Overview of Faculty Activities in Asia
Students from the Asia-Pacific region form a very important part of the graduate student community at UBC. In the last few years, more than 50% of all newly admitted international graduate students came from Asia-Pacific nations and UBC is proud to have strong relationships with this region which is supported by our APRO office in Hong Kong.
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The quality of the students from Asia that attend UBC is truly outstanding which is evident in their many academic achievements.
Danny Leung for example found that a protein called ESET is crucial to preventing the activity of endogenous retroviruses in mouse embryonic stem cells. Distant relatives of such retroviruses are more active in the cells of testicular, breast and skin cancers in humans. If ESET can be blocked, retroviruses would become dramatically more active, thus either killing the cancer cells hosting them or flagging them as targets for the immune system. The 27-year-old graduate student in the laboratory of Asst. Prof. Matthew Lorincz in the Dept. of Medical Genetics published the findings as co-lead author with a graduate student at Kyoto University in June of 2011 in the journal Nature.
The Role of the Faculty
The Faculty of Graduate Studies (FoGS) at UBC oversees all aspects of graduate education at UBC, providing administrative services for graduate students, managing formal admission to all graduate programs at the Vancouver campus, as well as maintaining student records, overseeing student academic progress, coordinating final doctoral examinations and ensuring that your academic training is of the highest standard in research and other scholarly activities.
How to Get Involved
Prospective students from the Asia-Pacific region who are interested in applying to UBC Grad School in Vancouver should visit http://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/international-students for all relevant information. We provide detailed information on academic minimum requirements by country, English language requirements and a cost calculator among other helpful information.
Newly Admitted Students
The Faculty of Graduate Studies recognizes the challenges that our international students face in making the transition to Canada for their graduate education and has developed an online student community that was used by many newly admitted students from the Asia-Pacific region. It allows students to make friends and connect to other admitted students before they have left their home countries and will enable them to quickly integrate into a social network in Vancouver. All newly admitted students automatically get invited into our community.
“The forum has helped me get in touch with students from my home country, as well as students who will stay at my residence. I felt that I already had friends before I actually moved in. We updated each other about our study permit application, flight arrangements and accommodation. Now we still hang out and support each other.”
Zoe, newly admitted student from China (February 2011)