Executive Brief

Dean, Faculty of Education
The University of British Columbia

July 2021

About the University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global research centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university. UBC is home to over 65,000 students on two main campuses. Students are supported by over 17,000 faculty and staff members across UBC’s campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna. UBC’s operates on an annual budget of over $2.8 billion, and the University received $670 million in research funding for 9,900 projects in 2019/2020. 

Since 1915, UBC’s motto Tuum Est (It is Yours), has been a declaration of their commitment to attracting and supporting those who have the drive to shape a better world. As a result, UBC students, faculty and staff continue to embrace innovation and challenge the status quo, placing UBC at the forefront of discovery, learning and engagement.

UBC Vancouver is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. The land it is situated on has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site. 

UBC Strategic Plan 

UBC’s 2018-2028 strategic plan Shaping UBC’s Next Century was launched at a time of renewal, as the University embarks on its next century as a leading public university. Shaping UBC’s Next Century sets out their collective vision and purpose, as well as their goals and strategies for the years ahead. 

The University’s vision, to inspire people, ideas, and actions for a better world, is supported by ten goals in the strategic plan, along with three thematic areas: Inclusion, Collaboration and Innovation. The plan describes the strong connections between these themes and the core areas that continue to define what UBC does as a public university: People and Places, Research Excellence, Transformative Learning and Local and Global Engagement. It also emphasizes their enduring focus on academic excellence and on Indigenous engagement, sustainability and wellbeing. 

To view the full strategic plan, Shaping UBC's Next Century, click on the image below.

UBC Campuses

As one of the world’s top research universities, the University of British Columbia has created positive change at home and abroad for more than a century. UBC’s two main campuses—in Vancouver and in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley—attract, nurture and transform more than 65,000 students from Canada and 140+ countries around the world.

Also in Vancouver, UBC Robson Square is a vibrant learning centre at the heart of downtown, the UBC Learning Exchange is a community engagement initiative based in Vancouver's downtown Eastside and UBC's Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus is located in mount Pleasant. UBC also provides clinical education to Faculty of Medicine students at 80+ training sites across British Columbia. In addition, UBC's Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong and Liaison Office in New Delhi in India, facilitate teaching and research partnerships and support alumni engagement.

Vancouver Campus

Vancouver Campus

Okanagan Campus

Okanagan Campus

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