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Place and Promise
2009/2010 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Letter From Board Chair and President
Institutional Overview
Strategic Direction
Planning and Operational Context
Trends in Education
Goals, Actions, and Results
UBC Selected Facts
Student Learning
Research Excellence
Community Engagement
Aboriginal Engagement
Alumni Engagement
Intercultural Understanding
International Engagement
Outstanding Work Environment
Alignment with Ministry Goals
Goals, Objectives, Strategies
Performance Results
Financial Information
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Place and Promise: The UBC Plan,
was launched December 2, 2009
after strong consultation with
UBC communities, internal and
external. This first annual report
provides a comprehensive
overview of the implementation
of Place and Promise for the first
four or so months of its life.
This report incorporates as well the annual
Institutional Accountability Plan and Report as
required by the Ministry of Advanced
Education and Labour Market Development.
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. 1 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Letter from Board Chair
and President
15 July 2010
• The Honourable Moira Stilwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labor Market Development (ALMD)
• 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 2009/10, as approved by the Board
of Governors. This report also includes the 2010/11 - 2012/13 Institutional Accountability planning and reporting
requirements of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labor Market Development.
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 will frame the progress
of the university over the next decade or so and integrate 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 challenging environment and is entering the third year of 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 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
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 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.
A publicly supported comprehensive university, over
19,500 faculty and staff are employed at UBC. UBC
also employs over 6,500 students and approximately
5,000 alumni have chosen to work here. With a total
economic impact of $10 billion in local income and over
39,700 jobs, UBC contributes strongly to the economy
of the province and Canada, http://www.pair.ubc.ca/
UBC's two main campuses are situated in Vancouver on
the Point Grey Peninsula (Vancouver campus or UBCV)
and in Kelowna (Okanagan campus or UBCO). 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.
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,
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. Because of the faculty,
UBC ranks among the top ten universities in the world
for commercial activity in the biosciences.
The university offers resources for every academic
and extracurricular interest. UBC has 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,
a superb concert hall, a contemporary art gallery,
botanical gardens, and a full complement of theatre,
music and athletics programs.
UBC's international scope continues to grow. Building
on its historical ties, its commitment to the Asia Pacific
region, and its focus on study and research related to
Asia, UBC opened the Asia Pacific regional office in the
central district of Hong Kong in 2005. UBC has over
6,000 international students.
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:
Appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council (Two are nominated by the UBC Alumni Association)
Elected by fulltime non-faculty employees
Elected by faculty  (1 UBC Okanagan, 2 UBC Vancouver)
Elected by students (1 UBC Okanagan, 2 UBC Vancouver)
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 include:
• 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.
The University is independent and cherishes and
defends free inquiry and scholarly responsibility.
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 relationships.
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.
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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Creating an exceptional learning environment...
...towards global citizenship and a civil and sustainable society...
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
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 Context
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.
Changing Demographics     I Declining college entry age
I population in BC.
Domestic population equipped
I with training from BC post
I secondary institutes will meet
I only half needed skilled/
I educated labor in BC
Student Mobility ■
national and
Competition for faculty.
Massification globally (increase
in student enrolment).
UBC's Response
Adjust recruitment strategies to attract and retain brightest students.
Increase options for completion of course requirements, including part
time studies, distance learning and continuing education.
National recruitment strategy, established in 2007 has increased direct-
entry student enrolment from other Canadian jurisdictions by 53% at the
Vancouver campus and 34% at the Okanagan campus.
Continue developing strategic partnerships with international universities.
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 faculty relocation office.
Ensure international strategies are in place to handle increased demand.
Sustainable Practices
Investing in environment,
economy and social justice.
Continue to emphasize sustainability initiatives.
Advances in How People
Increasing use of technology,
studies identifying how people     I Keep abreast of changes and incorporate into teaching as appropriate.
learn. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Planning and Operational Context
The key challenges facing UBC include:
UBC's Response
Economic Climate and I Balancing the budget.
Resource Management
Implemented transparent budget process and involved all key
I stakeholders in handling the structural deficit. A balanced budget was
I submitted.
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 third year.
Enrolment Management      I Admissions Procedures.
New Strategic Enrolment Group has been set up and is identifying
appropriate strategies.
Competing on the Global        Attracting the best students and      Recruitment strategies are in place for local, national and international
Cj-ggg faculty. I recruitment.
New strategic plans for both Research and International Engagement are 10
in consultation process and will be implemented next year.
Research and International continue to identify and develop key areas for
partnerships and collaborations.
Inequalities in Access I Financial barriers.
Physical 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.
A multi-year program of phased access upgrades is underway at the
Vancouver campus; the Okanagan Campus has an inclusive campus
initiative in place.
Governance of UBC.
Exclusion as a government
related entity.
Working with government and other constituencies to determine optimal
governance structure.
Working with government to determine best approach. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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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
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
Students (Full and Part time #, as at Oct 31)
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)
- Professorial Ranks
- Lecturers/Instructors (teaching only)
- Term Faculty
- Term Faculty
- Term Faculty
- Term Faculty
Staff (FTE)
Sessional full time
Sessional part time
Other full time
Other part time
Undergrad : Grad
Student: Faculty
Staff: Faculty (FTE)
# Aboriginal undergraduate students
# u/g students in community engagement activities
Overall Voluntary turnover rates
- Faculty
Prev. Year
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UBC selected Facts (cont'd)
Background Data
Prev. Year
Sponsored research funding
% federal/provincial
# international undergraduate students
# highly cited staff (Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU weight
ing)       —
GHG reduction (tC02e)
Library Holdings - monograph volumes (print)
Library Holdings - Monograph Volumes (electronic)
(both campuses)
Total space (nasm)
- Academic
see note (1)
- Non Academic
see note (1)
- Informal Student Space
see note (1)
Expenses and Revenues
Total Revenue
1,472,140 (2)
% government grants and contracts
Total expenses
1,687,180 (2)
% salaries and benefits
Fundraising - total dollars raised, UBC Total only
Endowment market value (as at Mar 31)
(1) Okanagan campus figures unavailable due to build out of campus
(2) The shortfall in revenues as compared with expenses results primarily from losses in the endowment fund as a
result of the global market conditions in 2009/10 and do not directly affect the Universities annual operating
See also Ministry indicators. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Goals, Actions, and Results
Student Learning
The University provides the opportunity for transformative student learning through outstanding teaching and research, enriched educational experiences and rewarding campus life.
Enhance the Quality and Impact of Teaching
UBC is reviewing the quality and impact of its teaching activities. By applying new research on education and
expanding learning opportunities outside the classroom, UBC's goal is to ensure students acquire the knowledge
and skills to enhance their personal development and enable them to contribute and lead in a global society.
Providing UBC students with an exceptional learning environment is critical to the entire strategic plan. Yet defining
how to do so is complex in a student body spread over two campuses, comprising undergraduates and graduates,
many disciplines and the need to create that environment throughout the university and not just in the classroom.
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Student Learning (cont'd)
Some examples of initiatives underway to enhance the quality of student learning:
• Goal is to achieve highly effective evidence-based
science education for all post-secondary students
• To apply the latest advances in pedagogical and
organizational excellence
• Supports work at the departmental level to achieve
sustained widespread improvement in learning
• Now underway in seven departments, 26 faculty
members involved, 24 courses transformed, and
impacting thousands of students
• http://www.cwsei.ubc.ca/
• A fund to enrich student learning by supporting innovative and effective educational enhancements
• 2009/10 saw 48 projects funded for a total of $2.07 million
• Projects ranged from developing a multi-media website on First Nations History, Culture and Politics to
Instructional Skills for International Teaching Assistants (ITA)
• 3.5% of student tuition is contributed to this fund
• http://tlef.ubc.ca/
• Enhance the teaching skills of faculty and graduate
• Foster quality teaching and learning across campus
• Design and coordinate workshops, support
services, and professional development programs
to meet a wide range of needs and interests
• In collaboration with the UBC Institute for the
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, supports
research and reflection on teaching and learning,
locally and internationally
• http://tag.ubc.ca/ Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
• An online portal for all things academic, designed to
help students learn more effectively
• An innovative collaboration between students,
faculty and staff
• Develop and publish resources to meet the learning
and research needs of UBC students.
• Provides study help, peer academic coaching,
learning skill resources and other programs
• http://leap.ubc.ca/
• Promotes and supports excellence in teaching and
• Provides campus wide support for all models of
teaching and learning, including online learning
• Faculty are provided with a variety of academic
growth opportunities including peer mentoring
programs, seminar series, training workshops,
learning technology support and resources on
teaching practices
• The Centre provides graduate students and
teaching assistants with professional development
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/ctl/welcome.html
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 increasing emphasis on enriched and transformative experiences is
included. The following are some examples of curricular activity. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
Curricular Reform
• The Faculty of Law worked with full time and adjunct faculty members to rationalize the upper level curricular
offerings in various fields. A task force studied the role of adjunct faculty within the curriculum and how the
Faculty could offer better support to adjunct faculty.
• UBC's Okanagan campus introduced an innovative new Bachelor of Science degree with a major in zoology,
emphasizing learning in the field. The new program provides a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and practical
experience intended to raise student profile for graduate school and other professional programs, ranging from
medical sciences to conservation biology.
Curriculum Developed in Collaboration with Students
• The Faculty of Medicine (FoM), in collaboration with the College of Health Disciplines, brought together student
representatives from each of the faculty's programs to inform and influence change within the curriculum. The
FoM Student Advisory Group, with over fifty members from Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Speech
Language Pathology and Physical Therapy, works with key faculty members to develop initiatives that will help
integrate interprofessional education into the curriculum.
• The Faculty of Graduate Studies took survey information and developed the UBC Graduate Student Culture
and Climate Report, which has helped build a more comprehensive understanding of the graduate student
experience at UBC in both strengths (intellectual quality of faculty and colleagues) and areas to improve (funding
and supervision). This process grounds and informs a more outcome-oriented approach, establishing a more
responsive channel for transparent dialogue and feedback on continual improvement and ideas for change.
Curriculum and Enriched Student Learning
There are many projects underway to provide enriched student learning through curriculum change. Following is
a flavour of some of the enriched offerings built into the curricula of various faculties. Also see the Community
Engagement section for further stories.
Curriculum Incorporates Undergraduate Research Experiences
• The Faculty of Arts introduced a three-part Writing and Research degree requirement to give every student in
Arts, from their first weeks on campus to their final year, opportunities to identify with the values of a knowledge-
making culture, and to find themselves part of that world. In first year, Arts Studies in Writing invites students,
by means of their own reading and writing, to join the conversations of the disciplines in the social sciences and
humanities. As part of their advanced studies, every undergraduate student in Arts is now presented with a
research-intensive experience based on small group learning, in which they engage with the research practices of
their disciplines, and work collegially with faculty to produce a potential contribution to knowledge in that field.
Curriculum Incorporates Learning Connected to Professional and Research Communities
• The College of Health Disciplines developed an interprofessional collaborative learning series (IP-CLS) using
a train-the-trainer approach that addresses components of collaborative practice. The course was developed to Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
ensure that faculty and practitioners are prepared to practice and educate student interprofessionally.
• The Faculty of Education has developed a cohort structure to provide enriched educational opportunities
throughout a student's program of study. A faculty advisor links the student's university experiences with their
practicum placements, providing a sense of community for both.
Curriculum Incorporates Community
• The Forestry Faculty has designed the Forest Resources Management major (specialization in Community and
Aboriginal Forestry) to provide a comprehensive understanding of forest management, knowledge and skills,
and to emphasize community forestry and working with Aboriginal people. Students gain an understanding of
the political and socio-economic environment in which forestry is practiced, and for the historical and ethical
foundations of the profession.
• The Faculty of Dentistry wants students to develop increased social responsibility and a commitment to
community service. This is done through outreach programs such as:
Volunteer dentistry in the downtown eastside.
DMD students in the Haida Gwaii
UBC Dentistry Team working outside Canada
• The Faculty of Land and Food Systems continue to develop more experiential learning opportunities for
undergraduate students. Student engagement with the community has been happening for ten years and
continues to evolve with opportunities in both core programs in the Faculty and in new programs being developed.
• The Faculty of Law offers clinical programs, pro-bono service opportunities and student run journals. Recently,
international learning opportunities have been added through programs such as joint legal education programs
with Hong Kong University and the University of Hawaii. www.law.ubc.ca/files/pdf/current/jd/web_files/HKU-
UBC_lnformation.pdf and www.law.ubc.ca/news/2009/jul/7_14_2009_hawaii.html
• The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences incorporates community based learning in many of their courses,
including Pharmacy 303 in which students create and deliver a health/wellness presentation to either senior
citizens or high school students. In 2009, the second year Pharmacy class was challenged to complete at least
4 hours of community service. Over 80% (121 students) participated. Other community projects saw students
assisting in immunizations for H1N1 at various clinics around Vancouver; volunteering at the Needle Exchange
Program; and presenting to local high schools about the profession/opportunities in Pharmacy.
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Student Learning (cont'd)
• A Sauder School of Business course sees faculty and students working in Kibera, a slum outside Nairobi, to teach
local would-be entrepreneurs the skills they need to succeed, www.africa.sauder.ubc.ca
• Nursing students at UBC's Okanagan campus have formed a grassroots organization to raise funds for use
towards fourth-year trans-cultural learning opportunities. Each year, a group of soon-to-graduate fourth-year
Nursing students and some of their professors travel to northern rural Ghana to share their learning with African
nursing students, assist at rural health clinics, and deliver medical and other health care supplies to remote villages.
A diverse faculty brings new perspectives and enriches the teaching and learning experience for other faculty
members, students and staff. In 2009, UBC welcomed new faculty members with diverse backgrounds, including
citizens of Australia, Great Britain, China, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Holland, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, New
Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland.
UBC faculty members combine research excellence with accomplishments in teaching. Collectively they attracted
more than $549m in external research funds in 2009/10 and achieved an average score of 4.13 out of 5 on
campus wide Student Evaluations of Teaching, with over 73% of professors scoring above 4. Faculty commitment
to service is evidenced by their increasing engagement in community service learning initiatives and leadership
in making university intellectual resources accessible and applicable to community needs. For example, the
First Nations Studies Program faculty developed a learning model for 4th year students, focusing on research
experience that directly addresses issues identified by Aboriginal community organizations and where assessment
of the project calls for community input.
Our faculty is also enriched through numerous visiting scholars across UBC. For example, two of our programs are:
• The Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorship Program (CIGV), inaugurated in 1972 with public lectures
by Gerhard Herzberg, Canadian recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, has since included contributions of 179
distinguished scholars on a broad range of topics. Selected and invited by Green College's Academic Committee,
based on nominations from the campus community, these visiting professors give a series of presentations in
different venues and for a variety of audiences.
• The Peter Wall Institute's Distinguished Visiting Professor program invites senior scholars with a reputation for
interdisciplinary engagement to spend one month in residence at the Institute. Pursing a specific scholarly agenda,
participating in Institute programs and events, and organizing specific activities such as workshops, public talk or
speaker's series, they contribute to the intellectual life of the University.
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Student Learning (cont'd)
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
# students receiving needs based support
$ merit based support
$ needs based support
$ need based government funding
Increase in need based government funding
$4.6 m
$125.2 m
$16.8 m
Financial Assistance Programs
Some of the programs UBC has in place include:
• Work Learn Program for international students supported 205 students
• Work Study Program for domestic students supported 2,611 students
• International Leader of Tomorrow (ILOT) Award saw:
- Vancouver: 47 awards ($1,274,792)
- Vancouver: 17 bursaries ($449,152)
- Okanagan: 2 awards ($48,626)
• International Student Humanitarian Award, a 4 year award for students from impoverished or war torn countries,
supported 10 awards ($287,559) at the Vancouver campus
• Arts Undergraduate Research Award, now in its third year, funds undergraduate assistants working with faculty
members on start up or continuing research projects
UBC, as a leading research university, provides facilities and infrastructure that promote learning and research. But
buildings are more than venues for classes. They also help to create community and enhance informal learning
opportunities that are critical in providing enriched student experiences.
UBC Okanagan is in the final stages of its 5 year build-out to move from just under 3,000 students in 2005 to a
7,500 student campus. UBC Vancouver continues to renew buildings through its UBC Renew project and has also
completed new buildings to accommodate the learning needs of its students. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
• House over
- 5.4 million volumes
- 5.2 million microforms
- 800,000 maps, audio, video, and graphic materials
- 55,000 serial subscriptions
- 250,000 e-books
• Over 300 staff work at over 20 branches/divisions
at UBC Vancouver, UBC Okanagan and Robson
• http://www.library.ubc.ca/welcome.html
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/library/welcome.html
• Completion of
- Beaty Biodiversity Centre (See Research)
- Chemical and Biological Engineering East Wing
- Childcare Expansion, Kid's Club
- Marine Drive Student Housing Phase 2
- Museum of Anthropology (See Research)
- Sauder School of Business, Phase 1
- UBC Renew, Buchanan B
- Thunderbird Parks Redevelopment
• In construction
- Centre for Comparative Medicine
- Centre for Integrated Research in Sustainability
- Earth Systems Sciences Building (See Research)
- Faculty of Law
- School of Population and Public Health
- UBC Renew - Buchanan A; Old Auditorium;
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Student Learning (cont'd)
• Completion of
- Student Residences, Phase 3
- Student Services Administration Building
- University Centre
• In construction
- Arts and Sciences, Building 2
- Engineering Management Building
- Health Sciences Centre
- Student Housing Phase 3B
- Student Housing Phase 4
Beyond the Classroom
With changing demographics and learning methodologies, UBC has incorporated a variety of means to obtain
a degree and to offer lifelong learning opportunities. The next section describes some enriched learning
opportunities - co-op placements, international service learning, community service learning, and community
based research.
In addition, other learning opportunities for those who are unable to take courses on UBC's campuses include
distance learning and continuing education.
• Strengthens learning and teaching experiences
by supporting technology enabled environments,
introducing the UBC community to e-leaming tools
• Develop and deliver distance education courses
(see photo - nursing student works on masters
degree through distance education)
• Collaborate with academic and administrative units
to facilitate knowledge transfer
• Provides support for new innovations in educational
• http://olt.ubc.ca/ Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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• Offers a wide range of courses, workshops, seminars and certificate programs
• 7,000 learners each year take part in the programs
• www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/continuingstudies/welcome.html
Expand Educational Enrichment Opportunities
UBC has committed to expanding opportunities for all undergraduate students to participate in enriching
educational experiences, ensuring that students are prepared and supported to engage in these experiences.
# students participating in curricular community service learning
# outgoing students engaged in international learning opportunities
# students employed on campus through Work Study/Work Learn
# undergraduates graduating with a co-op designation
# first year students with a small class experience (<30)
# students in pilot Arts Internships
Further stories can be found in the Community Engagement Commitment section and the International
Engagement section.
Community Service Learning
Community service learning takes place locally through the Learning Exchange and UBC-CLI and internationally
through Go Global. Both locally and internationally, community service learning is built into the curriculum of many
courses. A small sample includes:
• FNH 250 - Nutrition Concepts and Controversies extends the classroom into the community
• For example, FNH and Master OT grad students developed basic food skills and nutrition workshops with
Coast Mental Health
• http://csl.ubc.ca/who-is-involved/departments-involved-in-cslcbr/faculty-of-land-and-food-systems/ Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
• Civil Engineering 201 & 202
• Students work with community organizations to find real solutions to their 'client's needs'
• For example, they developed a solar powered pump to ensure fresh water for cows while protecting riparian
ecosystems from grazing cattle
• http://csl.ubc.ca/who-is-involved/departments-involved-in-cslcbr/faculty-of-applied-science/
• Geog 472: Geographic Information Systems
• Students use creative mapping skills in real life problems
• For example, working with battered women, students generated maps of where women can find transition
housing and services
• http://csl.ubc.ca/who-is-involved/departments-involved-in-cslcbr/faculty-of-arts/
The Go Global International Service Learning (ISL) program engages students in meaningful projects led by
community partners around the world. http://www.students.ubc.ca/index.cfm?page=links&view=international
• UBCO student Natalie Melashenko studied at the
Mpala Research Centre in Nanyuki, Kenya.
• Students learned a variety of field techniques
including radio telemetry, small mammal trapping,
misnetting of bats and birds, and the use of camera
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/
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• Donovan Duncan, Life Sciences major, worked at a Swaziland rural health clinic from Sep-Dec 2009.
• "Being exposed to the thoughts, ideas, hopes, fears, and struggles of the community members was the most
enriching aspect of my three months abroad."
• www.students.ubc.ca/global/student-profiles
In addition to opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research at UBC, all UBC students
are eligible to undertake research at any of UBC's 150 partner institutions, www.students.ubc.ca/global/learning-
abroad/research-abroad/. Through research, students engage with leading disciplinary questions and can learn
from the critical thinking and problem solving approaches of faculty members. Opportunities are in place in many
academic programs. A small selection includes:
• In place for every student
• Engage in research practices of their disciplines
• Work with faculty to produce a potential contribution to knowledge in the field
• e.g. FNSP 400 (First Nations Studies Program) saw students complete a practicum in partnership with an
Aboriginal organization
• Peter Klein and a team of his UBC graduate journalism students aired story on PBS June 23, 2009
• Tracked e-waste to Accra, a Ghana slum and Guiyu, China
• Exposed potential data security threat, criminal gangs, environmental pollution
• Allison Tremain of UBCO worked with FTCL, a Canadian/Ugandan carbon offsetting business
• FTCL plants pine trees and sells the carbon offsets to western Canadian companies
• Researched potential effects of pine plantations on stream flow
• Results assisted FTCL in developing best management practices of the Ugandan forests Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
Co-op Programs
UBC's co-op programs have provided thousands of students with transformational, educationally enriched
experiential learning opportunities for the past thirty years. This year a total of 2,950 full-time, paid work terms
were held with employers across Canada, including 211 work terms that were completed outside of Canada.
• "The UBC Co-op Program was challenging, yet without a doubt the most
rewarding experience of my undergraduate degree."
• Completed five co-op terms with four different employers
• Led him to his current job of Economic Development Analyst with the City of
Surrey, City Manager's Office
• "The most rewarding aspect of Co-op is not just the
experience gained, but the people met, friendships
forged and connections made."
• Completed a co-op placement with CARO
Analytical Services
• Noted that "Co-op placements open doors and
gives a taste of future career options before one
Support Student Well Being
Studies show that social support, emotional wellbeing, healthy diet, and good sleep practices are all significant
predictors of academic success for university students. Data from the National College Health Assessment
(NCHA), from February 2008, illuminates the impact of mental health and wellbeing on students' academic
success, www.pair.ubc.ca/surveys/nubc/index.htm
report feeling so depressed they found it difficult to function at least once in the past year
stress impacts their academic performance
sleep difficulties impact academic performance
Internet use/computer games negatively impact their academic performance
21% Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
Some initiatives that are underway to foster a healthy learning community are:
• An increased focus on student mental health and wellbeing:
- 300 student leaders across 13 different Peer Programs participated in "Healthy Minds at UBC" training,
resulting in new initiatives such as the Engineering Wellness Fair, attended by over 300 students.
- Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) program offered stress management and resilience-building workshops
for graduate students.
• Imagine UBC Orientation was expanded to provide orientation and transition support for all undergraduate
students, with a particular focus on academic department orientation for senior undergrads.
• Students helping students is the core idea behind the peer support network at the UBC Okanagan campus,
with more than two-dozen student mentors, plus student coordinators, provides information and services in four
key areas: learning support, supporting students in distress, advocacy support, and supporting student self-
• A new Wellness Centre opened in UBC Okanagan's University Centre, with a clinic and health promotion
project space, allowing for a variety of expanded health care services, including general practitioners (MDs), a
physiotherapist, nurse practitioners, nurse clinicians, counsellors, a psychiatrist and an alcohol and drug counsellor.
• Funded by BC Medical Services Foundation and Canadian Nurses Foundation,
• The VOICE Study looked at increasing understanding of healthy community development
• The campus community was surveyed on their health interests and questions
• Opportunities were provided for students, staff, faculty and administrators to partner in creating health-
promoting and sustainable campus change
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/health-wellness/research/voice.html
• Partnership with campus community and VP Students Portfolio
• Increase students' capacity to maintain mental health through awareness
• Enable student engagement and academic success
• Promote a culture shift that favours personal wellness and balance of all community members
• http://blog.students.ubc.ca/healthyminds/vision/ Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
Rapid Expansion of On-campus Housing
• Student Housing
- Vancouver: 567 new beds infill at Totem Park have received Board approval
- Okanagan: 196 new beds opened at Nicola Residence and 140 (Cassiar) and 214 (Purcell) are under
construction and slated to open in September 2010 and September 2011, respectively.
Informal Learning Spaces
Informal learning spaces provide opportunities for students to meet and dialogue in relaxed settings. Following are
some examples of new informal learning spaces opened this year on UBC's campuses.
• Designed with and for students, the CSI opened at
the Vancouver campus in January 2010
• Provides a hub for students who want to get
involved in campus life and leadership
• Serves as a home base and resource centre for
more than 1,200 student leaders in Peer Programs,
UBC Orientations, the Student Leadership
Conference, and the Conference for Learning and
Academic Success.
• http://involvement.ubc.ca
A 256 m2 centre on the second floor of University
Designed as a special space reflecting the cultural
characteristics of the Aboriginal students who use it
158 Aboriginal students enrolled in programs
ranging from Bachelor of Education degrees to
interdisciplinary PhD's
• Funded by a generous gift from Dr. Lee
• Opened in October 2009 as a place for students,
faculty, staff, and alumni to engage about the
important global issues of our time
• 25 student led organizations participated as
founding members
• Student groups representing more than 1,000
members, collaborated with faculty and staff on
"Help Hear Haiti", an event that fundraised over
• Restaurateur John Bishop spoke with students
following a screening of Deconstructing Supper
• http://www.students.ubc.ca/international/get-
• Collegia are on-campus spaces that offer a "home
away from home" for commuter students at UBC
• Each of the Collegia are equipped with furniture,
individual and group work spaces, and kitchen
facilities, offering students a place to relax, eat lunch,
spend time with classmates, and do school work
• Collegia are staffed by senior students who
welcome members, answer questions and plan
programs and events
• Since opening this year, the Junior, Senior and
International Collegia have had more than 25,000
student visits
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/
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Communication with Students
UBC is leveraging new media and technology to improve communication with UBC students.
• UBCevents is a coordinated campus calendar for all campuses, with event listings provided by nearly 400
student organizations and departments, www.events.ubc.ca
• The Admin Blog is a platform for senior administrators to connect with students online. Administrators meet
with student editors from across campus to generate story ideas and have blogged about tuition fees, campus
development, and respectful debate, http://blogs.ubc.ca/theadministration/
• Transportation Consultation 2010 was launched to engage the community in discussion about possible
alternatives to the underground transit terminal following TransLink's withdrawal and cancellation of the project.
An Ideas Fair, Workbook, webcast, and a series of guest bloggers invited the whole community to participate.
Assessment of Student Experience
In August 2009, UBC launched the New to UBC (NUBC) Survey at both campuses, designed to measure
characteristics of incoming undergraduate students, including their expectations prior to their arrival at UBC. The
NUBC Survey, unlike other surveys that UBC has participated in, is unique as it attempts to measure the impact of
the first year experience for both direct entrants and transfer students. The survey will provide benchmarks to help
assess progress towards UBC's strategic objectives as set out in the strategic plan. In February 2010, a follow up
survey was administered to undergraduate students of all years.
Annual administration of the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) continued, this year with a focus on
faculty-specific reports, www.pair.ubc.ca
Student-led initiatives to create a campus culture of involvement
• UBC Orientations - 850 student leaders at Vancouver and 200 at Okanagan share their personal stories and
experiences to welcome new UBC students through academic and social orientation events, www.students.ubc.
• Student Leadership Conference (Vancouver) - The largest student-driven conference at the Vancouver campus,
the SLC is an annual networking and skill development event for 1,200 student leaders. This year, Faces of Today
highlighted student leaders across campus, and keynote speakers included slam poet Shayne Koyczan, Senator
Romeo Dallaire and entrepreneurial alumnus Brian Wong, http://slc.ubc.ca/
• Student Leadership Conference (Okanagan) -175 students participated in the SLC at the Okanagan campus,
which included a community service learning project with the Kelowna Food Bank where students assembled 500
healthy snack packs containing a daily snack for a child, for one week. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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• TEDx Terry Talks (Vancouver) - the Terry Project held its second "TEDx Terry Talks" conference in October 2009.
9 UBC students (and one alumna) expressed their own passions, while giving the "talk of their lives." Videos and
conference summary: www.terry.ubc.ca/terrytalks/
• Campus Life Council (Okanagan) - 25 new students contribute to campus life through planning and running
events for their peers, such as the Winter Carnival and Festival @ the U. http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/
• Vice-President, Students' Emerging Leaders Program (Vancouver) is a faculty cohort-based program inviting new
UBC students to explore leadership in their UBC and Vancouver communities through conferences, workshops,
community service learning, and reflection. In 2009/10, 332 new students were matched with 52 pod leaders
(upper year students in their faculty) across 7 faculty-based cohorts, each facilitated by a staff and senior student
leader. www.students.ubc.ca/leadership/programs.cfm?page=emerging
Athletics and Recreation
Athletics and Recreation provide opportunities for students, ranging from joining a club, working out, to being
involved in Varsity and Intramural sports. This is an important part of students' lives for those who chose to be
involved in the programs offered - whether they are simply keeping fit or competing on a national level. Some of
the highlights in 2009/10 are:
• Vancouver campus' swimmer Annamay Pierse was named the 2008-09 Canadian Interuniversity Sport female
athlete of the year
• Okanagan Heat Women's volleyball team and Vancouver Thunderbird Women's volleyball team both win
national titles
• Vancouver's Men's Baseball Team vaulted into the NAIA Top 10 in the first edition of the 2010 NAIA Baseball
Coaches'Top 25 Poll
• A new artificial field at the Okanagan campus was installed and opened for use in the spring of 2009 for soccer,
football, field hockey, and lacrosse
• Dramatically reduced student fees for intramural programs, Student Recreation Centre drop-ins, BirdCoop
passes, e.g. a one-semester (four month) BirdCoop pass was reduced from $148 to $25.
• The Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre opened, a legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics
• Extensive sport and recreation programs offered by UBC REC create a strong sense of community engagement
and promote wellbeing. This year, REC programs had 61,000 participants, including 9,500 league registrants,
6,300 event and tournament participants, and 43,000 drop-in users of the Student Recreation Centre facilities. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
Select Outcomes
Enhance the quality and
impact of teaching for all
Expand educational
enrichment opportunities,
including research, a
first year small class
experience, 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 programs
Further align the University rewards and recognition
systems with student learning goals
Provide undergraduate students with at least two
enriched educational opportunities during their course
of studies
Resource allocation and budget planning aligned
and in second year of implementation
Regular faculty reviews completed
Carl Weiman Science Education Initiative
underway in seven departments
Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund
approved 48 projects valued at $2.07 million
Facilities upgrades and new building projects
approved at the Vancouver campus
Build out of Okanagan campus continues
Collaborative and community based learning
continues to be integrated into curricula
A plan to increase community service learning and
community based research is being implemented
Co-op placements and international service
learning programs engage students with
community locally and globally
Support student
well-being, personal
development and positive
affiliation with UBC
through outstanding
campus life programs and
service excellence
Continue the rapid expansion of student housing,
informal learning space and on-campus work
Implement a coordinated strategy for communication
with students
Ensure regular assessment of the overall student
experience, including alumni feedback
Support student led initiatives to create a campus
culture of involvement
Student housing to increase 2,500 beds by 2015
at UBCV; UBCO has increased from 460 beds in
2005 to 1,300 beds in 2009. An additional 354
beds are anticipated to be added by 2012.
New to UBC and National College Health
Assessment surveys are completed identifying
student concerns re: health Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Student Learning (cont'd)
Carl Weiman Science Education Initiative www.cwsei.ubc.ca
Arts Co-op Placements http://co-op.arts.ubc.ca/info/profiles/
Co-op Placements www.coop.ubc.ca/index.cfm
Co-op UBCO www.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  •
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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.
a place of mind
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Research Excellence (cont'd)
Increase the Quality and Impact of Research
Research Funding and Impacts
In 2009/10, UBC received more than $549.7 million in research funding.
Research funds
Projects funded
Increase over the previous year
Federal and provincial governments contribution toward infrastructure projects through their
CFI and BCKDF programs
Awarded through peer-reviewed federal research council competitions
In mid-2009, executive responsibility for UBC's international portfolio was shifted to the Vice President Research
& International (VPRI, formerly Vice President Research), placing strategic emphasis on promoting international
research collaborations and graduate student mobility. The challenges and opportunities associated with this shift
are discussed in the International Engagement section of this report.
In mid-2010, the VPRI published a revitalized research strategy that is closely aligned with the goals and actions
outlined in Place & Promise: The UBC Plan. The plan continues to encourage non-prescriptive, curiosity-driven
research, especially interdisciplinary collaborations among UBC units and with external partners. The strategic
research plan also prioritizes the recruitment of top-ranked graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to UBC
from across Canada and from key international markets including the United States, China, Iran, India and Mexico.
Strategies are being developed to support recruitment in China, South Korea, Singapore/Malaysia, Chile and Brazil.
See the International Engagement section for further details.
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The following are just a few examples of significant new research infrastructure, initiatives and outcomes in areas
of excellence at UBC in 2009/10:
• UBC will host 2 of 3 new NCEs announced in 2009,
valued at over $42M over 5 years.
• Member of international Making Publics (MaPS)
• The two UBC-hosted NCEs will investigate new
media issues and brain development in children,
• Explores contributions of art and intellectual works
in early Europe (1500 - 1700) and how it influences
• http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2009/12/01/ubc-
development of the modern world
• www.ahva.ubc.ca/facultylntroDisplay.
• Revolutionary new technique to sequence DNA
• A unique four-year, $48m pilot program to
from small or contaminated samples
seek and treat vulnerable populations who are
• Potential applications in forensic analysis, bio-
undiagnosed or untreated for HIV.
defence, pathogen detection, biomarkers
• Believed to be the first project of its kind in the
• www.physics.ubc.ca/~andre/
• Funded by the province
• www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2009-
• Influencing policy
• Aboriginal participants describe feeling alienated,
• Investigating traffickers techniques
discriminated against in mainstream hospitals
• Determining location of trafficking rings in Canada
• Negative experiences lead to avoidance of health
and abroad
• www.law.ubc.ca/faculty/Perrin
• web.ubc.ca/okanagan/publicaffairs/
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• $55.5m CFI/BCKDF/donor funded expansion
• Reciprocal Research Network engaging Aboriginal
communities and international partners
• www.moa.ubc.ca
• $50m, CFI/BCKDF/donor funded
• Biodiversity Research Centre (50+ researchers)
• Beaty Biodiversity Museum
• www.beatymuseum.ubc.ca
• www.biodiversity.ubc.ca
$375m BCKDF
State of the Art earth science education and research facility
$75m building is under construction as of summer 2010
Will be LEED Gold certified
Managing the business and legal aspects of UBC's research enterprise remains an institutional priority. The
Researcher Information Services (RISe) system has enabled UBC to track every cent of the $549.7m in research
funding received in 2009/10; to monitor 7,000 proposals annually; and to meet the informational and reporting
needs of 3,000 researchers each month. All researchers at UBC and its affiliated hospital partners, including the
BC Cancer Agency and the Provincial Health Services Authority, use RISe to track their research funding and to
ensure that all research involving animals, biohazardous materials and human subjects complies with regulations
issued by government, accrediting bodies and funding agencies.
Many of these affiliated institutions also work collaboratively with UBC to adjudicate ethical issues around
research involving human subjects. The University's Research Ethics Boards (REBs) are concerned with both
clinical and behavioural research; REBs at the affiliated hospital locations, including most recently Children's and
Women's Hospital, are critical in evaluating research conducted beyond the main UBC campuses.
The globally challenging economic climate continues to amplify funding challenges faced by UBC and many other
Canadian universities. In particular, the unusual strain on operating budgets and endowments emphasizes the need for Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Research Excellence (cont'd)
dedicated and ongoing support of the institutional costs of research. Discussions continue with government on this issue.
Be a World Leader in Knowledge Exchange and Mobilization
Knowledge Mobilization and Global Access
During the 2009/10 fiscal year, industry-sponsored research and technology licensing activity increased at UBC
over the previous year.
New spin off companies
Invention disclosures
970 industry sponsored research projects
Revenues from technology licensing
Cumulative total of spin offs
Patents filed
798 contracted research projects
Patents issued (all countries)
Significant changes in the global innovation landscape have prompted the University Industry Liaison Office
(UILO) to adapt its practices in response to emerging sectors and changes to open innovation and knowledge
sharing. UILO is committed to providing broader support services that embrace industry engagement through
multiple channels: people, knowledge, collaborative research, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and economic
A greater focus on cultivating ongoing relationships with research partners will better impact society and support
Canadian jobs, industry productivity and innovation, as well as provide academic opportunities to UBC faculty and
students. The following projects are examples of what is possible:
• Acquired UBC spin off Brightside Technologies Inc., its first major engagement with a university
• Created the Dolby Canada Research and Development Centre in Vancouver
• $1.5m Dolby Computer Science Research Chair
• $1m Dolby Professorship in Digital Media
• A UBC spin off founded in 2005 by Prof Don Mavinic
• Ostara technology removes phosphate from wastewater treatment systems and uses it to produce
environmentally friendly fertilizers
• Phosphate is a non-renewable resource that can be recycled
• Crystal Green, a slow release commercial fertilizer is in high demand and is used to improve nutrient loads in
rivers with depleted salmon stocks
• Only Canadian company on the (UK) Guardian's first global Cleantech 100 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Research Excellence (cont'd)
• Founding members are the National Research Council Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation , Powertech Labs and
• Letter of Intent signed to advance the development and commercialization of clean energy technology
• Creates a unified source of talent, knowledge and expertise for the sector
• Will consult with industry and other research partners to identify and develop joint offerings and projects
The UILO has developed new processes to evaluate invention disclosures, initiating new channels such as the
West Coast Licensing Partnership (www.uilo.ubc.ca/about/initiatives/wclp.html) and Flintbox (www.uilo.ubc.ca/
licensing/flintbox.html). Combined with global access principals and open source alternatives, this will result in
inventions having positive societal, academic and economic impacts.
In consultation with other universities, including Yale and Harvard, the Statement of Principles and Strategies for
the Equitable Dissemination of Medical Technologies was endorsed in January 2010. (www.uilo.ubc.ca/about/
initiatives/global/equitable_dissemination.html) An example:
• developed a drug to treat fungal infections
• agreement reached with iCo Therapeutics
• exclusive rights to oral formulation for treatment of fungal infections in developed world, iCo will ensure
availability and access to the drug in the developing world to treat leishmaniasis
• CIHRand iCo funded the UBC Chair in Drug Delivery for Neglected Global Disease
• www.wasanlab.com/index.html
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UBC Hosted/Sponsored Research Focused Events - Engaging the Community
Attendees      Description
The Gairdner 50th Anniversary       1,200
Symposium: Science and the
Future of Medicine
An academic symposium featuring eight esteemed health researchers, including
four Nobel Laureates, for life sciences researchers and members of the public
HIV & AIDS-A Global                 1 300
Challenge of Olympic
An international symposium during the 2010 Olympic Games featuring world
experts on HIV/AIDS and top global minds in research, innovation, philanthropy,
industry and policy
Peak Performance: The                1 250
Path to Exceptional Athletic
A free public discussion during the 2010 Olympics concerning advances in the
science of athletic conditioning and performance. Featured scientists who work
with leading athletes, sports teams and Olympians
Celebrate Research Annual
An annual awards ceremony, part of Celebrate Research Week, recognizes honours
and achievements by top UBC researchers in the past year
Rising Stars of Research               1 110
An annual science poster competition for senior undergraduate students that draws
participants from more than 30 Canadian and Hong Kong universities
Multidisciplinary Undergraduate
Research Conference
An annual conference for UBC undergraduate students in any discipline to present
an oral, poster or performing/visual arts presentation of a research project, judged
by graduate students
Experimental Medicine Student
Research Day
Graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine present their research to their peers
and other faculty, sharpening their presentation skills and experiencing what a
national or international conference is like
Geoexchange Conference
The 3rd Biennial International Geoexchange Conference and Trade Show organized
by Geoexchange BC, a clean energy industry association
Intelligent Systems                       1 200
Collaborative Conference
An annual forum for exchanging ideas and results in the computer science areas of
artificial intelligence, graphics interface and computer and robot vision
Research Orientation Day            1 120
An annual day long research infrastructure orientation for new faculty members,
with a focus on research funding opportunities
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Select Outcomes
ncreasethe quality and
impact of UBC's research
and scholarship
Focus efforts on areas of excellence      Renewed Research strategy
Be a world leader in
knowledge exchange and
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 fellows
I Increased funding over previous year for a total of $549.7m among
I over 7,000 projects
I Funding sources are government (67%), nonprofit (24%) and
I industry (9%)
I Significant new research infrastructure and outcomes in areas of
research excellence including genomics, anthropology, clean energy,
I species biodiversity, earth sciences, and HIV/AIDS
36 PhD students received newly established Graduate Student
I International Research Mobility Award
I Hosting 2 of the 3 2009 NCE awards ($42m)
I Annual Celebrate Research Week is held to showcase research at UBC
Increase emphasis on engaging
external communities in research
at UBC
Expand the multiplicity of
knowledge exchange channels,
such as global access licensing
Develop a campus strategy for
making UBC research accessible in
digital repositories, especially open
access repositories
Ongoing discussions to form collaborative and strategic research
Formation of a strategic Graduate Recruitment and Enrolment
Developing joint PhD programs between UBC and partner universities
7 new spin-off companies, 157 inventions, 250 patents
Evaluation of new disclosures in recognition of its potential global
I access relevance (UBC first university to adopt formal global access
I principles)
Formation of an entrepreneurship@UBC program www.uilo.ubc.ca/
I entrepreneurship.html
I UBC Library building an open-access online repository, cIRcle
Open access repository https://circle.ubc.ca       Celebrate Research Week www.celebrateresearch.ubc.ca
Research website www.research.ubc.ca Entrepreneurship Project www.uilo.ubc.ca/entrepreneurship.html 9
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Community Engagement
The University serves and engages society to enhance economic, social and cultural
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 planning process started in
April 2010 and the plan is anticipated to be finalized by next spring. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Community Engagement (cont'd)
Public Understanding of Societal Issues
Community Initiatives
UBC holds many lectures and dialogues on a variety of topical issues. These are open to the public and many are
posted on the UBC Events webpage, found at www.liveat.ubc.ca and at http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/events.html.
UBC's challenge is to get information out to both its internal and external communities so that meaningful dialogue
can take place.
A major initiative announced in February 2010 and mentioned in the Provincial Throne Speech, UBC as a Living
Laboratory is a project that brings together strategic partners and communities to solve societal issues. Starting
with a focus on climate and social sustainability initiatives, various demonstration projects to determine the efficacy
of selected technologies and their impact on behaviour in communities will be studied. It can be tested and
modeled on campus and transferred to communities. See the Sustainability section for further details.
The following highlights just a few of the many community events held by UBC this past year:
• 5 dialogues featuring Olympic/Paralympic athletes
• Held at the Chan Centre between January and
• Podcast on the VANOC Globe and Mail website
• www.webcommunications.ubc.ca/ubc2010/
• Partner with community on research that would enable healthy living and prevent chronic disease
• Goal is to conduct research important to the community and apply findings to enhance people's lives
• Awarded two research interest group grants
- Supporting health and well being of rural and urban caregivers
- Build on and refine an existing map of food-related resources in the Region
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/publicaffairs/mediareleases/2009/mr-09-097.html Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Community Engagement (cont'd)
• Composed of 6 Faculty members and 5 graduate students
• Look at issues at the intersection of psychology and the law, providing a network for research collaboration
• Partner with community groups such as the John Howard Society and Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services
• Will develop a website and monthly newsletter distributed to the local legal community highlighting new
research findings
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/publicaffairs/news/2010/feat-10-005.html
UBC set an objective in Place and Promise to facilitate public dialogue on issues of public concern and actively
invite community participation. As UBC builds its public dialogues program over the coming years, Robson Square
will be promoted as the Vancouver host site. This adds to its role in hosting professional seminars and certificate
programs, arts and humanities dialogues and research symposia to highlight UBC's innovations. The Distinguished
Speaker Series, presented by the Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the Okanagan campus, engages the
community in dialogue and debate with renowned experts on topics of civil and sustainable society.
Academic Initiatives
Many community engagement opportunities reach out through the academic stream. The following story
embodies how the Place and Promise goals can be achieved - bringing together community engagement, student
learning, sustainability and alumni engagement goals. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Community Engagement (cont'd)
• 120 students designed 20 projects related to theme of sustainability
• Each team collaborated with a community partner
• Teams are mentored by professional engineers (including UBC alumni), senior engineering students and
graduate students
• http://csl.ubc.ca/who-is-involved/departments-involved-in-cslcbr/faculty-of-applied-science/
Research into public policy is conducted through various faculties and there are many institutes that delve into
public policy research, providing opportunities for community members to be involved through lecture series and
other avenues. Some of these are:
• The Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training CHET http://chet.educ.ubc.ca/
• Liu Institute for Global Studies www.ligi.ubc.ca
• Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) www.chspr.ubc.ca
• Forestry Policy Resources www.policy.forestry.ubc.ca
• UBC Bridge Program www.bridge.ubc.ca
• The Learning Exchange, Vancouver campus www.learningexchange.ubc.ca
• The Learning Exchange, Okanagan campus web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/learningexchange/welcome.html
International Initiatives
Community Engagement also reaches out internationally. UBC plays an active role in magnifying opportunities for
faculty, students and trainees to lead and participate in global endeavours that require inter- and multi-disciplinary
solutions, advocacy, dialogue, and collaborative action.
International opportunities are facilitated by research and student mobility agreements that build in components of
community engagement. Two such research opportunities are:
• Breadfruit are a fast-growing staple of indigenous peoples in the South Pacific
• Susan Murch, Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry at the
Okanagan campus and partners formed a company called Global Breadfruit
• In four years, they have cultivated 7,500 breadfruit trees for distribution to areas
where there isn't enough food
• Within a month of distributing the first batch, requests for over two million trees
have come from organizations around the world
• www.research.ubc.ca/Uploads/Docs/Frontierlssue7.pdf Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Community Engagement (cont'd)
• Professor Marcello Veiga led UNIDO's Global Mercury Project to reduce mercury pollution and pointing
among artisanal gold miners
• Working in Asia, Africa and South America the project implemented environmental and health assessments
of mercury pollution; procedures to increase gold recovery and reduce mercury emissions and exposure
• This sustainable mining approach connects small companies with artisanal miners to ensure free trade,
create social benefits for locals and reduce the environmental footprint
• http://www.mining.ubc.ca/faculty/MVeiga.html
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Community Engagement (cont'd)
Fostering Engagement Within the Wider 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.
Community Partnerships
UBC partners with many community agencies. These include partnerships like:
• United Way - the Okanagan campus works closely with the Central Okanagan United Way. In Vancouver, the
relationship with United Way is over twenty years old and UBC provides a loaned representative, as well as a co-op
student for the campaign. Professor Toope is 2010 Campaign Cabinet Co-Chair for the Lower Mainland.
• City of Vancouver - a partnership with the City will bring student internship opportunities while researching
issues important to the City, such as water quality or sewage treatment
• Co-op programs that partner students with community agencies
• Interior Savings - partners with the Okanagan campus to bring together students, alumni and the business
sector through a mentoring lunch series
• Community Health Initiative by University Students (CHIUS) brings together medical and allied health students
with the Downtown Eastside to deliver supervised clinical treatment, education sessions, provide support and
recommend services.
• Close to half of UBC's research is conducted at affiliated hospitals and health authority research institutes,
conducting health research that engages members of the local community and improves the quality of life for all
British Columbians.
Campus venues
Community engagement takes place through a variety of means. On the learning side this includes continuing
education, public use of the libraries - including the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, lectures and dialogues which
provide a wide variety of offerings for the communities not only geographically close to the campuses, but also to
the broader community through internet related offerings.
Through the venues located on campus, efforts are made to bring together learning opportunities with cultural
• The Louis Riel opera, held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, brought together thought leaders in a
panel discussion about Louis Riel, followed by performances of the opera by UBC students Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Community Engagement (cont'd)
• The Botanical Gardens and Centre for Plant Research brings together 9 gardens with over 8,000 plant species;
conducts ongoing research; provides educational opportunities to the community; has an active volunteer group;
and a canopy walkway
• Nitobe Memorial Gardens, considered one of the finest Japanese Gardens outside Japan, gives tours and
lectures to visitors from around the world
• The Chan Centre for Performing Arts hosts many events, providing an opportunity for UBC's own students to
perform, as well as external groups. It is the new home for the former CBC Symphony Orchestra
• Frederic Wood Theatre stages theatre productions from UBC students and hosts guest lecturers from around the
• The Museum of Anthropology's renewal project opened in January 2010 with its new reciprocal research
network which allows for the collection to be shared by researchers and communities around the world
• The Belkin Gallery's mandate is to research, exhibit, collect, publish, educate and develop programs in the field of
contemporary art and in contemporary approaches to the practice of art history and criticism
• Recreational venues for swimming, tennis, and hockey are open to the community
Open to the community, the cultural attractions at the Vancouver campus have varying degrees of visibility to
the public. Those shown below are well known, while other venues are relatively unknown. UBC is reviewing this
to identify ways to best communicate to the general public about its cultural venues and their availability to the
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Community Engagement (cont'd)
The Okanagan campus will be five years old in September 2010. It has focused on ensuring the appropriate
teaching, learning and research space is available to accommodate the student population and is now starting to
turn its attention to cultural attractions. Plans are being reviewed for theatre space and recreational space. The
Okanagan has instituted several public events such as:
• Distinguished Speaker series
• Celebrate Research week brings together panel discussion on research taking place at the campus
• With the largest gymnasium between Calgary and the Lower Mainland, it has become a popular venue for
university and non-university sports tournaments
Learning Initiatives
Community Service Learning (CSL) and Community Based Research (CBR), coordinated through the Learning
Exchanges provide community opportunities for students. The Okanagan's Learning Exchange is three years old
and numbers will grow as community partnerships are built.
# students participating in CSL and CBR activities
Increase in participation in CSL and CBR activities
Engaged as part of an academic course
Students engaged in February 2010 Reading Week
# elementary schools in Reading Week
# children involved in Reading Week
Staff and alumni involved in CSL projects as mentors
n/a Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Community Engagement (cont'd)
• A "Day in the Life" put 10 students into a homeless persons shoes
• Touring the Kelowna Gospel Mission, students experienced the services available for the homeless
• Assisting in tasks such as cooking, serving meals and sorting clothes they talked to guests
• The experience helped break down some of the misconceptions surrounding homelessness
• web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/learningexchange/welcome.html
• Participated in the Heart of the City Festival, an annual event highlighting artists and issues in the Downtown
• Hosted book reading and discussion on "Mythogyny: the Lives and Times of Women Elders in BC"
• 20 people attended
• www.learningexchange.ubc.ca
Co-op programs are available through various faculties, providing many opportunities, both local and international
for students to interact with corporate and community partners. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Community Engagement (cont'd)
Research Initiatives
Researchers partner with communities in many ways. Please see Research Commitment for further details. Two
illustrations are:
• An online tool to facilitate reciprocal and collaborative research about the cultural heritage from the
Northwest coast of British Columbia
• Communities, cultural institutions and researchers work togther to build collections, collaborate on projects,
record stories, upload files, hold discussions and create social networks
• RRN is grounbreaking in facilitating communication and fostering lasting relationships between originating
communities and institutions around the world
• A 3 year collaboration, completed in 2009, between UBC's eHealth Strategy Office and BC's Ktunaxa Nation
• Funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research
• Community engaged in the design, implementation, and evaluation of CLCs in Akisq'nuk, Aq'am and Lower
• Provide freely accessible internet-linked computers to all members in a community-based facility and web-
based health information relevant to health priorities defined by the communities
• CLCs are now an integral part of regional service delivery Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Community Engagement (cont'd)
UBC scholars and students participate in international development projects that are supported by funding from
organizations such as the International Development Research Council, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and
CI DA. Examples of these projects include:
• Sustainably Managing Environmental Health Risk in Ecuador
• New Public Consortia for Metropolitan Governance in Brazil
• Uganda Sustainable Clubfoot Care Project
• Wood Products Processing Education in South Africa
• Africa Forests Research Initiative on Conservation and Development
• Efficacy of Climate Change Adaptation in Pacific Island Societies
• South East Asia Global Community Dental Residency Program
• Point-of-Care Devices for Malaria Diagnosis
For further details on student mobility agreements see Go Global www.students.ubc.ca/facultystaff/download/
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Community Engagement (cont'd)
Select Outcomes
Dedicate University
resources to public
understanding of societal
issues and stimulate
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
Sport in Society series during the Cultural Olympiad with 5
Robson Square as site for arts and humanities dialogues
Academic initiatives bring students into the community
Research initiatives provide opportunity for community collaboration
and learning
Student mobility agreements provide international opportunities
Be a leader in fostering
student, faculty, staff and
alumni engagement within
the wider community
Increase student, faculty and
staff participation in community
service learning, community
based research and service to the
Better define and assess "service"
for purposes of tenure and
Increase community use of
learning, cultural and outdoor
venues on UBC's campuses and
Community Service Learning through the Learning Exchanges
continues to grow with 1,900 students involved at the Vancouver
campus and 291 at the Okanagan campus
The Museum of Anthropology saw 150,000 visitors and the
Botanical Gardens saw over 71,300 visitors
1,900 students at the Vancouver campus participated in community
service learning initiatives, a 17% increase from the previous year
Events at UBC www.liveat.ubc.ca/ or http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/events.html
Chan Centre for Performing Arts www.chancentre.ubc.ca/
Vancouver Learning Exchange www.learningexchange.ubc.ca
Okanagan Learning Exchange http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/learningexchange/welcome.html
Cultural Attractions at UBC www.attractions.ubc.ca/culture_entertainment/
Go Global http://www.students.ubc.ca/global/index.cfm Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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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.
Expand Educational Opportunities for Aboriginal People
UBC has focused in the past year on implementing the Aboriginal Strategic Plan, paying particular attention to
improve and expand the services and support available for Aboriginal students. Because provision of student
services extends across many units, the development of a coordinated and integrated system of services is a high
priority and efforts will continue to focus on this.
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Aboriginal Engagement (cont'd)
UBC is at the forefront of the development of new models of collaborative research in partnership with Aboriginal
organizations and communities. UBC researchers work in many areas on issues of concern to Aboriginal
people and often in collaboration with Aboriginal communities and organizations. A recent Aboriginal research
networking meeting at the Vancouver campus was attended by well over a hundred researchers and many more
indicated interest in further meetings. In the Okanagan, 32 engagement sessions with over 365 participants were
held throughout the year.
Significant Aboriginal programs are located across the university and at both campuses, in Education, Arts,
Law, Medicine, Forestry and the Sauder School of Business, with specific curricular concentrations in Aboriginal
languages, First Nations Studies, First Nations Legal Studies and teacher education. See http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/
about/aboriginal-programs-services/ for details. Some examples include:
• Develops and integrates approaches to
issues in Aboriginal Health,
coordinate research;
3nd extend
cooperative and collaborative approaches with Aboriginal
and community organizations
• Projects include the Aboriginal Researc
:h Garden, the Fam
ily Practice Greening Project ar
id the Commun
Mentoring project
• Students can participate as volunteers,
work-study students, or through directed study
• www.iah.ubc.ca
• Offers business education to First Nations
• Championed the signing of an accord with twenty-
two higher education institutes in BC
• www.ch-nook.ubc.ca
• Establishes recognition of the En'owkin Centre as the post secondary instituion of the Okanagan Nation
• Delivery of courses at the En'owkin Centre campus
• Okanagan language courses offered by En'owkin Centre at UBC's Okanagan campus
• Allows Aboriginal students access to university courses without registering so they can become accustomed
to higher level course work Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Aboriginal Engagement (cont'd)
Some Aboriginal programs, such as the First Nations Studies Program (FNSP) in the Faculty of Arts at Vancouver,
offer Bachelor's degrees. FNSP is also a leader in providing research experiences to undergraduate students.
Each year all advanced students develop collaborative research projects addressing the needs of Aboriginal
communities and organizations.
Other programs such as the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP) or the Ch'nook Aboriginal Business
Education Program have a province-wide reach. NITEP offers teacher training for Aboriginal students in both
community and campus locations. Ch'nook connects business programs and Aboriginal students across the
Instructional Skills
Specific curriculum addressing Aboriginal issues, histories and cultures is only now beginning to enter mainstream
primary and secondary education, so students often arrive at the university with little knowledge in these areas,
and no experience talking about often contentious issues. Developing the skill and expertise to have meaningful
exchanges at such a late stage in a student's education is a formidable task.
UBC's Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth (TAG), in partnership with UBC's First Nations House of
Learning and First Nations Studies Program, have been developing a discussion series designed to provide starting
points for developing more effective instructional approaches for working with Aboriginal issues, and other
socially and culturally contentious topics. Each session for this series has been built on key themes emerging from
interviews with students and instructors on troubling classroom situations that have been identified by a student
project, www.issuesintheclass.com
UBC and TAG are also working with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and Native Education College on
other initiatives to develop instructional strategies for Aboriginal teaching and learning more widely, and to form
networks and partnerships across disciplines, positions, and institutions, through which information and practices
may be shared.
In addition to strengthening the services it provides for Aboriginal students and expanding its curriculum on
Aboriginal topics and ability to support cross-cultural conversations, UBC has been working to further develop
programs that will attract and retain Aboriginal students. People often think that Aboriginal students are all
federally funded, but many come to university with no federal or community assistance.
Vancouver Campus provides 60 awards for a total of almost $200,000 for Aboriginal students to attend
university. Okanagan Campus is growing their aboriginal awards program and currently offers four awards for
Aboriginal students.
Okanagan Campus continues to build out the campus to accommodate the increased student numbers and have
included Aboriginal Programs and Services space in the new University Centre as well as a new Aboriginal student
gathering space. A peer support network provides support and employment for students. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
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Aboriginal Engagement (cont'd)
Equally exciting is Vancouver campus's recent attraction of new Aboriginal and other expert faculty across the
university. Education, Law, and Arts now have significant concentrations of Aboriginal and other expert faculty,
and the Faculty of Science now its first Aboriginal professor. Because of the concentration of scholars and levels
of support here, the Vancouver campus is becoming a leading venue for Aboriginal and other scholars in many
fields. The increase in scholars provides concentrations and support for the work of Aboriginal and other graduate
students in many specialties. The growth of Aboriginal graduate programs is a signal of the maturing development
of UBC's programming in these fields and of our ability to be part of the development of the next generation of
Vancouver currently has more than twenty fulltime Aboriginal faculty members on permanent professorial
appointments, the Okanagan more than six, as well as other Aboriginal faculty and staff working in other capacities
and the numbers are growing.
Increase Engagement With Aboriginal Communities
Sharon McCoubrey, Associate Professor at the UBC Okanagan campus is working with the En'Owkin Learning
Centre and the Okanagan Nation Alliance, addressing Aboriginal education matters that are of significance
to the Okanagan Valley. http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/provost-research/_shared/assets/FR_Sharon_
Programs such as the First Nations Studies Program Research Practicum, the Department of Anthropology's
Archaeological Field School, the community-based courses offered by the First Nations Languages Program
and the Native Indian Teacher Program, are ongoing curricular links to Aboriginal communities. Many research
programs operate collaboratively with communities as well, and many other special programs connect the campus
to communities. Aboriginal Fisheries Research Unit (Vancouver Campus) and the Centre for Social, Spatial and
Economic Justice (Okanagan Campus) are two such examples.
Summer programs such as the CEDAR science and math program and the Native Youth Program at the Museum
of Anthropology bring Aboriginal youth to campus for experiences that can shape their educational careers. The
Native Youth Program has been operating continuously for over thirty years and has alumni in organizations and
communities across the city and province.
The Bridge Through Sport Program links UBC to the Musqueum community, and through their joint efforts, to
communities across UBC through a yearly soccer tournament, www.communityaffairs.ubc.ca/programs/bridge-
Links between the UBC Farm and organizations such as the Vancouver Native Health Society bring inner city
Aboriginal people to the campus for experiences that are highly valued opportunities for collaboration and
exchange. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Goals, Actions, and Results
Aboriginal Engagement (cont'd)
Select Outcomes
Expand educational
opportunities for
Aboriginal people and
widen opportunities for
all students to learn about
Aboriginal issues and
Strengthen programs of academic
and social support for Aboriginal
Expand curriculum offerings
focusing on Aboriginal issues and
Increase hiring of highly qualified
Aboriginal faculty and staff
Create and support programs that
help prepare Aboriginal students
for post-secondary education
Significant Aboriginal programs are in place across both campuses,
with specific curricular concentrations in Aboriginal languages and
First Nations studies
The Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth is working with both
campuses to develop more effective instructional approaches for
working with Aboriginal issues
Vancouver campus has more than twenty full-time Aboriginal
faculty members
Support services for students are in place, including awards for
Aboriginal students to attend university
Increase engagement with
Aboriginal communities in
mutually supportive and
productive relationships
Increase service learning
opportunities with Aboriginal
organizations and schools with
significant Aboriginal populations
Strengthen and expand research
grounded in significant community
collaboration and consultation
Create venues for dialogue with
Aboriginal communities and the
broader public on significant issues
Successful research networking day at the Vancouver campus
brought together over one hundred researchers
In the Okanagan, 32 engagement sessions with over 365
participants were held
Partnerships, co-ops and collaborations are in place with Aboriginal
community organizations and this continues to be explored and
Aboriginal Strategic Plan http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/plan/
Institute for Aboriginal Health www.iah.ubc.ca
Ch'nook Business program http://www.ch-nook.ubc.ca/contents.html
Okanagan campus Aboriginal Programs http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/aboriginal/welcome.html
First Nations House of Learning www.longhouse.ubc.ca/ 1 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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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.
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Alumni Engagement (cont'd)
Deeper Connection to UBC
The Alumni Affairs Office (which combines the activities of the Alumni Association and the University's Alumni
Relations Unit) continues to increase engagement and volunteering opportunities for UBC's 252,000 graduates.
The challenge is to find the best means to be relevant to our alumni: to identify that interface between UBC and
the interests and causes that our alumni connect with; and to create synergies and opportunities for integration
between UBC's teaching, research and community initiatives and alumni where they live.
Established programs, including UBC Dialogues, Next Steps (for new grads), Alumni Weekend and the Alumni
Achievement Awards deliver outstanding experiences to alumni and showcase the best of UBC. Publications such
as the award winning Trek Magazine and the Grad Gazette, and the www.alumni.ubc.ca website maintain the vital
link between the University and its graduates around the world.
Programs under development, including a new advocacy initiative, a volunteer management tool and an expanded
campus-based reunions program, are focussed on helping Alumni Affairs double alumni engagement and on
supporting the University's goals as articulated in the Place and Promise strategic plan.
In addition, the University's Board of Governors has approved a plan to move forward with an Alumni Centre to be
located at the heart of campus on University Boulevard at the Vancouver campus. This state-of-the-art building
will become the focal point of alumni engagement on campus, and will provide space for alumni, staff, faculty and
student activities.
Alumni Affairs holds ongoing events in Vancouver, the Okanagan and areas around the world where high
concentrations of UBC alumni live. Many of the events involve Professor Toope, from panel discussions on wide
ranging topics to more intimate discussions - in Vancouver, Seattle, Hong Kong, Toronto, Boston, Washington and
• Held in Hong Kong, December 2009
• 22 Alumni reps from Korea to Kuala Lumpur
gathered to review the University's recent
accomplishments and to generate increased
network activity in the region
• http://www.alumni.ubc.ca/wp/wp-
php?album =72157623025117492 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Alumni Engagement (cont'd)
• Held annually in May to coincide with UBC's spring
• More than 1,500 alumni and friends attended
Classes Without Quizzes, faculty open houses,
reunions, special events and social gatherings
• For photos, see: http://www.alumni.ubc.ca/
php?album =72157618879421176
• Initiated in 2008, 2010 will mark the third annual event
• In 2009, the event was moved to the new University Centre Ballroom and reached capacity attendance at 190
• For photos, see http://01.cms.ubc.ca/Page8665.aspx?PageMode=Hybrid
A sample of Alumni Affairs events and programs, 2009-2010:
Attendees      Description
Annual Alumni Weekend
Annual Endowment Fund Gala        190
Alumni Weekend: Events included Classes Without Quizzes, introduction of the
Alumni Wine program, campus and Gardens tours, UBC Dialogues, Tide pooling
and a panel discussion on Global Citizenship with Professor Stephen Toope.
Fundraising dinner for Alumni Endowment, providing bursaries for 3rd and 4th year
Alumni Achievement Awards 650
Trek Magazine
3x yearly
Okanagan Alumni Connections       4,700
Alumni Actively Engaged
The event honours alumni and friends of UBC with a gala event at the Life Sciences
This award-winning publication is the only university publication that is sent to
I every addressable graduate and donor.
I1 Online newsletter for Okanagan bases alumni and on request, http://web.ubc.ca/
"Engagement" includes attending events, mentoring, organizing reunions,
I volunteering for university committees, supporting UBC financially. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Goals, Actions, and Results
Alumni Engagement (cont'd)
Expansion of Opportunities for Lifelong Learning
UBC offers many opportunities for alumni to engage in lifelong learning at UBC. Alumni are invited to attend
lectures and other events on UBC's campuses. Alumni are further encouraged to attend continuing education
courses, audit classes and suggest courses that would be of benefit to them.
Travel programs offer a chance for alumni to reconnect with each other and learn a new language at the same time!
The UBC Alumni Book Club at Vancouver, started in 2008, brings together alumni with faculty to delve deeply into
issues raised in specific books. More than 150 alumni were involved in discussions of nine books.
The Distinguished Speaker series held in the Okanagan offers the opportunity for alumni, and the Okanagan
community, to learn about and discuss issues of compelling interest. Six events are held during the academic year,
with total attendance of approximately 1,500.
Through the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, alumni, wherever they are located, alumni and others can connect to
many resources, www.attractions.ubc.ca/lifelong_learning/
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Alumni Engagement (cont'd)
Select Outcomes
Enrich the lives of
graduates through a
deeper connection
Create opportunities for alumni
to connect intellectually with the
to UBC, and help the
University achieve its
Develop volunteer opportunities
that are valuable for alumni and
the University
Partner with students and
graduates to build highly engaged
alumni communities
Increase alumni
Expand University-wide efforts to
commitment to UBC
engage alumni
through an expansion of
opportunities for lifelong
Build positive regard for UBC
through inspiring events, effective
communications and outstanding
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
Introduced Next Step, a professional networking program for new
Implementing an innovative online volunteer management tool
Hosted volunteer summit for alumni network leaders across Asia
Developing a robust, innovative mentoring program to benefit
students and encourage alumni participation
Developed an advocacy initiative to help alumni make the case for
UBC to government
Expanded educational travel trips through the "It's Your World"
program involved 75 people
UBC Board of Governors has approved the plan to build a new
alumni centre
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/ 9 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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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.
UBC has made a commitment in its strategic plan to increase the benefits of intercultural learning and to highlight
its importance in UBC's success. Although UBC is taking some action in this area, as a globally recognized
university with an increasing number of international students, research and partnerships, there is more that UBC
should be doing.
A discussion paper on Promoting Intercultural Understanding has been written by Professor Toope and is undergoing
a final round of consultations. This paper offers thoughts on helping future generations of students to recognize
the significant value of cultural, religious, intellectual, and other forms of diversity and to navigate amongst
interdependent communities and societies; generating community dialogue on how we can better enable students
to treat diversity as a strength in their academic, professional and personal lives. UBC must engage in an active
process of reflection and change so it can embark on a culturally more inclusive future while maintaining focus. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Intercultural Understanding (cont'd)
Benefits of Intercultural Learning
UBC offers several programs for intercultural and diversity training:
• Centre for Intercultural Communication provides ongoing training into intercultural and diversity training, http://
cic.cstudies.ubc.ca/index.html. Offers spring and summer institutes, certificate programs and workshops. An
example of the Summer Institute program: Training Intercultural and diversity training can be found here: http://cic.
• The UBC Certificate in Diversity, Counselling and the Helping Relationship www.lifeandcareer.ubc.ca/diversity/
Student training
• Students may take courses that offer an intercultural perspective and these can be found through the course
• Diversity in "Action!" Film festival
• TA training program includes diversity training www.vpacademic.ubc.ca/tatraining/index.htm
Remove Barriers to Diversity
In March 2010, UBC was recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for the third consecutive year,
among 44 other Canadian employers. UBC is the only post-secondary institution in BC to receive this recognition
in the 2010 roster and is one of four national academic institutions to be recognized, www.canadastop100.com/
UBC issued a statement on respectful environment for students, faculty and staff in 2008. Educational
opportunities are provided to for the community to learn more about the expectations for the UBC community
about the place we wish to learn, work and live. An educational program focussed on the workplace for the first
two years and will expand to the student experience in 2011/12. http://www.hr.ubc.ca/files/pdf/UBC_RES_
A renewed Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan completed its consultation process and was approved for
implementation in late March 2010. http://diversity.ubc.ca/ The strategic plan addresses equity and diversity
for students, faculty and staff at all UBC campuses and sites and includes goals, recommendations for action and
measures to assess progress in achieving the goals.
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Intercultural Understanding (cont'd)
UBC participates in programs that help remove barriers to diversity. Some of these include:
Courage to Act: Student Leader Training brought together 300 student leaders to receive diversity training and help
develop skills needed to be effective student leaders of an inclusive campus environment.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, held Mar 21st to focus attention on racism and
promote racial harmony.
• UBC Vancouver held an event at the Chan where entries into a Poetry Slam Contest entitled Racism Experienced
or Witnessed were read and three prizes were awarded. An autobiographical play, Weights, was then performed by
Mr. Lynn Manning, an award winning poet, playwright, actor and former Blind Judo Champion of the World.
• UBC Okanagan marked the day as part of a week of events to discuss racism.   Events included a student cultural
fair, talks on addressing racism directly and scenes from a dramatic play on racism.
Making the Invisible Visible Poster Campaign raised awareness of the invisible disabilities that make it difficult
for members of the campus community to access an equitable experience at UBC. www.students.ubc.ca/access/
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, held December 6th, brought
together the Faculty of Applied Science's Women in Engineering Program in collaboration with the Engineering
Undergraduate Society and Access & Diversity to hold events on campus, www.students.ubc.ca/access/women/
Out From Under exhibit was co-hosted by UBC and Kickstart to promote art and artists with disabilities. Held at
Robson Square as part of the Cultural Olympiad, http://www.webcommunications.ubc.ca/ubc2010/2009/11/19/
Research initiatives like the Centre for Social, Spatial and Economic Justice at the Okanagan Campus house
numerous researchers with interests in issues of justice from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds. Current
research focuses on processes that marginalize Aboriginal people, disabled people, economically disadvantaged
people, queer and two-spirited people, and racialized people.
UBC's two distinguished residential colleges, Green College and St. John's College, are home to an international
and interdisciplinary community of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. By furthering
multicultural education and international understanding, these residences enhance the intellectual and cultural life
of graduate students at UBC. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Intercultural Understanding (cont'd)
Positive Space
Positive Space Campaign fosters a welcoming atmosphere on campus for people of all sexual orientations and
gender identities by identifying spaces where sexual and gender diversity is supported and valued. Ongoing
workshops are held and are generally fully subscribed, www.positivespace.ubc.ca/index.html
Employment Equity
Employment equity on campus is well established, dating back many years. A periodic survey is completed to
ensure we meet the standards we have set for employment equity, www.equity.ubc.ca/employment/
Campus Accessibility
Accessibility at each campus remains a priority. At the older Vancouver campus, with almost 500 buildings
ranging from pre World War II buildings to complex modern day structures, accessibility can pose a challenge.
Guiding principles for development of buildings and access were implemented, and a multi-year program of
phased access upgrades is underway, www.planning.ubc.ca/campus_design__public_places/accessibility.php
A $600,000 access fund is available, with $160,000 from the province's Assistance Program for Students with
Disabilities. This funding facilitates full access for students with disabilities through accommodations such as
attendant care, note takers, invigilators, and interpretive services.
As the Okanagan campus is built out, the latest accessibility features are included in buildings and in development
of the public realm. An inclusive campus initiative is in place at the Okanagan to ensure that the campus remains
welcoming and accessible for all its members, http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/equity/inclusivecampus.html
Occupational Therapy students in the Faculty of Medicine have participated in Solutions: A Student Design Exposition
that informs and inspires post-secondary students in British Columbia about the value and complexities of
assistive device design and utilization by people with disabilities, www.assistive-technology.ca/solutions.html
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Intercultural Understanding (cont'd)
Select Outcomes
Increase awareness and
experience of the benefits
of intercultural learning
Expand learning opportunities
encouraging cultural diversity,
dialogue and debate
Promote effective inter-cultural
professional development for
faculty and staff
Intercultural and diversity training programs are in place for
students, faculty and staff
United Nations "International Day for the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination" was held with discussions on the issues held at each
Discussion of Promoting Intercultural Understanding across campuses
Remove barriers to greater     Improve processes and supports to
cultural and intellectual
diversity within the
University, including
those faced by historically
disadvantaged groups
achieve an excellent and diverse
student, staff and faculty body
Enhance accessibility of the
physical environment at UBC for
people with disabilities
UBC was recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for
the third consecutive year
A renewed Equity and Diversity Strategic Plan was completed and
approved for implementation
A multi-year program of access upgrades is underway at the
Vancouver campus and an inclusive campus initiative is in place at
the Okanagan
Diversity at UBC http://diversity.ubc.ca/place-and-promise/
Equity Office Vancouver campus www.equity.ubc.ca/
Equity Office Okanagan campus http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/equity/welcome.html
Inclusive Campus initiative http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/equity/inclusivecampus.html   I Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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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.
As one of Canada's most internationally engaged universities, UBC is well recognized on the international stage.
Through research, teaching, training and service, all members of the UBC community are encouraged to exchange
ideas with members of the global community.
UBC's international relationships take many forms and involve different cultures, languages and educational
systems. An international strategic plan, which builds on current successes and brings a strategic focus to key
priorities, is currently under development and will be finalized in late 2010.
In 2009, the International Office and the Office of the Vice President Research were integrated to better
support international engagement across the University. Now called the Office of the Vice President Research
& International, the "VPRI Office" provides strategic direction, facilitates partnerships and formal agreements,
promotes access to resources, and creates new synergies and new opportunities for global engagement. This
office also works closely with other UBC units involved in international activities including the Faculty of Graduate
Studies, the International Student Initiative and the Go Global Office. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
International Engagement (cont'd)
This significant organizational shift has renewed efforts to map the extent of UBC's broad and highly decentralized
engagement with researchers abroad. While University leaders are committed to identifying regions of strategic
interest to faculty members and the University, there remains a significant gap in understanding the total extent
of UBC's international engagement, and the exact nature of these many and diverse relationships. Identifying,
understanding and supporting these relationships remain an institutional priority.
Increase Capacity to Engage Students Internationally
UBC is signatory to some 150 reciprocal mobility agreements with international partners. Go Global, UBC's
dedicated student mobility office and the largest program of its kind in Canada, offers a range of opportunities for
undergraduate and graduate students including traditional academic exchanges, international service learning,
group study programs, experiential placements (co-op, clinical placements, internships) and research placements.
Go Global directs $1.4 million annually toward student aid and awards to support UBC students in international
learning programs. According to current estimates, 14% of undergraduates at eh Vancouver campus and 22%
of the undergraduates at the Okanagan campus are involved in an international program at some point in their
undergraduate career.
In February 2010, UBC approved Policy 69: Student Safety Abroad, setting standards to enable safer student
experiences, provide a registry for out-of-country activity and a framework for emergency support, www.students.
International Undergraduate Students
UBC is working to ensure that international students make up no less than 15% of the undergraduate population.
Strategic recruitment activities include visits to hundreds of secondary schools around the world, web-based
marketing efforts, and social media. International undergraduate students come from 140 countries; the top three
are USA, China and Korea. In Winter 2009, UBC's international undergraduate populations at each campus were:
# international undergraduate students
% international undergraduate students
# outgoing exchange students
Increase over past year in international applications
Increase in international student registrations
UBC supports international students through programs such as International House, a variety of financial
assistance programs, and co-sponsored student residences. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
International Engagement (cont'd)
• Residences built with partner institutions
• Mix of domestic and international students share
the residence
• Ritsumeikan House has 205 beds
• Tec-UBC House has 194 beds
• Korea-UBC House has 212 beds
• Hong Kong House will open in October 2010 with
200 beds
International Graduate Students
UBC's graduate student community has consistently grown over the past ten years, and the source countries for
international graduate students remain stable. Recruitment in the near term will focus on the U.S., China, South
Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Chile and Brazil.
Asia 53%    United States 22%    Europe 12%    Central/South America 8%
2009 - 2010
total # international graduate students
% international graduate students
Increase over past year in international applications
Others 5%
Strategies to increase graduate student enrolment include cultivating partnerships with key international entities
that provide scholarships for graduate study abroad, such as the China Scholarship Council (CSC), which
supported 100 visiting and degree-seeking PhD students from Chinese universities at UBC during 2009/10. UBC
has signed special agreements with five leading Chinese universities as a "preferred destination" for their CSC
Other relationships include ties with the Becas Chile-Canada Equal Opportunities Program, the Bolashak Scholars
program in Kazakhstan, the Organization of American States and the UBC based MITACS Global Link program
which has developed effective links between academic and industrial sectors in Canada and India.
In Fall 2009, UBC Senate approved a formal mechanism for joint PhDs. Students will be jointly supervised by
faculty at each institution and jointly awarded a single PhD degree. Interest in this new opportunity has been high,
and students are already participating. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
International Engagement (cont'd)
The new UBC Graduate Student International Research Mobility Award supports students participating in research
abroad, as well as faculty who wish to host an international graduate student at UBC. In 2009, 48 PhD students
(39 outbound and 9 incoming) received support from this award.
Strengthen UBC's Presence as a Globally Influential University
Building Partnerships
UBC currently has more than 200 formal institutional partnerships. Some of these partnerships respond to a
need for a specific form of collaboration, such as aligning complementary expertise to support a focused research
initiative. UBC has developed solid relationships with a number of international research institutes, including:
• Collaborative quantum physics workshop
• Continued discussion re: collaborative research opportunities and exchange of faculty and graduate students
• One of three international research centres that is an Unite Mixte Internationale of the CNRS (the French
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
• Established the Banff International Research Station (BIRS)
- joint Canada-USA-Mexico initiative
- exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within Mathematical Sciences and related sciences and industry
- involved MITACS and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkley industry
- involved MITACS and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (Berkley)
• An effective mechanism to develop links to India
• Provides opportunity for students to learn about
research and innovation advances in academic and
industrial sectors
• 17 students from Indian institutes of technology
came to UBC in 2009
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Goals, Actions, and Results
International Engagement (cont'd)
Other relationships are more broad. UBC's longstanding connections with Asia, singular amongst Canadian
universities, reflect the diversity of BC and the history of international engagement at UBC. The Asia Pacific
Regional Office, located in Hong Kong, helps to build connections with regional alumni, leading to strategic
partnerships, increased opportunity for development, and new connections within the community. UBC is also an
active member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) and the Universitas 21 (U21) international
network, and plays a leading role in international initiatives such as the G8 University Summit, the Canada-Korea
Forum, and the Chinese Scholarship Initiative.
Through a new International Research Collaboration Workshop Grant, five faculty members were each awarded
$47,000 to facilitate international research collaborations in areas of mutual excellence that lead to joint research
proposals. Winning projects in 2009 addressed research in child development, biomechanical modeling,
infectious diseases and biodiversity and involved collaborating scholars from Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and
South Asia.
UBC and the University of Alberta co-hosted the first G8 University Summit to be held in North America, which
brought together the presidents of leading research universities from the G8 countries and the wider G20 grouping
in Vancouver in May 2010. This influential group addressed the role universities should play in the development of
knowledge to lead global social change in the 21st century.
Formal presentations by international visitors to UBC included:
• Ambassador Ross Hornby, Head of the Canadian Mission to the European Union spoke on the most recent
round of Canada-EU trade negotiations at the Institute for European Studies when he visited UBC in September
• High Commissioner Joseph Caron spoke in January 2010 at the Institute for Asian Research on the challenges of
creating partnerships in India, where he has been High Commissioner since Fall 2008;
• The Emperor and Empress of Japan visited UBC in July 2009 during a state visit to Canada marking 80 years of
diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Emperor had visited UBC as a young Crown Prince 55 years
before; and
• The Rt. Hon. Bethuel Pakalitha Mosisili, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, visited UBC in September
2009 as part of a tour of Canada to raise awareness of the plight of his country in combating HIV/AIDS.
Disseminating Knowledge and Research on Global Issues
UBC researchers are actively exploring new ways to disseminate knowledge and research beyond the campus. For
example, the College for Interdisciplinary Studies uses videotaped interviews to highlight the exceptional research
of its scholars; these videos are available to a global audience through media channels such as YouTube. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
International Engagement (cont'd)
To recognize and support new ways of communicating research, the UBC Library has created the Innovative
Dissemination of Research Award. Launched in January 2010, the award honours students, faculty and staff
whose creative use of new tools and technologies are expanding the boundaries of research and enhancing the
impact of research findings.
Select Outcomes
Increase the capacity of
UBC students, faculty,
staff, and alumni to
engage internationally
Increase student participation in Through Go Global, 14% of students at Vancouver and 22% at
learning and service abroad Okanagan were involved in an international program
Increase the international There are reciprocal mobility agreements with 150 partner
dimension of UBC's educational institutions
I There was an 11% increase in international undergraduate
Increase support for international registration this year at Vancouver and 35% increase at the
collaborations by faculty, staff and Okanagan
I International graduate students were 25% of total graduate
Expand recruitment of outstanding students
students and faculty from around
the world
Strengthen UBC's
presence as a globally
influential university
Increase the number of substantial      UBC has 200 plus formal institutional partnerships in place
strategic partnerships in regions of I
priority to UBC I 46% of UBC research is published jointly with colleagues outside of
I Canada, more than any other Canadian university
Enhance UBC's scholarly
communications on global issues,
including on the web
I Strengthen UBC's role in
I international development
International Strategic Plan (Draft) http:/'strategicplan.ubc.ca/files/2009/'n/lnternational-Strategy-August-2009.pdf
Go Global www.students.ubc.ca/global/index.dfm
International Student Initiative http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=6,231,732,0
Office of the Vice President Research and International www.research.ubc.ca 9
a place of mind
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Outstanding Work
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.
Be The Place of Choice
Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC
Launched April 2008, this is the University's human resource strategy. It has both informed and been informed by
Place and Promise and is uniquely focussed on the workplace commitment. An outstanding work environment is
fundamental to the desire of faculty and staff to join and remain at UBC contributing to their full potential, and that
desire will enable UBC to achieve its other commitments.
There have been a number of initiatives at both the institution-wide and unit levels, reflecting the need to progress
organizationally, while respecting UBC's decentralized nature and localized cultures. Some examples of our
initiatives include:
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Outstanding Work Environment (cont'd)
• 108 spaces added in 2009
• 104 spaces planned for 2010
• 1,000 spaces in place by 2015
Managing at UBC
• Launched in 2009, offered to over 100 new staff
managers at UBC
• Goal is to reach 200 participants annually
Academic Leadership Development Program
(Vancouver Campus)
• 2 year cohort based program
• For new academic department heads, directors and
associate deans
Community Leadership Program (Vancouver Campus)
• 6 month program
• Provide staff with leadership opportunities with
students in community service learning during
Reading Week
CHERD (Centre for Higher Education Research and
• Up to 9 administrators at the Vancouver campus are
sponsored to attend programs offered by CHERD
• Issued in 2008 with supportive implementation
• Articulates expectations for the UBC community
about the place we wish to learn, work and live
• Education opportunities well attended
• http://www.hr.ubc.ca/files/pdf/UBC_RES_
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Outstanding Work Environment (cont'd)
Workplace Experiences
Voluntary Turnover Rate
One of the primary indicators of retention, UBC's voluntary turnover rate for both faculty and staff is good,
although there is higher turnover and issues to be addressed in a handful of employee groups.
8.6% Conference Board of Canada turnover rate for education and health sectors
6.6% UBC's overall voluntary turnover rate
1.3% UBC faculty turnover rate
7.0% UBC Management and Professional staff turnover rate
Survey - Workplace Experiences
UBC launched its first institution wide Workplace Experiences Survey in 2009, achieving a 21% response rate.
The survey measured items relative to Focus on People as well as Equity and Faculty Professional Life. There are a
number of issues to be explored for both faculty and staff but it is noted that more than 70% of respondents are
proud to work at UBC, would recommend UBC as a good place to work and would recommend UBC to prospective
students. Other survey results show: www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/site/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/UBC_
88% Believe they are treated with respect by their colleagues
78% View favourably the teamwork and cooperation within their unit
89% Report they understand how their position fits into the dept/faculty mission
65% Feel a strong sense of commitment to UBC
Community Initiatives
Volunteering is a key component of a socially responsible organization and UBC faculty, staff, students and alumni
are enriched by opportunities to contribute in various ways, both locally and globally. 2009/10 saw volunteer
opportunities in areas such as the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games, Reading Week through Community
Service Learning (hyperlink), and mentoring programs. The following highlights just two opportunities to volunteer
with community.
• Opportunities are made available for students to
volunteer in the community
• http://www2.ams.ubc.ca/index.php/services/
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/students/
learningexchange/volunteer/community.html Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Outstanding Work Environment (cont'd)
• Staff members can volunteer overseas with nonprofit organizations
• Program is part of Uniterra and is jointly operated
by the Centre for International Studies and
Cooperation and the World University Service of
• Since 2009, twelve UBC staff members have
participated in the program
• Chronicles of participant experiences can be
found on the blog at www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/
Healthy, Inspiring Workplace
Healthy Workplace Initiatives
A large number of healthy workplace initiatives have been launched with learning opportunities across a variety
of preventative health-focussed topics, flu clinics and community-based health fairs. These initiatives also include
a significant investment in mental health awareness and suicide prevention training. Being responsive to UBC's
decentralized culture, we launched an adjudicated competition (spring and fall) for funding for healthy workplace
initiatives at local levels.
Recruitment remains a challenge for UBC but not a matter of overwhelming concern. Our workplace commitment,
our excellence and our vision enable us to consistently recruit outstanding faculty and staff.
In 2009, a rethought web-based service oriented recruiting process dramatically changed the process for
applicants and administrators. It was well received and is implemented for staff positions and in the pilot phase for
faculty recruitment.
• Overall UBC consistently recruits almost one-third of its successful candidates for staff positions from internal
sources. Promotion within the service of the University is a commitment and this contributes to succession
• In 2009, a faculty/staff relocation office was established at the Vancouver Campus. It provides support to
candidates and administrators, and supportive processes to recruits and their families.
• The orientation processes for faculty and staff were invigorated and include in-person sessions and on-line tools. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Outstanding Work Environment (cont'd)
Institution-wide Goals
One of the greatest opportunities we had in 2009/10 was that of enabling faculty and staff, through the robust
consultation process leading to Place & Promise, to identify and share institution-wide goals. The process enabled
them to both share their voices and hear those of others as it unfolded. This has resulted in resonance of the new
strategic plan with staff and faculty.
Select Outcomes
Be the place of choice for
outstanding faculty and
Ensure processes and supports
are in place to recruit first choice
Provide faculty and staff with
the means and professional
development opportunities to
fulfil UBC's vision, values and
Establish a faculty/staff relocation
Be a healthy, inspiring
workplace that cultivates
well-being, resilience
and commitment, and be
responsive to the family
needs of faculty and staff.
Develop an integrated strategy to
create a respectful, inclusive and
collegia! work environment
Increase support for Healthy
Workplace Initiatives.
Provide a variety of affordable
on-campus housing and childcare
Ensure that academic and
administrative heads and directors  1
have the training, time and support 1
they require to be effective.
Faculty/staff relocation office established at Vancouver; to be
established at the Okanagan in 2011/12.
Planning underway at faculties/units/departments to integrate their
goals with Place and Promise.
3 leadership programs in place - Academic Leadership
Development Program; Managing at UBC; Community Leadership
Program (www.hr.ubc.ca/prog_initiatives/).
Childcare expansion plan approved by the Board to increase to
1,000 spaces at the Vancouver campus by 2015.
Vancouver campus added 108 childcare spaces in 2009,104
childcare spaces to be added in 2010/11.
Focus on People completed second year of implementation.
Human Resources www.hr.ubc.ca
Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca
Equity and Diversity at UBC www.equity.ubc.ca http://diversity.ubc.ca/ www.students.ubc.ca 9 Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Goals, Actions, and Results
The University explores and exemplifies all aspects of economic, environmental and social
Like many other public institutions, UBC operates in a challenging context. Finances are challenged by limited
public funding. Infrastructure must evolve to meet institutional and societal needs and the institution has a role to
play to improve the communities we live in. At UBC we see these challenges as opportunities: opportunities to
be more efficient and effective; opportunities to partner with private, public and philanthropic partners and to be a
living laboratory; and opportunities to build vibrant and sustainable communities. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
Ensure UBC's Economic Sustainability
Investing in Place and Promise with a structurally balanced budget
UBC has a structurally balanced operating budget for the upcoming year, 2010/11 - a positive achievement given
the difficult economic environment for universities in North America. It positions UBC well to continue its upward
trajectory. This strong operating situation is driven by three factors:
• Strong provincial government support
- Post-secondary education experienced limited cuts to its provincial funding
- Post-secondary education has been protected from the impact of the new HST
• Tremendous academic and research momentum
- UBC's external funding for research is $549 million, an all-time high
- There is strong demand for UBC programs, including rising demand from international students with 2009/10
application increases of 17% in Vancouver and 32% in the Okanagan over the previous year
• Strong financial management from all our units
- Hard choices across all aspects of operations enabled UBC to eliminate a projected structural deficit of $32 million
- Commitment to launch Canada's most significant fundraising campaign to enhance the academic mission
Vancouver campus' $32 million structural deficit eliminated by:
Administrative and operating units are reducing management positions, driving administrative
efficiencies, implementing best practices such as campus-wide IT licensing and document management,
and reducing contingencies.
Faculty savings
Increase in investment and business revenues
$1.5m investment to base budgeting for the Learning Exchange and Community Service Learning
$0.5m new dollars to the University Sustainability Initiative
$0.5m new dollars to Aboriginal Strategic Initiatives
$5m in additional Student Aid Funding
additional commitments to the UPass program and the national enrolment strategy
$3.4m capital outlay as a first step in our commitment to double childcare spaces to 1,000 over the next
four years
$3.5m structural commitment to classroom services
$2m annual investment to improve public spaces Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
Balanced budget
No cuts to faculties or campus-wide units
Campus now hitting maturity with a $99 m budget
$0.4m in additional student financial support
$0.3m additional to Engineering
$0.2m additional to Management
$0.1m additional to Health and Social Development
$0.3m additional for teaching assistants
Key financial indicators:
Outcome        Comments
Operating surplus (deficit)
- Vancouver $(0.7)m
- Okanagan I $(0.1)m
Student support
- Vancouver
- Okanagan
Infrastructure budget
- Vancouver
- Okanagan
- Net value
- Annual return
Debt (Vancouver & Okanagan)
- Academic debt I $172m
- Self-sustained debt I $270m
Vancouver - eliminated projected $32m structural deficit to achieve balanced
Okanagan - balanced budget
Includes financial aid and work study
Classroom services, building operations and maintenance including utilities, cyclical
Capped at 3% of revenues: currently at 1.7%
Mostly housing Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
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Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
UBC as a Living Laboratory
From "Sustainability Leader" to "BC Hub for innovation and sustainable development"
UBC has embraced a unique opportunity to move from "Sustainability leader" to become "BC's hub for sustainable
innovation".  A key differentiator for BC and a central element of the Provincial agenda for innovation and long-
term economic transformation, sustainability provides UBC with a partnership agenda in both the public and
private sector.
CleanWorks BC, unveiled by the Premier on February 15th, positions the Province as a world-wide centre for
Clean Technology innovation, in association with UBC, the City of Vancouver and other partners in the Clean Tech
industry.   UBC participates in the Green Energy Advisory Task Force through the carbon pricing, trade and export
development group.
UBC undertook a number of bold steps in early 2010 as described below. Firstly, an integrated organizational
structure for sustainability was implemented at the Vancouver campus, with ten funded research and teaching
fellows. This team will make the new CIRS building home when it opens in 2011. The Okanagan campus operates
campus specific sustainability initiatives through a dedicated office, while research and academic pursuits are
supported by the Okanagan Sustainability Institute.
Secondly, UBC announced aggressive greenhouse gas emission targets, over 2007 levels.
33% Reduction by 2015
67% Reduction by 2020
100%   Reduction by 2050
Thirdly, UBC committed to achieve this outcome by partnering with private and public partners, offering its
campuses as "living laboratories" to drive innovation and demonstrate large scale projects that will help leading BC
based companies improve their technologies and export around the world. The biomass facility with GE Energy
and Nexterra at the Vancouver campus is the first large scale project of this kind.
The Vancouver campus has a track record of achieving the Kyoto targets in context of a 30% student increase
and to take the next step to achieve these ambitious GHG targets, an Alternative Energy Study was undertaken
and provided the blueprint for rolling out the "UBC as a Living Laboratory" concept, mentioned in the February
2010Throne Speech. A $100 m fund for green infrastructure demonstration was created. The initial projects -
which will be financially NPV positive, include a leading edge biomass facility, and moving the Vancouver campus
to hot water heating, thus achieving a 20% reduction in energy demand, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kevin-
grandia/aggressive-new-ghg-reduct_b_513963.html Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
In the spirit of partnership, 3 new MOU's were also put in place at Vancouver:
• Broadens existing partnership with UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre
• Look at social and policy issues associate with clean energy development
• UBC, NRC-IFCI and Powertech signed letter of intent to create BC Clean Energy Technology Cooperative
• Community energy planning and implementation
• Smart Grid research and development
• Student engagement and internships
• Joint research programs as driven by CIRS research agenda
• 10 annual student internships
• Participation in "UBC as a Living Lab"
• Joint communications to raise the City and UBC's profile as sustainability leaders
• Piloting smart precincts
• Research and planning work by UBC for the City
New partnerships entered into to move the Vancouver campus towards its targets include:
• $274m project to build and operate an advanced
heat and electricity biomass plant
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• City of Vancouver will partner through wood supply
for the project
• Announced Feb 15th at the Premier's Clean Tech
event during the 2010 Olympics
• www.sustain.ubc.ca/story-package/ubc-project-
m ill Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
• Demonstration project on the first community wide
application of building energy management
• Takes EcoTrek to the next level
• Operation costs covered by BC Hydro
• UBC commits $2.1m in capital for projects with a
less than three year payback
• www.sustain.ubc.ca/campus-sustainability/
The Okanagan campus has established sustainability baselines across operational and academic sectors. This,
coupled with the Sustainability Discussion Paper and the Academic Strategic Action Plan, provides the foundation
for UBC Okanagan's sustainability initiatives.
From an operational perspective, all existing academic buildings are in the final phases of geothermal retrofitting,
enabling groundwater heating. Sub-metering installation on each building will monitor individual building energy
efficiency. All new academic buildings are built to LEED Gold standard with geothermal heating and cooling, designed
to reduce energy demand and carbon emissions toward the goal of a net zero emissions campus. For example, the
new University Centre is expected to use 49% less energy than a conventional building with the same design and has
been recognized by a Powersense Conservation Award for a total estimated savings of 1,125,000 kWh/year
A "Sustainability House" will be developed as the hub to facilitate sustainable development, research and teaching
on campus, enabling collaborative links among the academic and operational sectors of the campus, inherently
building and strengthening community and demonstrating the campus as "a living lab". This model positions
the Okanagan campus as a sustainability steward and leader and embeds the sustainable philosophy within the
campus culture.   Partnerships with industry will continue to be developed. Some examples include:
• Provides select building energy audits
• Results to guide targets for carbon emission reductions
• Supports "Greening the Office" behaviour change and awareness
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/publicaffairs/mediareleases/2009/mr-09-064.html
• Supports "Greening the Labs" on both campuses
• Lab Plastics Recycling Pilot underway at the Okanagan campus
• http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/healthsustainability/sustainability/fisherscientific.html Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
Key financial indicators:
GHG emission
-Vancouver                                  1 60,577 tC02e
- Okanagan                                      2,822 tC02e
GHG/Student FTE
- Vancouver
- Okanagan
1.49 tC02e/FTE  1
0.51 tC02e/FTE  1
Campus engagement
- Vancouver
- Okanagan
Community partnerships
Industry partnerships
Sustainability scorecard
(Sustainable Endowments
Vancouver - 0.7% decrease since 2007
Okanagan decreased 5% in tC02e/sq.m. from 2007 to 2009
tC02e/ FTE decreased from 2007 by 7.9% at Vancouver and by 4.9% at Okanagan
Number of students, faculty and staff engaged in a sustainability program or
Province (CleanWorks), City of Vancouver (MOU), Metro Vancouver (Annacis)
UBCO - Fortis BC, Terasen Gas, Fischer Scientific
Foster Social Sustainability and Community Engagement
UBC has a strong commitment to engage and serve the broader community. See also the Community Engagement
• an annual $1.5m commitment to the Vancouver Learning Exchange
• research and teaching on issues related to social justice, employment, equity and distributional issues
• research on social impact of the Olympics
• UBC Okanagan holds its first sustainability youth forum, with over 70 youth from 6 high schools and the City
of Kelowna. Participating in discussions, action groups, presentations and group tours, the youth will develop
recommendations on sustainability for presentation to the Mayor and city Council Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
The following illustrates social sustainability and community engagement:
• Developed by Raja Wariach, a 4th year Okanagan
geography student
• Through a websitewww.gleanok.com food
producers can post online ads about excess food
• People in need browse the site and contact those
producers directly
• Started as an Okanagan specific initiative, the website
is being broadened to include the entire country
Creating a Vibrant and Sustainable Community
This year was marked by bold steps and significant financial commitments to continue to build one of the most
vibrant and diverse community in the world.
• UBC and the AMS successfully completed a two-year negotiation to build a new $103m Student Union Building
on the Vancouver campus. University Centre at the Okanagan campus was opened in June 2009.
• Student housing will increase by 2,500 beds by 2015 at the Vancouver campus and by 354 beds by 2012 at the
Okanagan campus
• 108 childcare spaces were added in 2009, a further 104 are planned for 2010 and a total of 1,000 spaces will be
in place by 2015 at the Vancouver campus. The Okanagan campus childcare spaces meet current demand, with
the exception of the infant/toddler category.
• UBC Okanagan launched UBCO GoBeyond program in partnership with the Sierra Youth Coalition to raise
awareness of climate change and effect differences through behaviours and actions. Early successes include the
GoBeyond Carbon Diet in October 2009 and the Earn Your Turns - Zero-footprint Ski Trip.
• In collaboration with The Fresh Outlook Foundation, UBCO presented 10 documentaries on environmental issues
and sustainable development. Attended by a total of 600 people, each film was followed by a panel discussion
with local experts.
• The Okanagan campus is a growing campus, with a 93.6% increase in square meters of classroom, office and
living space, and a 40.2% increase in faculty and staff from 2007 to 2011. Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
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 in place
Simplified processes and accounting classes
2010/11 operating budget is structurally balanced
Make UBC a living laboratory
in environmental 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
Greenhouse Gas Emission targets announced (Mar)
UBC Okanagan working to carbon neutrality in 2010
Living Lab concept in place, announced in Throne Speech
New Sustainability structure in place in Vancouver
Centralized sustainability office in place at UBCO
Foster social sustainability
through teaching, research
and community engagement
that promote vibrant human
interaction and community
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
Investing $1.5 M in base budget for the Learning
Exchange and Community Service Learning
Student Union Building approved by Board and students
New Student Services Building in place at UBCO,
opened in 2009
Create a vibrant and sustainable
community supported by
exemplary governance
Strengthen community governance to further
take up UBC's lead in sustainability initiatives
Develop and implement campus and
community plans that promote pedestrian
friendly campuses with an integrated
transportation infrastructure and a lively
public realm
Campus plan for UBCV in final stages of consultation
Consultation on Public Realm space started in UBCV
5 year plan to revitalize Public Realm space at UBCO
UBCO tree planting program plants 250 trees annually
on campus Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Goals, Actions, and Results
Sustainability (cont'd)
Sustainability website www.sustain.ubc.ca
Campus Planning www.planning.ubc.ca/
Public Realm planning www.planning.ubc.ca/campus_design public_places/public_realm/public_realm_plan.php
Finance Website http://www2.finance.ubc.ca/
University Town www.planning.ubc.ca/utown ubc/index.php
UBC Okanagan Sustainability http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/healthsustainability/sustainability.html 9
a place of mind Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
Annual Report 2009/2010
Alignment With
Ministry Goals
Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development goals are described in
its 2010/11 - 2012/13 Service Plan, released March 2010. http://www.gov.bc.ca/aved.
Selected Ministry goals, objectives and strategies and UBC aligned strategies are shown
BC's dynamic and integrated post secondary education system meets the needs
of a knowledge-driven economy and society
Ministry Objective 1.1
British Columbians are able to fulfill their potential through access to quality educational and training
Ministry Strategies
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
Work with BC's post secondary sector to achieve a transfer system that supports seamless mobility of
students and credits
UBC Strategies
Continue to implement the renewed strategic plan: Place and Promise: The UBC Plan, released in
December 2009, a plan that will coordinate and drive a culture of planning for the university
Continue the development of partnerships and collaborations with private industry, other universities
and the community; acting as an agent of change in society
Review and revise curricula and pedagogy to ensure it is informed by leading edge research and research
on how people learn
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
Work with other post secondary institutions to ensure student mobility
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Alignment With Ministry Goals
UBC Strategies
Ministry Objective 1.2
Ensure regular assessment of the overall student experience through participation in various surveys
including NSSE, and the UBC undergraduate and graduate surveys
Continue to grow enrolment at the Okanagan campus
Continue to increase needs based assistance; 2009/10 saw an increase of 16.9% at the Vancouver
campus and 26.9% at the Okanagan campus
Continue to build experiential learning into the curricula (international learning opportunities,
internships, co-ops, service learning, research based experiences, leadership opportunities) at all levels
Continue to enhance the professional programs provided only by UBC - Dentistry, Law, Medicine
Continue to upgrade student learning spaces so they integrate more with new learning methodologies
BC's post secondary education sector fosters creativity, innovation and knowledge development
Ministry Strategies
Work in partnership with the Ministry of Small business, Technology and Economic Development on
the continued development and management of research and innovation policy and research-related
Support research and innovation through operating grants to post secondary institutions, targeted
funding for graduate students, and thorough the BC Knowledge Development Fund, which supports
investments in research infrastructure
Work with partners to advance a culture of science across BC
UBC Strategies
Continue to create partnerships that research, model and take knowledge for sustainable solutions into
the community, showing 'UBC as a living laboratory'
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)
Continue to increase support for graduate students, augmenting programs such as the four year model
for graduate funding recently implemented
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
Complete the projects announced in the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (Biosciences Renew Project
at Vancouver; Geothermal at Okanagan)
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 to work with partners in industry and government to bring together academia, industry and the
|    public sector through research and training initiatives
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Alignment With Ministry Goals
BC's workforce is highly skilled and globally competitive
Ministry Objective 2.1
BC's workforce is flexible and responsive to the changing and future needs of the provincial economy
Ministry Strategies
Ensure British Columbians most impacted by the economic downturn...have access to training
opportunities that advance their labour market attachment as the economy recovers
Increase the supply of skilled workers by continuing to facilitate and improve labour mobility in regulated
occupations through interprovincial, pan-Canadian, and international agreements
UBC Strategies
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 to provide financial support to eligible students so that finances are not an impediment to
commencing or continuing his/her studies
Continue to provide financial support and professional development through on campus work programs
Expand part-time paid research opportunities that are tied to academic programs
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 focus on out of province recruitment
Continue to build and expand on Continuing Studies offerings, providing lifelong learning and alternative
learning opportunities
Continue UBC's lead role in the transformation of BC's resource based economy through Forestry,
Mining, Fisheries and the Wine industry
Continue to invest in its professional schools (Law, Business, Medicine, Pharmacy)
Continue to invest in health training; as the province's sole health training provider, with contributions by
both Government and UBC, a doubling of the medical spaces will be achieved by 2011 with the opening
of the Okanagan campus' distributed medical school program, as well as an increase in the number of
pharmacy seats by 2012
Continue providing global education in second language acquisition (UBC is the leading BC institution in
this field)
Continue to provide non-disciplinary skills training to all levels of students through its partnership with
MITACS, which is hosted at UBC
Continue to engage with employer communities in BC, Canada and internationally through on campus
recruitment, practicums, internships, co-op and mentoring programs
|   Continue to be an effective platform for engaging Asia, through universities, governments and civil society
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Alignment With Ministry Goals
Ministry Objective 2.2
Ministry Strategies
UBC Strategies
British Columbians have the expertise and tools needed to make sound labour market decisions
Increase the responsiveness of the post secondary education and training system to labour market
demand by providing detailed regional labour market forecasting and analysis that will inform decisionmaking and investments
Provide undergraduate and graduate students with innovative professional development programs and
advising to support sound labour market decisions
Continue to expand transitional roles for graduating students within the employer community
Increase the number of students participating in community service learning, currently 1,600+ students,
by 10% at the Vancouver Campus by 2013/14
Continue to provide international work placements and international service learning to meet increasing
demand for these by both students and prospective placements
Ministry Objective 3.1
Ministry Strategies
UBC Strategies
British Columbia is a global destination of choice for students, skilled workers and
B.C. attracts and increases newcomers to the province through effective partnerships and outreach
Attract international students by capitalizing on BC's educational, economic and social advantages and
develop strategies to encourage them to stay in BC to live and work
Expand the Provincial Nominee Program to increase the province's ability to attract and retain
international students, skilled workers and entrepreneurial immigrants
Continue to be a principal conduit for talented people arriving in BC, both from other provinces and
internationally; overall 12% of students are international, with 15% of new undergraduate admissions
and 25% of new graduate admissions being international students
Continue to focus on the national recruitment strategy, implemented in 2007 to draw students from
other parts of Canada; since 2007, UBC Vancouver has seen a 53% increase in direct-entry students
from other Canadian jurisdictions and UBC Okanagan a 34% increase
Continue to develop 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 to attract talented non-Canadians to be
professors here
Continue to use the Provincial Nominee Program as a hiring tool, as well as a tool to retain students
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)
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Alignment With Ministry Goals
UBC Strategies (cont'd)
Continue developing strategic international relationships with key partners
Improve processes and supports to achieve an excellent and diverse student, staff and faculty body
Increase student participation in learning and service abroad
Enhance UBC's scholarly communications on global issues, including on the web
Support international students transition to work through innovative professional development programs
and on-campus work opportunities
Public sector labour relations support the Province's goals for long term,
sustainable growth and prosperity
Ministry Objective 4.1
Effectively support Government's management of public sector labour relations and human resource
Ministry Strategies
UBC Strategies
Develop/maintain an executive compensation and negotiating framework that incorporates
government's fiscal, policy and program directions
Establish a public sector pensions framework
Improve the quality and reliability of data that supports negotiations
Expand strategic labour relations and pension capacity in the provincial government
Continue to demonstrate leadership in contributing to the Government's development and maintenance
of a robust executive compensation and negotiating framework that enables research universities to
retain and recruit outstanding faculty and staff
Continue to work with Government on a public sector pension framework by promoting the hybrid
approach (defined benefit plan with fixed contributions) of the Staff Pension Plan. Ensure the ongoing
financial health of the Faculty and Staff Pension Plans
Ensure the ongoing success of UBC's human resource strategy - Focus on People: Workplace Practices at
UBC - as it moves from its second to third year of implementation. This multi-dimensional strategy is a
critical contributor to UBC's commitment to an Outstanding Work Environment
I-   Continue to demonstrate leadership in human resource strategies and practices at a national level
through organizations such as the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO)
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Alignment With Ministry Goals
The following table shows the performance measures the Ministry tracks and the results:
2009/10 Performance Results
Student spaces
Data from 2008/09 Fiscal Year
Data from 2009/10 Fiscal Year
/'. Total student spaces
ii. nursing and other allied health
Hi. medical school programs
| achieved
Total credentials awarded
3 yravg 2006/7-2008/9
3 yravg 2007/8-2009/10
Under review
Research Funding
Data from 2007/08 Fiscal Year:
Data from 2008/09 Fiscal Year:
/'. Sponsored research funding from
all sources (000$)
Federal = $194,900
Provincial = $85,800
Other = $189,400
> previous year
Federal = $253,900
Provincial = $139,600
Other = $156,200
Number and percent of public
post-secondary students that
are Aboriginal (self reported)
Data from 2007/08 Academic Year
Data from 2008/09 Academic Year
Total number (#)
Percent (%)
Bachelor's Degree completion
Data from 2007/08 Academic Year
Data from 2008/09 Academic Year
Direct Entry Students (%)
> 76.4%
Transfer Students (%)
> 73.9%
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2009/10 Performance Results (cont'd)
Baccalaureate graduate
assessment of quality of
2008 BGS Survey Data
2008 BGS Survey Data
/'. Satisfaction with Education (%)
93.0% (+/- 0.7)
> 90%
91.5% (+/-0.7%)
ii. Skill Development (avg. %)
79.5% (+/-1.1%)
> 85%
77.7% (+/-1.1%)
•   Written Communication
73.5% (+/-1.2%)
73.5% (+/-1.2%)
•  Oral Communication
71.6% (+/-1.2%)
69.5% (+/-1.3%)
•  Group Collaboration
73.6% (+/-1-2%)
•  Critical Analysis
89.1% (+/- 0.8%)
86.8% (+/- 0.9%)
•   Problem Resolution
74.0% (+/-1.2%)
71.0% (+/-1.2%)
•  Learn on your own
89.5% (+/- 0.8%)
87.6% (+/- 0.9%)
•   Reading and Comprehension
85.2% (+/-1.0%)
83.4% (+/-1.0%)
Baccalaureate graduate
assessment of quality of
2008 BGS Survey Data:
2009 BGS Survey Data:
93.0% (+/-0.7)
> 90%
91.4% (+/- 0.7%)
Baccalaureate graduate
assessment of usefulness
of knowledge and skills in
performing job
2008 BGS Survey Data
2009 BGS Survey Data
86.4% (+/-1.1%)
> 90%
82.9% (+/-1.2%)
Baccalaureate graduate
outcomes - unemployment rate
2008 BGS Survey Data
2009 BGS Survey Data
4.4% (+/- 0.6%)
7.0% (+/-0.8%)
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Financial Information
For the most recent financial information, please see the Audited
Financial Statements available at:
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This Report Incorporates the Institutional
Accountability Plan and Report to the
Ministry of Advanced Education and
Labour Market Development.
Patricia Stevens,
Office of the President


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