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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