Speeches & Announcements

Freedom of Expression Matters: Join the Conversation
November 9, 2017
As follow-up to my September 5th letter to the UBC community, I received a draft statement on freedom of expression from an internal working group convened by Professor Neil Guppy, Senior Advisor to the Provosts on Academic Freedom. The working group, comprising ten faculty and staff members, worked through several iterations of a statement.  Input […]


UBC’s Next Century — the next phase of engagement
September 28, 2017
September 28, 2017 Dear members of the UBC community: I am pleased to confirm that we are now entering the next phase of UBC’s strategic planning process. Over the last few months we have conducted a series of events and consultation activities: from open houses on our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, and other learning and […]


Imagine UBC 2017
September 5, 2017
Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, UBC Vancouver (Click here to see a video of the speech) Thank you! Well, I’ve been waiting for today for several months. People have been working really hard trying to choose you. As you probably know, there are about 30,000 people who applied to this institution to have the privilege […]


Looking ahead to 2017-18

Dear members of the UBC community: Welcome back for the start of the 2017/18 academic year. I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the summer. Today, UBC is welcoming thousands of new and returning students to our campuses and learning sites. As we embrace the energy and excitement that comes with this, I […]


Times Higher Education World Academic Summit 2017
September 4, 2017
Modern graduates: citizens of the world or citizens of nowhere? Topic of this panel is one that is very pertinent to the University of British Columbia. What is the role of a major research university in an increasing connected world? What is our obligation – to our community, to our region, to the world? No […]


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