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 Place and Promise:  The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2011/2012 Place and Promise:  The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2011/2012
f Introduction 3
Letter from the Board Chair and President 4
Institutional Overview 5
Governance 6
Strategic Direction 7
Vision 7
Values 7
Commitments 8
Planning and Operational Context 9
Trends in Education 9
Challenges 10
Goals, Actions and Results 11
UBC- Selected Facts 12
Student Learning 14
Research Excellence 35
Community Engagement 43
Aboriginal Engagement 49
Alumni Engagement 57
Intercultural Understanding 63
International Engagement 72
Outstanding Work Environment 78
Sustainability 85
Alignment with Ministry Goals 95
Ministry Indicators 99
Financial Information 102
UBC Vancouver
UBC Okanagan
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Professor Stephen J. Toope, President and Vice-Chancellor
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P/ace and Promise: The UBC Plan was launched in December 2009.
Now entering its third year, the plan continues to provide strategic
direction across the university.
This report also incorporates the annual Institutional Accountability Plan and Report as required by
the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education.
A web based report, this annual survey covers the highlights of the past year and provides links to
further detail for each of the commitments of Place and Promise so the reader may quickly jump to
specific plans and contacts for follow up.
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Letter from the Board Chair
and President
20 July 2012
• The Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of Advanced Education
• UBC students, faculty, staff and alumni
• Our communities, local, national and global
We are pleased to submit Place and Promise: The UBC Plan Annual report for 2011 /12, as approved
by the Board of Governors. This report also includes the 2012/13 - 2014/15 Institutional
Accountability planning and reporting requirements of the Ministry of Advanced Education.
UBC is recognized as a globally influential research university; a leader in innovation; a destination of
choice for outstanding graduate students from around the world; and a university that provides a
challenging and enriching undergraduate experience for British Columbian, national and international
students.  It closely supports the Ministry's key goals for excellent public post-secondary education,
and outstanding research and innovation.
UBC completed Place and Promise, its strategic plan, in December 2009. This plan frames the
progress of the university over the next decade or so and integrates academic priorities, budget
process, endowment management, campus planning and other initiatives to create an environment
that allows UBC to excel in diverse ways.  UBC continues to operate in a fiscally constrained
environment and has now completed a process that fully aligns priorities with the budget model.
Exploration and development of additional sources of funding beyond the provincial envelope
through Federal government support, partnerships with industry and private philanthropy continues
to be a focus.  Innovation in education and research, contribution to economic and social
development, and meeting the needs of an educated workforce continue as priorities.
As Board Chair and President, we accept responsibility for this Annual Report.
Yours sincerely,
Bill Levine
Chair, Board of Governors
Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice-Chancellor
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Institutional Overview
The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, is the third largest university in
Canada, educating a student population of 50,000 - including more than 6,000 international students
- on major campuses in two cities and at sites across the Province.  It holds an international
reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning, offering innovative undergraduate,
graduate and professional programs.  UBC consistently ranks among the two most influential
universities in Canada and is in the world's leading 30.
UBC is a publicly supported comprehensive university, employing over 19,500 faculty and staff and
more than 6,500 students. Approximately 5,000 alumni have chosen to work here. With a total
economic impact of $10 billion and over 39,700 jobs, UBC contributes strongly to the economy of the
province and Canada. (See http://www.pair.ubc.ca/reports/Economiclmpact2009.pdf.)
UBC's two main campuses are situated in Vancouver on the Point Grey Peninsula and in Kelowna (the
Okanagan campus).  In addition, UBC has a downtown presence in Vancouver at UBC Robson Square
and at the Great Northern Way (GNW) campus, located just southeast of the downtown Vancouver
core. The latter is a collaboration between UBC, Simon Fraser University, Emily Carr University of
Art and Design, and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Building on its historical ties, its commitment to the Asia Pacific Region, and its focus on study and
research related to Asia, UBC has maintained an Asia Pacific regional office in the central district of
Hong Kong since 2005.
UBC is unique among British Columbia's post-secondary institutions because it has a Faculty of
Medicine, through which it provides a distributed learning model for its medical program, partnering
with its Okanagan campus, the University of Victoria, the University of Northern BC, and with health
care facilities across BC. The faculty attracts a significant proportion of the University's research
funding, and medical research is responsible for a number of commercialization opportunities that
have led to patents and spinoff companies.  UBC ranks among the top 10 universities in North
America for commercial activity in the biosciences.
The University offers resources for every academic and extracurricular interest, including the third
largest research library in Canada, the Museum of Anthropology (Canada's largest teaching museum),
one of the world's largest sub-atomic particle accelerators, three superb concert halls, a
contemporary art gallery, botanical gardens, and a full complement of theatre, music and athletics
As a national and international research leader, UBC is committed to the discovery of knowledge and
the enhancement of understanding, as well as to the expression, preservation and dissemination of
knowledge and culture.  UBC has strong core values:  advancing and sharing knowledge; free inquiry
and scholarly responsibility; educating students to the highest standards; fulfilling its promises and
ensuring open, respectful relationships; respecting all members of its communities; and working
within the wider community to enhance societal good.
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UBC's two major campuses are governed by a single Board of Governors, a President, and two
Senates (one at each campus) whose activities are coordinated by a Council of Senates.
Board of Governors
UBC's Board of Governors is comprised of 21 members:
11 appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council (two are nominated by the UBC Alumni Association)
3 elected by faculty    (1 Okanagan, 2 Vancouver)
3 elected by Students (1 Okanagan, 2 Vancouver)
2 elected by fulltime non-faculty employees (1 Okanagan, 1 Vancouver)
1 Chancellor
1 President
By legislation, the Board is responsible for the management, administration and control of the
property, revenue, business and affairs of the University, including the appointment of senior
officials and faculty on the recommendation of the President.
Under the terms of the University Act, academic governance is vested in the Senate, whose powers
to determine all questions relating to the academic and other qualifications required of
applicants for admission as students to the University or to any faculty and to determine in which
faculty the students pursuing a course of study must register;
to consider, approve and recommend to the Board the revision of courses of study, instruction
and education in all faculties and departments of the University;
to provide for and to grant degrees, including honorary degrees, diplomas and certificates of
proficiency, except in theology;
to recommend to the Board the establishment or discontinuance of any faculty, department,
course of instruction, chair, fellowship, scholarship, exhibition, bursary or prize;
to determine the members of the teaching and administrative staffs who are to be members of
each faculty.
UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan each have an autonomous senate.  Coordination between Senates
is achieved by the Council of Senates, which has the mandate to act on any matter brought forward
by either the Vancouver or Okanagan Senate.
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Strategic Direction
As one of the world's
leading universities,
The University of
British Columbia
creates an exceptional
learning environment
that fosters global
citizenship, advances a
civil and sustainable
society, and supports
outstanding research to
serve the people of
British Columbia,
Canada, and the world.
Academic Freedom
The University is independent and cherishes
and defends free inquiry and scholarly
Advancing and Sharing Knowledge
The University supports scholarly pursuits that
contribute to new knowledge and
understanding, and seeks every opportunity to
share them broadly.
The University, through its students, faculty,
staff, and alumni, strives for excellence, and
educates students to the highest standards.
The University acts with integrity, fulfilling
promises and ensuring open, respectful
Mutual Respect and Equity
The University values and respects all
members of its communities, each of whom
individually and collaboratively makes a
contribution to create, strengthen and enrich
our learning environment.
Public Interest
The University embodies the highest standards
of service and stewardship of resources and
works within the wider community to enhance
societal good.
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Student Learning
The University actively
supports students in their
learning experience
through transformative
teaching, research, and
rewarding campus life.
Research Excellence
The University creates and
advances new knowledge
and understanding,
improves the quality of
life through the discovery,
dissemination, and
application of research
across a wide range of
Community Engagement
The University serves and
engages society to
enhance economic, social,
and cultural well-being.
Aboriginal Engagement
The University engages Aboriginal people in mutually supportive
and productive relationships, and works to integrate
understandings of indigenous culture and history into its
curriculum and operations.
Alumni Engagement
The University engages its alumni fully in the life of the
institution as valued supporters, advocates, and lifelong learners
who contribute to and benefit from connections to each other
and to the University.
Intercultural Understanding
The University engages in reflection and action to build
intercultural aptitudes, create a strong sense of inclusion, and
enrich our intellectual and social life.
International Engagement
The University creates rich opportunities for international
engagement for students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and
collaborates and communicates globally.
Outstanding Work Environment
The University provides a fulfilling environment in which to
work, learn, and live, that reflects our values and encourages
the open exchange of ideas and opinions.
The University explores and exemplifies all aspects of economic,
environmental, and social sustainability.
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Planning and Operational
Trends in Education
The following table shows some of the trends evident in higher education today that affect UBC.
Examples throughout this report demonstrate UBC's responses to these trends.
UBC's Response
Declining college entry age
population in BC
Adjust recruitment strategies to attract and retain the
brightest students from across Canada; move to broad-
based admissions.
Domestic population equipped with
training from BC post-secondary
institutes will meet only half of the
needed skilled/educated labor in
Increase options for completion of course requirements,
including part time studies, distance learning and
continuing education; fulfill provincial government's plan
to dramatically increase international student enrolment.
Student Mobility - national and
National recruitment strategy, established in 2007 has
increased direct-entry student enrolment from other
Canadian jurisdictions.
The International Student Initiative (ISI) recruits
outstanding international students in undergraduate
degree, diploma, and post-baccalaureate programs.
Go Global develops and facilitates international learning
opportunities for UBC students through academic
exchange, group study programs, research and service
Continue developing strategic partnerships with
international universities.
Competition for faculty
Ensure understanding of key issues in recruitment and put
in place mitigating strategies. Two examples recently
implemented are a significantly improved housing loan
program and a faculty relocation office.
Massification globally (increase in
student enrolment)
Ensure international strategies are in place to handle
increased demand.
Investing in environment, economy
and social justice
Continue to emphasize sustainability initiatives that
integrate teaching, learning and research opportunities;
drive operational decisions; and build on partnerships and
Some high schools are moving to a
trimester system
UBC is expanding its summer use of campus.
Advances in
How People
Increasing use of technology,
studies identifying how people
Keep abreast of changes and incorporate into teaching as
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Develop collaborative partnerships
with other universities,
government, public and private
UBC as a Living Laboratory concept has created industry
and community partnerships that address leading issues
facing our communities; growing partnerships with civil
society organizations re: community service and public
Knowledge development
Entrepreneurship@UBC helps researchers take their
discoveries from the lab into everyday solutions.
The Peter Wall Solutions Initiative seeks more active
knowledge transfer into our wider communities.
The key challenges facing UBC include:
UBC's Response
Climate and
Balancing the budget
UBC has again submitted a structurally balanced budget,
having made significant savings in administrative
functions through restructuring and reengineering
systems. This will be monitored carefully going forward,
particularly in light of no increase to the provincial
funding for 2012/13.
Changing employment patterns
Implemented strategies to retain and recruit first choice
applicants; continue to implement "Focus on People:
Workplace Practices at UBC", now entering its fifth year.
Need for BC to build a stronger
knowledge-based economy
Expand and amplify UBC's innovation strategy through
multiple initiatives including UBC as a Living Lab,
entrepreneurship@UBC, industry-friendly engagement
processes and IP policies, partnership with the City of
Vancouver and the Province on economic development
Admissions procedures
An admissions best practice review was completed and
recommendations are being implemented. These include
broad based admissions; assigning each undergraduate
student an enrolment specialist; and creating a learning
plan for each student.
Competing on
the Global
Attracting the best students and
Recruitment strategies are in place for local, national
and international recruitment.
Partnerships and collaborations
A new strategic plan for Research is being implemented
and the International Engagement strategy is in its final
consultation phase.
The Research and International portfolio continues to
identify and develop key areas for partnerships and
collaborations, such as the new partnership with the
Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
in Access
Financial barriers
Policy 72 states no eligible student will be prevented
from commencing or continuing his/her studies for
financial reasons.
Student scholarships and bursaries have increased.
Physical barriers
A multi-year program of phased access upgrades is
underway at the Vancouver campus; the Okanagan
Campus has an inclusive campus initiative in place.
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Goals, Actions and Results
Goals, Actions and Results
Place and Promise: The UBC
Plan is set up around nine
commitments as described
earlier in this report. The
following pages provide a high
level look and selected
examples of the results related
to our goals and actions.  Links
to more detailed information
about each commitment are
included in the summary table
at the end of the report.  In
addition, the link to the Ministry
goals is included.
Read the Highlights:
UBC Selected Facts
Student Learning
Research Excellence
Community Engagement
Aboriginal Engagement
Alumni Engagement
Intercultural Understanding
International Engagement
Outstanding Work
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UBC - Selected Facts
Background Data
Year - UBC
Students (Full and Part time #, as at Oct 31, 2011)
Baccalaureate full time
Baccalaureate part time
Post baccalaureate full time
Post baccalaureate part time
Non degree program full time
Non degree program part time
Masters full time
Masters part time
Doctoral full time
Faculty/Staff (as at Oct 31, 2011)
o    Professorial Ranks
o    Lecturers/lnstructors(teaching only)
o    Term Faculty: Sessional full time
o    Term Faculty: Sessional part time
o    Term Faculty:  Other full time
o    Term Faculty:  Other part time
-     Staff (FTE)
Undergrad : Grad
Student : Faculty
-     Staff : Faculty (FTE)
# Aboriginal student spaces
(UBC Total)
# u/g students in community engagement activities
Overall Voluntary turnover rates
o    Faculty
o    M&P
(UBC Total)
# international graduate students
# highly cited staff (Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU
(UBC Total)
# Alumni contacts
(UBC Total)
GHG/Student FTE reduction from 2007 baseline
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Background Data
Year - UBC
Library Holdings - physical volumes
Library Holdings - e-books
cIRcle (institutional repository) - # items
(UBC Total)
Total space (nasm)
o    Academic
o    Informal Student Space
o    Non Academic
Expenses and Revenues
Total Revenue
% government grants and contracts
(UBC Total)
Total expenses
% salaries and benefits
(UBC Total)
Fundraising - total $'s raised
(UBC Total)
Endowment market value (as at Mar 31, 2012)
(UBC Total)
See also Ministry indicators
For further UBC details, see:  http://www.pair.ubc.ca/statistics/index.htm
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Student Learning
The University provides the opportunity for transformative student learning through
outstanding teaching and research, enriched educational experiences and rewarding campus
UBC has a long tradition of promoting innovative approaches to learning and teaching, including using
technology to extend and enhance the learning environment.   A key innovation engine leveraged by
the University since 1991 is the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund, which involves an annual
funding competition enabling academic departments, individual faculty members and students to
apply for project funding to support innovative formal and informal learning experiences.
A well-known innovation supported by this fund is WebCT, the virtual learning environment software
invented in 1996 by Murray Goldberg in the Computer Science Department, which continues to
influence educational delivery world-wide.  UBC was an early adopter of this technology and it
provides a strong base platform for engaging students and managing course content delivery. The
University is currently in the process of migrating its courses into the latest version of the software
offered by Blackboard, the company that eventually purchased WebCT.
The Carl Wieman Science Education initiative (CWSEI) is a multi-year project that is focused on
dramatically improving undergraduate science education.  It:
• establishes what students should learn;
• determines what students are actually learning; and
• suggests research-based improvement of student learning.
The CWSEI looks in part to technology as a way of improving effectiveness and efficiency along with
enhancing communication to allow improved understanding of student progress, difficulties and
provide more effective guidance.  Faculty are supported in advancing understanding and use of
measurable learning goals for their courses.
The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology is a result of a recent merger of the Centre for
Teaching and Academic Growth (including the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning)
and the Office of Learning Technology, intended to have an impact that is "larger than the sum of its
constituent parts".  In addition, it positions the Centre as the university steward of learning
technology initiatives, facilitating partnerships and identifying enterprise-based approaches to
supporting curriculum with appropriate technologies.
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The new Centre brings together teams that have largely concentrated on supporting innovation at
the course or individual scale (e.g. support development of a distance course, an innovative teaching
approach in a course, advance practice of individual faculty members) and expands that work to
engage more broadly across curricular contexts, often through developing new partnerships with
Faculties where seconded faculty members work on curriculum-related initiatives. A new team,
Strategic Curriculum Services has been launched that will broker new partnerships and support
Faculty-level projects.
Recruitment and Retention
Students are drawn to UBC for a variety of reasons, including its role as a globally recognized
research and teaching institution.  Recruitment is done through visits to high schools, through the
website with its self-tours, through faculty and researchers talking about UBC, and through targeted
campaigns across Canada and internationally.
A new Admission Process, including Broad Based Admissions and the use of technology to develop a
learning plan, is underway. The Student Interactions Transformation Program (SITP) comprises a
number of linked technology-related projects that seek to transform our interactions with students
to ensure they support, enhance, and facilitate a transformative student learning environment.  By
linking projects such as the Learning Management System Upgrade, Online Advising Management
System, Early Alert, Student Evaluation of Teaching, Broad Based Admission, etc. into a coherent
program, the various partners are able to work together, see connections, share innovations and
lessons learned and to have consistency in our approach across the individual initiatives. The
program goals are to:
Foster excellent advising practices
Build student-centric enrolment services
Facilitate enriched educational experiences
Support a transformative learning environment
Improve student communications
Promote student well-being
Emmy Chahal, First Year Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Gender
and Women's Studies
"I didn't expect to fall in love with UBCO. But I did, when I least expected to. During orientation,
Hey Ocean played a concert in the sunshine on the green grass of the commons. Something
extraordinary happened.
"Nestled in the middle of the crowd, students threw their arms around each other, the circle growing
until hundreds of students held each other, swaying to the music as they embarked on a new
chapter. In that moment, I knew I was in the right place. I knew I had chosen the right road.
"We are the most privileged people in the world and I say that with humility. I try to remember that
for me, the stars lined up, everything worked out and I am so fortunate to be studying at UBC's
Okanagan campus. I feel truly lucky."
Amanda Cheong, Fourth Year Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Sociology
'The opportunity to study abroad through the Go Global program drew me to UBC. With
Europe as my classroom, I gained an appreciation for taking my learning beyond the lecture
hall and into the proverbial real world. This has informed my desire to effect positive social
change through scholarly inquiry ever since, through opportunities provided by the UBC Arts
Undergraduate Research Award, Community Service Learning, Student Directed Seminars,
and the Honours Sociology Program."
"I am grateful that I go to a university that places great emphasis not only on academic
learning, but also on the need for students to channel their knowledge and skills into
contributing back to their local and global communities."
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Last fall, the International Student Initiative (ISI) recruiting staff from both campuses visited schools
and carried out other recruiting activities in more than 70 countries, in Asia, Europe, Africa, the
Middle East, and throughout the Americas.  Within the US, ISI visited schools, participated in college
fairs and held information sessions in some 45 different US cities in 15 different States, including
Hawaii and Alaska.  ISI also visited local schools and colleges in BC and across Canada that enrol
international visa students and provided a full slate of on-campus recruitment activities, including
hosting student-led campus tours six days a week for approximately 10,000 prospective students and
One program underway to assist students with disabilities is the UBC Vancouver Access Fund, used to
cover extraordinary costs associated with the provision of disability related accommodations, such as
specialized exam arrangements, alternate format materials, note taking, interpreting, captioning,
use of specialized equipment, etc. The fund provided $827,000, including $160,000 from provincial
and federal funding, to offset these costs.
Recruitment (% registered to total applicants)
2011/12         2010/11
- # applicants
- % registrations
27,613              26,640
23.2%                23.2%
Masters Students
- # applicants
- % registrations
Doctoral Students
- # applicants
- % registrations
Student Awards
Students can receive awards through university bursaries and scholarships and through government
awards and student loan programs. Both needs based and merit awards are made. Further details
are available here.
UBC Arts Co-op Student Wins National Recognition
Sophia Kim, a third year Economics and International Relations
student from the Faculty of Arts, has been recognized as one of the
nation's best co-op students by CAFCE (Canadian Association For Cooperative Education). Sophia was awarded an honourable mention for
her work term at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Canada, where she undertook what her supervisor described as "an
ambitious research project examining the economic impact of treaties
on First Nations in British Columbia." Sophia produced and presented
a report to colleagues in Treaties and Aboriginal Government -
Negotiations West, where her findings sparked debate about the
treaty system as it relates to economic development. Read more
about Sophia's award-winning work term here.
In addition, each faculty provide specific awards and these are listed on their websites. An example
is the College of Health Disciplines Awards and Scholarships, which awards as listed here:
• BC Health Association Legacy Award
• Cedar Lodge Endowment Fund
• Excellence in Interprofessional Education Teaching Award
• First Nations Health Sciences Scholarship
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Jessie Gordon McCarthy Memorial Scholarship
John F. McCreary Prize
John H. V. Gilbert Interprofessional Scholarship
Harold F. & Anne Bedner Uphill Scholarship in Health Sciences
Outstanding Leadership in Advancing Interprofessional Education & Professional Development
•    Practice Education Team Award
Recruitment and Retention
Faculty are drawn to UBC not only because it is a globally recognized teaching and research
university, but for the quality of its students and faculty.
Sumi Siddiqua, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering
"I chose UBC's Okanagan campus because it is a new beginning. UBC is a strong brand, and I wanted
to be part of the history of the Okanagan campus. There were no professors in geo-environmental
engineering and my plan is to build our expertise in this area. It is a great starting platform to be
part of UBC. I really believe we can blaze new trails on the Okanagan campus."
Dr. Siddiqua's area of specialty is unsaturated soil. She has conducted research on the proposed
nuclear waste disposal system in both Europe and Canada, which involved numerical and physical
modeling of unsaturated clay soil. Her investigations focus on the use and characteristics of clay
barrier systems, toxicity issues in porous media, landslides-geohazard and environmental factors.
Caroline Ichikawa Jenkins, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy
"I came to UBC Vancouver from the UK, attracted principally by the fact that UBC was
offering an environment uniquely supportive of my research, as well as an opportunity for
my husband and myself to work at the same institution.  In nominating me for a Canada
Research Chair, and making various other kinds of research support available, UBC has
enabled me to achieve an ideal balance between intensive, focused research and
research-led teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels."
Dr. Jenkins' current goals at UBC include the mentoring and research training of early
career scholars, the establishment of an international research partnership with the
Northern Institute of Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, and a project involving the philosophical significance of
explanation.  In so doing, Dr. Jenkins hopes to return to one of her abiding philosophical interests: knowledge which is
independent of the evidence we gather through the senses.
Student/Faculty Ratios
Professoriate (fte)
Tenure Stream (fte)
All faculty
Review and Revise Curricula and Pedagogy
Curriculum and pedagogy at UBC advances learning and teaching in a variety of contexts, including
informal educational settings.  Periodic reviews are conducted of each faculty and curriculum review
is a key component in ongoing planning for faculties and programs.  Curriculum theory, design and
evaluation, teacher education, digital media and learning technologies are all taken into
consideration with curriculum development.  Faculty, student and community input is sought and an
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increasing emphasis on enriched and transformative experiences is included. The following are some
examples of curricular reform activity.   There are many projects underway to provide enriched
student learning through curriculum change. Also see the Community Engagement section for further
All faculties are actively engaged in this area and the following are simply examples from three
Problem Based Learning - Classical Antiquity Comes of Age (details)
• Prepares graduates to use critical and analytical thinking to assess, diagnose and manage complex cases
Volunteer Dentistry in the Downtown Eastside (details)
• Volunteer dentists, alumni and students volunteer annually at multiple locations, promoting health education and
enhancing students' awareness and role as global citizens with sustainable opportunities to serve
Ahead of the Wave in Community Engagement - Preparing a New Generation of Dentists (details)
• The Professionalism and Community Service Program (PACS) is a dynamic model combining classroom learning with
community-based outreach initiatives
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Introduction of a "Mogul's Den"
• PHAR 400 (Pharmacy Management) require teams to develop a business case for an innovative patient care service that
could be provided in a pharmacy, pitching their ideas to a panel of pharmacy business leaders.  In three cases, teams
were approached to explore implementation of the proposals
Use of Lecture Capture Technology
• Material can be prerecorded for review prior to class, as well as recorded in real time for availability for review
through WebCT Vista
Health Mentors Program
• Developed through the College of Health Disciplines, students from 6 programs, including Pharmacy, work together to
learn from and with a person with a chronic condition
Skylight - A Research-Focused Unit Advancing the Science Behind Education (details)
• The Centre works with the UBC Science community and other units to contribute to the body of theoretical and
practical knowledge about learning and teaching science, and to help students expand the depth and breadth of their
Launch of a Sustainability Science Course
• Science 120 (Sustainability Science) was offered for 18 students in a single section, exploring selected topics in
sustainability.  It will be offered as four sections (24 students each) in September and January starting Sept 2012
Communicating Science
• UBC Science's 300-level Communicating Science Course is expanding to three sections.  Developed for the Combined
Major in Science, it focuses on enabling students to critically evaluate and communicate scientific issues and findings
Technology is also being used to enhance curricula and pedagogy and relevant support and resources
are provided throughout the university.  Examples include:
• Faculty of Arts ISIT unit (Instructional Support and Information Technology) encompasses a
variety of services ranging from research in learning analytics, to learning technology innovations
to teaching support and training incorporating diverse pedagogical models.
• Faculty of Land & Food Systems Virtual Soil Sciences Resource Center provides a range of tools
that can be used in courses and by community partners.
• The Master of Public Health is the only MPH program in Canada that offers a distributed learning
• What I Learned in Class Today and Indigenous Foundations websites, with Amy Perrault, CTLT
Coordinator of Aboriginal Initiatives, helps build capacity for discussing Aboriginal topics.
• E-Portfolios are in use in Pharmacy and Education at:
o    http://ctlt.ubc.ca/2010/07/16/e-portfolios-at-a-glance-doctor-of-pharmacy-program/
o    http://teach.educ.ubc.ca/resources/current-students/e-portfolios.html
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Simplify and Streamline Program Requirements and Course Prerequisites
This year, the Bachelor of Education program at the Vancouver Campus has gone through a major
revision which is a good example of a curriculum renewal process that integrates streamlining of
program requirements.   The revised elementary, middle-years and secondary programs will now be
60-credit-after-degree programs for most students.   In the past, some options within the program
required up to 75 credits.  In addition, all courses will now be offered with the principle that one
credit hour equals one hour of in-class instruction. Teacher candidates will now have more time to
dedicate to their courses and field experiences as they concentrate on becoming professional
educators in an intense one-year-after-degree program.
% courses revised
# courses with community service learning
% classes under 20 students
# academic reviews completed
Academic Reviews
The following academic unit and program reviews were undertaken in 2010/11 and 2011/12 at the
Vancouver Campus: Advanced Materials & Process Engineering Laboratory; Anaesthesiology,
Pharmacology & Therapeutics; Audiology & Speech Sciences; Anthropology; Athletics; Bioinformatics;
Botany; Cell & Developmental Biology; Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies; Dentistry
(DMD); Dermatology; Engineering programs (10); First Nations Programs; Forest Resource
Management; Forest Sciences; Geography; History; Interdisciplinary Oncology; International Relations
Program; Linguistics; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Medicine (Department); Neuroscience;
School of Nursing;  Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science; Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences;
Orthopedics; Philosophy; Political Science; Pulp & Paper Research Centre; Sociology; Surgery;
Urologic Sciences; Women's and Gender Studies Program; and Wood Science.
Successful accreditation reviews were conducted on programs such as Counselling Psychology, MSc in
Audiology and Speech Language Pathology, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Architecture, and
numerous other programs and units.
In addition the following faculties/schools/colleges were reviewed in 2011 -12:  Dentistry; Graduate
Studies; Science; the College for Interdisciplinary Studies; and Commerce (Sauder School of
Business). These units were praised for their various strengths such as the Sauder School's
"commitment to high-quality research" and the Faculty of Science's "prudent operation and steady
academic direction enabling it to prosper".  Dentistry received a unanimous endorsement of its
existing academic plan and Graduate Studies was noted to be "well-respected nationally". The
review of CFIS was followed by a university-wide process that led to Senate's approval of a revised
mandate for the College and a re-alignment of some of its units with the Faculties.
The Okanagan campus Provost office has established a procedure for Academic Unit Reviews starting
in September 2012.
Faculties and Departments are strengthening their efforts to effectively assess the educational
outcomes of UBC programs.  Examples include:
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• The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Evaluation Unit has set up a logic model to measure
outcomes of the Entry-to-Practice BSc Pharmacy Program, whereby a series of evaluation
questions form the basis of a comprehensive plan for enhancements. An annual review of the
Doctor of Pharmacy Program ensures constant monitoring of academic standing and competency
of graduates.
• The Faculty of Law has reviewed and adjusted its programs to enable graduates to meet the
amended competency levels established by the Federation of Law Societies.
• The Faculty of Arts' new curriculum-development process ensures that curriculum presents clear
learning outcomes which align with the Faculty's graduate attributes and with the priorities
stated in the Faculty's Strategic Plan.
• The Sauder School of Business has hired an Educational Assessment Specialist and established an
Assurance of Learning Faculty Advisory Committee to collect and analyze student learning data to
measure students' skills and recommend changes as appropriate.
• The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences and the Okanagan campus' School of Engineering
launched the Women in Science and Engineering Mentoring Program this year, with 39 student
mentees and 15 industry mentors participating. A prospective longitudinal review has been
embedded into the program structure to assess the educational outcomes of the program.
Information collected three times a year from mentees and mentors will inform future planning,
and help to understand the academic benefits of mentoring female students in these programs.
Align Rewards and Recognition with Student Learning Goals
Professor of Teaching
Effective July 1, 2011, the rank of Professor of Teaching has been introduced into the tenure-track
teaching stream at UBC. This new rank reflects the commitment of the University to educational
leadership, outstanding teaching, curriculum renewal and pedagogical innovation. This rank will
allow the university to more effectively recruit and retain faculty with primary commitment to its
teaching mission by offering a more complete career track for outstanding university teachers and
educational leaders.
Killam Teaching Awards
UBC annually awards 25 Killam Teaching Prizes.  Established from a generous endowment provided by
Dorothy and Izaak Walton Killam, these awards recognize and honour the excellence of our teaching
faculty nominated by students, colleagues and alumni.  2011-12 recipients include Dr. Steven Jones,
Professor and Head of Bioinformatics, Department of Medical Genetics in the Faculty of Medicine,
and Dr. Cay Holbrook, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling
Psychology and Special Education, Faculty of Education.
Killam GTA Awards
UBC also recognizes outstanding contributions of our Graduate Teaching Assistants in the
accomplishment of the university's teaching mission.  Each year Killam GTA awards are bestowed on
15 GTAs in recognition of their valuable contributions to student learning in our undergraduate
programs.  Nominations indicate a high level of respect from undergraduate students and academic
or course supervisors.  In addition, some Faculties have established their own Graduate Teaching
Assistant awards.  For example, the winner of the 2011 -12 Teaching Assistant Award in the Faculty of
Pharmaceutical Sciences was Dahai Zhang, a first-year PhD Student.
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund
The Teaching and Learning Enhancement fund projects encourage grass-roots educational innovation
and are making a substantial contribution to the quality of the student learning experience at UBC.
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2011 /12 saw 69 projects funded for a total of $2.6 million.  One exemplary project from 2011 -12 is
the School of Journalism's "Reporting in Indigenous Communities", the first Indigenous reporting
course in Canada.
Awards and Financial Assistance
Policy 72 states no eligible student will be prevented from commencing or continuing his/her studies
for financial reasons.  UBC meets this policy through student scholarships, bursaries, awards and
financial assistance programs.
#/% students receiving merit based support
12,072 (24.9%)
12,270 (25.8%)
2,503 (31.5%)
#/% students receiving needs based support
11,963 (24.7%)
12,086 (25.4%)
2,665 (33.6%)
2,307 (32.5%)
$ merit based support
$63.0 m
$64.8 m
$6.1 m
$5.7 m
$ need based support
$132.9 m
$131.1 m
$25.7 m
$22. 3 m
$ need based government funding
$119.0 m
$115.2 m
$22.9 m
$19.7 m
Increase in need based government funding
Financial Assistance Programs
UBC has a number of programs in place, and the following table highlights some of those:
# international students in the Work Learn Program
# domestic students in the Work Study Program
International Leaders of Tomorrow (ILOT)
# awards
# bursaries
International Student Humanitarian Award
# students
total amount
10                            10                           2
$382,861                 $328,607                $78,570
Student Debt
Students may take on student loans to pay for their education.   The following table shows the
number of students with loans and the average amount of the loan.
# students with loans
Average loan amount
% Students with Loans
Non Degree
Post Baccalaureate
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UBCV Campus - major capital projects
Completion of
Allard Hall - Faculty of Law
Centre for Comparative Medicine
Centre for Integrated Research on Sustainability (CIRS)
Childcare Expansion Phase 1 - University Services Building
Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering
Public Realm Enhancement - Main Mall, Agronomy Road,
Buchanan Courtyards
Sauder School of Business Phase 2 and 3
Steam to Hot Water Conversion Project - Phase 1
Tennis Facility
Wayne and William White Engineering Design Centre
n construction
Bioenergy Research and Demonstration Facility
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Earth Sciences Building
Pharmaceutical Sciences/Centre for Drug Research and
Ponderosa Commons Student Housing/Mixed Use Development
Public Realm Enhancement - Main Mall, Memorial Road,
University Boulevard, Medical Courtyards
Steam to Hot Water Conversion Project - Phases 2 and 3
UBCO Campus -buildings
Completion of
Engineering, Management and Education Building
Health Sciences Centre
Student Housing Phase 4 (Purcell Residences)
Geoexchange System Phase 3
Public Realm Enhancement
In construction
•      Fitness and Wellness Centre
Informal Learning Spaces
Informal Learning Space (ILS) is increasingly popular and in great demand by all students at UBC.
Significant ILS is developed within every new capital project; this year new Informal Learning Spaces
opened at the Vancouver campus in Allard Hall and the Wayne and William White Engineering Design
Centre. The university also situates ILS in 'found space' in existing buildings every year, as
opportunities arise. This year, the Vancouver campus' Informal Learning Spaces Committee
allocated $213,000 to enhance student spaces in nine departments across three faculties.
The Collegia program at UBC's Okanagan campus has been expanded with the addition of a new
collegia in the Engineering, Management and Education building.  This program focuses on students
who commute.  Collegia offer students a place to hang out, eat lunch, spend time with classmates,
and do school work. Each Collegium has a relaxing lounge-style atmosphere and is outfitted with
comfortable furniture, individual and group work spaces, and kitchen facilities.  Please see video
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The Collegium Program at the Vancouver campus will establish a series of collegia over the next five
years to provide commuting students with a "Home away from home" where they can meet with
other students, socialize, study, eat, relax and land comfortably between on-campus commitments.
UBC Vancouver Collegium Design Guidelines are developed and the first collegia sites are selected in
Buchanan Block D Breezeway (to be enclosed), Cunningham lower level, Old SUB ground floor (2
locations) and the new Ponderosa Commons (2 locations).
Participation in enriched educational experiences, such as undergraduate research, international
learning, co-op placements, student leadership, and community service learning contributes
critically to student learning at UBC. This is learning by doing. Through these activities students
explore concepts, test perceived boundaries and gain knowledge of their discipline and themselves.
Career and Leadership Development
UBC provides students with exceptional opportunities to develop their leadership skills and build
their careers.  Mentoring (video) and Internship programs connect students with each other, faculty
and professionals in the field. These experiences help students clarify their educational plans,
expand their network and make important connections between their classroom learning and
applications in the workplace. There are also a host of student-led initiatives such as the Student
Leadership Conference, and Imagine - UBC's orientation program for new students, that provide
hundreds of students with opportunities to build their leadership skills.
Internationalization of Learning
In 2011-12 there were over 3,800 international undergraduate students registered on the Vancouver
campus, and over 440 registered on the Okanagan campus, coming from 150 countries. The top five
source countries represented by citizenship are the United States, China, South Korea, Malaysia, and
Hong Kong, with strong representation from other countries including Japan, India, Indonesia,
Taiwan and the United Kingdom.
In efforts to expand and diversify enrolments, UBC's International Student Initiative (ISI) ventured
into several new countries this year, or countries which for reasons of stability we have not been
able to visit for some time, including Lebanon, Rwanda, and Colombia.  ISI has also made in-roads
into Central Asia and countries such as Georgia and Azerbaijan.
The ISI supports a number of merit-based and need-based awards for international students such as
the International Leader of Tomorrow Award, the International Student Humanitarian Award, and
emergency bursaries.  In 2011 -12, funding for such assistance totalled approximately $300,000 for
Okanagan undergraduates and $2,520,000 for Vancouver undergraduates, to our knowledge more
than any other Canadian University.
Academic English Support Program
The Academic English Support Program (AES) was piloted this past year. The AES was developed to
support UBC students who have English as an additional language and whose academic performance
might be enhanced through some additional English support modules. The program is open to all
students, undergraduate and graduate.  It is free of charge and includes an online diagnostic
component and follow-up with a language coach who may recommend some language support
modules.  Some modules are face-to-face and others are online and especially developed for the AES
program. The pilot has received positive feedback from the participants.
The English Foundation Program (EFP) was developed this year for domestic and international
students, and will be a new opportunity on the Okanagan campus in the upcoming academic year.
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Students applying to Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Applied Science, or Bachelor
of Management degree programs are eligible for the EFP will receive conditional admission to UBC's
Okanagan campus. This innovative, accredited program combines intensive English language training
and academic credit courses while engaging students in campus life — a perfect blend of strong
academics, collaboration activities, and experiential and cultural learning.
Supplemental Learning Program
Almost 1,500 students at UBC's Okanagan campus benefitted from the guidance of supplemental
learning leaders this year. This represented a 48% voluntary participation rate in the program of
students enrolled in the 29 eligible courses. The SL initiative helps students develop the tools they
need to be successful in their undergraduate degree programs. This program represents a new
attitude to delivering higher education that fits with the holistic approach to supporting student
learning and in fostering collaborative campus environments that support learning.
International Learning
UBC's international learning programs allow students to attend any of UBC's 150 prestigious partner
universities. Through living and studying internationally, students engage in hands-on experience
with international development issues and grow both personally and academically as a result.
Programs such as Study Abroad and International Service Learning also build students' global
awareness and cross-cultural understanding, (award winning video)
UBC Cooperative Education
Co-operative Education is a structured and formalized program integrating a student's academic
studies with relevant, quality work experience.  Co-op students alternate study terms and work
terms in appropriate fields of business, industry, government, social services and the professions that
offer suitable learning situations. The UBC Co-operative Education program has grown to be the
largest program offered at post-secondary institutions in British Columbia with over 3,400 students
completing work terms each year. Through co-op learning, students apply concepts from the
classroom in real-world environments, explore career possibilities, develop professional networks
and experience and earn money to help to finance their degrees.
Community Service Learning (CSL)
Community service learning takes place locally through the UBC-CLI and internationally through Go
Global. Students participating in community service learning (CSL) or community based research
(CBR) build their capacity to collaborate with faculty, staff, and community partners toward the
resolution of complex community-based challenges.
Undergraduate Research
Enriched learning happens in communities, at UBC and beyond.  See International Engagement
section for further details.
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
# students participating in community service learning
# outgoing students engaged in international learning opportunities
# students employed on campus through Work Study/Work Learn
# students participating in co-op work terms
# students in mentoring programs
# students on incoming exchange
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Two examples of community service learning are:
International Students Benefit From JumpStart
• JumpStart is an orientation program for international students arriving at
UBC's Okanagan campus.
• It engages current students to mentor new arrivals, developing new skills
and enriching not only the learning environment but the campus community
• Video available here
Queen Alexandra Elementary - Reading Week Experience
Mike Johnston, a fourth-year student in the Faculty of Arts at the
Vancouver campus, participating in a Reading Week program to increase
self-expression for kids through three days of activities in poetry, music,
and photography.
Working in the poetry stream, Mike and six other students guided
students through writing exercises to increase their sense of confidence.
'This community experience has been one of the most meaningful things I
have done in my life," says Mike
As a result of his experience and seeing the interplay between the theory
on computer tools and technologies usage and its application, Mike feels
able to make more strategic decisions on what he learns in class.
Community Service Learning (CSL)
The UBC Community Learning Initiative collaborated on efforts to understand the impacts of
participation in Community Service Learning on student development.  The research indicates that
there are strong, statistically significant links between participation in CSL and higher levels of self-
reported change in eight proficiency areas including:
Ability to explore and appreciate sustainability in its many forms
Ability to take personal social responsibility
Ability to motivate and lead others toward a goal
Ability to work as a team member
Interpersonal skills
Ability to appreciate racial and ethnic diversity
Ability to appreciate cultural and global diversity
Ability to understand and appreciate Aboriginal cultures.
This research is a powerful demonstration of the potential benefits of CSL and of the value of robust
data on CSL participation.
Three examples of courses with a community service learning mandate are:
•    Students in Econ 317:  Poverty and Inequality and in Political Science 464A: Global Civil Society
and NGOs in International Politics, worked together in collaboration with the BC Council for
International Collaboration (BCCIC) to support the BCCIC's Learning Circle through scribing,
participating in discussions, and the creation of media and documentation.  In collaborating with
a local partner with a global mandate, students gained a deeper understanding of how the local
efforts of non-governmental organizations informed efforts to resolve global challenges beyond
the scope of the community within which the partner and students were situated.
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Students in the Sauder School of Business' COMM 468: Marketing Applications course became
involved with Klitsa Tutoring to help expand this new, fee-for-service, after-school program for
children and youth launched by the Literacy Alberni Society.  Sauder students travelled to Port
Alberni for on-site learning and research, and returned to Vancouver better equipped to develop
a marketing plan tailored to the needs of this rural community.
Students in Sustainability 100 are working in small groups to research one of 12 key topics related
to sustainability that will assist Fresh Outlook Foundation in developing material for public
dissemination. As part of this course, students interviewed experts from the public, private and
academic sector and conducted independent research to develop a summary presentation that
will be readily accessible to the public. The presentations are in a poster, PowerPoint or video
format and may be used on Fresh Outlook's website to promote sustainability.
Student Mental Health Plan
A comprehensive plan for promoting student mental health at UBC has been developed.  This plan is
systemic in nature and engages faculty, staff and students across multiple levels of prevention and
intervention.  Key approaches in this plan include:
• Early Alert
The Early Alert program, launched January 2012, helps create a campus community conducive to
student wellbeing.  Faculty and staff can identify their concerns about students who are facing
difficulties sooner, in a more coordinated way, giving students the earliest possible connection to
the right resources and support, before difficulties put their academic success at risk.
• Support for Complex Student Concerns
A Case Management approach has been developed to support students facing more complex
difficulties that require a higher level of coordination in order to effectively address barriers
to    academic success.  It enables a more comprehensive and integrated approach to supporting
these students, maximizing the effectiveness of the services and resources being offered by any
given unit.    A new Case Manager position has been created to facilitate this approach.  This
position also plays a central role in the Early Alert System.
• Access to Counselling Services and Student Health
UBC Student Health saw 38,345 student visits.  4,519 of these were seen by Psychiatrists.  UBC
Counselling Services provided service to 2,539 students in 7,126 appointments from April 2011 to
March 2012.  35% of students were referred to off-campus supports for counselling.
Group counselling programs for management of stress, anxiety and depression were re-structured
to provide timely access to group programs. This resulted in a 53% increase in the number of
students who accessed group counselling over the same time period in 2011.
UBC Athletics and Recreation
UBC consulted on an opportunity to join the NCAA Division II program. After consultation with the
community and wide discussion, it was determined that working to revitalize the Canada West and
Canadian Interuniversity Sports was the best way forward. Work is progressing on this project,
through a Task Force convened by Canada West, which has produced a final report on principles and
commitments to guide restructuring of interuniversity athletics.
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Vancouver Campus
Four national titles were won:
- women's field hockey (their 13th national title),
- women's volleyball (their 5th consecutive title),
- women's swimming (their 17th national title), and
- men's swimming.
Five UBC student athletes were named the best in their
sport at the university level in Canada:
- Billy Greene (Hec Crighton Trophy, Football),
- Robyn Pendleton (women's field hockey),
- Kyla Richey (women's volleyball),
- Savannah King (women's swimming) and
- Billy Gossland (men's swimming).
About above picture:  Women's championship field hockey team with (back left) coach Hash Kanjee
who led the Thunderbirds to 8 national titles during his 19 seasons at UBC.
UBC student-athletes represented UBC and Canada proudly around the world this season. At the end
of the summer, seventeen students and two coaches wore the Maple Leaf at the 26th Summer
Universiade in Shenzen, China. Tera Van Beilen (Oakville, ON) won two silver medals in swimming
while Nathan Yu and coach Kevin Hanson led men's basketball to silver as well.
The next major international competition was the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico
where rower Benjamin De Wit won silver as part of Canada's men's eight.
With the Summer Olympics this year, many UBC student athletes and UBC alumni have participated
in the qualification process for London.  Current student swimmers Tommy Gossland, Savannah King,
Tera Van Beilen, Martha McCabe and Heather MacLean all qualified to represent Canada at the 2012
Olympc Games. Three UBC alumni, Scott Dickens and Brent Hayden (swimming) and Inaki Gomez
(race walking) also qualified for the London Games.
Athletics and Recreation opened a number of new facilities in 2011
• The UBC Tennis Centre officially opened its doors in fall 2011. The state-of-the-art facility
houses nine new courts and is open to the public.
• SHOT - UBC's first Synthetic Hockey Off-ice Training facility at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird
Sports Centre. The synthetic ice rink surface is 1500 sq feet and allows for added high-
performance training, youth programming and year-round hockey conditioning.
• The new 4500 sq. ft. Smith and Laycoe Varsity Training Centre opened in Summer 2011 for the
varsity athletic strength and conditioning program.
• The UBC Sports Hall of Fame officially opened at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
in April 2012. The facility recognizes over 100 years of Thunderbird success and highlights
UBC's Olympic heritage.
UBC Vancouver Campus' Athletics and Recreation hosts 2012 Davis Cup
In February 2012, UBC Athletics & Recreation hosted the 2012 Davis Cup tie between Canada and
France at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre.  The arena was completely transformed into
a hard court tennis surface for the three day event.  Over 15,000 spectators took came out to watch
the sold-out event.
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Okanagan Campus
At the Okanagan campus, the men's soccer team, under Head Coach
Dante Zanatta, qualified for playoffs and won the PACWEST Bronze
Medal, the first-ever provincial medal for men's soccer. The women's
soccer team earned a provincial silver medal in a heartbreaking
overtime loss. The men's and women's golf teams saw rookie Cody Bell
placing first in the PACWEST and receiving the Provincial Academic
Excellence, Provincial All-Star, Provincial Player of the Year and
Academic All-Canadian honors.  Cody went on to place 8th at Nationals.
Teammate Alanna Kent won the National Silver medal and was named a
National Championship Tournament All-star.
The Okanagan campus men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams entered the Canadian
Interuniversity Sports (CIS) competition for the first time. All four teams set win/loss records for
incoming Canada West members making UBC Okanagan the winningest new member since 1999.
Highlights include women's volleyball winning five matches and taking their opposition to a fifth and
deciding set in an additional six matches, and men's volleyball making Canada West playoffs in their
first year.
Construction started on The Hanger, the Okanagan campus' first-ever built-to-purpose fitness centre.
Funded through a $3.5m donation from Barry Lapointe and Mary Jo Schnepf, this 8,700 sq.ft., two
floor facility will open in early 2013 and will provide studio and weight training space for the campus
and surrounding community.
Recreational programs
•     # league registrants
•     # event and tournament participants
•     #drop in users of Student Recreation Centre facilities
•     # Bird Coop Fitness Members
Varsity Sports
•     National championships
•     National podium
•     Conference championships
•     Provincial Gold Medalist
Student Housing
Living on campus offers students an unparalleled opportunity to develop a community of academic
and social support, building a sense of connection to other students and the university, while
learning valuable skills for living and learning with others.
Students Living on Campus                                                                   Vancouver
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
# student residence beds, managed by Housing Services
# student residence beds, managed by others (Theological/frats)
# new beds added during the year
% students living on campus
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In 2011 UBC Vancouver expanded its residence guarantee (all first year students entering UBC
directly from high school) to include students who had "stopped out" for one year before enrolling at
UBC has the largest on-campus residence program in Canada. UBC Vancouver's Student Housing and
Hospitality Services (SHHS) continues to move toward a target of 2500 new residence spaces by 2016
at the Vancouver campus.  Key milestones of the past year include:
• The successful opening of hem'lesem' and q'elexen Houses at Totem Park residence - 566
new student spaces.
• Breaking ground on the Ponderosa Commons development, which will contribute 550 new
upper year and graduate student spaces in each of September 2013 and 2015, for a total
of 1,100 new spaces.
The Okanagan campus expanded its on-campus residence program with the addition of 212 new beds
in the Purcell building.
Faculty in Residence Speaker Series
1     SQ       1
In continued support of enhancing living/learning opportunities in
residence, and to encourage student out-of-class contact with faculty,
Student Housing & Hospitality Services launched the 2011-12 Faculty in
Residence Speaker Series at the Vancouver Campus.  Faculty members
from a variety of disciplines offer a short talk on a topic they found
personally interesting or relevant, followed by discussion with attending
residents. This series featured 13 faculty members ranging from UBC's
Provost and VP Academic to the Director Voice and Opera divisions.
Communication with Students
Vancouver Campus
In the 2010 and 2011 New to UBC survey, students named 'communications' and 'websites' as the
two primary services for students that require improvement.  In 2011 a newly hired Director of
Student Communications Services at the Vancouver campus implemented a new staffing model and
developed a strategic plan to improve the way that the campus communicates with its diverse range
of students.  Over the next two years students will experience increasingly focused, simplified
and consistent messaging that will highlight information and opportunities and take their personal
experiences and interests into account. An overhaul of www.students.ubc.ca will capture the key
elements of the UBC student experience and will result in more integrated messages and information
about services, experiential learning programs and involvement opportunities. This streamlined
approach to communication will be critical to engaging students with the University and developing a
life-long affiliation with UBC.
At the Okanagan campus, the first year experience is an initiative that matches senior students with
first year students in their respective academic disciplines. This year the Peer Mentors
communicated with incoming first year students in July, and 1,100 first year students responded with
a variety of questions for their Peer Mentors. As a result, the Peer Mentors were able to effectively
assist and ease students' first year anxiety levels and make appropriate referrals as needed prior to
their first week on campus.  Students then met their Peer Mentors in person at orientation and
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continued to receive information about on campus events or program information throughout the
year from the same Peer Mentor. This program provided consistency in the messaging and
information students were receiving from a familiar person to them.
Assessment of the Student Experience
New to UBC (NUBC) survey results
The 2011 New to UBC Survey shows that the expectations of incoming UBC students are changing.  In
particular there was a 5-10% increase in new entrants who are intending to experience enriched
educational opportunities such as Community Service Learning, Co-op, Internships, Research
Activities etc.   UBC's strategic plan is well positioned to meet student's expectations by committing
to providing all students with at least two enriched educational opportunities during their course of
National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results
The last two NSSE surveys have shown substantial and continuous improvements in the quality of
relationships with faculty for both first year and senior levels students. The following examples
illustrate those improvements.
Faculty of Science:
• The Faculty of Science has substantially increased the availability of small-group classes such
as SCIE 113  (First-year Seminar in Science).   Senior students have seen a growth in student
led events aimed at strengthening Faculty / Student connections such as Get into Research
Faculty of Arts:
• The Faculty of Arts has instituted a requirement, for every student to enrol in a small-group'
learning community in First Year.  Curriculum in these small-group courses emphasizes an
introduction to the research disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences.   Every
student is also required to complete a Research-Intensive' course in their major, typically in
their fourth year.  In this course they work collegially with research faculty on a project and
potentially contribute to knowledge in the field.
Supplemental Learning Program:
• The results for the Okanagan campus have shown that over the last two NSSE surveys, we
have improved a great deal on providing a supportive campus climate.  Most specifically,
students are more satisfied with the quality of academic advising and their entire educational
International Student Barometer (ISB) Survey
For the first time this year, UBC joined leading institutions around the world in assessing the
experiences of its international undergraduate and graduate students with the ISB Survey. Results
available in spring will allow UBC to know what matters most to its international students and how
better to support their learning and overall success.
Student Focus Groups
Students are invited to participate in focus groups throughout the year to provide feedback on the
different programs that they are involved in on the Okanagan campus. These are opportunities for
students to let us know what is working well for them or to offer suggestions for ways we could
improve.   Students have been very positive about having multiple opportunities to speak about their
experiences. These sessions also promote student involvement and encourage students to offer
feedback that will benefit current and future students.  Any changes made to programming, based on
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student feedback, are reported to students so they are aware that their participation has made a
Support Student Led Initiatives to Create a Campus Culture of Involvement
There are a variety of initiatives undertaken annually by students. The following examples show
some of those initiatives.
•     Students' Japan relief fundraiser tops $7,100
Students at UBC's Okanagan campus joined with faculty, staff, UBC
Students' Union Okanagan and the wider community during spring 2011
to raise funds to assist the Japan earthquake relief effort. Through bake
sales, a Festival of a Thousand Cranes, and other events on campus, the
students raised $7,160. The money was given to the Japanese Consulate-
General for use in Japan.
Students share with GlobalFest
GlobalFest on the Okanagan campus saw international students organize
and participate in a community celebration of their diverse cultures
from around the world. (VIDEO)
Bottled water target of student initiative
World Water Day showcased student-led initiatives to reduce bottled
water use on the Okanagan campus. The day also served as an important
connection time for students, faculty, staff and the community to share
ideas about improving water sustainability. (VIDEO)
UBC's Okanagan students brave winter chill to help homeless
A group of UBC's Okanagan campus students gave up their warm beds
for hard concrete and cold winter winds in a bid to raise money and
awareness of the plight of homeless people in March. The students
spent their first night sleeping in front of the Irving K. Barber School of
Arts and Sciences Sunday and remained 'homeless' until Friday at 5 p.m.
They still attended classes through the day, but were outside from 7
p.m. to 7 a.m.
The Centre for Student Involvement (CSI) in its second year of
operation, provided support to 1,300 student leaders whose
leadership efforts reached over 10,000 students across campus
through dozens of programs.
All initiatives through the CSI are either led by students or are
conducted in collaboration with students.
The Student Leadership Conference (SLC) celebrated its 10th
anniversary and sold out with a record 1,280 delegates.
The SLC provides students with opportunities for professional
and personal development and to engage with the UBC
community, whether as an attendee, presenter, volunteer, case
study participant, or planning committee member.
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Harvard World Model United Nations a group of UBC students,
with the support of the University, were successful in winning
the bid to host the 2012 Harvard World Model United Nations in
Vancouver from March 11-15, 2012. The United Nations
simulation brought together 2100 university students from 65
countries representing 203 universities in a simulation
representing assigned nations to build consensus and pass
resolutions on current real-world issues.
Since May 2011 a 60-member Host Committee worked with the
Harvard Student Secretariat to plan all aspects of the
Conference. 80 UBC students were selected and trained to work
as Assistant Committee Chairs alongside the 22 Committee
Chairs from Harvard.  300 students from Lower Mainland
universities and high schools volunteered at the conference.
TED X Terry talks for the past four years this event has provided
8 students per year with a high profile platform to communicate
their passions and desires to a campus audience of 350. The
event is part of the TEDx initiative: http://www.ted.com/tedx
which allows local communities to plan TED like events to
promote dialogue and the sharing of ideas. All talks are
recorded and the videos are posted on the TEDx You Tube
Channel and the Terry Project website www.terry.ubc.ca
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Actions (planning; process established and
ongoing;  in place; new)
Select Outcomes
Enhance the quality
and impact of
teaching for all
Expand educational
including research, a
first year small class
international learning,
community service
learning, and co-
Review and revise curricula and pedagogy to
ensure that they are informed by leading edge
research and research on how people learn
Simplify and streamline program requirements
and course prerequisites whenever possible to
enhance flexibility and self-directed learning
Ensure that periodic academic reviews include
an assessment of educational outcomes for all
Further align the University rewards and
recognition systems with student learning goals
Develop and implement key metrics and
benchmarks as part of the periodic academic
Provide undergraduate students with at least
two enriched educational opportunities during
their course of studies
Curriculum review is a key component
in ongoing planning for faculties and
Technology is being used to aid in
revision of curricula
37 faculty/department reviews were
The Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund approved 69
projects valued at $2.6 million
10 academic and student life capital
projects were completed at the
Vancouver campus and 7 are under
5 academic and student life capital
projects were completed at the
Okanagan campus and 1 is under
Support student well-
being, personal
development and
positive affiliation
Continue the rapid expansion of student
housing, informal learning space and on-
campus work opportunities
Implement a coordinated strategy for
communication with students
Community Service Learning (CSL)
placements increased by 24% from last
Over 2,000 students were in work
study/work learn programs at the
Vancouver campus and 706 at the
Okanagan campus
39 student mentees and 15 industry
mentors participated in the first
Women in Science and Engineering
Mentoring Program at the Okanagan
The Supplemental Learning (SL)
Program was offered in 29 courses at
the Okanagan campus, with 1,500
students taking part in the sessions
27% of Vancouver students live on
campus and 21% of Okanagan students
The Ponderosa Commons is under
I construction, adding 550 new spaces in
2013 and 550 in 2015
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with UBC through
outstanding campus
life programs and
service excellence
Ensure regular assessment of the overall
student experience, including alumni feedback
Support student led initiatives to create a
campus culture of involvement
Peer mentors connected with 1,100
first year students to offer support and
information about transitioning to
university life at the Okanagan campus
NSSE, New to UBC and an International
Student Barometer Survey are
completed annually
Vancouver launched its Early Alert
program in January 2012 to connect
students with mental health resources
and support
Student Health Services had over
38,000 student visits; Counselling
Services saw over 2,500 students
Athletics and Recreation programs
continue to be well utilized
Okanagan Campus started construction
on their first built-to-purpose
recreational facility
Carl Weiman Science Education Initiative www.cwsei.ubc.ca/
Arts Co-op Placements   http://artscoop.ubc.ca
Co-op Placements   http://coop.ubc.ca/
Co-op UBCO http://olt.ubc.ca/category/spotlight/distance-learning/
Okanagan - health and wellness http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/health-wellness/welcome.html
Vancouver - health and wellness www.students.ubc.ca/health/wellness.cfm?page=centre
Vancouver campus athletics www.gothunderbirds.ca
Okanagan campus athletics http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/welcome.html
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology http://ctlt.ubc.ca/
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Research Excellence
The University creates and advances knowledge and understanding, and improves the quality of life
through the discovery, dissemination and application of research within and across disciplines.
Focus efforts on areas of excellence
In 2011/12, UBC researchers attracted over $511 million in research funding, received an above-
average number of prestigious national and international research awards, and generated impactful
research across disciplines that benefits Canadian and global societies.
Scholarly Output
# of published and ISI-indexed journal articles
# of articles in top journals Science and Nature
# of articles containing international collaborations
# of full-time tenure-track faculty members
Articles per full-time tenure-track faculty member
Figures provided by UBC Planning and Institutional Research, from the ISI Web of Knowledge
* Changes to the ISI Web of Knowledge in 2012 have made it impossible to exclude conference publications, as they were in
2010 and in previous years. 2011 figures exclude conference publications, 2010 include them
In 2011/12, UBC ranked #22 in the Times Higher Education (UK) ranking of the world's top 200
universities, and #37 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Indicators used in the surveys include numbers of Nobel laureates, number of highly cited
researchers, number of articles published in Nature and Science, number of articles cited in the
Science Citation Index, and academic performance per faculty.
UBC researchers made a number of discoveries and
excellence, including:
Composite Research Network
• The UBC-led Composites Research Network (CRN) will
connect western Canadian academic researchers with
businesses in the composite materials industry
• This industry produces materials reinforced with carbon
and glass fibre for use in aerospace, shipbuilding, sports
equipment and industrial products
• Made possible by a $9.8M grant from Western Economic
Diversification Canada, the CRN is led by Anoush
Poursartip (Materials Engineering)
captured funding in key areas of research
Michael Smith Foundation Award
• Dr. Neil Eves (Health and Exercise Science, Faculty of
Health and Social Development, Okanagan campus)
received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health
Research Award Career Investigator Award
• Worth more than $630,000, it was awarded for his
innovative work in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
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Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award
• Deanna Gibson and Sanjoy Ghosh (Biology, Irving K Barber
School of Arts and Sciences, Okanagan campus) were
awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges Exploration grant
from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
• Gibson and Ghosh will examine how a pregnant woman's
diet can affect her child's future susceptibility to
infectious disease
Top 10 Medical Breakthrough of 2011
• In a discovery that ranked as one of Time Magazine's Top
10 Medical Breakthroughs of 2011, a UBC-led research
group reported that Fusobacteria, which are rarely found
in the human gut, appear to flourish in colon cancer cells
and are linked to higher rates of the disease
• It's the first time Fusobacteria have been linked to cancer
Award to Prevent Sepsis
• Led by Dr. Charles Larson (School of Population &
Public Health), researchers from UBC, Child & Family
Research Institute, and BC Children's Hospital won a
$2.8-million grant from the Canadian International
Development Agency (CI DA)
• The initiative will enable early detection of sepsis
among mothers, newborns and young children, who
are particularly at risk from sepsis
Top Ten People Who Mattered in 2011
• UBC Zoologist Rosie Redfield was one of Nature
journal's Top Ten People Who Mattered in 2011
• In her academic blog, Redfield questioned a NASA
study that claimed to have found bacteria that could
incorporate arsenic into their DNA in place of
Selected awards
Deanna Gibson
Sanjay Ghosh
Neil Eves
UBC Press Receives Canadian History Prize: UBC Press received the prestigious Wilson Prize for
Publishing Canadian History, awarded annually by the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at
McMaster University. The $10,000 prize will be used to establish a fund for first-time authors in
Canadian History to enhance the value of their works for wider audiences.
UBC professor wins distinguished humanities award: George C. Grinnell (English, Faculty of
Creative and Critical Studies, Okanagan campus) is the first Canadian academic to receive the
Gustave 0. Arlt Award, given annually by the Council of Graduate Schools to a young scholar-
teacher who has written a book deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to scholarship
in the humanities.
UBC drug delivery expert wins "Nobel Prize" of pharmaceutical research: The Prix Galien
Canada 2011 Research Award, the most prestigious award in Canadian pharmaceutical research
and innovation, was presented to Dr. Pieter R. Cullis (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology), a
pioneer in the field of lipids, biological membranes and drug delivery systems.
UBC geneticist receives premier award for leadership in medicine: Dr. Michael Hayden (Centre
for Molecular Medicine & Therapeutics) received the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, the
premier honour for leadership in medical science in Canada. Hayden was selected for his
leadership in medical genetics, entrepreneurship and humanitarianism.
UBC biologist wins MacArthur "genius" grant and Guggenheim Fellowship: Dr. Sally Otto
(Zoology) received a MacArthur Fellowship, known as a"genius grant", from the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  She also received a Guggenheim Fellowship from the John
Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, for prior achievement and exceptional promise.  Otto
focuses on fundamental research in population genetics and evolution.
UBC innovator receives Manning award for green engine technology: Phil Hill (Mechanical
Engineering) was the 2011 recipient of the $100,000 Encana Principal Award by the Ernest C.
Manning Awards Foundation.  Hill was chosen for his discovery of a technology that enables diesel
engines to run on clean-burning natural gas without sacrificing their power or efficiency, and
with reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
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UBC gains global politics expertise through new visiting Trudeau Fellow: Macartan Humphreys,
an international expert on the politics of global aid, conflict and security, joined UBC from
Columbia University as a Visiting Trudeau Fellow in the Department of Political Science. The
$225,000 fellowship from the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is awarded to individuals who
have made meaningful contributions to social issues of importance to Canada.
Improve UBC Research and Graduate Support Funding
Six new Canada Research Chairs were appointed at UBC and 11 more were renewed, infusing
$12.1 million into research at the university. The new appointments support research on brain
health, fish physiology, psychology, discrimination, philosophy and catalyst development.
UBC and Providence Health Care appointed Dr. Karin Humphries as the inaugural UBC Heart and
Stroke Foundation Professor in Women's Cardiovascular Health, the first research program in B.C.
to focus on gender-based differences in cardiovascular disease.  Dr. Humphries will focus on
researching the detection and early treatment of cardiovascular disease and finding new ways to
improve the education of physicians, women and their families on heart disease and stroke.
The UBC Peter Wall Solutions Initiative provided at total of $865,000 in funding for 12 new
collaborative research projects involving UBC faculty members and partner communities or end
users. The projects address a broad range of issues, including: palliative care in rural settings,
improving health choices for youth, housing justice, specialized robotics-assisted therapy for
stroke patients, and energy poverty and drinking water quality in First Nations communities.
UBC's Okanagan campus established a Tri-Council scholarship seminar workshop series,
significantly increased graduate travel support, doubled the opportunity for internal research
grant support; and facilitated a broad range of research workshops in partnership with the Centre
for Scholarly Communication.
Improve Infrastructure to Support Leading Edge Research
The following are just a few examples of significant new research infrastructure, initiatives and
outcomes in areas of excellence at UBC in 2010/11:
Sustainable Makeover to Biological Sciences Complex
UBC's hub for biology research and education received a $61.8 million makeover that
provides more than 2,200 undergraduates and 370 researchers, staff and graduate students
with brand new research labs and classrooms featuring sustainability features
Funding was provided through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, including $30.9
million each from the provincial and federal governments 	
UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health open new medical research centre
• The new Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre at Vancouver General Hospital will focus on
research in early detection and prevention of disease in three internationally renowned
research programs: the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, the Vancouver Prostate Centre,
and the OvCaRe ovarian cancer research program
• Approximately 150 staff, clinicians and scientists will work at the building with 40 new jobs
created within the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
New UBC Law building opens
• Canada's first new, purpose-built university law school building in 30 years is a $56-million
facility with powerful learning and sustainability features
• Named after donor and alumnus Peter A. Allard, Allard Hall will advance legal research and
education in Canada, expand the Faculty of Law's presence in the community, and honour
ties to B.C. First Nations.
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New Scanning Electron Microscope and Micro Fabrication Lab
• Housed at UBC's Okanagan campus SEM Lab, this enables researchers to better support
innovation and high-tech training in areas such as mining and mineral exploration,
agriculture/ agroforestry, biomedical sciences and aerospace
• An industry outreach program with UILO is facilitating connections with companies in the
BC interior that can benefit from accessing these facilities, and is building collaborative
projects to address industry challenges
• Funding was provided by the Charles E. Fipke Foundation and Western Economic
 Development Canada	
Engineering, Management and Education Building - Okanagan Campus
• completed in summer 2011
• This $68-million, 14,500 sq. m. building is home to three faculties and includes a wide
array of student and research labs, faculty, staff and graduate student offices, graduate
writing rooms, videoconference board rooms and meeting rooms
Reichwald Health Sciences Centre - Okanagan Campus
• This $31-million Centre is the home of the Southern Medical Program (SMP), part of UBC's
distributed medical program
• In January 2012, the first class of 32 students began classes on the Okanagan campus
• They will also receive clinical training at the SMP's clinical campus at Kelowna General
• Clerkship programs in years three and four will take medical students to sites throughout
BC's Interior including Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Trail and Cranbrook
Expand Recruitment of Top Ranked Graduate Students
Chris Willie (PhD Candidate - Human Kinetics, Okanagan campus)
* Chris examines the mechanics that control blood flow to the brain and how it may vary in
different clinical populations and environmental conditions, challenging assumptions about
the roles of arteries in controlling blood pressure and blood flow to the human brain
* In 2011, Willie received the Vanier Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Killam
Memorial Predoctoral Fellowship, the Killam-Donald N. Byers Prize, an Alexander Graham
Bell Graduate Scholarship, and a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement
* Willie cites the leading research expertise and world-class facilities on the Okanagan
campus as factors in his success	
Lara Rosenoff Gauvin (Doctoral Student - Anthropology, Vancouver campus)
* One of 14 national Trudeau Scholars in 2011, recipients are awarded a $180,000 scholarship to
examine issues of fundamental importance to Canadians, such as the environment, international
affairs, responsible citizenship and human rights
* Rosenoff is studying how violence and displacement in northern Uganda have interrupted the
transmission of moral and cultural knowledge between generations
* She chose UBC because of the reputation of the Anthropology Department, the Museum of
Anthropology and the Liu Institute for Global Issues
For the past five years, the University Industry Liaison Office (UILO) has been refocusing its activities
to better serve UBC researchers and the Canadian innovation ecosystem.  The UILO is establishing
multiple channels to support innovation that go beyond traditional concepts of research partnerships
and commercialization, and concentrating its activities on the three key areas of industry
engagement, knowledge mobilization and entrepreneurship.
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These changes emphasize the value of ongoing relationships over individual transactions and look to
measure value through the ultimate impacts of sharing research knowledge, discoveries and
expertise. To develop new partnerships most effectively, the UILO is also increasing its activities
with local industry organizations, particularly in the sectors identified as BC strengths: digital media,
life sciences, clean tech, wireless, and information and communications technologies.
New spin offs
Cumulative total of spin offs
Invention disclosures
Industry sponsored research projects
Contracted research projects
Revenues from technology licensing
Patents filed
Patents issues (all countries)
The following projects demonstrate ways in which UBC innovation has local and global impact:
System Reduces Waitlist for Chemotherapy Patients
A new scheduling technology created by researchers from the Sauder School of Business and
the BC Cancer Agency has substantially improved scheduling for chemotherapy treatments
Since SmartBook was launched in June 2010, the number of patients who receive fewer
than seven days' notice of an appointment has dropped by 58 per cent, and the number of
waitlisted patients has dropped by 84 per cent.
New Drug Delivery Device Treats Diabetes-Related Vision Loss
A team of UBC engineers and scientists developed a device that can be implanted behind
the eye for controlled and on-demand release of drugs
This device will treat retinal damage caused by diabetes
New technology to monitor brain aneurysms
UBC researchers developed an approach for monitoring brain aneurysms
It is potentially less invasive and more accurate than current methods, and simple enough
for home use
In the first study of its kind, the team used a standard platinum embolization implant as an
"antenna" to wirelessly monitor blood flow in a weakened artery
Phone Oximeter wins global competitions
A UBC invention transforms a cell phone into a portable blood-oxygen tester
Post Doctoral Fellow, Dr. Walter Karlen, was awarded a $100,000 Grand Challenges grant to
further develop the invention by using the built in camera to diagnose pneumonia in South
A short video is available here
Making Future Computers Cooler
Harish Rajput, a recent Masters graduate of the School of Engineering (Okanagan campus)
developed software that will help predict and avoid problematic heat build up in complex
integrated circuits
The start-up company, Trajectory Design Automation, will license the tool and integrate
the algorithm into chip design tools to be marketed worldwide
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Engaging the Community
UBC Hosted/Sponsored Research Focused Events
Event                                  Description
Celebrate Research Annual
An annual awards ceremony recognizing honours and achievements by top UBC
researchers in the past year, drawing over 200 to the Vancouver event and 150 to the
Okanagan event.
Celebrate Research
Speaker Series at Robson
A free public lecture series at Robson Square featuring UBC researchers speaking on the
U.S. election, the genomics of wine, and politics in the modern workplace, attracting
over 400 attendees.
Canada Excellence
Research Chairs public
Organized in partnership with SSHRC, this half-day event featured a series of brief public
lectures by 13 Canada Excellence Research Chairs at Robson Square.
2012 Annual Meeting of the    Vancouver hosted the world's largest general science and policy conference, with UBC as
American Association for      I a local university partner. The meeting had a record-breaking 12,478 attendees from 59
the Advancement of             1 countries, including 6,387 members of the public who attended the free Family Science
Science (AAAS)                      1 Days.
CFI Speaker Series at               In partnership with CFI, internationally renowned speakers presented on early child
Robson Square                         development, quantum computing, regenerative building design, and brain imaging.
Multidisciplinary                      An annual conference for UBC undergraduates involving oral and poster competitions,
Undergraduate Research      1 judged by graduate students.
Neuroscience Research
A regular series of 30+ one-hour talks by local, national and international neuroscientists
at the Brain Research Centre.
Barber School Distinguished
Speaker Series
Over 1,300 Okanagan residents came out to listen to four outstanding speakers from the
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, on a wide range of topics and issues.
Expand the Multiplicity of Knowledge Exchange Channels
The entrepreneurship@UBC Seed Accelerator fund, a partnership between the BC Innovation Council,
UBC and alumni, is a venture fund providing UBC students, faculty, staff and recent alumni with up
to $100,000 in early-stage capital to establish new start-ups.  By the start of December 2011, more
than 140 new ventures had applied for support.  In the inaugural seed funding competition, Aeos
Biomedical won a $50,000 equity investment for an invention developed by students in a joint Sauder
School of Business-UBC Engineering undergraduate class.
At the Okanagan campus, entrepreneurship@UBC programs are partnering with Accelerate Okanagan,
the local tech incubator, which organizes a variety of technology mentor and business development
programs.  One entrepreneur to benefit is Samuel Schaefer, a fourth-year Engineering student, who
is developing a smart compact microscope that 'fits in the palm of your hand.' The UILO is helping
Sam to establish a start-up company to develop his prototype for school and home use.
UBC launched the Start-up Services Voucher in Jan 2011 to provide new ventures from the UBC
community with up to $5,000 in start-up business services, such as business planning, market
research, intellectual property strategy and grant writing.  One company to benefit from the pilot
program was SemiosBio, which offers non-toxic and sustainable pest management solutions, and
which closed its first round of financing after receiving assistance with corporate structuring.
The Okanagan internal research grant program has expanded its program to include funding to
engender new research collaborations by funding workshops and/or travel for research collaboration.
Increased funding for student travel grants and a commitment to fund a full time research facilitator
and a research workshop/event programmer will also allow increased capacity in this area.
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Make UBC Research Accessible in Repositories
cIRcle, UBC's digital repository, helps students, researchers, and
international scholars access a treasure trove of research.  Started
as a pilot project in 2007, cIRcle is already ranked 21st among US
and Canadian repository rankings and 48th in the world.
Coordinator Hilde Colenbrander notes, "We're aiming to be a
digital archive of the University's intellectual output." cIRcle is
based on an open access model, which allows anyone with a Web
browser to access more than 40,000 works from UBC faculty and
students for viewing, research and other scholarly pursuits.
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Historical BC Newspapers digitized by UBC Library
UBC Library is digitizing versions of 24 community newspapers from around the
province as part of its BC Historical Newspapers Project. The project, led by the
Library's Digital Initiatives unit, range from the Abbotsford Post to the Phoenix
Pioneer and date from 1865 to 1924. All are available for free online viewing at
Preserving Cultural Heritage
UBC Library's Indigitization project is helping preserve First Nations
history and culture for the digital age by assisting First Nations
communities to preserve and digitize their own valuable oral
histories and language recordings. These histories can be preserved
and accessed by researchers and community members for
generations to come. Partners include the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre, the First Nations House of Learning, the Museum of
Anthropology (MOA) and the School of Library, Archival and
Information Studies. The First Nations Technology Council, and the
Heiltsuk, Ktunaxa and 'Namgis First Nations.
Anniversary of Japan Disaster: UBC Library Exhibit
supports reflection, healing
^fe\      n I D    i •   i   |p In February 2012, UBC Library held an exhibition
^J^etell | Kethink | KeCPVgr^        (Retell, Rethink, Recover) commemorating the disasters
that struck Japan last year. The event featured a
portrait project at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
which featured images of survivors and an all-day
conference co-sponsored by the UBC Asian Studies
Department for students, faculty, alumni, and community members. Conference topics included
presentations on the rescue efforts from Vancouver and a historical look at the similar geographical
disasters from the Edo Period (1600 - 1868). For more information, visit http://bit.lv/HdURNI.
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An exhibition & conference commemorating   v^^"
the one-year anniversary of Japan's Tohoku
Earthquake & Tsunami
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Actions (planning; process
established and ongoing; in place; new)
Select Outcomes
Increase the
quality and
impact of
UBC's research
and scholarship
Focus efforts on areas of excellence
Increase UBC research and graduate
support funding in both absolute and
relative terms, including support from
non-traditional sources
Improve infrastructure to support leading
edge research
Expand recruitment of top ranked
graduate students and postdoctoral
Continued focus on areas of excellence, including
genomics, clean energy, neuroscience, composite
materials, cancer, public and population health, and
UBC was a partner university for the 2012 AAAS
Annual Meeting, the world's largest science and
policy conference, held in Vancouver
18 doctoral students received Vanier Scholarships.
UBC Peter Wall Solutions Initiative provided first
round of funding to researchers and community
entrepreneurship@ubc Seed Accelerator Fund held
inaugural funding competition, awarding $50,000 to a
UBC start-up formed by students
UILO start-up services vouchers provide $5,000 in
business services to UBC start-up companies.
Cutting edge new facilities and equipment in
biological sciences, law, medicine, and geochemistry
Recruitment efforts continue and the university
continues to seek ways to increase funding support
Be a world
leader in
exchange and
Expand the multiplicity of knowledge
exchange channels, such as global access
Develop a campus strategy for making
UBC research accessible in digital
repositories, especially open access
Publications in leading journals Science and Nature
increased by 24 per cent over 2011
UBC's digital repository - cIRcle is ranked 21st in USA
and Canada and 48th in the world repository rankings
Open access repository   https://circle.ubc.ca
Celebrate Research Week www.celebrateresearch.ubc.ca
Entrepreneurship@UBC www.uilo.ubc.ca/entrepreneurship.html
Research website   www.research.ubc.ca
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Community Engagement
The University serves and engages society to enhance economic, social and cultural well-
Community engagement happens in all corners of the University, through student projects, research,
teaching activities and by all faculties and departments.  UBC must coordinate these activities to
ensure a strategic focus is maintained and deliverable goals are achieved. A community engagement
strategic plan is anticipated to be finalized by late fall 2012.
Facilitate Deliberative Public Dialogues
UBC holds many lectures and dialogues on a variety of topical issues.  Open to the public, most are
posted on the UBC Events webpages at http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/events.html and
http://www.events.ubc.ca.   The following are examples:
Indigenous Studies Hosts International Virtual Forum
• UBC Okanagan's Prof Tirso Gonzales and Prof Miquel Gonazlez from York
University organized a series of 5 dialogues
• The Indigenous Peoples, Self-determination and Autonomy in Latin
America and Canada forum is a project of the Bolivian Centre for
Multidisciplinary Studies; the International Secretary for Human
Development at York University and the Okanagan's Indigenous Studies
• The forum and related activities were in preparation for the annual
meeting of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean
Studies, held at the Okanagan campus in May 2012
Ethan Zuckerman
Cute Cats and the Arab Spring, when social media
meet social change  ^^^^^
Cute Cats, Arab Spring and Social Media
• 2011 Vancouver Human Rights Lecture with Ethan Zuckerman, a media
research scientist from MIT
• Presented in partnership with UBC Continuing Studies, The Laurier
Institution, Yahoo! And CBC
• The lecture discussed the use of social media into platforms essential to
transparency and the instantaneous dissemination of information.
• http://www.thelaurier.ca/human-rights/human-rights-lecture-2011
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Other examples include:
• The Niquab and Religious Expression: This 2011 UBC-Laurier Mulitculturalism Lecture, in
partnership with CBC Radio One, featured Farzana Hassan, a commentator on Islam and Muslim
issues.  Hassan examined the issues surrounding the niquab and religious freedom.
• Dr. Paul Kershaw partnered with the YWCA on a national "Does Canada work for all generations?"
speaking tour to report on the findings of his recent Family Policy Report for Canadians.
• The Okanagan hosted a UBC Dialogues forum on Sept 24th with Paul Kennedy, host of CBC Radio's
Ideas, moderating the topic: The Okanagan's future:  age and diversity.
• The Community Engagement and Service Mission of Universities, a compendium of essays edited
by Hans G. Schuetze, UBC Faculty Emeriti, was released in 2011. This book has a particular
emphasis on economic and social development challenges.
• Okanagan's Distinguished Speaker Series saw more than 1,300 Okanagan residents attend four
talks by noted speakers around the theme of Civil and Sustainable Society.
Facilitate Engagement of Faculty and Students in Public Policy
Faculty and students engage in issues that may lead to changes in or a deeper understanding of
public policy.
The Community Discusses the Growing Problem of Obesity
"Weighing In: Current Scientific Evidence and Community Perspectives on
Obesity" was a half-day symposium held at Kelowna General Hospital
Speakers included UBC professors Gareth Jones, Jonathan Little, Mary Jung and
Deanna Gibson
It showcased research initiatives to reduce adult obesity; highlighted community
experiences in addressing obesity; and explored advances and challenges related
to improving healthy living with obesity
Veterans Transition Program (VTP) Helps Former
Soldiers Return to Everyday Life
• Members of the Standing Committee on National Defense and
Veterans Affairs visited UBC to learn about the VTP
• Founded by Dr.'s Marvin Westwood and David Kuhl, developed by
the Dept. of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special
Education, the VTP helps former members of the Canadian military
transition back to civilian life
• See video
Other examples include:
• Grade 11 and 12 students join community members, UBC scholars and victims of genocide or the
Holocaust at a forum at UBC's Okanagan campus on the causes and consequences of genocide.
• Economist and leading happiness researcher John Helliwell has coauthored a "World Happiness
Report" that will support a special UN meeting.
• Researchers from UBC's Okanagan campus, Australia's CQ University and the University of New
South Wales held a symposium, titled Research on Motion: Innovative Approaches to Support
Physical Activity.
• Seven experts from four universities in Iceland, Sweden and Denmark visited UBC's Okanagan
campus for a day long public forum on neoliberalism and post-welfare Nordic States - considered
an international model of successful social democratic governance.
• Canada Foundation for Innovation Dialogues at UBC Robson Square presents a public lecture on
early child development. Adele Diamond and Clyde Herzman, both Canada Research Chairs,
shared their perspectives on the factors and activities that determine whether a person thrives or
struggles in the face of challenges that require a nimble, resilient and creative mind.
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Increase Student, Faculty and Staff Participation in Service to the Community
Engagement within the wider community comes through avenues such as community service learning,
community based research, public access to events as discussed in the previous section, and
community use of the cultural and outdoor venues on the UBC campuses.  It also includes
celebrations of our milestones.
Academic Initiatives
Many community engagement opportunities reach out through the academic stream. The following
stories embody how the Place and Promise goals can be achieved - bringing together community
engagement, student learning, sustainability and alumni engagement goals.
Harvest Research has Benefits for Students and
• The UBC Preservation Farm and Research Initiative (PFRI) is an acre
of land near the Okanagan campus that brings together research and
• The project was founded by Claude Desmarais, Reichwald Professor
in Germanic Studies
• Students from a variety of faculties complete projects ranging from
growing and selling organic produce, to writing poetry for the garden
to conducting a sustainability study
Forestry Students Go Into the Field and Get
Their Hands Dirty
• CONS 451 (Integrated Field School) is a fifteen
credit capstone course
• Students address interdisciplinary issues including
alpine, grasslands and aquatic ecosystems
• Students work on real world problems to come up
with practical solutions
Community Service Learning
Get Involved
• Headed up by Michelle Lowton, Get Involved based in the University Centre at
the Okanagan campus, provides opportunities for students to volunteer, locally
and internationally
• Many volunteering opportunities are non-traditional and cover a broad spectrum
of activities
• A recent opportunity took students to a small village in Peru where students
worked on projects that improved life in the village
UBC Farm - Children and Farm Friends
• Faculty of Education's Intergenerational Landed Learning Project is donor funded
• Children in Vancouver's urban centre can work alongside volunteers called "Farm Friends"
• The out-of-classroom learning opportunity uses experiential learning, mentorship and place-
based learning
• The project explores how participation in an urban farming project can foster environmental
consciousness, respect for nature and an understanding of food-land issues
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Community Partnerships
UBC partners with many agencies, working with organizations such as the United Way, the City of
Vancouver, the YWCA, and the City of Kelowna through co-op programs and affiliated institutes. The
following illustrates partnerships making a difference.
Food Mapping Concept Born on UBC's Okanagan
• A partnership with the Central Okanagan Food Policy Council and
the Interior Health Authority
• Funding is from UBC's Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic
Disease Prevention and the Geomatics for Informed Decisions
(GEOIDE) network
• Human geography student Shayne Wright and Jon Corbett,
assistant professor of Community, Culture and Global Studies
believe people want to think about where their food comes from
and discuss issues on this new website
UBC Judicial Externship Program
• 8 third year students each term are chosen to serve as interns to the judges of
the BC Provincial Court
• Students obtain hands-on legal experience, ranging from research, observing
trials or participating in a circuit court sitting
• Sites range from Vancouver to Surrey to Haida G'waii
Learning Initiatives
Community Service Learning (CSL) and Community Based Research (CBR), coordinated through the
Learning Exchanges at each campus provide many opportunities for students. 2,879 students at the
Vancouver campus and 386 at the Okanagan campus participated in programs through the Learning
Exchange.  Students work on a variety of projects such as those illustrated in these two examples.
Students Revamp Websites for Local Non-Profit Groups
• Third year Human Computer Interaction students worked with seven
non-profit groups in the Okanagan
• Working in teams of three, students gathered information and
conducted detailed analyses of the organizations' websites, users and
• Students then recommended how to make the websites more effective
and user-friendly, both technically and from the users' viewpoint
ESL Conversation Program Breaks Down Barriers
One Language at a Time
• The ESL Conversation Program is supported by the HSBC Bank
Canada and hosted in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
• Recent immigrants and citizens can improve their English-
language skills, assisted by student volunteers
• The program has expanded with the establishment of new
curriculum development committees and the creation of an
ESL Creative Writing group
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Community Research Initiatives
Researchers partner with communities in many ways.  Please see Research Excellence commitment
for further details. The following examples illustrate the variety of engagements:
Studying Wellbeing of Newcomers Who Settle in Smaller Centres
• Shirley Chau, associate professor of social work, has received a grant from the
Canadian Institute of Health Research to examine the wellbeing of immigrants
• The study is being conducted in Kelowna, Red Deer and Brandon
• It will look at the stress of moving to a new country, building a new life, new
career and trying to find one's way in a new culture
Mtacs-Accelerate Graduate Research
Internship Program
A graduate research internship program connecting
students from UBC and other Canadian universities with
companies through research projects
Funding is from the province, Western Economic
Diversification and the Networks of Excellence Industrial
R&D Internship Program
A national program, MITACS is based at UBC Vancouver
(note:  same table as is in student section)
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
#1% students participating in community service learning
#1% outgoing students engaged in international learning
#1% students employed on campus through Work Study/Work Learn
#1% undergraduates graduating with a co-op designation
#1% students in pilot Arts internships
#1% students in mentoring programs
Vancouver Campus Cultural Venues
The cultural venues provide learning and research opportunities not only for students and faculty,
but also for the public.  Over the past year, these cultural venues at the Vancouver campus have
been moved to either the Arts or Sciences Faculty to better coordinate all activities.  Plans are
underway to heighten public awareness of the various venues and of the offerings open to the public.
# visitors to venue: Vancouver Campus (calendar year)
2011/12       2010/11
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Nitobe Gardens
Museum of Anthropology
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
' Calendar Year;     ** Beaty opened in Fall 2010, so this is a partial year only
Some of the popular events that happen annually include:
• The family friendly Apple Festival at the UBC Farm celebrates over 70 varieties of apples with
tastings, children's games, baking and how-to demonstrations, with over 44,000 pounds of apples
going home with festival-goers.
• The Life Sciences Institute graduate students organize CSI@LSI, a science outreach activity where
high school students determine 'whodunit' using real scientific experiments and equipment.
• The Out to Lunch music series, created by music sessional lecturer Gene Ramsbottom, has been
part of the Vancouver Art Gallery program for over 25 years.
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Actions (planning; process
established and ongoing; in place; new)
Select Outcomes
resources to
of societal
issues and
action for
positive change
Facilitate deliberative public dialogue on
issues of public concern and actively
invite community participation
Facilitate engagement of faculty and
students in public policy development
Dialogues on societal issues continue, ranging from
Indigenous Studies to Human Rights lectures
Symposiums, forums and research venues continue to
engage the public in discussion on issues that lead to
changes in, or a deeper understanding of, public
Be a leader in
faculty, staff
and alumni
within the
Increase student, faculty and staff
participation in community service
learning, community based research and
service to the community
Better define and assess "service" for
purposes of tenure and promotion
Increase community use of learning,
cultural and outdoor venues on UBC's
campuses and sites
Diversify and broaden UBC's
communications to fully engage UBC's
2,879 students in Vancouver and 386 at the Okanagan
campus were involved in community service learning
through the Learning Exchange
Campus cultural venues provide learning and research
opportunities for students, faculty and the public.
Over 350,000 visits were made to venues at the
Vancouver campus
The VP Portfolio has been repositioned and a search
for a new communications lead is underway
Events at UBC      http://www.events.ubc.ca or http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/events.html
Vancouver Learning Exchange       www.learningexchange.ubc.ca/Welcome.html
Okanagan Learning Exchange   http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/learningexchange/welcome.html
Cultural Attractions at UBC    www.attractions.ubc.ca/culture entertainment/
Beaty Biodiversity Museum    http://www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca/
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Aboriginal Engagement
The University engages Aboriginal people in mutually supportive and productive
relationships, and works to integrate understandings of Indigenous cultures and histories into
its curriculum and operations.
Strengthen Programs of Academic and Social Support
As the demographics of Aboriginal UBC students shift, so do their needs in terms of academic services
and social supports. In Vancouver, staff at the First Nations House of Learning, the VP Students
Office, and within individual faculties are continuously reassessing student needs and responding
with new initiatives or improvements to existing services.
Over the past year staff have worked on the way in which Aboriginal student information is collected
and managed, providing a more accurate understanding of the University's Aboriginal student body
and allowing more effective service delivery. For example, Student Housing is now better able to
automatically provide priority to Aboriginal students.
The Aboriginal Access Studies (AAS) Program
• Spencer Belcourt dropped out in Grade 11-9 years ago.  Now a mature
student with a family, he joined the Aboriginal Access Studies Program at
UBC's Okanagan Campus
• Students have access to tutoring sessions, capacity-building workshops and
networking with other students in the program
• The program fits a broad range of students from recent high school
graduates to mature students and at full capacity will offer services to 100
Aboriginal students
UBC Aboriginal Jumpstart
• This year, UBC's Jumpstart orientation program included a new
Aboriginal Cohort at the Vancouver campus
• Nine new Aboriginal students took part in this engaging program,
participating in wider Jumpstart programming as well as special
activities tailored specifically to their academic and cultural needs
• Programming included academic workshops, lectures, cultural
activities, and social events
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Financial Support
Financial hardship continues to be a barrier to post-secondary education for many Aboriginal
students.  To address this, UBC is working to create and expand scholarships and bursaries at both
the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to awards open to all students, each year nearly
$600,000 in scholarships, bursaries, awards, and fellowships is reserved specifically for Aboriginal
students at UBC Vancouver. Just over half of this funding is directed to Aboriginal graduate students.
This year, a new $5,000 Aboriginal Major Entrance Scholarship was created at the Vancouver campus.
Renewable for up to three additional years for a total of $20,000, it will be awarded annually to two
Aboriginal students according to broad-based criteria including academic excellence, leadership
qualities and outstanding contributions to the community. Similar entrance awards are already being
offered at UBC's Okanagan campus.
Expand Curriculum Offerings
The development of curriculum and programs that address the issues and concerns important to
Aboriginal communities continues to be a major focus.   At least nine new courses were created
across three faculties and a total of over 80 courses with significant Aboriginal content were offered
at the Vancouver campus in 2011/12 including the Faculty of Law's Aboriginal and treaty rights in its
first year law curriculum and the Faculty of Education's core Aboriginal education course for all
teacher education students. The Okanagan campus is developing new courses in indigenous studies,
Biology, Nursing and the Faculty of Education. Three new courses were created and 18 courses with
significant Aboriginal content were offered at the Okanagan campus.  UBC continues to build on its
long history of offering programs and concentrations that specifically address Aboriginal topics.
This year two new programs at the masters' level have been launched at the Vancouver campus. The
Faculty of Education will offer a new Masters of Indigenous Knowledges and Pedagogies and the
School of Community and Regional Planning's Indigenous Community Planning specialization will have
its first intake of seven students, four of whom are Aboriginal. The specialization in planning aims to
empower indigenous communities and community planners in their aspirations for sustainable social
and economic development (read more and watch the video here).
The Okanagan campus created the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts (CIMA) to foster innovation and
adaptation of new media technologies as it seeks to devise new expressions of indigenous culture for
the 21st century.  CIMA will work with Elders to expand and develop new modes to disseminate and
transmit traditional knowledge, as well as to document innovative approaches to cultural expression.
The Summer Institute for Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies is designed for Aboriginal graduate
students at the Okanagan campus to learn and engage with Indigenous Methodologies from leading
Aboriginal scholars.
# courses with significant Aboriginal content
At least 82
At least 18
# new courses with significant Aboriginal content added this year
At least 9
At least 3
Increase Hiring of Highly Qualified Aboriginal Faculty and Staff
Faculty and Staff
Recruiting highly qualified Indigenous faculty and staff is key to the University's work to expand
relevant curriculum, community-based research, and Aboriginal student enrolment. UBC Vancouver's
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complement of tenure-track indigenous faculty members has nearly doubled in the last 3 years, with
a number of faculty searches currently underway for experts in Indigenous areas. For a full list of
Indigenous faculty members at UBC Vancouver visit http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/faculty/
At least two new Indigenous staff were also recruited to the Vancouver Campus. Debra Martel (Metis)
joined the First Nations House of Learning as Associate Director and Sarah Dupont (Metis) has filled
the new Aboriginal Engagement Librarian Position at XwiVxwa Library.  Her work includes providing
reference and instruction services to students and faculty.
Revitalization of Language Through Technology
• Originally from Hawaii, Dr. Galla studied Linguistics at the University of Arizona
• Dr. Galla's research explores what technology initiatives Indigenous language
communities are using to revitalize, maintain, and promote their language
• She was drawn to UBC by the focus, particularly within the Faculty of Education,
on Indigenous Languages and education as well as their complement of indigenous
faculty members with eight tenure track/tenured members and five (9-12 month)
lecturers, the largest cluster of its kind in Canada
UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), in partnership with the First Nations
House of Learning, also works towards the development of more effective instructional approaches
for faculty and teaching assistants working with Aboriginal and other socially and culturally
contentious issues.
2011/12       2010/11
Tenure-track indigenous professors
Indigenous academic caucus members
Create and Support Programs that Help Prepare Aboriginal Students for Post-
Secondary Education
Youth Programming
UBC has a wide range of innovative programs that help prepare Aboriginal youth for post-secondary
education and to envision themselves at university.  In Vancouver, these programs reach nearly 300
Aboriginal youth every year and hundreds more visit for tours and events. Annual youth programs
include the Native Youth Program at MOA, CEDAR in the Faculty of Science, Summer Science at the
Institute for Aboriginal Health, Ch'nook Cousins at the Sauder School of Business, and the Bridge
Through Sport Program, a partnership between FNHL and Musqueam.
Peer Support Network - Okanagan Campus
• As part of the Aboriginal Student Centre, students are hired as peer
• These students provide much needed support to other students, and
receive a small source of income while creating a student-friendly
atmosphere in the Centre
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merging Aboriginal Scholars Summer Camp
20 First Nations students in grades 10 and 11 participated in a new 5-
week summer camp jointly run by the Pacific Institute for the
Mathematical Sciences and the First Nations House of Learning
Participants took English and Math classes each morning and
participated in an internship program
Time was also spent speaking to elders and meeting with members of
the Aboriginal community working in a variety of fields
To read more and watch the video, visit
Examples of other initiatives include:
• In partnership with the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (now Indspire), UBC
welcomed over 450 Aboriginal secondary school students from across Canada to both campuses to
participate in hands-on activities that showcased opportunities and services at UBC while helping
them to picture themselves in post-secondary.
• The eHealth Strategy Office, with a $917,000 award from the Canadian Institute for Health
Research, has developed an online mentoring program to support Aboriginal youth's secondary
health science programs. The first program has 59 mentees and 45 mentors.
• The UBC Youth Sharing Circle brings together Aboriginal youth from across the province through
interactive videoconference and online streaming/chat rooms.
2011/12 2010/11
2011/12   2010/11
Number of Aboriginal secondary school student groups participating in campus
Number of Aboriginal secondary school students participating in campus tours
Number of Youth Participating in after school and summer programming
at least
Number of Aboriginal Students Enrolled (all degree categories)
UBC Total
Faculty of Law Aboriginal Student Enrolment
n/a           n/a
New to UBC Aboriginal undergraduate student admissions
n/a           n/a
Increase Service Learning Opportunities with Aboriginal Organizations and Schools
360 UBC students spent over 10,000 hours engaged in service learning with Aboriginal organizations
or schools with significant Aboriginal populations, with 18 schools and organizations.
East Vancouver school Grandview/(;uuqinakuuh Elementary, with over 60% Aboriginal students, is
trying a different approach to teach their students. As an Earth School, it dedicates a full academic
year on a particular "Earth" theme to provide overarching learning opportunities throughout the
year. This year, the Year of the Forest, saw the school work closely with 20 Faculty of Forestry
students to develop and deliver hand-on workshops and field trips, helping forestry students
understand how to deliver their academic knowledge to elementary school classrooms.
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Community Service Learning in Schools with Significant
Aboriginal Population
Vancouver        Okanagan
# Schools and community organizations involved
# UBC students involved
Total hours of participation
Strengthen and expand research grounded in significant community collaboration and
UBC has over 50 faculty members conducting research with an Aboriginal focus and their work is
increasingly being done using community-based research practices. A community-based research task
force has been appointed to look at community-based research and make recommendations
pertaining to its institutional support. This work is significant in that collaborative research with
Aboriginal communities and organizations is increasingly important both in the relationships it forms
and in the direction and quality of the research it generates.
One leading example of community-based research out of the Faculty of Medicine is the Cedar
Project.  It is well established that HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C virus are disproportionately affecting
Aboriginal people across BC. The Cedar Project is a CIHR-funded cohort study designed to address
this inequity by exploring the reasons for HIV and HCV vulnerability among young Aboriginal people
who use drugs in Vancouver, Prince George and Chase, BC. Its aim is prevention, and it is the first
and only study of its kind in North America. A coalition of Aboriginal leaders, scientists and
community members has provided governance and support for the entire research process, and its
partners include Carrier Sekani Child and Family Services, Splats'in-Secwepemc First Nation,
Neskonlith First Nation, Adams Lake Indian Band, and many others.
Create venues for dialogue with Aboriginal communities and the broader public
Dialogue on the History and Legacy of the Indian
Residential School System in Canada
• In fall 2011 UBC welcomed nearly 200 university administrators,
national Aboriginal leaders, faculty members, and residential school
survivors to an important dialogue on the legacy of residential schools
• The highly successful dialogue was on the history of the Indian
residential schools and the role that contemporary educational
institutions can play in addressing their effects
Aboriginal Education Coordinators Conference
This two day event entitled "Supporting Student Success" was held
at the Okanagan Campus
•     It included a cultural tour of Westbank First Nation's Community
Services Building, Sensisyusten House of Learning and the Nk'Mip
Desert Cultural Centre of the Osoyoos Indian Band
This inaugural conference welcomed more than 80 participants from
across Canada
In addition to UBC, sponsors included the Okanagan Indian Band, the
Osoyoos Indian Band, the Westbank First Nation, and Okanagan
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Other examples include:
• The Native Indian Teach Education Program brought together Aboriginal support workers,
resource teachers, education district staff and teachers working with Aboriginal K-12 learners in a
conference at the Longhouse in Vancouver.  Experiences were shared and resources were
developed to facilitate Aboriginal student success, as well as to introduce NITEP mentoring and
• The first annual student-led Global Indigenous Conference at the Vancouver campus was held in
the spring, with 250 students, faculty and community members meeting over two days. It
featured Indigenous speakers from across BC and the world, including Klaus Quicque and Antonio
Fernandini, Indigenous environmental activists from Peru, to discuss and generate dialogue on
complex and universal issues related to globalization and Indigenous peoples.
• A partnership with the Interior Health Authority, Westbank First Nation, Ki Low Na Friendship
Society, and the BC Metis Family Services (Kelowna) will investigate mental health and addictions
treatment specifically related to Aboriginal communities.
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Expand educational
opportunities for
Aboriginal people
and widen
opportunities for all
students to learn
about Aboriginal
issues and
engagement with
communities in
mutually supportive
and productive
Actions (planning; process
established and ongoing; in place; new)
Strengthen programs of academic and
social support for Aboriginal students
Expand curriculum offerings focusing on
Aboriginal issues and perspectives
Select Outcomes
Increase hiring of highly qualified
Aboriginal faculty and staff
Create and support programs that help
prepare Aboriginal students for post-
secondary education
Aboriginal student orientation offered in
partnership with Jumpstart
New to UBC Aboriginal undergraduate student
admissions at the Vancouver campus increased
by 56% to 117
New Aboriginal Major Entrance Scholarship
created, providing support for 2 students
At least 82 courses with significant Aboriginal
content offered (nine new)
Masters of Indigenous Knowledges and
I Pedagogies, and Indigenous Community Planning
specialization created
At least one new Indigenous Faculty member
and two new indigenous staff members hired at
UBC Vancouver
Youth programming reaches 300 youth each
year at the Vancouver Campus and 150 at the
Okanagan campus, plus hundreds more for
events and school tours, including a doubling of
Aboriginal secondary school students visiting
each campus
E-mentoring BC, an online mentoring program
for Aboriginal youth, has 59 mentees and 45
mentors in its first intake
Emerging Aboriginal Scholars Summer Camp
Aboriginal Access Studies program will support
100 students at the Okanagan campus
Peer Support Network at the Okanagan's
Aboriginal Centre hires 20 students as mentors
Increase service learning opportunities
with Aboriginal organizations and schools
with significant Aboriginal populations
Strengthen and expand research grounded
in significant community collaboration
and consultation
360 UBC students engaged in over 10,000 hours
of service learning at schools with significant
Aboriginal populations or Aboriginal
organizations at the Vancouver campus
Community-based research task force struck to
look at community-based research and its
institutional support
There are hundreds of research projects across
all disciplines working on Aboriginal topics. This
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Create venues for dialogue with
Aboriginal communities and the broader
public on significant issues
includes projects in the Humanities, Social
Sciences, Natural Resources, Biological
Sciences, Education, Medicine and Law
Dialogue on the History and Legacy of the
Indian Residential School System in Canada held
at the First Nations Longhouse
Aboriginal Portal   http://aboriginal.ubc.ca
Aboriginal Strategic Plan   http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/plan/
Institute for Aboriginal Health    www.iah.ubc.ca
Aboriginal Programs http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/aboriginal/welcome.html
First Nations House of Learning   www.longhouse.ubc.ca/
Aboriginal Access Program   http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/aboriginal/access.html
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Alumni Engagement
The University engages its alumni fully in the life of the institution as valued supporters,
advocates and lifelong learners who contribute to and benefit from connections to each
other and to the University.
In September 2011 UBC launched the most ambitious alumni engagement and fundraising campaign in
Canadian history. The start an evolution campaign aims to double the number of alumni involved in
the life of the University to 50,000 annually and to raise 1.5 billion dollars by 2015. The campaign
features hundreds of specific opportunities for involvement and investment at
www.startanevolution.ubc.ca.   The initiatives outlined below fall under the umbrella of the start an
evolution campaign.
Alumni Affairs at UBC, representing the combined efforts of the University and UBC Alumni
Association, engages alumni and students as future alumni, in the life of the University. Through
communications and by connecting alumni to the institution and one another, we enrich the lives of
alumni and position them to be supporters of and advocates for UBC.
Create Opportunities for Alumni to Connect Intellectually with the University
Surveys of UBC alumni indicate they desire a continuing intellectual connection with UBC. Alumni
Affairs aims to satisfy this desire through programs and podcasts that give access to UBC expertise
and insight; publications that draw attention to the high-calibre research and people this university
has to offer; and by pointing alumni in the direction of further learning opportunities.  Some
examples of opportunities include:
UBC Dialogues
• This event series continues to pose provocative questions
and stimulate intellectual discussion.  It has been well
received and attended in the Lower Mainland, across Canada
and abroad.
• A recent post-event survey for Vancouver indicated more
than 88 per cent of attendees would attend another
dialogue or recommend one to a friend, and 77 per cent
stated that the event met or exceeded expectations, citing
the topic as the main draw for their attendance, followed
 by hearing from UBC experts.	
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• Topical questions for panel discussion have included: Do fish
have a future? Is our oil dependency crude? Are our children
paying the price for our work-life imbalance? Who's
controlling the police? Complementary medicine: can we
have faith in health alternatives? Where is the value in art?
Trek Magazine
• Trek Magazine is a publication for UBC alumni, with annual
spring and fall print issues and four online issues that
started in September 2011.
• It provides at-the-fingertips opportunities for alumni to
learn and comment about what's happening at UBC or
become further involved.
The Alumni Travel Program
• Often delivered by UBC experts, this program adds an
educational element to trips.
• Last year's program included an expedition to Antarctica
hosted by Thelma Cook, alumna and professor emerita; an
exploration of the Mekong River hosted by alumnus Gordon
Longmuir, associate of the Institute of Asian Research at
UBC and former Ambassador to Cambodia (1995-1999); and a
voyage in Canada's Northwest Passage with Professor
Michael Byers, Canadian Research Chair in International Law
and Politics.
Develop Volunteer Opportunities
Alumni Affairs wants to increase alumni involvement with UBC to 50,000 individuals a year by 2015.
Volunteering is just one way alumni have to connect with UBC. They can mentor students, present
at student events, organize reunions for their classmates, help out at campus attractions, and more.
The many volunteer opportunities included:
• Spring Graduation took place over six days on UBC's Vancouver Campus, adding more than 7,300
new members to the UBC alumni community.  Inside the Chan Centre, 49 volunteer alumni
representatives provided each new member with an official welcome.   Each had personal
reasons for taking on this role: ten volunteered for the ceremonies of family members; four
didn't participate in their own ceremony, and wanted to see what they'd missed; eight were
sharing in the success of their mentees; and one was celebrating the 50th anniversary of his
graduation - almost to the day - on stage.
• In the Okanagan, alumni continued to mentor students as panelists at the Career Cafes and were
also on hand at the annual Grad Gala.
• Rachel Lewis, MBA'00, Chief Operating Officer of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, recently spoke
and engaged with students at the 2012 Student Leadership conference,  UBC's largest student-run
conference, providing over 1100 delegates with the opportunity to achieve their personal
breakthroughs through engaging workshops and speakers.
Alumni Affairs, with support from Career Services, has opened up more volunteer opportunities for
alumni and made these easily accessible online. And a set of tools has been added to the Alumni
Association website:
• Volunteering landing page
• Resource bank for volunteer managers
• Mentorship landing page
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2011/12       2010/11
# of volunteers
UBC Dialogues (attendance)
Build Highly Engaged Alumni Communities
UBC alumni form communities based on commonalities such as place of residence, former
membership of student clubs, professional interests, and shared causes. Alumni Affairs facilitates
and encourages such connections whenever possible by providing tools such as website templates and
assistance with event and committee organization.
Some of the events included:
• The SPARK alumni branch is a joint initiative between Business and Computer Science alumni
and students, dedicated to bringing together UBC's entrepreneurial alumni and building bridges
between student companies and industry contacts. The launch party in fall 2011 brought out
more than 100 attendees and opened with a welcome from the founder of SPARK, Ryan Fetterly.
It proceeded with two exceptional keynote speakers: Janice Cheam, President and CEO of Energy
Aware, and Darcy Hughes, CMO for Recon Instruments
• Held in 11 cities in Asia and three in North America last fall, UBC Bound! student send-off events
welcomed more than 230 new students to the UBC family. The events were hosted by 215 alumni
in their home communities, enabling local students to establish early UBC connections by meeting
peers destined for Vancouver and the Okanagan, and finding alumni mentors.
• Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was a popular alumni engagement and fundraising initiative that
took place in early December in the Okanagan. Alumni hosts cooked dinner for paying guests and
the proceeds went to the Okanagan Alumni Endowment, a bursary fund set up by local UBC
alumni for current students. Earlier in the year, summer socials in North, South and Central
Okanagan were also held in the homes of alumni, with UBC providing catering. Young alumni and
student performers provided entertainment.
• The 2011 UBC Athletics Big Block Banquet celebrated student and alumni athletes with more
than 500 students in attendance. Alumni Affairs partnered with Athletics to provide the
Thunderbird rings. During Vanier Cup/Grey Cup week, the Thunderbird Football Association
executed three successful events (with communication, event management and volunteer
support from Alumni Affairs). Between them they engaged 130 young footballers from the
Vancouver area, 25 coaches (including CFL Hall of Famers, UBC Football alumni, and special guest
UBC Quarterback and 2011 Hec Creighton Winner Billy Greene), and 400 UBC Alumni. They also
raised $200,000 for endowed scholarships.
2011/12    2010/11
2011/12    2010/11
Actively Engaged
Engagement includes attending events, mentoring,
volunteer activity, editorial commentary, making a
donation to UBC, etc. This figure is up 36% from
Alumni Weekend
Annual event with tours, classes, presentations
Trek [UBC alumni print magazine, twice annually]
Trek Online [electronic magazine 4 times annually]
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# individual touches to promote programming and
Website Visits
Unique visit total
Alumni Contacts
Addressable alumni
Expand University Wide Efforts to Engage Alumni
Alumni Affairs holds events in the Lower Mainland, the Okanagan and in its branches across Canada
and around the world. Many of these events involve Professor Toope, senior academics, alumni
relationship managers and/or Jeff Todd, Executive Director/AVP Alumni. Alumni Affairs works with
campus partners throughout the year to develop opportunities of value to alumni, including:
• Alumni Weekend 2011 offered educational sessions, campus tours, access to museums and
galleries, open-houses, family-friendly events, and reunions. Events were organized in
partnership with more than 50 different faculties and departments on campus and affiliated
alumni. Compared with 2010, RSVPs increased by 29 per cent and overall attendance by 30 per
• In the Okanagan, the annual UBC Community Curling Funspiel, a collaborative effort between
Alumni Relations, Campus Life and Campus Rec, brought together both Okanagan and Vancouver
alumni, students, staff and friends.
• Chekhov's Wild Honey at the Frederick Wood Theatre last spring showcased UBC student talent.
More than 300 attendees enjoyed a pre-reception for guests and remarks by the director, MFA
candidate Brian Cochrane. The Faculty of Arts and Alumni Affairs plan to host more events to
help promote student productions.
• The Next Step event series focuses on professional development and social networking
opportunities for young alumni. The series entered a new stage of growth in 2011/12, developing
closer partnerships with campus colleagues and reaching more targeted markets. The Next Step:
Staying Competitive was presented in partnership with UBC Athletics and the School of
Kinesiology. The Next Step: Building Your Practice is a partnership with UBC Dentistry, UBC
Pharmaceutical Sciences and the UBC Faculty of Medicine.
Build Positive Regard for UBC
Alumni are UBC's most important ambassadors and their positive regard for the institution is key to
its success, and to their increased involvement in its endeavours.  From publications that elevate the
reputation of UBC and stress its enduring relevance to alumni, to celebrations of its most
accomplished grads, students and faculty, Alumni Affairs demonstrates that UBC is a valuable social
asset worthy of its grads' attention, pride and support.
In 2011, UBC won an award from the Association of
American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for an event
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Peter Jepson-
Young, a Vancouver physician diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in
1985.  When his condition became too debilitating to
continue practising medicine, he sought to inform and
educate the public and others living with HIV/AIDS via
The Dr. Peter Diaries aired on CBC. The celebration
event attracted overwhelming attendance and interest,
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Peter
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including local and national media coverage, and brought together members of Peter's Medicine
Class of 1985 for a reunion.  It was a successful partnership between UBC and community
organizations to reflect on a legacy of courage and humour.
The annual Alumni Achievement Awards are always a reminder of the talent and
dedication that exists within our community.  From ground-breaking medical
research to far reaching social advocacy efforts, the accomplishments of our 2011
awards recipients were celebrated at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown
Vancouver on November 29. The Global Citizenship Award was given to M. Hosny
El-Lakany, PhD'69 who is an adjunct professor and director of the international
program in the Faculty of Forestry.  He has dedicated his life to pushing the
environmental agenda on the world stage. During his four-decade career, he has
not only conducted novel and award-winning research but also applied it to shape
policies addressing some of the world's most imperative issues. These include
deforestation, land degradation, climate change, globalized trade and investment, forest
governance, poverty reduction and natural resource conservation.
Alumnus Ross Langford began his UBC journey as a student and is
continuing it as cabinet chair of the start an evolution campaign for
the Okanagan campus.  Langford and the volunteer cabinet are helping
to raise $100 million for student learning, research innovation and
community engagement initiatives. Their involvement and dedication
is invaluable as the University seeks to increase its capacity and expand
its impact.
Build a New Alumni Centre
Building an alumni centre at the Vancouver campus is one of the key objectives of the University and
the UBC Alumni Association. Positioned at the heart of campus, this iconic building will be the first of
its kind in Canada and a physical embodiment of the critical role of alumni in the life of the
University. The UBC Alumni Centre will be home to the energy of bright minds from the community
and across all faculties, and a host to thought-leaders from Canada and around the world.  It will be
a starting point and gathering place - a campus home to build relationships, exchange knowledge,
and contribute positive change to the world.
Designing a home that truly captures the spirit and power of UBC and its alumni requires a dedicated
group of individuals. The UBC Alumni Centre can certainly lay claim to some of the best.
Alongside a core group of alumni staff, Mark Mawhinney (BA '94), Rod Hoffmeister (BA '67), Graham
Senft (BA '01), and John Metras (MBA '92), lent their considerable talents to realising the vision for
alumni engagement through the Centre.   Contributing countless hours to the project, these alumni
offered expertise in project management, building design, strategic partnerships, and sustainability,
amongst other areas emerging through the design process.
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Actions (planning; process
established and ongoing; in place; new)
Select Outcomes
Enrich the lives of
graduates through a
deeper connection
to UBC, and help
the University
achieve its vision
Create opportunities for alumni to
connect intellectually with the University
Develop volunteer opportunities that are
valuable for alumni and the University
Partner with students and graduates to
build highly engaged alumni communities
Over 490 people attend UBC Dialogues to
discuss issues facing society today
2,455 alumni volunteered with the University
through events, mentoring, presenting at
student events, etc.
Aided by Alumni Affairs, connections and
communities of alumni continue to be built
through shared causes, professional interests,
location and faculties
Increase alumni
commitment to UBC
through an
expansion of
opportunities for
Expand University-wide efforts to engage
Build positive regard for UBC through
inspiring events, effective
communications and outstanding services
Build a new Alumni Centre that will serve
as a dynamic welcome centre on the
Vancouver campus, bringing together all
members of the campus community
Events from Alumni Weekend at the Vancouver
campus, the Grad Gala at the Okanagan
campus, Funspiels and alumni evenings at
campus cultural events bring alumni together
The Next Step event focuses on professional
development and social networking
opportunities for young alumni
Over 2.4 million e-blasts were sent out
promoting programming and events
A core group of alumni staff are members of the
Building Committee committed to ensuring the
Alumni Association sees the Alumni Centre
become a reality
Alumni Affairs strategic plan   http://strategicplan.ubc.ca/files/2009/11/AA-Strat-plan.pdf
Alumni Affairs   www.alumni.ubc.ca
Irving K Barber Learning Centre www.attractions.ubc.ca/lifelong_learning/
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Intercultural Understanding
The University engages in reflection and action to build intercultural aptitudes, create a
strong sense of inclusion and enrich our intellectual and social life.
Intercultural understanding is an inherent aspect of all commitments in Place and Promise, resulting
in concurrent activity across the University.
The development of the intercultural understanding mid-level strategic plan is in draft phase,
undergoing final consultation.  It provides a framework for forwarding the University's commitment
to intercultural understanding, with a focus on four key objectives:  fostering social relationships
across cultural difference, "courageous conversations" on campus, learning intercultural
understanding in the classroom, and research and operational excellence.
As part of the development of this plan, numerous initiatives have been undertaken, including an
informal audit of existing activity contributing to intercultural understanding on campus, a review of
available literature and related research, and piloting a number of actions. The development of the
plan included over 200 individual meetings with faculty, staff and students, and student focus groups
and was aimed at capturing the most pressing issues relating to intercultural understanding.
The mid-level plan will also help to focus existing activity towards the four key objectives. The
following highlights capture only a fraction of the breadth of activity in this area.
Expand learning opportunities encouraging cultural diversity, dialogue and
Intercultural understanding is an integrated part of the student learning experience, in and outside
the classroom. This is especially true for the following examples that include intercultural learning
through curriculum, student-directed learning and learning through community service and studies
Intercultural understanding is core to the subject matter for many courses at UBC. This is especially
true for UBC's world-renown program in Cultural Psychology; the Specialization in International
Forestry; the Conflict Resolution, Arts and iNtercultural Experience (CRANE); the English Language
Institute (ELI); the First Nations Studies Program; and the Immigrant Vancouver Ethnographic Field
School (IVEFS).  Courses dealing specifically with intercultural understanding can be found at the
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Continuing Studies Centre for Intercultural Communication (CIC) and courses in Anthropology, Asian
Studies; Educational and Counselling Psychology; Psychology; Language and Literacy Education; and
The most profound curricular examples are often experienced in less obvious courses. Undergraduate
student Joy Richu had come to assume that her childhood in Kenya would never be reflected in CRWR
203, a children's creative writing course.   She had become accustomed to unfamiliar book titles and
the "blank and confused stare" she often received when she mentioned books from her own
childhood.  In the semester, her professor laid out a selection of books and asked the students to
discuss the literary elements from one of the books.  As Joy approached the table, she was
unexpectedly surprised:  "Lying amongst the other novels and fairy tales, a book with a girl on the
cover that looked like ME! I felt my heart skip a beat. Without a second thought (or glance at the
other books), I quickly grabbed the book, marvelling at the cover."
There are also numerous curricular examples in graduate student programs.  A notable example is
SCARP 548B: Current Issues in Planning: Building Inclusive Communities in an Age of Uneven
Development, a social learning studio for graduate students in the UBC School of Community and
Regional Planning (SCARP).   This course provides an introduction to concepts and theories about
community development and social learning combined with hands-on experience with social learning
processes that form the foundation of effective community engagement and participatory planning.
Perhaps the most notable curricular advancement has been the announcement of the Asian Canadian
Studies Minor in the Faculty of Arts, with a goal to learn from anti-Japanese and anti-Asian racism
and discrimination in our history so that future generations can engage better in issues of justice,
equity and inclusion.   This new minor is one of three measures approved by the UBC Senate in 2011
to recognize and understand what happened to Japanese Canadian UBC students in 1942.
Community, Culture and Global Studies at the Okanagan campus pursues education and research in
Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies, Human Geography and Indigenous Studies.
The Okanagan campus' Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice is currently researching
processes that marginalize Aboriginal people, disabled people, economically disadvantaged people,
queer and two-spirited people, and racialized people.
Student-Directed Approaches
UBC students demonstrated much passion and readiness through the many student-directed efforts
towards intercultural understanding.  Select initiatives include:
• the Tandem Language Exchange, a student-driven program supported by the Centre for
Intercultural Language Students (CILS), the English Language Institute (ELI), the Simon K.Y. Lee
Global Lounge and Resource Centre, and the Provost's Office, paired students in facilitated
language exchange.  Piloted in January 2011 and run over three semesters, the program has
paired 402 students and proven to be an effective way of fostering meaningful relationships and a
depth of understanding across cultures.  In the most recent semester, 27 languages were offered.
• The Peer Program, a network of over 300 students in 11 peer-to-peer support programs, has
made intercultural understanding and social responsibility a priority for student learning.
• Student clubs have also played a major role in fostering difficult conversations.   In September
2011, Perspectives Magazine, a student-run publication whose mandate is to foster intercultural
awareness on campus, developed criteria and presented its list of the "Top-10 Intercultural
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Clubs", profiling the student clubs whose activities and programming aim to facilitate
intercultural understanding on campus.
• The Asian Canadian Cultural Organisation (ACCO) ran a series of dialogues in November 2011
called, Huddle 2011, which explored the challenges of coordinating of initiatives around
environmental issues, advocacy for LGBTQ rights, and civic engagement across cultures.
Similarly, the Caribbean African Association (CAA) presented a student-directed dialogue called
Uncensored Series, which challenged student clubs to consider "cultural cliquing" as a barrier to
being an intercultural campus.
• The Dean's Lecture Series on Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Understanding and The
Interdisciplinary Roundtable on Diversity - a partnership between students and faculty, was
launched this year.  Sponsored by the Equity Office, the Provost's Office, the Faculty of Arts and
Faculty of Education, this series featured presentations by faculty, the Dean of Education
(November 2011), and the Dean of Arts (February 2012) on related topics. The series lead up to
The Futures of Change: Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Understanding Colloquium (March
2012), which showcased graduate student research in related topics.
• The Indigenous Studies program offers interdisciplinary courses providing perspectives of
Indigenous peoples from the Okanagan, Canada and world communities. The involvement of the
Okanagan nation and the En'owkin Centre in its development and in ongoing partnership provides
a strong foundation in the Okanagan community and ensures continuing input from Indigenous
Experiential and Hands-On Learning
UBC facilitates intercultural learning opportunities for more than 1,500 students through Go Global
programs, including academic exchange, international service learning, group study, research abroad
and the U21 Global Issues Program;
The UBC-Community Learning Initiative (UBC-CLI) coordinates community-based experiential learning
(CBEL) throughout UBC.  CBEL encompasses initiatives that provide students with opportunities to
apply their discipline-specific knowledge toward the resolution of complex community-based
challenges.  Intercultural understanding is a core aspect of pre-departure and community service
preparatory training, the learning experience itself, and the guided self-reflection during and after
program completion.
The following are examples of courses that use community and hands-on experience to facilitate
intercultural learning.
• ANTH 100-001 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology is a tutorial that uses interactive
technologies to video-conference and on-line chat with students at partner universities in
Michigan, Korea, Taiwan and/or the Czech Republic (including students from across Europe).  For
three consecutive periods of approximately 2-3 weeks each, UBC students participate in telecom
group interviews, on-line chatting, and faculty-guided discussions to learn about their partners'
culture while simultaneously teaching them about their own.
• HKIN 489D Interculturalism, Health & Physical Activity, a fourth-year seminar taught by Dr.
Wendy Frisby in the UBC School of Kinesiology, aims to examine:  the juxtapositions between the
theoretical, the practical, and the personal in relation to promoting interculturalism, health, and
physical activity.   This course is designed to develop skills and an inventory of 'promising
practices' that will better equip fourth-year students for working in a variety of intercultural
contexts (e.g., local community, schools, government, business, research, internationally).
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Promote effective intercultural professional development for faculty and staff
Intercultural understanding is at the core of numerous initiatives aimed at building the intercultural
competencies of faculty and staff provided though Human Resources (HR [as part of the Focus on
People Framework]), the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), the Equity Office
and Continuing Studies Centre for Intercultural Communication. Examples include:
Human Resources
• Leave for Change Program sends six UBC staff overseas on volunteer placements annually,
resulting in transformational experiences that are shared here.
• UBC Community Leadership Program, a partnership with the Community Learning Initiative,
Organizational Development and Leadership, and Student Development that involved 10 staff
accompanying graduate students to schools in Vancouver's downtown eastside, an area that
experiences great diversity with respect to ethnicity and economic advantage.
• Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) for new academic Heads and Directors, and
modules within UBC's Managing at UBC program for new staff managers, address foundational
concepts such as conflict resolution and cultural interpretation.   Greater intercultural content
for both programs is under development.
• HR Advisory Services has been building the capacity of HR Advisors at each campus in
Intercultural Communication and Cross-Cultural Interviewing for the purpose of promoting barrier
free recruitment and promotion.
Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) - Vancouver Campus
• Living Lab is an interactive theatre program that engages UBC teaching and learning communities
in conversations about complexities and challenges that arises in diverse and multicultural
classrooms.  Since fall 2009, Living Lab has performed over 20 times across UBC for TA training,
professional development for faculty, and teacher education courses.
• Aboriginal Initiatives programming at CTLT provides expertise and support for faculty-based
initiatives focused on improving classroom climate, environments conducive to student success,
and strengthens local capacity to conduct effective approaches to intercultural dialogues about
race, identity and socially contentious topics.  This year an innovative series of professional
development workshops titled Aboriginal Initiatives: Classroom Climate was created, focusing on
classroom discussions of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal histories and relationships. This series
pilot was well-attended by senior and junior faculty, teaching assistants, researchers, graduate
students and staff from all over the University.
UBC Equity Office
• Produced and officially released Valuing Difference: A Strategy for Advancing Equity and
Diversity at UBC , the mid-level strategic plan giving effect to the values of equity and diversity
as expressed in Place and Promise and outlines how the University plans to embed equity and
diversity goals in all aspects of its strategic planning.
• Launched UBC's new Diversity at UBC website. Administered by the Equity Offices, this website
aggregates diversity and equity-related web links from across the University and helps to
facilitate the ability of all students, staff and faculty to find relevant UBC resources in the areas
of employment, academic programs, research, university services, campus involvement and
engagement, grants, awards and other diversity and equity related resources.
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• Introduced equity briefings for search committees for senior academic positions across the
university.  Equity training was also provided to faculty search committees in 2011.  Both
initiatives have been received well and will continue to expand.
• Newly established the Provost's Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity in early 2012. This
committee replaces the President's Advisory Committee on Equity, Discrimination and
Harassment, which historically provided the University with advice and direction to meet the
commitment to create and maintain an inclusive work and study environment for students,
faculty and staff.
• The Equity Matters Campaign promotes education and awareness on issues of equity and diversity
on the Okanagan campus; provides learning resources on the website; connects with on and off-
campus units and groups.
Office of the Ombudsperson for Students - Vancouver Campus
• Coordinates an annual "professional development opportunity for UBC frontline staff", called
Connecting Place and Promise: Building a Community of Service Excellence.   Sessions included
International Students:  Responding to Diversity; Intercultural Understanding; Access & Diversity;
and Handling Difficult Conversations.
UBC Continuing Studies Centre for Intercultural Communication (CIC) provides:
• The UBC Certificate in Intercultural Studies program has been a key source for professional
development for hundreds of UBC staff and faculty for well over a decade. Courses in Strategies
for Effective Intercultural Communication, Building Multicultural Teams, Identity and Intergroup
Relations and Internationalizing Post-Secondary Institutions, are some of the most frequently
chosen courses for UBC staff and faculty.
• CIC also offers customized workshops for campus groups, frequently in the area of Creating an
Inclusive Classroom for TAs and last year in the area of Intercultural Supervision of Graduate
Students, for faculty in partnership with FOGS.
• For managers and human resource professionals, CIC has several HRMA accredited workshops in:
Engaging and Retaining a Diverse Workforce; Cross-Cultural Interviewing; and Strategies for
Success with Culturally Diverse Learners.
Improve processes and supports to achieve a diverse and excellent student, staff, and faculty
It is important to note that UBC has a rich resource of international diversity. There are 144
countries represented by international students at both campuses and nearly 4 out of 5 students can
speak two or more languages. In places like St. John's College, UBC's International Graduate College,
two-thirds of the students come from outside North America from over 45 different countries.
As in the previous year, improvements to processes and supports to UBC staff and faculty begin with
orientation and professional development, as described in the Focus on People Framework. As
intercultural understanding has been recognized as contributing to the mental health of UBC's staff
and faculty, UBC is also looking at ways to integrate intercultural understanding into health
promotion at UBC, including growing intercultural awareness and related interpersonal capacity
through content in the Healthy UBC Newsletter.
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UBC Jump Start, an intensive pre-session academic orientation designed originally for international
students, connected this year's first ever cohort of Aboriginal students with students across
difference in authentic and meaningful ways.  Partners in learning, nine first-year Aboriginal students
and 300 new-to-UBC international students explored their own and each other's ways of knowing,
while creating robust social networks to support them through their time at UBC.  In 2012, 900
international students are expected to participate in UBC Jump Start.
Access and Diversity works with the each of the University's campus' to foster an inclusive and
welcoming living and learning environment at UBC and to eliminate structural and attitudinal
barriers based on disability, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Highlights
• Support for over 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students with documented disabilities,
coordinating disability-related accommodations such as specialized exam arrangements,
alternate format materials, note taking, interpreting, captioning, and facilitates access to
funding for specialized equipment; facilitate over 5,000 exams for students requiring specialized
adapted equipment, a distraction free environment and extended testing time.
• The "Be More Than a Bystander" campaign, a partnership with UBC Athletic and the Ending
Violence Association of BC was launched.   Drawing on the power of peer and cultural influences
in society to compel individuals to take on leadership roles in violence prevention in their
communities, five UBC Varsity athletes received bystander awareness training with the BC Lions
and will serve as role models on campus. This work will be furthered by the development of a
Violence Intervention and Prevention project on the Vancouver campus in the coming year.
• Training was facilitated for an initial cohort of students based on Dr. Ishu Ishiyama's (2000)
"Active Witness Model", which encourages every individual to move from being a passive to an
active witness, taking an active role in promoting positive social change.  In its second year, this
program engaged 30 student leaders who will support 150 student organizations and communities
in building their capacity to promote a healthy and respectful environment.
The Equity Offices at each campus drives many systemic improvements, including:
• A project to welcome new Academic Heads of Units, and to invite them to discuss their roles and
responsibilities on the handling of concerns related to harassment and discrimination and the
advancement of equity and diversity at UBC was implemented.
• Funding of the Equipment Accommodation Fund (EAF) and the Equity Enhancement Fund (EEF),
which support the University in attaining its educational and employment equity goals.   In 2011,
six projects were funded on both campuses at a total of $47,000.
• Educational offerings on discrimination and harassment, sexual harassment, racism, bullying and
homophobia, customized sessions on human rights and diversity strategies and issues can be
requested at any time for students, staff or faculty and events to mark days of national or
cultural significance. These include conferences, speakers, educational and social programming
for days like the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
• New facilitators have been added to the Positive Space Campaign, a popular campus-wide
program that works to make UBC more welcoming and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer,
trans and gender variant people and issues on campus.  From the program's inception in 2002 to
present, the Equity Office has offered 153 workshops to UBC students, staff and faculty, many of
whom have then chosen to become Resource Persons for the Campaign.
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The Office of the Ombudsperson for Students incorporates intercultural understanding into every
interaction with students.
• UBC's students from all over the world and from a wide range of backgrounds seek the
Ombudsperson's support in managing conflict resolution, often with faculty or staff who also
reflect a variety of ethnic and academic cultures.
• The Office functions as a central resource around cultural awareness for various committees and
working group discussions across the University.
• Over the past year, the Office of the Ombudsperson for Students has coordinated an effort
towards an "integrated conflict resolution system" at UBC (on-going).
In partnership with St. John's College, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Access and Diversity, the
Office of the Ombudsperson for Students, VP Students Office and the Provost's Office, 200 first year
international graduate students were brought together to share their stories, seek resources and ask
questions in an informal environment. Representatives from a broad range of units and offices were
present to mix and mingle among the students and where appropriate, answer questions and provide
resources. This event aimed to foster a stronger sense of community and inclusion amongst
international graduate students.
Vancouver            Okanagan
2011                                 2011
Equity:   Human rights related concerns
Non-human rights related concerns
Other (can include inquiries unrelated to a specific incident or concern)
Equity Enhancement Fund - # projects
Ombudsperson for Students: # of student visitors
Enhance accessibility of the physical environment at UBC for people with
Over the last two years, Campus and Community Planning (C&CP) has initiated considerable
structural and environmental changes that go far beyond compliance to UBC's building code around
accessibility.  Continuing with the updates to the Vancouver Campus Plan (2010), all new buildings
and public realm capital projects are being built to the new standard. Please refer to Section 4.3
of Part 2 and Section 2.2 of Part 3 (Design Guidelines) of the Vancouver Campus Plan.   Improvements
that address the accessibility and mobility with a more holistic approach of how people journey
throughout the entirety of campus continue each year.
Significant completed examples include:
• Improvements to length of Agricultural Road.  Paving material and gradients are now in
compliance with highest standards of accessible design.   Removal of all curbs and barriers from
Agricultural Road walkways and lawn areas. Creating a primary east-west corridor across campus
(East Mall to West Mall).
• Universal integrated access provided to the front door of the Klinck Building from Agricultural
Road (removal of barrier previously created by flight of steps).   Interior improvements required
to provide universal access inside the building from this entry point.
• Universal integrated access provided to Math Annex Building.
• Removal of all curbs and barriers from Main Mall walkways and lawn areas between Koerner Plaza
and University Boulevard. Improvements to paving material and gradients on this segment are
now in compliance with highest standards of accessible design.  Renovations to the rest of the
Mall (Rose Garden to Thunderbird Commons) currently underway.
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•    Removal of two exterior sets of steps on Main Mall frontage of Chemistry Building.
There are at least ten major enhancements underway involving the removal of curbs and barriers
along major pathways, improvements to paving material and gradients, the creation of a new
universally accessible north-south route, the creation of barrier free large commons, and the
creation of integrated universally accessible ramp entrances.
With a similar commitment to making classrooms and learning spaces more accessible, UBC has
recently updated its Learning Space Design Guidelines with added provisions addressing accessibility
in classrooms.   Please refer to Section 5.04 of the Learning Space Design Guidelines.
UBC has 339 General Use classrooms at its Vancouver campus.  333 or 98% are accessible. All
buildings are accessible at the Okanagan campus.
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Increase awareness
and experience of
the benefits of
Remove barriers to
greater cultural and
intellectual diversity
within the
University, including
those faced by
disadvantaged groups
Actions (planning; process
established and ongoing; in place; new)
Expand learning opportunities
encouraging cultural diversity, dialogue
and debate
Promote effective inter-cultural
professional development for faculty and
Improve processes and supports to achieve
an excellent and diverse student, staff
and faculty body
Enhance accessibility of the physical
environment at UBC for people with
Expand opportunities to safely express
and converse on issues of cultural
diversity at all levels of the university
Select Outcomes
Faculty of Arts have implemented an Asian
Canadian Studies minor
Student directed efforts, such as the Tandem
Language Exchange and Peer Programs
Committee have been implemented
Experiential and hands-on learning
opportunities continue to expand
Diversity at UBC website was launched,
aggregating diversity and equity-related web
links from across the university
Provost's Advisory Committee on Equity and
Diversity was established
UBC was recognized as one of Canada's Best
Diversity Employers for the fifth consecutive
Student Development and Services include 24
training programs that support intercultural
The Jump Start program expanded to include
Aboriginal students as well as international
The Equipment Accommodation Fund and
Equity Enhancement Fund support educational
and employment equity goals, supporting 6
projects in 2011
Campus and Community Planning continue
their multi-year program of access upgrades at
the Vancouver Campus, with ten major
projects underway
Okanagan Campus continues its inclusive
campus initiative
I Opportunities continue to be developed
I through student and academic programming
|| LINKS    || Diversity at UBC http://diversity.ubc.ca/
Equity Office Vancouver campus www.equity.ubc.ca/
Equity Office Okanagan campus http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/equity/welcome.html
Inclusive Campus initiative http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/equity/programs/inclusivecampus.html
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International Engagement
The University creates rich opportunities for international engagement for students, faculty,
staff, and alumni, and collaborates and communicates globally.
Increase Student Participation in Learning and Service Abroad
UBC offers a wide range of options for students to gain international experience during their studies.
Faculties may offer co-op placements abroad and UBC's dedicated student mobility office, Go
Global, works with academic departments to offer undergraduate and graduate students
opportunities to study abroad, research abroad and undertake international service learning. About
14% of undergraduates at UBC's Vancouver campus and 22% at the Okanagan campus will have had an
international experience by the time they graduate, compared to the national average of 3%.
International Community Service Learning and Community Based Research
UBC's International Service Learning (ISL) programs help students contribute to projects led by
community partners around the world, connecting their academic studies with real-world
experience.  Students discover the local impact of global issues and build meaningful connections
with communities.   Students are also eligible to conduct research at many of UBC's 150 partner
universities, which offers many benefits to UBC students, including opportunities to learn new
research techniques, improve prospects for an academic career, engage with people from other
cultures, and make contacts and build international networks.
Okanagan Campus Volunteer Efforts Extend to Peru
• Seven students participated in the new Get Involved Program, stepping
away from urban life to get involved in the small village of Lobitos, Peru
• Focusing on health promotion, the students endeavored to make a
difference in the lives of the villagers, volunteering with the WAVE
• Their outreach, with three health promotion drives, was conducted in
the community centre and the local beach
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Sustaining Delicate Ecosystems in Costa Rica
1 •     Vancouver students participate in sustaining and developing the
delicate coastal ecosystem in Costa Rica through the International
Service Learning program
1 •      Students in photo take notes while examining sea turtle nests at the
Quelonios project in Pacuare
1 •      Student Rhys Edwards says "the supervisors of Go Global will teach
you how to deal with challenges, derive personal meaning from your
projects, effectively contribute to your host organization, and
ultimately return with more than a line on your resume."
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Further examples include:
• a sustainable livelihoods program in Uganda in partnership with the Canadian International
Development Agency (CIDA) and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).
• a community-based food security intervention in Rwanda for a fourteen-week placement working
on a Multiple Micronutrient Powders project within a collaborative partnership model.
• Project GROW - Ghana Rural Opportunities for Women, started four years ago, continues to work
with a cooperative group of 120 women from two villages to meet their community objectives.
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# outgoing students engaged in international community service learning
Published articles with an international co-author(s)
System total
Increase the International Dimension of Educational Opportunities
UBC aims to offer all of its students a learning experience that incorporates an international
dimension.  While this can be achieved in part through opportunities to study or research abroad, it
must also be an aspect of learning here on the UBC campuses to prepare students for careers in
global society.
UBC's Faculty of Dentistry students connect and collaborate with their
peers across three continents using a specialized website developed at
UBC. The site allows them to review each other's clinical work and
participate as a group in case-based tutorials. Also, the dialogue
between peers unveils cultural, political and infrastructure issues that
have as much impact on clinical activity as pure science. The project
currently involves five dental schools — UBC, Birmingham, Hong Kong,
Melbourne and Tecnologico de Monterrey, and aims to expand further.
Dr. Karen Gardner, associate clinical professor of oral health sciences
and dental education research at UBC, was recognized for her work in
creating the site with the inaugural U21 Award for
Increase Support for International Collaborations
Published in the spring of 2011, the UBC International Strategic plan provides a framework for
international engagement, and identifies specific goals and regions of key interest.  UBC's recent
activities in support of these goals include the following:
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• Professor Toope accompanied BC Premier Christy Clark on her Nov. mission to India, where the
opening of the UBC India office, with centres in Delhi and Bangalore was announced.  The office
will support relationships between UBC and Indian partners, provide information on UBC to
potential students and help to raise the profile of UBC in India.
• UBC hosted a meeting of the Canada-China Joint Science and Technology Committee, co-chaired
by Dr. Alain Beaudet, President, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and Dr. Jianlin
Cao, Vice Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Oct, thereby strengthening its
relationships with the Chinese government and Chinese university and industry partners.
Professor Toope is a member of the Joint Committee.
• UBC's Sauder School of Business formed a strategic partnership in June with the Copenhagen
Business School (CBS), one of the largest in Europe. The new partnership builds on an active 16-
year exchange program, and supports stronger ties between the two institutions in research,
academic programs, student and faculty exchange, and other scholarly pursuits.
• UBC is developing a range of innovative multidisciplinary partnerships in India to create a centre
of excellence to accelerate community transformation and sustainability.  UBC has established an
India Advisory Committee of community and business leaders with significant expertise in India.
• Partnerships in China are an important part of UBC's collaborative research agenda.  UBC's
Faculty of Medicine has a particularly strong network with top Chinese universities. One example
is Dr. Weihong Song;s joint institute for research into Alzheimer's disease at Chongquing Medical
University.  Dr. Song, a professor of psychiatry and a Canada Research Chair, received China's
highest honour for foreign experts - the Friendship Award, in October 2011.
Expand Recruitment of Outstanding Students and Faculty
UBC recruits talented faculty members from around the world.  Professors and lecturers from
countries other than Canada help to create globally relevant and responsive curricula, a multicultural
learning experience, and research and training of the highest caliber.  UBC has programs in place to
support faculty members who are new to Canada, including the Work-Life & Relocation Services
Centre, University-wide orientations, and research-specific orientations.
Graduate Student Support
UBC helps graduate students study, conduct research, and form connections all over the world.
Graduate students can work with UBC's dedicated student mobility office, Go Global, to find funding
support and investigate mobility opportunities with UBC's international partners.
Graduate Student Recruitment
Programs and partnerships support UBC's efforts to attract top international students to UBC
graduate programs. For example:
• UBC has entered into a new partnership with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
(AIMS), a centre for the development of math and science talent across Africa.  UBC will fund
scholarships through the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative, which will support African students at an
AIMS centre located in South Africa.  UBC will also promote the opportunity for UBC faculty and
graduate students to visit AIMS as short-term course instructors, and to build connections
between UBC students and AIMS students.  While the scholarship program will help to build
capacity in Africa, it will also support UBC's efforts to attract top students from Africa to
graduate programs at UBC.
• Through the RISE Worldwide program, German students in engineering and natural sciences come
to UBC for up to 12 weeks for research internships. The German Academic Exchange Service
(DAAD) provides funding for the students in form of travel support, monthly allowance and
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insurances.  In 2011, UBC had 11 participants, the largest group in North America; in 2012, 20
students are confirmed to come to UBC, bringing with them up to $48,000 total in funding
support. The students are undergraduates; the goals of the program are to recruit these top
students into UBC graduate programs, increase research collaboration with German partners, and
encourage RISE alumni to act as ambassadors for UBC in Germany.
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
# international graduate students
% international graduate students
Increase over past year in international applications
Increase Substantial Strategic Partnerships in Regions of Priority to UBC
Partnership Funding
and show through 3D visualizations
International Visitors
To support the activities of its international partnerships, UBC
seeks funding from a variety of sources, such as the Nereus
Program. A $13-million international research network, with
funding from Japan's Nippon Foundation, it brings together
experts in fisheries, climate change, environmental policy,
geospatial modeling, marine ecology and socio-economics for
research collaborations, capacity building and to increase
public awareness about fish stock depletion.  It connects UBC
with Princeton, Duke, Stockholm and Cambridge universities.
In February it unveiled the first global model of life in the
world's oceans, allowing scientists and policymakers to predict
- the state of life in the oceans of the future.
UBC's Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has a scholarly
partnership with the College de France, which allows
outstanding faculty to come to UBC as Wall Distinguished
Visiting Professors.  In turn, the College de France invites UBC
faculty to spend time in Paris as "Chairs d'Etat".  In 2011 Alain
Berthoz, Founding Director of the Laboratory of Physiology of
Perception and Action of the French "Centre Nationale de
Recherche Sceintifique" returned to the Pater Wall Institute as
a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Brett Finlay, Professor of
Biochemistry and Microbiology at UBC went to the College de
France, as a "Chair d'Etat
UBC hosts formal visits from high-level partners, potential
partners, and international embassies.  Many of these visits
support the development of international collaborations and
partnerships.   For example, UBC hosted presidents and/or
chairs from three top Chinese universities:  Peking University,
Renmin University and Tsinghua University. The delegates
were interested in discussing the strategic management of a
top research-intensive university.  In March, Professor Toope
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visited these universities in China and signed agreements to strengthen research relationships and
support student mobility.
UBC strives to accommodate hundreds of visitor requests each year at all levels; the high volume
reflects UBC's status as a sought-after partner and research collaborator.
Through a number of funding mechanisms, both internal and external, UBC supports the scholarship
of many visiting fellows, faculty and graduate students. At UBC's Okanagan campus, the invited
International Distinguished Visitor Fund, valued at $5,000/visit, was established. This provides
opportunities for international colleagues to visit UBC, engage with the campus community and share
their research and expertise.
Enhance Scholarly Communications on Global Issues
UBC Press is Canada's leading social sciences publisher with an international reputation for producing
innovative works of scholarly excellence. Each year the Press produces seventy new titles, which are
available to the world English-language market in digital and print form.   UBC Press publishes in
many areas of global interest, including environmental studies, Aboriginal studies, security studies,
and globalization and transnational studies, and keeps more than 19,000 scholars informed about
forthcoming titles pertinent to their work. This year UBC Press sold more than 46,000 books to
libraries, scholars, students, and researchers in Canada and throughout the world.
Strengthen UBC's Role in International Development
Many of UBC's internationally focused research projects and teaching projects support capacity-
building in the developing world. Some of these projects receive funding from the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC) or the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
The Canadian International Food Security Research Fund is a collaborative program with funding from
both the IDRC and CIDA.  In June 2011, a UBC international research project was awarded a $3.4
million grant from the Fund to increase food security in the Andean regions of Peru.
Dr. Shafique Pirani, Clinical Professor in UBC's
Department of Orthopaedics received the 2012
Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) for his commitment to
improving the function and quality of life of Ugandan
children afflicted with clubfoot.  Dr. Pirani helped
launch the Uganda Sustainable Clubfoot Care Project
(USCCP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing
widespread disability from neglected clubfoot. The
USCCP received funding from CIDA, and a $100,000 gift
from an anonymous donor to support the expansion of
the program to other countries.
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Actions (planning; process
established and ongoing; in place; new)
Select Outcomes
Increase the
capacity of UBC
students, faculty,
staff, and alumni
to engage
Increase student participation in learning
and service abroad
Increase the international dimension of
UBC's educational opportunities
Increase support for international
collaborations by faculty, staff and
Expand recruitment of outstanding
students and faculty from around the
14% of undergraduates at the Vancouver campus
and 22% at the Okanagan's campus will have an
international experience, compared to the national
average of 3%
Research is conducted at UBC's 150 global partner
Strategic partnerships, such as the one between
the Sauder School of Business and the Copenhagen
School of Business provide research, academic
programs and exchanges
This year saw a 13.8% increase in international
applications at the Vancouver campus and a 3.4%
increase at the Okanagan campus
UBC's presence
as a globally
Increase the number of substantial
strategic partnerships in regions of
priority to UBC
Enhance UBC's scholarly communications
on global issues, including on the web
Strengthen UBC's role in international
New partnerships were formed, such as that with
the Nereus Program, a $13 m international
research network
UBC Press sold more than 46,000 books, producing
70 new titles
cIRcle, UBC's digital repository, piloted in 2007,
now has over 41,000 entries and continues to grow
A partnership with CIDA and AUCC saw a
sustainable livelihood program established in
LINKS       International Strategic Plan http://research.ubc.ca/vpri/call-input-draft-international-strategic-plan
- Go Global www.students.ubc.ca/global/index.dfm
International Student Initiative   www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=6,231,723,0
Office of the Vice President Research and International www.research.ubc.ca
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Outstanding Work Environment
The University provides a fulfilling environment in which to work, learn and live, reflecting
our values and encouraging the open exchange of ideas and opinions.
Processes are in place to recruit first choice applicants
The "employer story" is a recruitment branding project initiated to support the attraction and
retention of faculty and staff who will be successful at UBC. The goal of the project is to convey
what it means to work at UBC, to those who are considering a career here.  New advertising
templates were developed in 2011 /2012 to support the faculty and staff recruiting process. These
advertising templates will be rolled out to the University community in 2012.
Establish a faculty/staff relocation office in Vancouver; expand services to the Okanagan
Professor David Rummel, who left New York
and the New York Times to teach at the UBC
Graduate School of Journalism, says that
Centre staff helped him connect with the
moving company, referred him to software
that aided his housing search, and gave him
information about navigating the intricacies of
immigration and importing a car from the U.S.
The Centre helps as many as 300 new faculty,
staff, and postdocs each year. Dr. Ricardo
Carvalho, says he and his wife Dr. Adriana
Manso, who relocated with their daughter
from Brazil to teach at the Faculty of
Dentistry, were always treated as though they
were the Centre's only clients. He says,
"every time I have a chance I stop over there
for a black tea. They are just fun and lovely
people to spend time with."
Jayne Booth and her staff at the Work-Life and
Relocation Services Centre provide what Booth calls
"five-star concierge service" to incoming professors,
postdoctoral fellows, senior staff, and visiting faculty.
The Centre's staff connects new arrivals with resources
to ease their transition to a new city.
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In addition to the in-person services offered in
Vancouver, UBC's Okanagan Campus launched
online resources to support relocating faculty
in 2011/2012 and will soon open its own
Welcome and Relocation Services Centre,
where incoming faculty will have personalized
support to help them connect with
appropriate childcare and housing resources,
and to help partners with job search efforts.
Expand efforts to create and recognize linkages between performance and academic priorities,
administrative effectiveness and the budget framework
Significant work has been done to develop and review the faculty financial and operational 10-year
plans, based on the enrolment-driven budget framework. This work will provide the foundation on
which UBC can make appropriate linkages between its academic priorities and the budget
To further support this goal, a distributed, integrated model of administrative support was
implemented in 2011/2012 in the Finance function across all administrative and ancillary units, three
Faculties, and the UBC Library. In addition, the budget review process was expanded further into the
organization with reviews now being conducted with many schools and departments.
On the Okanagan campus, the Provost is establishing positions to support Faculties with strategic and
financial planning to better link academic operations with the enrolment and budgeting processes. In
addition, the Office of the Provost, supported by Human Resources, is beginning to develop a
resource planning and review cycle that supports academic planning and budgeting needs.
Develop and implement effective communication vehicles for faculty and staff
Improving the communications infrastructure has been a priority for UBC in the past year. An
increased focus on communications resulted in the recasting of the VP portfolio External and
Community to VP Communications & Community Partnership.
2011/12       2010/11
I feel proud to work for UBC* (% agree)
Would recommend UBC as a good place to work* (%
Voluntary turnover rates
Faculty hires (Bargaining Unit)
Related Academic Appointments (includes post-doc
emeritus, etc)
Staff hires
Work-Life and Relocation Services - # clients
' All faculty and staff
Provide faculty and staff with professional development opportunities
UBC is committed to supporting all employees in their professional development, and to creating
reflective learning opportunities that engage and benefit the mind.  In 2011 /2012, a project was
initiated to support staff to apply for professional development funds online. Programming has
begun, and the online system is expected to launch in 2012/2013.
Faculty and staff are invited to explore UBC resources best suited to their learning needs at
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Vancouver Okanagan
2011/12       2010/11    I 2011/12       2010/11
# faculty/staff using tuition waivers for self/professional
2,394          (UBC Total)
# participants:  HR sponsored staff workshops (Note: Vancouver
numbers include only MOST offerings)
# faculty/staff working with a Coach through Coaching@UBC
# faculty using PD funds
# staff using PD funds
As a UBC employee, I am satisfied with the opportunities for
learning available to me at UBC through internal providers* (% agree)
"Source:  2011 Workplace Experiences Survey
Respectful, Inclusive and Collegia! Work Environment
Develop an integrated strategy to create a respectful, inclusive and collegial work environment
Faculty leadership accessed grant funds made
available by the University's Respectful
Environment Committee and created an event
that invited faculty, staff and student
representatives to help direct the Faculty's
approach to bringing UBC's Respectful
Environment statement to life. The event was
launched with a welcome, singing, and
drumming by members of the Musqueam
community. Then incoming Dean Blye Frank,
whose research specialties include equity and
diversity, opened the session, emphasizing the
importance of the Respectful Environment
statement, which was developed by the
University to provide guideposts for creating a
workplace culture that is inclusive and
Importantly, Dr. Butler says, initiatives
focused on ensuring a culture of respect have
been launched with the arrival of the new
Dean, who is a supporter of what he terms
joyous quarrelling: where colleagues engage
respectfully with ideas without any "nasty
At an event to welcome their new Dean, the
Faculty of Education signalled its commitment
to nurturing a respectful environment in
which to work and learn by envisioning how to
do so as a community.
"The point was to start [the Dean's] tenure
here by bringing the community together in a
way that started this dialogue," says Dr.
Deborah Butler, Associate Dean, Strategic
Continue to implement recommendations of the Task Force on Family Responsibilities
The primary accomplishment in 2011 -2012 was the drafting of the Statement on Family
Responsibilities.  Similar to the Respectful Environment statement, the Statement on Family
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Responsibilities is intended to guide the University community in how to consider the personal and
family responsibilities of faculty and staff in order for them to balance their professional and
personal lives. The importance of this initiative was confirmed by faculty and staff responses to the
November 2011 Workplace Experiences Survey. The Statement is expected to be finalized in
Staff Awards
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
President Service Awards for Excellence
DVC and Principal Award
President Service Awards (Vancouver); Staff Awards of Excellence
(UBC total)
1     To~
A I   ->
My immediate unit head/manager treats people fairly*
"Source:  2011 Workplace Experiences Survey
(% agree) |     74%
I     77%    I
Healthy Workplace Initiatives
As the Health Promotions Co-ordinator for
Human Resources, Suzanne Jolly reports she
was fielding requests from across the
Vancouver campus for training to help better
understand mental illness.
UBC has created many programs to engage
faculty, staff and students about the
importance of mental well-being. Employees
can attend lunchtime seminars on subjects
such as work-life balance, healthy eating, and
stress management. UBC Thrive, held in
October at the Vancouver and Okanagan
campuses, promotes ways for UBC community
members to build positive mental health. In
2011, Thrive events featured sessions about
optimism and anxiety, and yoga and
meditation classes. When asked about the
benefits of participating in Okanagan Thrive
events, Tracey Hawthorn, Coordinator WRAP
and Health Promotions said "in our first ever
Thrive Week, we effectively challenged the
way people look and deal with mental health
on campus and have provided a foundation on
which all campus stakeholders can have the
ability to flourish in both academic and
professional environments."
Dr. Joyce Boon and Dr. Wisdom Tettey
In order to augment existing programs offered
by the University, UBC and the Canadian
Mental Health Association jointly developed a
new training program called Responding with
Respect. It's designed to help faculty and staff
identify mental health warning signs in the
workplace, and refer their colleagues to
Jolly says that for years, people were more
comfortable talking about their physical
health. "It's very bold for an employer to talk
about mental health and UBC is definitely in
the forefront."
The Healthy Workplace Initiative Program (HWIP) provides semi-annual funding to UBC units, to help
reduce faculty and staff long-term and chronic disease by supporting healthy behaviours. In
2011/2012, HWIP funded 23 projects, ranging from a holistic nutrition series for all staff and faculty
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initiated by the Library at the Okanagan campus, to diabetes screenings and prevention program as
part of Aboriginal Health Initiative at the Vancouver campus.
In 2011/2012, the Okanagan campus fully rolled out the Work Reintegration and Accommodation
Program (WRAP) to provide centralized case management of work-related illness and injury, and to
support individuals, heads and supervisors in planning for a healthy return to work.
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
# of Work loss accidents
(UBC tot
Income replacement      - number
(UBC tot
- % of workforce
(UBC tot
# of units accessing Healthy Workplace Initiative Program (HWIP)
# of Healthy Workplace initiatives
My unit supports me in making choices that contribute to my mental
health and well-being*                                                       (% agree)
"Source:  2011 Workplace Experiences Survey
Affordable On-Campus Housing and Childcare Options
Affordable on-campus housing - Vancouver
Through the Vancouver Campus Plan and the Land Use Plan processes, faculty, staff and student
identified housing affordability and choice on the Vancouver campus as key issues.  In response, the
Community Planning Task Group of the UBC Board of Governors led the process of developing a
Housing Action Plan for the Vancouver campus in 2011 /2012.
Between April 2011 and March 2012, the Community Planning Task Group of the UBC Board of
Governors, supported by Campus and Community Planning, gathered feedback and information to
inform the development of potential housing options. This process began with a thorough review of
UBC's existing housing programs. Several new options were brought forward for consideration as a
result of an assessment of other universities' and jurisdictions' housing programs and public input.
Faculty, staff, and students actively participated in three public forums, focus groups, a blog by Task
Group Chair Dr. Ghoussoub and outreach meetings between April 2011 and March 2012. The
faculty/staff housing demand study and the student housing demand study also informed the
development of the options.
In spring 2012, a Discussion Paper was released for public consultation which outlined potential
housing program options, which will be considered by the UBC Board in 2012-13.
Child care - Vancouver
By opening an additional 37 spaces at the
University Services Building in September 2011,
UBC Child Care Services has expanded to more than
570 licensed spaces for children (infant to 12 years
of age).
UBC plans to open an additional 24 child care
spaces in the Ponderosa Phase 2 building in 2014.
Additionally, there will be a 16-space Occasional
Care Centre located in the new Student Union
Building, to provide flexible short-term services for
three- to five-years-olds whose parents need child
care services while they attend or teach classes, or
participate in on-campus activities.
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Vancouver                 Okanagan
2011/12       2010/11    | 2011/12       2010/11
Childcare Spaces - existing
3ra party
- added this year
Development of Academic and Administrative Heads and Directors
2011 /2012 saw the launch of the Academic Leadership Series at the Okanagan campus. The program
is an opportunity for Academic Heads of Unit to come together to enrich their leadership practices
and facilitate success in the carrying out of their administrative responsibilities. The Academic
Leadership Development Program (ALDP) was launched at the Vancouver campus in 2006/2007, and
continues to attract new Academic Heads each year.
Managing at UBC continued to have a strong year, with 121 Administrative Leaders participating
across UBC.
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
# of participants: Managing at UBC
# of participants: Academic Development Leadership Series
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Actions (planning; process established
and ongoing; in place; new)
Select Outcomes
Be the place of
choice for
faculty and staff
Ensure processes and supports are in place
to recruit first choice applicants
Provide faculty and staff with the means
and professional development
opportunities to fulfil UBC's vision, values
and commitments
Establish a faculty/staff relocation office
in Vancouver; expand services to the
Expand efforts to create and recognize
linkages between performance and
academic priorities, administrative
effectiveness and the budget framework
Develop and implement effective
communication vehicles for faculty and
Completed programming requirements for faculty e-
Began project to give staff access to professional
development funds.
Work life and Relocation Services extends virtual
services to Okanagan.  In-person service is planned
for 2012/2013.
Developed and reviewed 10-year faculty financial and
operational plans based on the enrolment-driven
budget framework.
Expanded budget reviews at the school and
department level in selected areas.
Completed recruitment for a new VP Communications
& Community Engagement.
Movement of staff and faculty to a common email
Be a healthy,
workplace that
cultivates well-
being, resilience
and be
responsive to
the family needs
of faculty and
Develop an integrated strategy to create a
respectful, inclusive and collegial work
Increase support for Healthy Workplace
Provide a variety of affordable on-campus
housing and child care options
Ensure that academic and administrative
heads and directors have the training, time
and support they require to be effective
Continue to implement recommendations
of the Task Force on Family
Implemented a fund that departments could access to
focus on creating respectful work environments.
Successfully provided departments from Vancouver
and the Okanagan with funds to support healthy
workplace initiatives.
WRAP program established on Okanagan campus
Opened new child care facility at the University
Services Building at the Vancouver campus.
New Academic Leadership Series launch at the
Okanagan campus.
Drafted the Statement on Family Responsibilities
LINKS    II Human Resources    www.hr.ubc.ca/
- Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/
Equity    www.equity.ubc.ca/
Diversity at UBC http://diversity.ubc.ca www.students.ubc.ca/access/index.cfm
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The University explores and exemplifies all aspects of economic, environmental and social
Considered one of the most sustainable post-secondary institutions in the world, thanks in part to
aggressive greenhouse gas reductions, UBC continues to take bold steps in sustainability that drive
operational decisions and whenever possible integrate teaching, learning and research opportunities.
Ensure UBC's Economic Sustainability
Operating budgets are structurally balanced on both campuses. All administrative, ancillary and
faculty budgets were reviewed to ensure alignment against Place and Promise and financial viability
with a mid-term outlook.
Healthy budgets means that core programs are protected and that investments can be made against
key Place and Promise priorities
On the other hand, University resources remain significantly constrained because neither the
government grant (flat) nor domestic tuition (2%) are keeping pace with UBC's Higher Education
Price Index inflation of 3%.
This means that difficult decisions have been made to reorganize some units, with resulting job
losses and redeployments.  Despite some progress, funding does not yet meet University needs in key
areas such as building operations or classroom services.
Investing in Place and Promise with a structurally balanced budget
Okanagan Budget 2011/12
• The focus was on the economic stability of the faculties and administrative units, mostly
achieved through recurring investments
• Strategic allocations were made to support enrolment growth and Place and Promise initiatives,
targeted to academic units and student learning
Vancouver Budget 2011/12
• Faculty priorities: Vancouver faculties continued to invest across the board in curriculum
redesign, experiential learning and research priorities.  Central support was sought and obtained
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to eliminate the Faculty of Law building mortgage, to appropriately fund the Master of Public
Health, to stabilize ICORD (with further funding from Faculties of Medicine and Science and the
Rick Hansen Foundation), to support Green and St. John's Colleges as part of transition to the
New Operating Model, and to realign the Chan Centre with the Faculty of Arts and the Botanical
gardens with the Faculty of Science, with specific budget adjustments to ensure the long-term
viability of these University assets
Student Housing: Continuous build-out including the completion of Totem in-fill and the approval
of Ponderosa Commons
Learning: Significant investments in Student Information and Learning Management Systems
Innovation: Seed funding for Campus as a Living Lab projects and for Entrepreneurship@UBC
Development and Alumni engagement: Further investments in University capabilities to engage
alumni and fundraise
Communication: Investment in Digital Channel infrastructure on campus
Infrastructure: Full funding and completion of the IT transformation initiatives started in 2010,
implementation of an integrated reporting system tied to enrolment management, improved
funding for building maintenance and launch of the keyless building access project in Vancouver
Key financial indicators:
Operating surplus (deficit)
Operating revenue
Working capital
(UBC total)
Debt service ratio
(UBC total)
Credit rating
(UBC total)
Best in Canada
Endowment       - Annual return
- 4 year average
(UBC total)
Staff Pension Plan benefit funding (going concern)
(UBC total)
Through its collective efforts in education, research, partnerships and operations, the University
advances sustainability on its campuses and beyond, acting as an experiment in sustainability, a
living laboratory where faculty, students, staff and partners test, learn, teach, apply, and share the
outcomes of our inquiries.
UBC has long embraced an interdisciplinary approach, and applies that same thinking to how it
addresses sustainability. The Living Laboratory concept takes it one step further.  Participants from
across the academic and operational areas of the University, as well as the larger community, are
invited to be part of the Campus as a Living Laboratory for innovation.
Move Towards Carbon Neutrality
In the first two years of implementing its Climate Action Plan, UBC made significant progress toward
achieving its aggressive GHG emission reduction targets of 33 per cent below 2007 levels by 2015,
investing $117 million in innovative energy efficiency and infrastructure projects that will pay back
in utility savings.
At the Okanagan campus, the geo-exchange technology for heating and cooling needs is in place for
most campus buildings, estimated to avoid putting approximately 38,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas
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emissions into the atmosphere over a 25-year period, the equivalent of running over 6,900 cars for a
Integrate the Physical Operation with Research and Teaching
In November 2011, the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) opened on the
Vancouver campus.  Built to exceed LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge standards, this $37
million "living laboratory" will help to regenerate the environment and advance research and
innovation on global sustainable challenges. A video prepared for the opening of CIRS is available for
Achievements in campus sustainability
UBC received Canada's first Gold rating in the Sustainability Tracking,
Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a new comprehensive university
sustainability rating framework in which over 300 post-secondary institutions
across North America are participating.
UBC began one of the largest steam to hot
water conversions in North America at its
Vancouver campus, a project that replaces 14
km of aging steam system piping infrastructure,
reduces GHG emissions by 22 percent and saves
the University up to $4 million a year in
operational and energy costs. Phase 1 has been
The WaterFillz kiosks were expanded to Arts
and Sciences II, Engineering, Management and
Education, and the Health Sciences Centre at
the Okanagan campus. This program reduces
plastic bottle waste generated on campus.
The Shut the Sash competition engaged over
100 researchers in three energy-intensive lab
buildings to save energy by closing fume hood
sashes. This Vancouver campus competition
reduced fume hood energy consumption by 85
per cent, the equivalent of eliminating energy
use in 46 typical homes.
The Building Tune-up program is retro -
commissioning 72 buildings across the
Vancouver campus to reduce GHG emissions in
core buildings by 10 percent. A pilot in two
buildings was completed, implementation in 17
buildings is underway, and investigation of 21
more buildings is in progress.
Steam Plant and Hot Water Conversion
WaterFilz Kiosk
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• An expanded Do It in the Dark energy and
water conservation competition in Totem Park
and Place Vanier at the Vancouver campus
reached over 3,100 first-year students with
energy and water conservation messaging and
tips.  UBC won 'campus champion' in the
provincial competition, Totem Park won the
grand prize for greatest energy reduction, and
Place Vanier took 3rd place for participation.
• A draft Zero Waste Action Plan and Water
Conservation Action Plan were prepared after
extensive consultation work and campus audits
on the Vancouver campus. The plans will be
finalized in 2012/13.
• UBC SEEDS Program engaged over 500 students,
staff, and faculty to work collaboratively on
the development and implementation of
projects that apply the "Campus as a Living
Lab" concept and address real-life campus
sustainability challenges.  Innovative outcomes
included a worm composting pilot in the
current SUB and approval for integration into
the new SUB, a campus food garden guide, a
paper towel composting pilot, a new weed-
control protocol, and a UBC Fair Trade
Marketing Plan leading to the first UBC Fair
Trade Week.
Shut the Sash project
Do It In The Dark Competition
Teaching and Learning
• The opening of UBC's Sustainability Education Resource Centre in September 2011 gives students,
staff and faculty at the Vancouver campus a central place to access information on integrating
sustainability into educational opportunities and co-curn'cular experiences.   A dedicated Student
Sustainability Advisor assists students in exploring the breadth and depth of available
• UBC's goal of ensuring all students have access to an education in sustainability via a
Sustainability Learning Pathway (up to a minor) was supported by the publication of
"Transforming Sustainability Education at UBC: Desired Student Attributes and Pathways for
Implementation."   This document, authored by the inaugural cohort of the UBC Sustainability
Initiatives' Teaching & Learning Fellows at the Vancouver campus, lays out a framework for
sustainability education at UBC that is grounded in four high-level student sustainability
attributes - holistic systems thinking, sustainability knowledge, awareness and integration, and
acting for positive change.   At the Okanagan campus, the Centre for Teaching and Learning
offers workshops on integrating sustainability into course materials.  Partnering with goBeyond
Teach-in initiative, faculty participate in an annual Teach-in.
• The Vancouver campus' Sustainability Initiative co-delivered innovative co-curricular programs
including the Greenest City Scholars Program (with the City of Vancouver), UBC Reads
Sustainability (with AMS Sustainability), Sustainability Across the Curriculum Community of
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Practice (with Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology), the 2011 International Student
Energy Summit and the 2012 IB World Student Conference.
UBC's Vancouver campus "Celebrating CIRS | Accelerating Sustainability Conference" welcomed
385 delegates to a three-day "meeting of the minds" in the new Centre for Interactive Research
on Sustainability.  Speakers from Canada, China, the US, UK and Australia included Dr. Steve
Rayner from Oxford University, Bob Berkebile of BNIM, and Dr. David Suzuki who presented to a
sold-out Chan Centre.
Research and Partnerships
The $27 million Bioenergy Research and
Demonstration Facility, located at the
Vancouver campus, will reduce campus
GHG emissions by 9 percent.  It
commences operation in May 2012. The
first commercial-scale demonstration of
combined heat and power generation
utilizing biomass gasification in North
America, this innovative research
platform will yield valuable new
knowledge in the clean energy sector.
This facility, and the Centre for
Interactive Research on Sustainability,
were featured on the CBC's The Nature of
Things episode "Future City."
In March 2012, UBC forged a formal partnership with Germany's Fraunhofer, Europe's largest
research institution for applied research, to focus on renewable-energy technologies. The
UBC-Fraunhofer memorandum of understanding (MOU) sets the parties intent to develop joint
projects in areas that include biomass and electrochemical energy conversion, fuel cell and
hydrogen technologies and energy efficient building technologies. As well, the MOU seeks to
foster scholarly and student exchanges while increasing links with industry and
commercialization opportunities.
The UBC-Honeywell MOU formalizes a joint mission to accelerate the research and
development of community integrated smart energy systems. The technologies, processes and
models collaboratively developed under this relationship will go on to fundamentally change
the way energy is managed at UBC, thanks to the close engagement of UBC Operations.
Working with the Water Research Foundation, UK Water Industry Research, Infrastructure
Canada and the National Research Council of Canada, Okanagan civil engineering professor
Rehan Sadiq is developing tools that local governments or water suppliers can use to make
better decisions about when to replace or refurbish infrastructure such as water systems.
UBC and Cooledge Lighting Co. are evaluating new luminaries as part of a Sustainable
Development Technology Canada program to develop new, innovative technology in Canada.
In March 2012, UBC was awarded follow-on funding from Natural Resources Canada to
enhance and extend the performance of the innovative Bioenergy Research & Demonstration
Facility. The enhanced facility will now use a clean alternative to back-up power. The
facility will also benefit from an engine heat recovery system that will capture excess heat to
improve the thermal efficiency of the systems.
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NSERC, OK Builders Supplies Ltd. and the City of Kelowna support the research of Shahria
Alam in looking at using other materials than crushed, recycled concrete for aggregate
materials in producing new concrete.
Key Metrics
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
Living Lab funding (industry, research, operations)
GHG/Student FTE reduction from 2007 baseline
STARS rating
(UBC total)
# of sustainability-focused courses
# of sustainability-related courses
SEEDS Program - # engaged        - students
- faculty
- staff
- # student reports
USI Teaching and Learning Fellows
USI Teaching and Learning Spotlight Award Grants
# Living Lab industry partnerships
# of Living Lab Community partnerships (MOU)
UBC views sustainability as a societal conversation about the kind of world we want to live in,
informed by some understanding of the ecological, social and economic consequences of our
individual and collective actions.  In the past year, UBC has connected and collaborated with
communities to address sustainability issues.
UBC became the first Fair Trade Campus in
Canada, the result of a collaboration between
UBC Food Services, AMS Food Services and UBC
Engineers Without Borders. The Fairtrade
Canada designation, which recognizes UBC for its
national leadership in Fair Trade purchasing,
commits UBC to buy coffee, tea, chocolate and
tropical fruit from producers who guarantee
higher social, environmental and pay standards
for farmers and workers.  UBC held its first Fair
Trade week in March 2012.
The award-winning Sustainability Coordinator Program engaged 110 staff on the Vancouver
campus with opportunities and resources to promote and implement sustainable practices in their
unit. New resources and initiatives developed for the program in 2011/12 included a New
Employee Sustainability Guide for UBC staff and faculty, the UBC Recyclopedia and a monthly
sustainability networking series.
BC's Climate Action Secretariat, the Fresh Outlook Foundation and UBC's Okanagan Sustainability
Office partnered again to host the third annual Thompson-Okanagan Climate Action Exchange on
the Okanagan campus.
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• The Sustainability in Rez program continued to mobilize students to reduce water, waste, and
energy consumption in residences and to build a culture of sustainability by training and
supporting 32 Residence Sustainability Coordinators in 2011 /12.  Key achievements include
developing tailored Sustainability in Rez toolkits and creating three new formal Sustainability
Committees in student residences at the Vancouver campus.
• UBC broke ground on the new Student Union Building, which is aiming for LEED Platinum+ and the
Living Building Challenge. The first student union building of its kind in North America, the SUB
will serve as a dynamic gathering place for students to interact and grow a vibrant student
community on the UBC-Vancouver campus.
• Over 3,450 followers engaged with UBC sustainability--@sustainUBC--on the social media tool
Twitter, sharing information, opinions and calls to action. The University also launched a
sustainability-focused Facebook page.
• The AMS Sustainability Projects Fund, established September 2011, has distributed over $60,000
thus far to support 26 student projects that reduce the ecological footprint of UBC's Vancouver
campus and its students while increasing education and outreach opportunities.  Projects listed
at http://www.amssustainability.ca.
• The UBC Sustainability Initiative built strong connections with student groups through regular
Sustainability Networking events and supporting their events including Sustainability Education
Day, Sustainability Movie Night, eARTh: Sustainable Art event and the 2012 No Other World
(NOW) Sustainability Conference.
• The new Get Involved Program will see up to 13 students step away from urban life and into a
small village in Peru.  Students will work with the WAVE Foundation on sustainability projects.
When the Vancouver campus decided to use a portion of its 1,000-acre land endowment to build
residential housing in the early 1990s, UBC took the first step in what would become a new phase of
sustainable planning on campus. UBC pursued creative approaches to transform a commuter campus
into a thriving ecocity.
UTown@UBC is UBC's vibrant residential community on campus where over 18,000 students, faculty,
staff and other residents live, work and learn together.    Innovative, sustainable community
development and green building design is making UTown@UBC an emerging ecocity where shops,
services, parks and public transportation are all within walking distance of home and work.  In
addition to creating a sustainable community, UTown@UBC's is also contributing to the financial
sustainable of the university. To date, family housing has generated over $307 million to the
endowment, advancing UBC's academic mission by funding research, teaching and learning. And in
June 2011, the Board of Governors adopted the Student Housing Endowment Fund, which provides
access to long term financing for future student housing developments.  Family housing development
will support that fund, allowing UBC to substantially increase the stock of student housing on
campus. Major milestones include:
Land Use Plan Implementation
•    As part of the creation of a Housing Action Plan for the Vancouver campus, a comprehensive
discussion paper was developed to explore potential housing program options to help improve
housing choice and affordability for faculty, staff and students.
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• Amendments were made to the Wesbrook Place Neighbourhood Plan, to help achieve a more
sustainable community and transfer some of the housing density from UBC Farm, which has
been retained for sustainability teaching, research and innovation.  In support of the
development of this neighbourhood, the #41 bus will be routed through Wesbrook starting in
April, 2012.
• Resolution of the Gage South Area, including reserving that area for 12-month housing for
graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. This planning process also determined the
permanent locations for a diesel bus facility, new aquatic centre and an improved Maclnnes
Vancouver Campus Plan Implementation
• In September 2011, Totem Park opened 566 new beds, furthering the student housing
objectives outlined in the Vancouver Campus Plan.
• Public realm improvements were completed on the first section of Main Mall as well as
Agricultural Road. These improvements, along with the approval of a vehicle access plan for
the core of campus, are the first steps towards the implementation of the campus pedestrian
• In fall 2011, UBC transitioned successfully to the province-wide UPass program (UPass BC) and
upgraded the pass distribution system.
• New bike parking facilities were installed, including the conversion of 14 car parking spaces
into 170 secure bike parking spaces.
• Ridership of public transportation increased again this year - transit trips have almost
quadrupled from 19,000 trips per weekday in fall 1997 to 74,800 in fall 2011. More trips are
made to and from UBC by transit than by all other modes combined.
• Participation in the UBC Line Rapid Transit Study, exploring options for creating a rapid
transit line on the Broadway corridor to UBC.
Community Development
• Installation of a new playground in the Chancellor Place Neighbourhood.
• A joint initiative with the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA), the Utown@UBC
community grants program has so far awarded 16 small grants ($1,000 or less) to local
residents in student and family housing for projects which contribute to the social vibrancy of
the campus community.
• A sustainability MOU with the UNA will allow for joint planning on waste reduction and water
and energy conservation as well as sustainable transportation and community engagement.
• A feasibility study explored installing the first multi-use skatepark on a university campus in
Canada. This was also a joint project with the UNA.
All campus
2011/12       2010/11
2011/12       2010/11
Student beds      - existing
- added this year
1,677          1,521
212              136
Childcare Spaces - existing
- added this year
3ra party
3ra party
% U-Town households with one person working or studying
# of faculty and staff rental units
% of campus units classified as rentals
% of campus units classified as restricted rental
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Actions (planning; process established and
ongoing; in place; new)
Select Outcomes
Ensure UBC's economic
sustainability by
aligning resources with
the University vision and
strategic plan and
deploying them in a
sustainable and
effective manner
Implement a budgeting framework that
allocates resources based on strategic goals,
including enrolment, with accounting
simplification to improve financial control
Deliver a balanced budget annually, through
active revenue management and a constant
search for effectiveness and efficiencies
Provide a solid financial foundation for long-
term success through land revenues, asset
management and the launching of a significant
fundraising campaign
Budget framework implemented; strong
financial management with detailed
annual review established
Budget continues to link closely with
Place and Promise goals and actions
A balanced budget is in place
Fundraising campaign successfully
launched; 2011/12 saw $194.1 m raised
Make UBC a living
laboratory in
sustainability by
combining its
sustainability leadership
in teaching, research
and operations
Establish a widely shared baseline of the UBC
carbon footprint, moving towards carbon
neutrality in our operations
Integrate the University's physical operations
with its research and teaching mandate as a
living laboratory
GHG emissions reduced: 5.4% at
Vancouver, 25.9% at Okanagan
(compared to 2007 baseline)
Sustainability Education Resource
Centre opened in September 2011
A Sustainable Learning Pathway (up to a
minor) is available as part of the
framework for sustainability education
Green roof research is ongoing by the
Engineering Faculty at the University
House on the Okanagan campus
Continue to develop strategic partnerships with     UBC and Fraunhofer will develop joint
global industry leaders and emerging BC
companies with a focus on clean technologies
and smart energy and water systems
projects in areas including fuel cell and
hydrogen technologies
The innovative Bioenergy Research and
Demonstration Faculty will open in May
Foster social
sustainability through
teaching, research and
community engagement
that promote vibrant
human interaction and
community cohesion
Work with the AMS to build a new student
union building that will serve as a dynamic
centre for student life
Work with community based organizations to
create a deeper understanding of how social
sustainability can be achieved locally and
Construction is underway to LEED
Platinum standard
UBC became the First Fair Trade
I Campus in Canada
Partnership established with Okanagan
Student's Union for WaterFilz Kiosks and
campus community events
Partnership established with the
Climate Action Secretariat and Fresh
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Outlook Foundation on Regional Climate
Action initiatives in the Okanagan 	
Create a vibrant and
sustainable community
supported by exemplary
Strengthen community governance to further
take up UBC's lead in sustainability initiatives
Align land use planning with sustainable
development objectives
Implement a land use plan to create a
sustainable community on campus
Develop and implement campus and community
plans that promote pedestrian friendly
campuses with an integrated transportation
infrastructure and a lively public realm
UBC's Board of Governors adopted the
Student Housing Endowment Fund
Gage South area reserves that area for
12-month housing for graduate and
post-doctoral fellows
Permanent locations for diesel bus
facility, new aquatic centre and an
improved Maclnnes Field were finalized
A sustainability MOU with the UNA
allows for joint planning on waste,
water, energy and sustainable
New bike parking facilities were
A phased Campus Public Realm plan is
UBC participated in the UBC Line Rapid
Transit Study
Sustainability website   http://www.sustain.ubc.ca
Campus Planning   http://www.planning.ubc.ca/
Public Realm http://www.planning.ubc.ca/vancouver home/campus design and public places/public realm.php
Finance Website http://www2.finance.ubc.ca/
University Town   http://www.planning.ubc.ca/vancouver_home/utown_ubc.php
UBC Okanagan Sustainability:  http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/sustainability/welcome.html
UBC Reads Sustainability http://www.terry.ubc.ca/index.php/2010/09/21/ubc-reads-sustainabilitv
UBC Okanagan SEEDS    http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/sustainability/sustcamp/academic/seeds.html
UBC Vancouver SEEDS   http://www.sustain.ubc.ca/seeds
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Alignment with Ministry
Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development goals are described in its 2011 /12
2013/14 Service Plan, released May 2011.  http://www.gov.bc.ca/aved. Selected Ministry goals,
objectives and strategies and UBC aligned strategies are shown below.
Ministry       British Columbians access B.C.'s post-secondary education system to meet
GOAL 1        the needs of a knowledge driven economy and society.
British Columbians are able to fulfill their potential through access to quality
education and training.
> Continue to provide spaces and infrastructure to support accessible
education and training opportunities
> Continue to advance initiatives to increase participation rates, learning
outcomes and economic and social opportunities for Aboriginal learners
> Maintain affordable public university education through fair tuition policy
> Through student financial aid programs, continue to develop programs and
strategies to reduce financial barriers for students and encourage early
planning for the selection and financing of post-secondary studies
> Protect student and taxpayer investments in post-secondary education
through reviews of student outcomes, accountability frameworks and
rigorous quality assurance standards
> Complete the business process review of the post-secondary transfer system
to work towards seamless mobility of students and greater portability of
> Work with key stakeholders to eliminate barriers to post-secondary
education for the disabled community
Implement broad based admissions throughout the University, not just in
select programs such as Medicine, Business, etc.
Continue to implement the renewed strategic plan:  Place and Promise:  The
UBC Plan, released in December 2009
Through the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, implement
learning technology initiatives, facilitate partnerships and identify
enterprise-based approaches to supporting curriculum with appropriate
Review and revise curricula and pedagogy to ensure it is informed by leading
edge research and research on how people learn and integrate with learning
Continue to build experiential learning into the curricula (international
learning opportunities, internships, co-ops, service learning, research based
experiences, leadership opportunities) at all levels	
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> Work with other post-secondary institutions to ensure student mobility
> Continue to build and expand on Continuing Studies offerings, providing
lifelong learning and alternative learning opportunities
> Continue developing strategies for specific access and success for Aboriginal
learners, particularly in graduate studies
> Support Aboriginal student transition to work through innovative
professional development programs and on campus recruitment initiatives
> Continue to provide financial support to eligible students so that finances
are not an impediment to commencing or continuing their studies
> Continue to increase needs based assistance; 2011 /12 saw an increase of
1.5% at the Vancouver campus and 15.2% at the Okanagan campus
> Continue to provide financial support and professional development through
on campus work programs
> Ensure the ongoing success of UBC's human resource strategy - Focus on
People: Workplace Practices at UBC. This multi-dimensional strategy is a
critical contributor to UBC's commitment to an Outstanding Work
> Continue to invest in and enhance its professional schools (Law, Business,
Medicine, Pharmacy)
Ministry       B.C.'s dynamic and integrated post-secondary education system is a global
GOAL 2        destination of choice for students to learn, stay to live, work and invest.
B.C. attracts and increases the number of students in B.C.'s education system.
Attract students by capitalizing on B.C.'s educational, economic and social
advantages and develop strategies to encourage students to learn, live and
work in B.C.
Provide students with a recognizable symbol of quality education through
the Education Quality Assurance designation program
Develop an International Post-Secondary Strategy that sets provincial
government priorities for action to support the growth and international
competitiveness of this sector	
Continue implementation of the "Names Not Numbers" program that assigns
each student, at time of first entry, an enrolment service specialist who will
stay with them throughout their undergraduate experience
Continue university focus on student life to provide additional learning
opportunities and help ensure student success
Continue to focus on the national recruitment strategy, implemented in
2007 to draw talented students from other parts of Canada who may remain
to contribute to the BC economy
Continue to build on its top performance in international mobility (UBC has
the largest program of international exchange in BC, and one of the largest
in Canada)
Continue providing global education in second language acquisition (UBC is
the leading BC institution in this field)
Continue to be an effective platform for engaging Asia, through universities,
governments and civil society
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Continue to provide non-disciplinary skills training to all levels of students
through partnership with MITACS, which is hosted at UBC
Offer 50 scholarships annually to students from India, in conjunction with
the MITACS Globalink program
Continue to build awareness among employers of how they can hire
international students, working in collaboration with CIC, BCPNP and Service
Canada - a rare partnership amongst agencies and unique to BC
Continue to engage with employer communities in BC, Canada and
internationally through on campus recruitment, practicums, internships, coop and mentoring programs
Support international students transition to work through its JumpStart
Expand part-time paid research opportunities that are tied to academic
Continue to expand transitional roles for graduating students within the
employer community
Continue to use the Provincial Nominee Program as a hiring tool, as well as a
tool to retain students
Continue to provide international work placements and international service
learning to meet increasing demand for these by both students and
prospective placements
Ensure regular assessment of the overall student experience through
participation in various surveys including NSSE, and the UBC undergraduate
and graduate surveys
Continue to act as an overseas training institution for Chinese officials from
throughout China by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (UBC
was certified for this in 2009)
Improve processes and supports to achieve an excellent and diverse student,
staff and faculty body
Enhance UBC's scholarly communications on global issues, including on the
Ministry       B.C.'s public and private post-secondary, industry and workplace training
GOAL 3        sectors support productive career development
British Columbia's post-secondary system is flexible and responsive to the needs
of learners and B.C.'s economy.
Fund public institutions to support accessible education, targeting a portion
of funds for the delivery of priority programs
Continue collaborating with our post-secondary education and training
partners to deliver programs to meet increased demand in expanding sectors
of the economy such as health care
Continue to increase support for graduate students, augmenting programs
such as the four year model for graduate funding recently implemented
Continue to invest in health training; as the province's sole medicine
training provider, with contributions by both Government and UBC, a
doubling of the medical spaces was achieved by 2011 with the opening of
the Okanagan campus' distributed medical school program; also an increase
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in the number of pharmacy seats by fall 2012
> Through the distributed medical program, linkages with over 20 hospitals in
all six of the province's health authorities are established, as well as
teaching locations in Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria
> Provide undergraduate and graduate students with innovative professional
development programs and advising to support sound labour market
> Continue to focus on innovative research that serves the people of British
Columbia, Canada and the world through effective use of resources such as
health research funding (UBC attracts over 80% of this funding in the
province) and graduate student research (UBC has over two thirds of the PhD
enrolment in BC)
> Continue to develop strategic international relationships and research
partnerships and agreements to raise international awareness of UBC and
the province and attract talent to the province
> Continue to recruit Canada Research Chairs, a program designed in part to
attract talented non-Canadians to be professors here
> Continue to create partnerships that research, model and take knowledge
for sustainable solutions into the community, showing 'UBC as a living
> Continue the development of partnerships and collaborations with private
industry, other universities and the community; acting as an agent of change
in society
> Continue to work with partners in industry and government to bring together
academia, industry and the public sector through research and training
> Continue to contribute to the BC economy, estimated in 2009 to be roughly
5% or $10 billion, through programs to attract and retain faculty and
students at both the local, national and international levels
> Continue to improve infrastructure to support leading edge research
> Expand the multiplicity of knowledge exchange channels, such as global
access licensing, and maintain and enhance UBC's leadership position in
tech transfer and as an acknowledged patent powerhouse
> Continue UBC's lead role in the transformation of BC's resource based
economy through Forestry, Mining, Fisheries and the Wine industry
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Ministry Indicators
The following table shows the performance measures the Ministry tracks and the results:
2011/12 Performance Results
Taro*»t A«*»«m*»nt
Performance Measure
2011/12           2011/12           2012/13                 2011/12
Student spaces
Data from
Fiscal Year
Data from
Fiscal Year
i. Total Student Spaces
ii. nursing and other allied
health programs
Hi. medical school programs
Total credentials awarded
3 yr avg
3 yr avg
Research Funding
Data from
Fiscal Year:
Data from
Fiscal Year:
i. Sponsored research funding
from all sources (million $)
> previous
Provincial $83.9
Aboriginal Student Headcount
Data from
Academic Year
Data from
Academic Year
Total number (#)
Percent (%)
> 1.9%
Aboriginal Student Spaces
Data from
Academic Year
Data from
Academic Year
Total spaces
Ministry (AVED)
Industry Training Authority
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arget Assessment
Performance Measure
2011/12           2011/12
Bachelor's Degree completion
2010 BGS Survey
2011 BGS Survey
Direct Entry Students (%)
> 77.2%
Transfer Students (%)
> 75.4%
Baccalaureate graduate
assessment of quality of
2010 BGS Survey
2011 BGS Survey
i. Satisfaction with Education
> 90%
(+/- 0.8%)
ii. Skill Development (avg. %)
> 85%
Written Communication
(+/- 1.2%)
Oral Communication
(+/- 1.2%)
(+/- 1.2%)
Group Collaboration
Critical Analysis
(+/- 0.8%)
(+/- 0.9%)
Problem Resolution
(+/- 1.2%)
(+/- 1.2%)
Learn on your own
(+/- 0.8%)
(+/- 0.8%)
Reading and Comprehension
(+/- 1.0%)
(+/- 1.0%)
Baccalaureate graduate
assessment of quality of
2010 BGS Survey
2011 BGS Survey
> 90%
(+/- 0.7%)
Baccalaureate graduate
assessment of usefulness of
knowledge and skills in
performing job
2010 BGS Survey
2011 BGS Survey
(+/- 1.2%)
> 90%
(+/- 1.3%)
Baccalaureate graduate
outcomes - unemployment
2010 BGS Survey
2011 BGS Survey
(+/- 0.8%)
< 13.4%
Target Assessment Scale
More than 10% above target
Up to 10% above target
substantially achieved
Up to 10% below target
Not achieved
More than 10% below target
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2012-13 - 2014/15 Performance Targets
Performance measur
Student spaces
.3/14    2014/15
Total student spaces
Nursing and other allied health programs
Medical school programs
Credentials awarded
> 11,026
Aboriginal student headcount
> 1,080
> previous year
Bachelor's degree completion rate
Direct entry students (%)
Transfer students (%)
> previous year
Student satisfaction with education
Baccalaureate graduates
> 90%
Students' assessment of skill development (average %)
Baccalaureate graduates
> 85%
Student assessment of the quality of instruction
Baccalaureate graduates
> 90%
Unemployment rate
Baccalaureate graduates
< unemployment rate for individuals
with high school credentials or less
Student assessment of usefulness of knowledge and skills in performing job
Baccalaureate graduates
> 90%
Research capacity
Sponsored research funding from all sources (million $)
> previous year
1 Includes 513 spaces at UBC Okanagan each year
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Financial Information
For the most recent financial information, please see the Audited Financial Statements available at:
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