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Presidential Task Force – Final Update and Thank You

On January 29, 2017, I announced that we had established a task force to determine what assistance could be offered to those affected by the executive order signed by US President Trump on January 27th (“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”).  The task force was positioned to undertake a rapid […]

Statement on Sexual Assault Policy Process and Reconciliation

Last week I met with the UBC Steering Committee on Sexual Assault. In reflecting on our conversation, I thought it important to write to the UBC community to reaffirm my fundamental commitment to the prevention of sexual assault, and to the Sexual Assault Policy process. Decision-making through a trauma-informed lens, dedicated supports and resources, clear […]

UBC reinstates John Furlong as keynote speaker

UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Santa Ono announced today the reinstatement of John Furlong as the keynote speaker at the university’s 18th Annual ZLC Millennium Scholarship Breakfast on February 28, 2017. The university had previously cancelled Mr. Furlong’s keynote address. President Ono offered the following statement:  UBC and I have apologized for our handling of this […]

UBC’s Strategic Plan – seeking your input

The holiday season is a time both for reflection and for looking ahead to the future. As I reflect on UBC’s first 100 years, I am also looking ahead to UBC’s future as an eminent public research university. To help secure this future, UBC is embarking upon a comprehensive strategic planning process. Our new strategic […]

Statement on Turkey and Egypt bombings

The University of British Columbia community shares the shock and sadness felt around the world in response to the deadly attacks in Istanbul and Cairo on December 11. Our thoughts are with those whose loved ones were killed or injured, and with all the people of Turkey and Egypt. In particular, our thoughts are with […]

Statement from President Santa Ono

I am shocked and very concerned about yesterday’s assault on a student at Totem Park residence. Right now we are focused on supporting the victim and the victim’s family. We are also deeply concerned for the students who witnessed the assault or who have been affected in any other way and we are providing the help they may need. I appreciate this incident may make some of you feel anxious.

UBC welcomes our 15th President and Vice-Chancellor

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Santa Ono has been named as the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC. Dr. Ono joins us from the University of Cincinnati (UC) in Ohio, where he has served as President since 2012. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost at […]

UBC positioned as global leader in quantum materials research with $66.5-million federal government investment

UBC positioned as global leader in quantum materials research with $66.5-million federal government investment

A $66.5-million investment from the Government of Canada—the largest government investment in a single UBC research program—will enhance UBC’s standing as a global leader in quantum matter research and help connect university research with industry.

Connected by Commitment 2014-2015 Annual Report

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

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.

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

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.

President Gupta Speaks With UBC Communicators Network

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.

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

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.

Interview with the Ubyssey

Interview with the Ubyssey

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

Vancouver Sun Op-Ed: A New Era of Engagement in China

Vancouver Sun Op-Ed: A New Era of Engagement in China

Upon returning from China, UBC President Arvind Gupta writes about the nation’s unprecedented level of meaningful two-way engagement.

Pictures: UBC President’s Delegation to China
UBC and Chongqing Municipality pledge $1.1 million for student exchange

UBC and Chongqing Municipality pledge $1.1 million for student exchange

The program will support graduate and undergraduate students in pursuing short-term research or studies at UBC or in Chongqing universities.

Vancouver Sun: UBC president heads to China

Vancouver Sun: UBC president heads to China

Arvind Gupta looks to attract international students, but also to build partnerships, discuss social issues

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

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.

2015 ZLC Millennium Scholarship Breakfast

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.

President’s Message to the UBC Community on Respectful Debate

President’s Message to the UBC Community on Respectful Debate

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

President’s Twitter Town Hall

President’s Twitter Town Hall

The recap of Professor Gupta’s Jan. 29 Twitter Town Hall.

2015 President’s Awards for Staff: Call for Nominations

2015 President’s Awards for Staff: Call for Nominations

Nominate outstanding UBC staff for the President’s Service Awards for Excellence & President’s Staff Awards (Vancouver campus) Learn more.

Student Leadership Conference

Student Leadership Conference

UBC President Arvind Gupta spoke to 1,200 students today at the Student Leadership Conference, one of Canada’s largest student-run conferences. Read his speech.

The University of the 21st Century: A Catalyst for Creativity and Innovation.

The University of the 21st Century: A Catalyst for Creativity and Innovation.

Watch UBC President Arvind Gupta give a talk in a special Green College lecture series on Ideas of the University in the Early 21st Century.

Canadian Business Magazine Interview

Canadian Business Magazine Interview

UBC president Arvind Gupta on academic innovation

UBCO TV From Here Special – Arvind Gupta

UBCO TV From Here Special – Arvind Gupta

UBC’s thirteenth President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta sits down to talk about the Okanagan campus

UBC President to Establish Athletics Advisory Committee

UBC President to Establish Athletics Advisory Committee

UBC President Arvind Gupta today announced plans to establish an Advisory Committee to help strengthen UBC Athletics & Recreation.

2014 Fall Graduation Speech

2014 Fall Graduation Speech

Read UBC’s President Arvind Gupta’s address to the graduating Class of 2014

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Launch New USL Pro Team at UBC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Launch New USL Pro Team at UBC

Whitecaps FC announced the launch of Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2), the club’s USL PRO team that will begin play in the spring of 2015.

Future of Okanagan and UBC directly linked: university president

Future of Okanagan and UBC directly linked: university president

Arvind Gupta tells Chamber audience that region is integral to UBC’s success

UBC President Arvind Gupta starts men's basketball game with ceremonial jump ball

UBC Thunderbird Athletics is the most successful university program in Canada

That’s a sweeping statement, but an accurate one – and something that should make every UBC fan proud.

UBC President raises the university’s profile in India during trade mission

UBC President raises the university’s profile in India during trade mission

Arvind Gupta announces $250,000 in scholarships for Indian students, promotes student exchange and partnerships

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships

The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships present an exciting opportunity to increase support for student learning, international engagement and student accessibility at UBC.

Innovation Strategy to Boost BC’s Knowledge-Intensive Economy

Innovation Strategy to Boost BC’s Knowledge-Intensive Economy

During his October 1 keynote address to the Vancouver Board of Trade, Professor Arvind Gupta introduced a five-point innovation agenda.

Canadian diamond pioneer donates $9.1 million for Alzheimer’s research

Canadian diamond pioneer donates $9.1 million for Alzheimer’s research

The University of British Columbia’s quest to understand and treat Alzheimer’s disease is being bolstered intellectually and technologically.

New president pledges to boost UBC research excellence

New president pledges to boost UBC research excellence

New President Arvind Gupta urged the university community to build on the efforts of past leaders that helped make UBC one of the top 25 public universities in the world.

Installation Ceremony

Installation Ceremony

Watch the Installation Ceremony of Professor Gupta as UBC’s 13th President and Vice Chancellor.

New president welcomes largest ever first-year class

New president welcomes largest ever first-year class

UBC is set to welcome more than 8,000 first-year students this fall.

New scholarship would strengthen Canada

New scholarship would strengthen Canada

UBC President Arvind Gupta proposes a national exchange program as a way to reinforce Canadian identity in a submission to The Globe and Mail.