Local and Global Engagement

Local and Global Engagement

UBC is locally integrated and globally connected; it has always been a place of community engagement. Indeed, global perspective is embedded in the histories and communities that have shaped the local context in British Columbia and at UBC. The balance of Canadian perspective and geographic diversity across our student population is a tremendous strength. UBC’s work in community-engaged research, learning and public service sets us apart. Our global networks open new vistas for research and education, and they enable UBC to help mobilize positive change across the world. Our Asia-Pacific connections, built over many years, have yielded a powerful set of partnerships and academic exchanges. We have made tremendous strides in building a strong culture of alumni engagement, with our alumni numbering more than 325,000 in over 140 countries in 2017. We will sustain the important work of engagement and expand its scope to connect our local and global efforts more effectively. Strengthened engagement requires an outward orientation and enhanced accessibility for partners, as well as structures and processes to support reciprocity and co-ordination. It also demands the capacity to listen and adapt to the evolving needs and dynamics of the world beyond the university.

Strategy 16. Public relevance: Deepen the relevance and public impact of UBC research and education

Strategy 17. Indigenous engagement: Support the objectives and actions of the renewed 2018 Indigenous Strategic Plan, currently under development

Strategy 18. Alumni engagement: Reach, inspire and engage alumni through lifelong enrichment, consistent with the alumni UBC strategic plan, Connecting Forward

Strategy 19. Global networks: Build and sustain strategic global networks, notably around the Pacific Rim, that enhance impact

Strategy 20. Co-ordinated engagement: Co-create with communities the principles and effective practices of engagement, and establish supporting infrastructure

Snapshot: Local and Global Engagement

Given the historical importance of Asian migration to Canada—and to British Columbia specifically—UBC is intent on building stronger connections with established and growing Asian Canadian communities. One example is the 2011 Senate approval of measures to commemorate the 76 Japanese Canadian UBC students who were forcibly removed from the university and their homes on the west coast in 1942, after the start of the Second World War. The creation of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program is another notable milestone. This program in the Faculty of Arts responds to community issues and concerns by providing opportunities for students to engage in multidisciplinary learning and research through community-based activity.

The Asian Canadian Community Engagement (ACCE) committee includes faculty and staff from multiple units and functions as a hub to cultivate respectful community engagement to bolster UBC’s academic mission.

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