September 2014

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An acceptance letter 69 years late

An 87-year-old Canadian doctor of Japanese ancestry is the first student in a new UBC program on Asian Canadian studies It’s always disappointing when you don’t get into your university of choice, but Henry Sugiyama’s rejection from the University of British Columbia 69 years ago was particularly painful. Sugiyama, then a Kamloops high school student, […]

New president pledges to boost UBC research excellence

The University of British Columbia’s new President Arvind Gupta pledged in his formal academic installation ceremony today to increase funding for research excellence by $100 million during his presidency, supporting those who discover, develop, and deploy knowledge. He said the pledge to boost research excellence is fundamental to improving teaching and learning, building engagement throughout […]

A massive experiment in learning

Four new online courses at UBC are attracting a new breed of students and changing teaching methods on campus “If you want to know why your Chinese business partners want to sit down and have a drink with you before they sign a contract, then take my course.” That’s the pitch Professor Edward Slingerland uses […]

Globalization threatens benefits of an African ‘green revolution’

A prospective “green revolution” in Africa could boost land use and carbon emissions globally, according to a study co-authored by a University of British Columbia researcher. The term “green revolution” typically describes the use of agricultural innovations – such as the development of new seeds – to increase yields, particularly in developing countries. Past green […]

New president welcomes largest ever first-year class

The University of British Columbia is preparing to welcome 8,360 incoming students, its largest ever first-year class. President Arvind Gupta will greet many of them at an Okanagan rally at 8:30 a.m. and Vancouver campus pep rally at 2:30 p.m. Editors: For information about today’s welcome events, click here The Okanagan campus expects 1,556 first-year students, […]

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