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UBC is proud to mark its 100th anniversary as a global leader
in education, research innovation and community engagement
The stars of this annual report are UBC researchers whose
discoveries have the potential to change our quality of life and
innovative teachers who are pushing the boundaries of knowlei
They are learners with solutions to pressing issues and alumni
Ivho are making life-changing contributions in their communities
And they are the people who have made UBC a global leader in
stainability and one of the best places to work in Canada.
If we're capable of achieving all of this in just one year, imagin
what's possible in our next century. Message from the President. Welcome to
the 2016-17 UBC Annual Report. In this
document, we celebrate the achievements
of people-students, faculty, staff, alumni.
and supporters-who are shaping UBC's '
next century today.
Achievements like those of undergraduate student
Michelle Kunimoto who discovered four new planets
Dr. Claudia Krebs whose YouTube videos are
incorporated in post-secondary courses throughout
the world; alumni Donald and Elizabeth MacRitchie
the world; alumni Donald and Elizabeth MacRitchie
who have been instrumental in the establishment and
growth of UBC's Northern Medical Program; the UBC
athletes who competed in the Olympics and Paralympi
Games in Rio; and our newest University Killam
bames in Rio; and our newest University Killam
Professors —all international leaders in their fields.
This report also celebrates other UBC accomplishments,
suchasthe expansion of the UBC family medicine
residency training to the South Okanagan; the
construction of the Indian Residential School History
and Dialogue Centre; and the establishment —with
the University of Washington —of the Cascadia
Urban Analytics Cooperative, which uses data to
help communities address chronic urban challenges,
ranging from homelessness to traffic congestion.
proud of over the past year. And now, as we begin    ,
UBC's next century, we can look forward to even
greater accomplishments.
To build on the collective achievements that have
made UBC an outstanding institution, we are now,
engaging our communities on a new strategic pla
take an outstanding university and make it even better.
The UBC's Next Century planning process began in
the fall of 2016, and is engaging the entire university
community in an exercise to identify the priorities
that will guide the university in the future. I hope you
I look forward to working with you to reach even
greater heights, and reporting even more inspiring
accomplishments in next year's report.
— PROFESSOR SANTA J. 0N0
2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
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UBC at a Glance 20:.
ubc'stwo main campuses are situated
in Vancouver (UBC Vancouver)
TUDENTS AT UBC (54,236 STUDENTS AT THE VANCOUVER CAMPUS,
,687 STUDENTS AT THE OKANAGAN CAMPUS)
UBC IS RANKED AMONGTHETOP 20 PUBLIC UBC IS CANADAS MOST INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD (TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL RANKINGS
(UBC Okanagan).
Also in Vancouver, UBC Robson Square i
a vibrant learning centre in the heart of
downtown, the UBC Learning Exchange i
a community engagement initiative basec
in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and
UBC's Centre for Digital Media at the
Great Northern Way Campus is located
in Mount Pleasant.
UBC also provides clinical education to
Faculty of Medicine students at 75 healtl
care facilities across British Columbia.
In addition, UBC's Asia Pacific Regional
Office in Hong Kong and Liaison Office
in New Delhi, India facilitate teaching
and research partnerships and support
alumni engagement.
UBC is home to 17 Faculties, 14 Schools
FACULTY AND STAFF A-
UBC OBTAINED SECOND CONSECUTIVE   GOLD FUNDS RAISED FOR STUDENT SUPPORT, PROGRAMS,
STARS RATING FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN 2015 RESEARCH AND FACILITIES
ALUMNI IN 150 COUNTRIES
COMPANIES SPUN OFF FROM UBC RESEARCH UBC'S ECONOMIC IMPACT IN 2016-17 iQa
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Highlights
Celebrating a century of growth and
transformation at UBC. The UBC Centennial
launched on September 30, 2015,100 years to
the day since we welcomed our first class
of 379 students. The celebrations culminated in
2016 with performances, lectures, speakers'
series and workshops focused on what we do best:
research, teaching, learning and innovation.
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OUR 100TH ANNIVERSARY BEGAN With the
opening of the Robert H. Lee Alumni
Centre, the first of its kind in Canada. It':
new home for alumni and has become tl
official welcome centre for our Vancouv
campus. A hub for collaboration and
ifelong learning, the centr
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A number of centennial in
tiatives worked
:o shape better relations v\
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communities, including th
e renewal of the
Historic educational partn
srship between
:he Okanagan Nation Allia
nee and UBC
during the 10th anniversar
y of the opening
of the Okanagan campus.
i closed out the UBC Centennial on
our Vancouver campus witn a forward-
looking special event that featured leading
experts providing their perspectives on
the future of accessibility, the planet, food
sources and robotics and with a visit
from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
to UBC Okanagan.
We invited our entire community to
celebrate a century of success and, in
total, nearly 25,000 people attended the
more than 100 events. Thp Ipoaru nf t-hp
Centennial has been stienguie g me
connections we've built with our engag
alumni, students, staff, faculty, donors
and partners over our first 100 years.
Together, we built UBC from a small,
provincial university into one of the top
40 research universities in the world^
Imagine the effect we could have in or
next century through what we learn,
discover and contribute tog
2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
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A Centennial Initiatives Fund
UBC 2050: THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
What will higher education look like in the next three decades?
This panel discussion explored the future of higher education and
looked at how UBC can continue as a global leader in advancing
ologies and
rch-based
Famed author and journalist Annie Murphy Paul opened the
event with her keynote speech Brilliant: The Science of How to
Get Smarter that highlights the implications of new research
findings on the future of teaching and learn ing.
The event closed with a lively discussion between the
faculty, alumni, students and leadership who will help steer
UBC as we navigate through an era of rapid change in the
educational landscape.
NEW PERSPECTIVES ON LEARNING IN THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE
May, 2016 354 people from UBC and the broader
lity came together for a two-day conference in the heart
,,,^ ^owntown Eastside (DTES) to facilitate new collaborations
>und innovative learning modeled by the Learning Exchange's
successful community-engagement practices. The event
promoted dialogue between diverse groups of people and
addressed DTES community priorities, such as adult basic
literacy and arts and culture —including Threading our Stories
— a button blanket and cultural sharing activity.
ABORIGINAL ART INSTALLATION
ni September 27, 2016 the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
ited UBC Okanagan as part of their 2016 tour of Canada.
attended a dedication cere
Aboriginal art ins
rating UBC's Centennial
ersary of the Okanagan camr.
acknowledges the traditional territory of the Okanagan Nation,
upon which the Okanagan campus stands. It was created by
artist Les Louis, a member of the Lower Similkameen Band and
funded in partnership with the Okanagan Nation Alliance. OUR HIGHLIGHTS 13 $
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UBC ranked the most international university
in North America in 2017. For the fourth
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consecutive year, UBC has been ranked as the
most international university in North America
by Times Higher Education. UBC was recognized
for attracting top students, faculty and staff
from across the globe and for our teaching,
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A UBC Library acquires copy of the most
beautiful of all printed books'-the
Kelmscott Chaucer. A new chapter in
teaching has begun for the UBC
Vancouver Library with the acquisition
of one of the world's most extraordinary
books. Printed in a limited edition of
only 438 copies, The Works of Geoffrey
Chaucer was nublished in 1896.
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PlB Universities establish joint centre to use
region. UBC and the University of Washingt
Urban Analytics Cooperative to use data
chronic urban challenges, ranging from
Made possible thanks to a US$l-million
collaborative will bring faculty, students
together to solve such problems.
20 2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
data for social good in Cascadia
on established the Cascadia
to help communities address
homelessness to traffic congestion,
gift from Microsoft, the
and community stakeholders
OUR HIGHLIGHTS Dr. Santa Ono becomes 15th UBC president
and vice-chancellor. Vancouver-born biomedical
researcher Dr. Santa Ono was installed as
UBC's 15th president and vice-chancellor on
November 22,2016. Ono is a pioneer in
experimental medicine and has made key
contributions to the understanding of
inflammation in the eye. A senior academi
leader, Ono most recently served as president
of the University of Cincinnati.
22 2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT Global climate target could net
additional six million tons of fish
annually If countries abide by the Pans
Agreement global warming target of
1.5 degrees Celsius, potential fish catches
could increase by six million metric
tons per year, according to a new Nereus
Program study published in Science.
The Nereus Program, a collaboration
between the Nippon Foundation
and UBC, is a global interdisciplinary
ocean research initiative.
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OUR HIGHLIGHTS UBC establishes President's Excellence Chairs. UBC is investing
$20.7 million to fund chairs in six fields: precision oncology, media
studies, brain health, global development policy, biodiversity studies,
forest bioproducts-all areas where we are global leaders. These chairs
reinforce UBC's commitment to world-class teaching and research
and have the potential to raise the university's reputation within the
international academic community.
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OUR HIGHLIGHTS
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UBC astronomy student discovers four n<
planets. Michelle Kunimoto landed on the
2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science list after
discovering four new planets beyond our
solar system as an undergraduate student at
UBC. Designated "planet candidates" until
independently confirmed, they include one
that is orbiting within its star's habitable zone
and has a surface temperature which could
allow for liquid water and possible life. UBC alumni honoured for improving
healthcare in northern B.C. alumni UBC
2016 Volunteer Leadership Award
co-winners Dr. Donald MacRitchie
(BSc'68, MD70) and Elizabeth
MacRitchie (BSc'70) have supported,
healthcare professional training
and retention in remote northern
communities over the last two decades
and have been instrumental in the
establishment and growth of UBC's
Northern Medical Program.
OUR HIGHLIGHTS 33 UBC congratulates newest University
evolutionary biologist Dr. Sarah Otto,
scientist Dr. Daniel Pauly and internationally
psychologist Dr. Janet Werker are UBC
University Killam Professorships. The
on a faculty member, a University Killam
exceptional teachers and researchers
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Killam Professors. Renowned
internationally celebrated fisheries
acclaimed developmental
vs most recent winners of the
highest honour UBC can confer
Professorship recognizes
who are leaders in their fields.
OUR HIGHLIGHTS
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OUR HIGHLIGHTS 37 New smart road technology connects
rural communities. A rural village
in India has a better connection to
the world, thanks to an innovative
road designed in collaboration with
Canadian and Indian companies
and UBC that resists heavy rams,
intense heat and poor drainage. An
IC-IMPACTS demonstration project,
this low-cost, long-lasting road
technology could be implementec
in many rural or remote locations.
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UBC was recognized as one of Canada's Top
Employers for Young People in 2017, and
was the only post-secondary institution to
receive this designation. This is the fifth
consecutive year that UBC has received this
award that acknowledges employers that
offer the nation's best workplaces and programs
for young people starting their careers.
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innovation. UBC won the p
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made by its Bio-Energy Research anc
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offsets 14 per cent of the Vancouver campus
carbon emissions annually -
OUR HIGHLIGHTS 43 Traditional Japanese art inspires a futuristic innovation. The ancient
Japanese art of flower arranging was
the inspiration for a groundbreaking
technique to create tiny 'artificial brains' or 'organoids' that could be used
to develop personalized cancer treatments. The project, which will study
how brain tumours grow and how they can be stopped, was conceived by
Christian Naus, a professor in the department of cellular and physiological
sciences, with a Japanese company that specializes in bioprinting.
44 2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
OUR HIGHLIGHTS
45 UBC to house Western Canada's first resident]
school history centre. Sc
in 2017-18, the Indian Residential Schoo
History and Dialogue Centre will provide former
students and the public access to residential
school records and information in an interact!
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environment that supports engagement
with communities on the history and lega<
of Indian residential schools.
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OUR HIGHLIGHTS 49 UBC family medicine residency
training expands to the South
Okanagan. The addition of UBC's
South Okanagan Family Medicine
residency site is part of a combined
effort by the Faculty of Medicine, the
provincial government and health
authorities to support the recruitment
and retention of physicians to serve
the healthcare needs of families
throughout British Columbia.
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groundbreaking health promotion movement.
On October 31,2016 UBC and five other Canadian
universities jointly became the first in the world
to adopt the Okanagan Charter: An Internationa
Charter for Health Promoting Universities
and Colleges. UBC committed an additional
$1 million in funding to support wellbeing
for all community members on its Vancouver
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and Okanagan campuses.
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TURN NG CHEM STRY   NS DE OUT: THE N
FLIPPED CLASSROOM
At UBC Okanagan, Dr. W. Stephen McNeil is making
first-year chemistry easier to understand and more
relatable to students' everyday lives by shifting away
- from traditional teaching to a more collaborative,
problem-based approach. With funding from the
Aspire Learning and Teaching Fund, he is studying
1"K° effects on students when they learn this way.
CENTENNIAL LEADERS OVERCOME CHALLENGES
FOR BRIGHT FUTURES
Ten gifted students transitioning from secondary
school and other post-secondary institutions were
named Centennial Leaders award recipients. The   -
students, all of whom are Canadian citizens or
permanent residents, could not attend UBC without
significant financial assistance. These "full-ride"
scholarships will cover everything from tuition, to
housing, to food over the course of their studies
SCHOOL-BASED LGBTQ POLICIES MAY REDUCE SUICIDE
ATTEMPTS AND HEALTH-CARE COSTS
LGBTQ support programs in schools could
significantly reduce suicide attempts, binge drinking
and other risky behaviours among both straight and
sexual minority students, according to a new report by
the UBC School of Nursing and the youth non-profit
McCreary Centre Society.
MUSQUEAM POST DEDICATED AT VANCOUVER CAMPUS
s?i:4qa^qeqan (double-headed serpent post)
welcomes visitors to campus, and serves as a
reminder of UBC's past and future relationship with
the Musqueam people, upon whose traditional and
unceded territory the Point Grey campus stands.
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UBC RESEARCHERS USE AUGMENTED REALITY TO
TEACH KIDS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
: Social Scii
I nanks to seed tunding from tne Social sciences
and Humanities Research Council, a video game
developed by UBC researchers has been expanded
*"" youth audiences across Canada. The augmented
reamy game lets players explore the challenges
caused by climate change and take on the role of
making a better future.
UBC-VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH SCIENTISTS FIND
GENETIC CAUSE OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Scientists at UBC and Vancouver Coastal Health have
proven that multiple sclerosis (MS) can be caused by
a single genetic mutation —a rare alteration in DNA
snetic mutation-
person will develop th
more devastating form of the neurological disease
REINTEGRATING LANGUAGE THROUGH ULTRASOUND
Supported by the UBC Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund and a flexible learning grant,
UBC researchers created eNunciate, an innovative
program that blends the best of linguistics and
language teaching with ultrasound imaging. The tool4
has helped the WSANEC First Nation of Vancouver
Island create accessible programming for children
and adults to reclaim and reintegrate their language.,
UBC EARNS GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FOR
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
UBC's SEEDS Sustainability Program received a
Green Gown Award for Student Engagement, an
international distinction that recognizes university
and college sustainability leadership. The award,
supported by the United Nations Environment
Programme, highlights the SEEDS model of advancing
campus sustainability by creating partnerships
between students, staff and faculty on impactful
lARCTIC RISINCT
Rapid change is occurring in the Arctic as the Earth's
temperature rises, impacting every level of the marine
rises, impacting ever
rom tiny plankton to <
imals. UBC
researchers are racing to capture a snapshot of the
chemistry, biology and physics of our northern waters
to measure future changes in before it's too late.
DISCOVERY OPENS UP NEW TREATMENTS FOR
PROBLEM GAMBLERS
After looking at images of slot machines and roulette,
problem gamblers experience increased activity in
the insula, the same part of the bra in that'lights up'
when drug addicts have cravings, according to a new
UBC psychology study. The findings suggest that
treatments targeting this small area could be helpful.
ALUMNI DONATE $2 MILLION TO SUPPORT UBC STARTUPS
Thanks to two $1-million contributions from
alumni Greg
and Glen
ave access to additional early-stage
il to help build their businesses thro
Dreneurship@UBC (e@UBC). Such j
is enabling e@UBC's seed fund to drive innovation
and job creation in British Columbia.
NEW UBC STUDENT RESIDENCE IS WORLD'S TALLEST
WOOD BUILDING
The structure and facade of UBC's Brock Commons
student residence was completed, making it the
world's first mass wood/steel/concrete hybrid projec
taller than 14 storeys. The $52-million building is a
partnership between UBC, government and industry
ind is expected to welcome more than 400 students
UBC STUDENT CREATES A SENSORY-RICH
THERAPEUTIC SPACE
With support from UBC's Centre for Community
Engaged Learning, developmental psychology student
Natasha Ingeniero worked with Surrey-based Options
Community Services Society to create a comforting,
multi-sensory playground and therapeutic space
that will benefit children with developmental and
physical disabilities.
MORETHAN $38 MILLION IN FUNDING FROM
PROVINCIAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS FOR
UBC RESEARCH INFRASTRUCTURE
The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund and Canadian
Fund for Innovation announced new funding for
over 60 research projects, including providing new
equipment for the study of anti-matter, for research
on childhood diabetes, and establishing one of the
largest DNA (genome) and computing research
networks in the world.
OPEN TEXTBOOKS SAVE MATH STUDENTS UP TO
$1 MILLION IN 2016-17
In an effort to customize materials for their courses
and save students money on rising textbook fees,
instructors in the math department at UBC have
adopted open or free textbooks in all first-year
courses and most secc
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OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES 57 Research
UBC consistently ranks as one of the world's
top research universities. Globally connected, we
attract the highest-calibre research faculty and
students and $580 million in research funding
each year.
We continue to work to increase the quality and
reach of UBC's research and scholarship and strive
to be a world leader in knowledge exchange and
mobilization. Our research has significant societal
and economic impacts, including new products,
services, improved health outcomes and
contributions to public debate, culture and policy.
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Total Tri-Council Funding
$204M
$203M  1
$194M
Canada s  tri-council   agency (CIHR, NSi
support research are awarded through peer-reviewed competitions.
UBC's Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity (SPARC)
office provides exceptional support for grant application   ■
development in coordination with faculty grants facilitators.
HIGHLIGHTS
-i /-^v Q / UBC's Success Rate in the Canadiain
j /O of Health Research Project Scheme
50%
30%
(Compared to ai
UBC's success rate in the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council Insight Grants
(Compared to a i
verage of 40%)
UBC's success rate in Social Science
and Humanities Research Council In
UBC's success rate in the Natural Science
•and Engineering Research Council
Discovery Grants
(Compared to a national averaqe of 67%)
JBC has attracted more partnerships and
unding through NSERC's Engage Grants
)rogram than any other university
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Times Higher Education    Academic Ranking of World
(THE) Ranking, 2016-17     Universities (ARWU) Ranking, 2016-17
Institutional Field Normalized Citation Impact
One measure of the impact of our research activity is the number
of times UBC publications are cited. Our publications are highly
cited —an indication of the contributions that UBC researchers are
making in their fields.
MORE CITED THAN THE GLOBAL AVERAGE
Articles with International Co-Authors
The growing number of UBC publications that had an internati
co-author over the past five years highlights our strength as a
globally-connected research university.
OF UBC RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS INVOLVE
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Teaching and Learning
UBC has emerged as a global leader in applying
research findings to improve teaching practices.
We continuously strive to advance educational
technologies and to provide a world-class
experience to a broad range of learners.
Fostering teaching excellence at UBC means
that we are transforming the student experience by
providing innovative, evidence-based learning
opportunities. We recruit and support a diverse class
of exceptional graduate and undergraduate students
to keep our campuses vibrant and to provide our
students with a global perspective.
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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SATISFACTION
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SATISFACTION
UBC VANCOUVER (2OI5-16), SAME RESULT AS 2OI4-I5 UBC OKANAGAN (2OI5-16), SAME RESULT AS 2OI4-I5
over the past few years, UBC has been taking bold         We are beginning to see the results of our efforts
steps to provide an exceptional learning environment       to transform teaching and learning at UBC—we have
for our students. We monitor the quality of the                 maintained high student satisfaction levels over
academic experience of our undergraduate students        the past five years at both of our campuses. These
through their responses to the Undergraduate                   results will continue to inform our efforts to enhance
Experience Survey question that assesses the                    students' academic experience,
percentage of students rating their satisfaction with
their overall education experience on a six-point
scale from "very dissatisfied" to "very satisfied."
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UBC is home to 14,433 international UnH«—"-'|"-<-« ~~a „r-.
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GRADUATE STUDENTS AT UBC
UBC FULL-TIME EQUIVALENTS (FTES), 108.5%
OF FTE TARGET (+0.32% FROM 2OI5-16)
We continue to invest in initiatives to attract top students
countries around the world.
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Student Wellbeing
The wellbeing of our community n
Across Dortfolios and deDartment
lembers is a priority at UBC.
s. UBC students, facultv.
2015-16                                84%
UBC VANCOUVER: % OF STUDENTS THAT
FEELTHEY ARE COPING WELL
UBC okanagan: % OF STUDENTS THAT
FEELTHEY ARE COPING WELL
researchers and staff are recognizing the role wellbeing plays
in fostering excellence. We are taking a holistic approach to
facilitating physical, men tai and social health on our campuses.
One measure of the positive effects of our efforts to support
student wellbeing is favourable responses to the Undergraduate
Experiences Survey item: "I'm confident in my ability to cope witr
the demands of my life." Monitoring how are students feel they
are coping with life gives UBC a measure of the demands on
students and the performance of our student support services.
It also alerts us to mental wellbeing issues such as stress, anxiety
and depression, allowing us to increase supports as needed.
Number of internati
students on the Vancou
(23.4%> of undergraduate students on
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Number of international undergraduate
udents on the Okanagan campus
npus, up 1.5% from 20lb-lb)
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students on tne Vancouver campus
(32%o of graduate students on Vancouve
campus, down 0.2%o from2015-l(
2r of international graouc
ts on the Okanagan campus
1.9% from 2015-16)
2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES Strategic Course and Program Transformation
UBC encourages faculty members to use evidence-uaseu anu
technology-enabled teaching practices to improve the student
learning experience.
This work is supported across UBC. On the Vancouver campus,
NUMBER OF COURSES TRANSFORMED,
REACHING 46,350 STUDENTS* AT UBC
VANCOUVER (*20,406 UNIQUE STUDENTS)
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund (TLEF) has funded me
than 1,000 innovative projects since its start in 1991. In 2016, we
launched the Aspire Learning and Teaching Fund on our Okanaga
campus and supported seven projects that we expect to benefit
students in all
Aboriginal Student Enrolment
ABORIGINAL UNDERGRADUATE AND
GRADUATE STUDENTS AND RESIDEN'
Courses with Significant Aboriginal Content
We are committed to addressing systemic challenges for
Aboriginal students seeking to obtain postsecondary educatior
and are developing strategies at the central and faculty levels
to ensure that qualified First Nations, Metis and Inuit students
have clear pathways to admission to UBC programs.
In addition to policies that support direct admission in many
faculties for Aboriginal students, the UBC-Langara Aboriginal
Transfer Program has been expanded to include transfer
admissions to more faculties at our Vancouver campus, and
programming through Aboriginal Access Studies at UBC
Okanagan continues to grow.
BREAKDOWN     	
■ O Number of Aboriginal undergraduate
students and residents at'ln^ w	
(Up 12%, from 2012-13)
NUMBER OF COURSES WITH SIGNIFICANT
ABORIGINAL CONTENT AT UBC
' UBC VANCOUVER    • UBC OKANAGAN
UBC is working to ensure our curricula is responsive to the
concerns of Aboriginal people, offers consideration of issues of
importance, and that an understanding of Indigenous history —
a full and accurate understanding of Canadian history—is part 0
the education of all students, whatever their field of study.
his measure tracks courses at UBC that incorporate Indigenou
isues and perspectives and help prepare students to interact
<ith Aboriginal communities.
Number of Aboriginal graduate students at
UBC Vancouver (Up 11%, from 2012-13)
Number of Aboriginal undergraduate and
access students at UBC Okanagan (Up
20% from 2012-13)
Number of Aboriginal graduate students at
UBC Okanagan (Up 8% from 2012-13)
2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES Experiential Learning
2015-16
UBC VANCOUVER: % OF UNDERGRADUATE
STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN ENRICHED
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
UBC okanagan: % OF UNDERGRADUATE
STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATED IN ENRICHED
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
At UBC, university isn't just about learning in the classroom
environment. We collaborate with community, industry,
government and university partners to provide an enormo
breadth of variety of enriching, transformative learning
'"""""'is to our students.^
Most of our students participate in community service
learning, research, internships, mentorships, international
exchanges or co-ops, and we're integrating experientiahearni
opportunities into a wider range of programs to make them
more accessible to students than ever. The benefits are clear:
students' satisfaction with their overall experience and
confidence in their future grow exponentially when they apply
their learning to tangible real-world experiences.
te students responses 1
Underqraduate Experience Survey.
Undergraduate Students Going on International Exchanges
2016-17
2015-16
UBC VANCOUVER: % OF UNDERGRADUATE
STUDENTS ON INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES
2015-16
We live in a globalized world, and UBC students are an active part
of it. More than 22,000 of our students have experienced the
culture of another region through one of the many international
experiences offered by our Go Global programs. International
experiences build independence, initiative and adaptability-
important traits that employers are constantly on the lookout for.
This measure tracks the number of undergraduate students
who have chosen to study for a term or two at one of our 300
university partners worldwide through Go GlcJ^^JBC will
continue to support our students to engage in interna
exchange opportunities around the world.
UBC okanagan: % OF undergraduate
STUDENTS ON INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGES
Campus and Community Engagement
UBC exists for the communities it serves: local,
provincial, national and global. Our contributions
to a better world depend on our connections
with our communities.
Our combined experiences, expertise and
knowledge are needed to address the salient
questions of our time, and we value the open
exchange of ideas. >
68 2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES 69 We recognize that past educational practices have
worked to the detriment of Aboriginal peoples.
UBC is committed to advancing understandings
of Indigenous perspectives and histories and
to developing partnerships that speak clearly to
community priorities.
We model our values. Our campuses are living
laboratories-places to explore and exemplify all
aspects of economic, environmental and social
sustainability.
People are at the heart of UBC. Our ability to
foster positive change is founded on the
collective achievements of students, faculty,
staff and alumni, amplified by the power
of our relationships around the world.
70 2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
1*
Engaged Alumn*
ALUMNI ENGAGED WITH UBC (UP 13 PER CENT FROM 2OI5-I
A remarkable 20 per cent of our global community
of alumni contributed to UBC's success in 2016-17
as lifelong learners, donors, mentors to students
and in other meaningful ways. The start an evolution
campaiqn, our centennial celebrations and the new
le alumniUBC five-year strategic plan, Connecting
rward, came into effect in April 2017 and outlines
jr goals to continue building fruitful
ith UBC alumni in the coming years
Robert H. Lee Alur
ideepened our
connections with our graduates in recent years; today
more alumni are engaged on an annual basis with
UBC than ever before.
1 Industry-sponsored Contracts and agreements with
research collaborations     governments and non-profit
in FY2016 partners in FY2016
(UP FROM 1,26l IN 201
(UP FROM 80Q IN 2014-15)
Faculty and Staff Engagement
1 employees 1
leipeo to create one
of the world's leading academic institutions and one of Canada's
best places to work.
UBC FACULTY AND STAFF VOLUNTARY Who WOUl
TURNOVER (ALL EMPLOYEES, CALENDAR YEAR)        US With a
litary turnover rate and the number of faculty and staff
uld recommend UBC as a good place to work provide
a baseline to measure of our efforts to provide a fulfilling
work environment that reflects our commitments
$53.2 MILLION TOTAL FUNDING
$80.9 MILLION TOTAL FUNDING
Knowledge Sharing and Public Exchanges
1,500
1,600
1,255
PARTICIPATION IN PUBLIC DIALOGUE
INITIATIVES
• WALL EXCHANGE (UBC-V)
• DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES (UBC-O)
UBC's public dialogue and knowledge sharing events attract
thousands of participants every year. The Distinguished Speakers
Series at our Okanagan campus and The Wall Exchange, held in
Vancouver and presented by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced
Studies, are two of UBC's large public dialogue initiatives.
Tracking participation in these two events provides an illustrative
example of how UBC provides open spaces for dialogue to
foster public understanding of societal issues. UBC is developing
institutional indicators of community engagement.
While our 2016 voluntary turnover rate and the scores on the
Workplace Experiences Survey, which was last conducted in
2014, perform well against external benchmarks, we continue
to focus on opportunities to improve and enhance the faculty
and staff experience. Through the Focus on People framework,
we have invested in priorities that include a refreshed orientation
and onboarding program, recognition prograrn^iealth and
wellbeing initiatives, and leadership development programs.
RESPONSESTO WORK
~\/ Per cent of UBC faculty who would
i/O recommend UBC as a good place to
work in 2014 (Compared to 59%> in 2011)
73%
Per cent of UBC staff who would recommend
O UBC as a good place to work in 2014
72 2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES Greenhouse Gas
UBC VANCOUVER (20l6): ABSOLUTE
REDUCTION IN GHG EMISSIONS SINCE 2007
Imissions Reductio
W*
UBC has been a global leader in sustainability for two decades
including opening Canada's first sustainability office in 1997
and meeting its Kyoto target for emissions reduction in 2007.
By the end of 2016, despite growth in floor space and stud1
enrolment, we succeeded in reducing carbon emissions
M. 	
enrolment, we succeeded in reducing carbon emissions
34 per cent below the 2007 emissions baseline, meeting our
Climate Action Plan 2015 target. Our aggressive reductions
in GHG emissions have been possible with the addition of a
bioenergy facility, replacing our aging heating system with an
efficient hot water system and implementing building enerov
efficiency programs. Additional initiatives are underway t
help us move toward our targets of 67 per cent reduction t
2020 and 100 per cent by 2050. UBC Okanagan has also ma
UBC OKANAGAN (2OI5): REDUCTION IN
GHG EMISSIONS PER STUDENT FTE SINCE
2007* (*DUE TO THE AVAILABILITY OF
DATA, 200J BASELINE INCLUDES BUILDING
EMISSIONS ONLY)
Gold Rating in STARS
significant improvements, despite a growing campus, th
transit improvements and clean energy projects.
SECOND CONSECUTIVE   GOLD   RATING FOR
SUSTAINABILITY (2OI5)
irts continue to earn reci
15 we obtained our second consecutive STARS (Sustain
Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) Gold rating. STARS is
a comprehensive university-sustainability rating system by the
Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher
In 2011 UBC was Canada's first university to achieve a Gold
STARS rating. STARS is a voluntary, self-reporting framework
which allows us to report our sustainability-focused activities
and performance against a set of common measurements.
2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
Financial Highlights
UBC is working to remain nimble in the face
of constant changes across the educational and
economic landscapes.
Limited public funding, fierce competition
for research dollars and the rapid growth of free
digital education mean we must diversify
our revenue sources and sustainably manage
our assets.
>
OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES
75
I Domestic student tuition represents only
11 per cent of our operating revenue, yet our
enrollment of Canadian students consistently
exceeds provincial targets. Increased revenue
from new program offerings and international
student tuition has allowed us to reduce our
reliance on government funding-all while
increasing financial aid and investing in a world-
class teaching environment for all students.
The growth of our endowment-up to $1.98 billion
in 2016-17-also plays an important role in UBC's
long-term financial sustainability, giving us the
resources to increase our excellence and impact.
We continue to explore operational efficiencies
and invest strategically to advance our academic
strategy.
Taken together, these financial moves, along
with prudent management, have helped us
balance our budget for the eighth year in a row
and earn credit rating from S&P of AA+.
The following is a snapshot of our efforts this year
to ensure we are delivering top-tier education and
world-changing research well into the future.
76 2016/17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES
77 Consolidated Revenues
2016-17 TOTAL CONSOLIDATED REVENUES
REVENUE CATEGORY-
1 Provincial operating grant ($598M)
2 Tuition and fees ($524M)
3  Revenue from faculties and central units ($468M)
'ices, the bookstore and parking, ar
4 Research ($414M)
lundations to ^H
of the University s research, plus the fee
associated with Tri-council research.
5 Other revenue ($316M)
ludes revenue recognized from spet
iwards, and revenue
UBC's subsidiaries.
6 Endowment investment income ($68M)
4 $414M
5 $31 6m
6 $68m
|KjA^
nsolidated Expenses
2016-17 TOTAL CONSOLIDATED EXPENSES
EXPENSE CATEGORY
A Faculties ($914M)
Operating expenses of the faculties, including salaries and benefits
of faculty and staff, teaching support for students, and supplies.
B Research ($435M)
strategic research
UBC research
'ices for UBC researchers and
C Expenses from central units ($400M)
ded on campus, including student
>d services, the bookstore and parking.
D Facilities ($315M)
itenance costs inclua
rs, utilities, wast
igement, landscaping, plus insurance and campus security.
E Other expenses ($233M)
A  $914M
J
b $435M
■
C  $400M
1
D  $315M
1
E   $233M
78 2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT Excellence Fund
2016-17 FUNDING AVAILABLE
UBC Excellence Fund,
ished in February 2016, w
support UBC's ambition to become Canada's best university
over the next decade. The fund dedicates a significant portion
of our annual revenue to attracting and retaining exceptional
faculty and students, fostering innovative research and creating
a world-class learning experience.
EXPENSES (2016-17 CONSOLIDATED) 	
1 Building and supporting world class research infrastructure
to enable innovative, cutting-edge research ($2.172M)
2 Recruiting and retaining exemplary faculty members ($1.42M)
3 Recruiting and retaining exemplary student and staff ($1.08M)
4 Providing an excellent student learning experience
for domestic and international students, at the graduate
and undergraduate levels, both inside and outside the
classroom ($690K)
5 Unspent committed funds ($1M)
2   $1.42M
3 $i.o8m
4 $69oK
5 $1M
A  $135M
BREAKDOWN      	
A Major building projects ($135M)
Major building projects in 2016-17 includes Orchards (
Brock Commons Tall Wood Student Residence PI, Tott
Residence In-Fill 2, the Quantum Matter Institute/AM
osa Commons 2,
Aguatic Centr
B Building renovations/additions ($96M)
C Equipment and furnishings ($73M)
D Library books ($18M)
E Capital infrastructure ($12M)
b $96m
c $73 m
d $i8m
E   $12M
2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPORT
OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES 8l Endowm<
2016-17 ENDOWMENT FUNDS
t^K.ii ■ # V,
UBC's endowment fund contributes to UBC's mission of
academic excellence by providing continued financial support
for research and teaching. Funds from donors and land lease
revenues are invested and managed prudently for future
generations. Since 2012, net revenue from land developmer
has been used to finance student housing.
BREAKDOWN
A Specific purpo
se($1,(
D37M)
Supports arts, c
ithletics
, sciences,.
tude
nt learning, met
Heal a
id
other research,
B Land lease pre
as well
ceeds
as many otl
sndowmer
ler s
tfu
oecific purposes
nds($572M)
Supports acade
mic exc
ellence, inc
udin
g faculty recruit
ment,
research and m
imerous
building pi
ojec
ts.
C Awards ($373
M)
Supports UBC s
tudent
scholarship
sane
i bursaries in atl
iletics,
fine arts, music
media
ne and otht
rdis
ciplines.
82
2016-17 UBC ANNUAL REPO
RT
$572M
c $373m
. 1   . . .
J J
[HI
I jj ]   1  if
■
Re
M,
Residences
2017 TOTAL NUMBER OF RESIDENCE BEDS
BE~->'"
1     11,796
BREAKDOWN   	
1 Residence beds on UBC Vancouver campus (11,796)
Up from 11,038 in 2016 due to opening of Brock Commoi
Wood and Totem Park In-fill Phase
2 Residence beds on UBC Okanagan campus (1,678)
2   1,678
OUR PERFORMANCE MEASURES 83 ■WW
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