November 2015

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UBC and India Collaborate to Innovate

An economic powerhouse with deep Canadian roots, India is a natural global partner of UBC. The partnership goes back almost 50 years, to when UBC was a founding university of the Shastri Institute—an Indo-Canadian effort that encouraged educational exchanges between the two countries. These exchanges were formalized in the ‘90s when UBC’s School of Nursing […]

A Transformative Decade: UBC Okanagan’s First 10 Years

“Ready, Set, Go!” That was the Daily Courier front-page headline on September 8, 2005 – the first day of classes for the University of British Columbia’s new Okanagan campus in Kelowna. UBC Okanagan has grown dramatically since opening 10 years ago. Student enrolment has grown from 3,500 in 2005 to more than 8,200 students this […]

A New Home for UBC Alumni

Although there were only 40 students in UBC’s first graduating class of 1916, the UBC Alumni Association was formed the following year — its stated aim being simply “To further the interests of the University and the Alumni.” Since those early days, alumni have been one of the most influential forces shaping UBC’s history. They […]

UBC alumnus Justin Trudeau sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister

The University of British Columbia congratulates Justin Trudeau, who earned a bachelor of education from UBC in 1998, on becoming Prime Minister of Canada today. “It is not every day that a UBC alumnus achieves Canada’s highest office,” said Interim President Martha Piper. “As UBC celebrates its Centennial year, Mr. Trudeau’s accomplishment will serve as […]

UBC: Canada’s Educational Gateway to Asia

In 1971, Senator Jack Austin, then Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, travelled with Prime Minister Trudeau on Canada’s first trade mission to China. The country then was one in turmoil—home to a quarter of the world’s population and in the middle of the Cultural Revolution. He was immediately struck by how important China […]

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