBC Thunderbird athletes who will participate in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.


Renowned quantum physicist joins UBC from Harvard as new Canada Excellence Research Chair

UBC welcomed quantum physicist Jennifer Hoffman today as its newest Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC).

Health Promotion 2015June

Health and sustainability promotion top priorities in Okanagan Charter

A new international charter was signed today by universities and colleges from around the world committed to bringing health promotion and sustainability into all their policies and practices.