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Statement from Professor Ono on UBC’s commitment to Indigenous people and communities

On behalf of the University of British Columbia, I want to extend my condolences to the family of Colten Boushie. I also acknowledge that the events surrounding the trial and verdict have caused considerable distress for many Indigenous people, including our faculty, staff and students, and many others. At the University of British Columbia, we […]

Prof. Anne Gorsuch, Deputy to the President: University Affairs.

Prof. Anne Gorsuch, Deputy to the President: University Affairs.

Prof. Anne Gorsuch serves as Deputy to the President: University Affairs. She provides high-level strategic support and advice for the President, working closely with other senior administrators, deans, faculty, and students to support the development and implementation of academic strategy. She also facilitates communication between UBC Faculties, Departments and the President’s Office. Prof. Gorsuch is committed to […]

Thank you to VP Finance Search Committee

On behalf of the Board of Governors and the UBC community, I would like to thank the members of our Search Committee for the Vice President of Finance role.  The committee has completed a rigorous recruitment and selection process for this vitally important role.  Here are the members: •    Joaquin Acevedo, UBC Student (Vancouver) •   […]

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.

Prof. Stephen Toope receives top honour from United Way

Prof. Stephen Toope receives top honour from United Way

UBC President Professor Stephen Toope was presented with the United Way President’s Award of Distinction at the 2014 Scotiabank and United Way Community Spirit Awards.

W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz (Vintage Canada, 2001)

W.G. Sebald, Austerlitz (Vintage Canada, 2001)

A world masterpiece, in my view.  Sebald was a German academic who spent most of his career in the United Kingdom, where he grew tired of the rigidities of scholarly writing and turned himself into one of the most innovative “creative” writers in the English language.  Austerlitz contains strong narrative flow but is also part […]

UBC Sports Review

UBC Sports Review

Today I want to announce several new steps we are taking in response to feedback on the sport review, to confirm how vital this review is to the future of UBC Athletics and why, and to set the record straight on several fronts.

International education… starts at home

International education… starts at home

Click here to read the speech I gave today to close the Canadian Bureau for International Education 2013 Conference.

Department of Athletics and Recreation Review

Department of Athletics and Recreation Review

I would like to clarify misinformation that is being circulated regarding the future of UBC’s sports teams.

Attacks at UBC’s Vancouver campus

Today UBC joined the RCMP for a press conference that revealed new, disturbing information about the spate of sexual assaults on our Vancouver campus.

Connected by Commitment 2012-2013 Annual Report

Connected by Commitment 2012-2013 Annual Report

Data meets deity. What is the data behind our feelings about religion? Find out in the Annual Report.

UBC Okanagan’s Hangar centre takes health and fitness to new heights

UBC Okanagan’s Hangar centre takes health and fitness to new heights

I was thrilled to participate in the official opening of the newest building at the UBC Okanagan campus — a fitness and wellness centre that meets a tremendous need for the university community. The $4.1-million Hangar Fitness & Wellness Centre will provide space to serve the fitness needs of more than 8,000 students, and over […]

Address to the Vancouver Board of Trade

Address to the Vancouver Board of Trade

Prof. Toope urges increased investment in B.C. postsecondary education

Update: UBC responds to Rumana Monzur attack

Following on my message of June 15, 2011, I am writing with further news about our student Ms Rumana Monzur. The most recent news about Ms Monzur’s health is distressing. Ms Monzur’s eye injuries have been assessed at two top flight facilities in India.  Doctors at  Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai and at the Aravind Eye […]

Message to the Community from the UBC President

I am writing with deep sadness to share with you the news of the brutal attack on our graduate student Ms Rumana Monzur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Ms Monzur is completing a Master’s degree in Political Science at our Vancouver campus.  She returned home to visit her family and friends, as well as her colleagues at […]

2011 President’s Service Awards for Excellence

2011 President’s Service Awards for Excellence

Nominations are invited for the 2011 President’s Service Award for Excellence

What is the President reading?

An avid reader, Stephen Toope created a list of the books he is currently enjoying. With an update provided every few months, Professor Toope invites you to review his current and past selections. Please visit the What is the President Reading? section on this website to find the list of titles.

Lunar new year luncheon 2011

Lunar new year luncheon 2011

On 18 January Professor Toope joined members of the UBC community for the annual Lunar New Year Luncheon.

UBC’s president announces a new entrance scholarship

UBC’s president announces a new entrance scholarship

UBC celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong and its expanded efforts in the region with a new scholarship.

Modern Green-UBC strategic partnership

Modern Green-UBC strategic partnership

Modern Green has entered into a strategic partnership with UBC and the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS).

UBC and The Nippon Foundation launch $13 million research program

UBC and The Nippon Foundation launch $13 million research program

On 6 December UBC and The Nippon Foundation launched a nine-year research program focused on the world’s oceans.

Recent Inside Higher Ed opinion editoral by Professor Toope

Prof. Toope’s recent opinion editorial on global challenges and organizational-ethical dilemmas of universities appeared in Inside Higher Ed on 5 December 2010. The op/ed is archived under Speeches and Op/Eds on the President’s website.

UBC applauds decision to extend infrastructure deadline

UBC applauds decision to extend infrastructure deadline

The Prime Minister announced today the decision to extend the deadline for completion of federally funded infrastructure projects.

Celebrating Achievement: The Blue and Gold Review 2010

Celebrating Achievement: The Blue and Gold Review 2010

UBC President Stephen Toope hosted the 4th annual Celebrating Achievement: The Blue and Gold Review on 29 November 2010

President’s Letter to Maclean’s Magazine

President’s Letter to Maclean’s Magazine

Professor Toope’s letter to the editor of Maclean’s magazine, in response to the recent article titled, ‘Too Asian’?

David C. Lam

Statement from President Professor Stephen J. Toope on the death of David C. Lam

President’s Letters to the University Community

Professor Stephen Toope issued two letters to the UBC community on 25 November 2010.

UBC-IIT Delhi Agreement Renewed

UBC-IIT Delhi Agreement Renewed

Professor Toope renewed a longstanding student mobility agreement between UBC and IIT Delhi.

FICCI Higher Education Summit Address

FICCI Higher Education Summit Address

Professor Stephen Toope addressed the Higher Education Summit on 11 November 2010.

2010 Fall Congregation

2010 Fall Congregation

Members of the UBC Vancouver campus and guest are currently celebrating Fall Congregation.

UBC, Max Planck Society Formalize Partnership

UBC, Max Planck Society Formalize Partnership

The University of British Columbia recently forged a formal partnership with the Max Planck Society.

Renewed Mobility Agreement for HKU and UBC

Renewed Mobility Agreement for HKU and UBC

Professor Tsui and Professor Toope signed a renewed mobility agreement between the two institutions.

University rankings key tool in recruiting foreign students

The strong reputation and global relevance of Canadian universities continues to make UBC a clear choice for international students.

2010 President's Town Hall Meetings

2010 President's Town Hall Meetings

The 2010 Town Hall meetings were recently held at the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses

Professor Toope is Co-Chair of the 2010 United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign

The United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet for 2010 will be Co-Chaired by Stephen Toope and Kevin Layden.

2010 UBC United Way Campaign Kick-Off

2010 UBC United Way Campaign Kick-Off

The UBC United Way 2010 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast took place on Monday 20 September.

2010 President's Staff Awards Presented

2010 President's Staff Awards Presented

The President’s Staff Awards were presented to seven members of the UBC Vancouver campus community on 21 September.

2010 address to the Vancouver Board of Trade

2010 address to the Vancouver Board of Trade

Professor Toope addressed the Vancouver Board of Trade on the topic of helping BC companies enter the global market.

TES article features comments by Professor Toope

An 11 September 2010 article in Times Higher Education features comments by Professor Toope.

Don’t swallow these innovation nostrums

Canada’s economy continues to outperform those of its G8 partners, despite reports that warned of its innovation gaps and lagging productivity.

Minister Clement visits UBC for a roundtable on innovation and commercialization

Minister Clement visits UBC for a roundtable on innovation and commercialization

Professor Toope recently chaired a Roundtable on Innovation and Commercialization.

O Canada

Stephen Toope and Neil Gross wrote an opinion editiorial on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s appointment of David Johnston, an academic, to be Canada’s next governor general. Titled O Canada, it originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed.

President's 2010 Campus Town Hall Events

The UBC community is invited to attend a UBC Town Hall Event. For locations and times in Kelowna and Vancouver, please refer to the Town Hall Event  section of this website. This information will also be available under  the Latest Information – Heads Up Group section.

APRU 14th Annual Presidents Meeting

Professor Toope addressed the APRU 14th Annual Presidents Meeting on 1 July 2010.

Heads Up Meeting: June 15, 2010

Heads Up Meeting: June 15, 2010

Professor Stephen Toope addressed the June 15, 2010 meeting of the HEADS UP group.

UBC President's spring 2010 address to graduates

UBC President's spring 2010 address to graduates

The University of British Columbia’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses concluded Spring 2010 graduation ceremonies on Friday, June 11, 2010. Please see Professor Toope’s 2010 Spring Congregation address, which is also archived under Speeches on this web site.

UBC Board re-appoints Toope to second term

UBC Board re-appoints Toope to second term

The Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia has reappointed Professor Stephen J. Toope to a second term of five years as President and Vice-Chancellor. For further details, please visit the Public Affairs website.

UBC’s Okanagan campus to double in size

UBC’s Okanagan campus to double in size

The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus will soon double its land area, as the UBC Board of Governors today approved the $8.78-million purchase of 103.6 ha. (256 acres) of North Glenmore farmland from the City of Kelowna. Please refer to the press release for further details.

Mr. Rick Mercer received an honorary degree at Spring Congregation (photo by Martin Dee)

2010 Spring Congregation

  The UBC Vancouver campus is currently celebrating its 2010 Spring Congregation. For more details, please see the Congregation schedule.

Proposed Provincial Legislation Announced (Bill 20)

On April 29th, the Government of B.C. introduced legislation that will positively impact UBC’s Vancouver campus. May 13, 2010 President’s Statement on UBC Farm and Bill 20 To respond directly to those who have raised concerns that legislation moving land use control from the Metro Vancouver regional government to the Province will imperil the UBC […]

United Way of the Lower Mainland

Professor Toope assumed the Cabinet Campaign co-chair role for 2010.

G8 University Summit

G8 University Summit

Professor Stephen Toope, with Dr. Indiria Samarasekara from the University of Alberta, co-hosted the Summit attended by university representation from the G8 and G20 countries, resulting in a Statement of Action.

President’s Statement on UBC Farm and Bill 20

To respond directly to those who have raised concerns that legislation moving land use control from the Metro Vancouver regional government to the Province will imperil the UBC Farm, I must be crystal clear that the opposite is in fact the case.

UBC’s Economic Impact

Professor Toope spoke at the September 29, 2009 Vancouver Board of Trade meeting about UBC’s $10 billion economic impact. To review his comments, see his speech and the study upon which it is based.

UBC and the Global Financial Turmoil

Read the messages updating the UBC community on this. 23 March 2009 11 February 2009 15 December 2008 26 November 2008

Respectful Debate

UBC President and Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Toope addresses the university community in a March 3 letter (PDF).

Amid Austerity, a Boost for Higher Education

Amid Austerity, a Boost for Higher Education

The 2010 budget of the Government of Canada has struck a difficult balance in difficult times.

UBC’s Balanced Budgets for 2010‐11

UBC’s Balanced Budgets for 2010‐11

UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses should enter fiscal 2010-11 with balanced operating budgets.

President’s Message on Haiti

President’s Message on Haiti

UBC responds to the earthquake in Haiti with the Help Heal Haiti fundraiser on 22 January 2010.