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.

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.

Canada Mexico Forum

UBC Hosts First Canada-Mexico Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research

“I’m proud that UBC is partnering on this initiative and we are committed to acting as a catalyst for spurring greater Canada-Mexico engagement,” said UBC President Arvind Gupta.

Communicators Networks 2015May28

President Gupta Speaks With UBC Communicators Network

On May 28, 2015, Professor Arvind Gupta spoke with communications staff about his vision and asked the group for ideas on how to promote effective two-way communication at UBC.

UBC Stories


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.


UBC scientists receive nearly $33M in NSERC funding

Scientists across an array of faculties at UBC will receive a combined total of $32.7 million in grants, fellowships and scholarships, NSERC announced today.


UBC Rowing Legend Enters Hall of Fame

Frank Read inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame