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Orientation now available on-demand for new students at UBC’s Okanagan campus

More resources, more convenience, and more power to tailor their own transition to university: new-to-UBCO students are getting a whole lot more from their orientation experience, thanks to an innovative new online program at UBC’s Okanagan campus. In early 2018, a project team in the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students set out to streamline […]

Peter Smailes, Vice-President, Finance & Operations at UBC and lead executive sponsor of the Integrated Renewal Program

UBC invests in new system to improve collaboration and innovation

With less than a year to go before the launch of its new Human Resources and Finance system in April 2020, UBC is getting ready to “spend less time chasing information and more time on [its] strategic priorities.” The new platform, called Workday, is the first phase of UBC’s Integrated Renewal Program (IRP) — a […]

Senior Instructor Siobhán McPhee promotes practical learning in her classes

App allows students to experience the journey of Syrian refugees

Dr. Siobhán McPhee, a Senior Instructor in UBC’s Department of Geography, is using technology to evoke empathy and help students understand the emotional consequences of the Syrian Civil War. Through an augmented reality (AR) cellphone app called Journey With Me, she invited her GEOG 498: Geographies in the Middle East students to experience the travel […]

Patricia Barkaskas Allard School of Law instructor and Academic Director of the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

Law certificate raises awareness of Indigenous perspectives

An eight-month non-credit certificate course at the Peter A. Allard School of Law aims to draw on cross-cultural learning opportunities and connect participants with the Indigenous community. Now in its second year, the Cultural Competency Certificate was developed by Professor Patricia Barkaskas, an instructor at the Allard School of Law and Academic Director of the […]

The Commons is the new inspiring space at UBC Okanagan

New UBCO Commons fosters collaboration and innovation

The UBC Okanagan community has gained a new modern space: UBCO Commons. Opened in January, the multipurpose facility offers students a high-tech 400-seat classroom, informal collaborative learning study areas, a digital technology centre and a graduate student commons. It also includes a visualization lab to facilitate high-resolution data modelling in research fields. Described as a […]

Mathematics Professor Malabika Pramanik

Math program promotes mentorship for underrepresented women and girls

Diversity in Mathematics, a program created and hosted at UBC, is providing mentorship for women, Indigenous youth and recent immigrants interested in STEM-related fields. Founded by Department of Mathematics Professor Malabika Pramanik in 2016, the initiative currently promotes a day camp for high school students along with a national summer school for undergraduate women. “The […]

Professors Mark Turin (Anthropology) and Janet Werker (Psychology) co-teach Living Language: Science and Society

Interdisciplinary class discusses the power of language

At UBC Vancouver, one unique course is encouraging undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to come together and explore the power of language. Cross-listed in six faculties, Living Language: Science and Society is a result of the interdisciplinary efforts of Dr. Janet Werker, Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Dr. Mark Turin, Associate Professor in […]