System developed by UBC professor Mark Johnson helps to monitor water use in farms

Data helps drive diversified agroecosystems research

At the dinner table, do you stop and think about the resources needed to produce the food on your fork? That bite of broccoli, for example, grew from clean water, rich soil (to deliver nutrients), and a variety of insects and animals (for pollination, fertilization and pest control). It also needed human resources — knowledge […]

With noisemakers provided by UBC Okanagan Homecoming’s presenting sponsor RBC, fans cheered on the Heat men’s and women’s soccer teams in Canada West action during Homecoming

Creating tradition with UBC Okanagan Homecoming

Since opening in 2005, UBC’s Okanagan campus has grown from 3,500 students to become a thriving part of UBC, with 10,000 students and a rapidly expanding community of UBC Okanagan graduates contributing their talents and energy to address society’s challenges. Turning 15 next year, UBC Okanagan remains a very young university community — only recently […]

Che-Min Lee presenting at UBC’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference

Enhancing undergraduate research experiences

“We’re designing a program to engage students to come together across disciplines and tackle a problem that is relevant to the communities they identify with,” explains Liam Orme, UBC alumnus and coordinator of the UBC Climate Hub. Liam joined the student-driven Climate Hub last year, while he was a student in the Bachelor of International […]

With UBC ARC Sockeye, the university is enhancing advanced research computing infrastructure

Capital investment poised to transform big data research at UBC

In a laboratory in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, researchers work to identify the consequences of genetic variations. To do so, they rely on computational methods and tools, such as sophisticated software, databases and algorithms, which require a powerful infrastructure. “The future of medicine lies in our ability to analyze vast amounts of patient […]

Heiltsuk ‘tiny’ homes under construction in Bella Bella, B.C.

Tiny solution to big housing shortage issue

When the Heiltsuk Tribal Council approached UBC in 2017, the Nation was facing a major housing crisis. The Heiltsuk population had been growing steadily for the past two decades but, despite an increased demand by members to live in their home community of Bella Bella, there was a severe shortage of suitable housing. Leadership had […]

UBC embarks on Canada-wide initiative to assess community engagement

UBC embarks on Canada-wide initiative to assess community engagement

This year, UBC has joined an intensive and collaborative process that aims to transform community engagement in Canadian institutions: the Canadian pilot for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. With this project, the university will not only contribute to a national effort, but also be able to conduct a deep self-study of its practices and look […]

One of the goals of CHBE’s program redesign is to improve experiential learning in laboratories.

Chemical and Biological Engineering embarks on impactful program redesign

Second-year undergraduate students enrolled in UBC’s chemical engineering and chemical and biological engineering program have started their academic year under a revised curriculum, which includes four new courses aimed at introducing students to the design process, strengthening knowledge in foundational sciences and improving experiential learning in laboratories. The changes are part of an ongoing redesign […]

UBCO students volunteer at the Kelowna Family YMCA

Initiative encourages UBCO students to give back to the community

At least once a year, UBC Okanagan students join forces to mop floors, bake cookies or muck out horse stalls, among other tasks. The activities are all part of Days of Caring — held in partnership with the United Way — in which students spend their Reading Week volunteering with community organizations. Days of Caring […]

New art installation boosts community resilience in Vancouver

New art installation boosts community resilience in Vancouver

A new piece of public art along Vancouver’s Arbutus Greenway is not only encouraging greater socialization between community members, but it also serves as a valuable resource in the event of an emergency. The Neighbour Hub features a welcoming seating area and community bulletin board alongside a hand-powered generator, which serves as an emergency charger […]

Fostering global citizenship through UBC’s International Strategy

Fostering global citizenship through UBC’s International Strategy

For Murali Chandrashekaran, UBC’s first Vice-Provost, International, universities are key to building a more just and prosperous world. “Universities bring people together from all over the world, expose us to knowledge and experiences about the world, and can empower us all to want to solve problems facing our planet. But in order to do this, […]