Our Plan in Action

As a global centre for teaching, learning and research, UBC is committed to fostering global citizenship and advancing a sustainable and just society. Shaping UBC’s Next Century guides us and aligns our efforts to put this commitment into real action.  

Considerable progress has been made since we have launched Shaping UBC’s Next Century. On this page, you can find updates and stories from across the university that showcase how the strategic plan is being brought to life.

If you are a member of the UBC community and would like to share your strategic plan-related initiatives with the rest of the university, please fill out our submission form. This site will regularly feature the great work being done on campus to support and advance the strategic plan.

Our Plan in Action

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People and Places | Strategy 5: Systems Renewal

Preparing for digital recovery in advance of disaster

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People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Teaching @ UBC: Maximizing success in diverse classrooms

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement

Indigenous Repatriation Practices UN Expert Seminar held at UBC

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

2021 ALT-2040 Fund call for proposals

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 16: Public Relevance

Combatting social isolation during COVID-19

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People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence

Furthering feminism at UBC Okanagan

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 20: Co-ordinated Engagement

UBC Learning Exchange marks 20 years in the Downtown Eastside

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 15: Student Experience

Advice from three Arts students on learning online during COVID-19

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement

UBC community celebrates launch of new Indigenous Strategic Plan

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 20: Co-ordinated Engagement

Community-based research in action at the UBC Learning Exchange

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

Championing sustainability at UBC for twenty years

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

Call for Open Educational Resource grant applications

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement

IRSHDC awarded funding for multi-year exhibition documenting Indian hospitals in BC and Alberta

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement

UBC 2020 Indigenous Strategic Plan Celebration: Sept. 14

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 15: Student Experience

UBC-wide effort results in warm welcome for incoming first year students during COVID-19

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

Discover the techniques and practices of outstanding teachers at UBC

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 15: Student Experience

Student volunteers at the heart of the Agora Café experience

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 16: Public Relevance

UBC team launches art initiative to support mental health of people in prison

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 20: Co-ordinated Engagement

Apply for 2020 Community-University Engagement Support funding

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 16: Public Relevance

Geering Up for a changing world

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

Adapting the university to new ways of working

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

UBC recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers in 2020

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Research Excellence | Strategy 6: Collaborative Clusters

UBC research cluster promotes traditional Indigenous knowledge and science collaboration

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People and Places | Strategy 2: Inspiring Spaces

UBC to establish new downtown Kelowna presence

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 14: Interdisciplinary Education

Update on 2021/22 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund

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Research Excellence | Strategy 8: Student Research

UBC doctoral student wins Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholarship

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement

Allard Law’s Indigenous Community Legal Clinic goes virtual

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Research Excellence | Strategy 10: Research Culture

UBC researchers develop biodegradable medical mask for COVID-19

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 14: Interdisciplinary Education

Interprofessional health learning program fosters patient-centred care for chronic illnesses

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

Climate emergency engagement: Virtual community dialogues May 21-June 30

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 16: Public Relevance

UBC participates in research study to better diagnose COVID-19

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

UBC research driving the future of clean transportation

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 18: Alumni Engagement

Engagement through learning: alumniUBC Career Development webinars bolster alumni connection

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 12: Program Redesign

Computer Science undergraduate program evaluation and renewal

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 20: Co-ordinated Engagement

UBC Connects: Engaging communities through innovative lecture series

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Research Excellence | Strategy 9: Knowledge Exchange

Greening our world through automation

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

The flow of water: From the mountains to the campus

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund 2020 projects announced

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 12: Program Redesign

Announcing the Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal year-two funded projects

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People and Places | Strategy 2: Inspiring Spaces

UBC public art for the 21st century

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Research Excellence | Strategy 10: Research Culture

Latest innovative sustainability research studies how climate change will impact seafood security

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People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence

UBC recognized as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers in 2020

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

UBC among Top 25 universities globally in 13 subjects; Top 50 in 36 subject areas: QS Rankings

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Research Excellence | Strategy 8: Student Research

UBC student discovers 17 new planets, including potentially habitable, Earth-sized world

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

Announcing the 2020/21 Open Educational Resources Fund awarded projects

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 15: Student Experience

Creating a home away from home for Indigenous students on UBC’s Vancouver campus

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People and Places | Strategy 5: Systems Renewal

Growing together: IRP and UBCO

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

UBC named one of BC’s Top Employers in 2020

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 14: Interdisciplinary Education

Announcing the 2020/21 TLEF projects

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 13: Practical Learning

Program inspires UBC faculty, staff and students to be community leaders

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Research Excellence | Strategy 10: Research Culture

2019 Faculty research award recipients

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement

4th Annual John P. Bell Global Indigenous Rights Lecture: Lecture by Dr. Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine

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People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence

Apply to the Equity Enhancement Fund

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

Inviting proposals for the 2020 Online Learning Advancement Fund

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Strategic Plan Implementation Advisory Committee: Dec. 3, 2019 | Strategic Plan Implementation Advisory Committee: Dec. 3, 2019

Strategic Plan Implementation Advisory Committee: Dec. 3, 2019

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People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence

Under the microscope: Examining EDI in and out of the lab

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 14: Interdisciplinary Education

Peering into the classroom

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Research Excellence | Strategy 7: Research Support

Enhancing Support for Advanced Research Computing

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Research Excellence | Strategy 7: Research Support

Funding available to foster collaborations in research excellence

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People and Places | Strategy 2: Inspiring Spaces

A new home for life science students at UBC

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

UBC named one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People in 2020

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People and Places | Strategy 5: Systems Renewal

Meet Our IRP Sponsors: Andrew Szeri

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 13: Practical Learning

In the Field: Counting Sheep

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 16: Public Relevance

Corliss’ Story

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 13: Practical Learning

In the Field: Learning Without Borders

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 20: Co-ordinated Engagement

Announcing the 2019 CUES funding recipients

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Research Excellence | Strategy 9: Knowledge Exchange

Strengthening communities through learning

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

Call for Proposals: Advancing Education Renewal applications open December 1

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Apply for the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund | Apply for the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund

Apply for the Aspire-2040 Learning Transformations Fund

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Announcing Senior Faculty Advisors to the President | Announcing Senior Faculty Advisors to the President

Announcing Senior Faculty Advisors to the President

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Research Excellence | Strategy 6: Collaborative Clusters

Humanities for the People

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

Announcing the 2019-21 Online Learning Advancement Fund recipients

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Research Excellence | Strategy 7: Research Support

Funding available to support research collaborations between Vancouver and the Okanagan

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 16: Public Relevance

Apply for the Public Humanities Hub Impact Award

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Research Excellence | Strategy 6: Collaborative Clusters

Bringing Scholars into the Newsroom

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

Annual Staff BBQ serves up opportunities for connection and wellbeing

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 19: Global Networks

Spanish for Community: Making an impact through community-engaged learning

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 16: Public Relevance

Textile Tech

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Research Excellence | Strategy 7: Research Support

New advanced research computing infrastructure available to UBC researchers

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

Recognizing staff excellence

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

UBC tool innovates peer feedback process

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 14: Interdisciplinary Education

2020 call for proposals for Small Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund Innovation projects

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

Call for Applications for Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants

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Research Excellence | Strategy 7: Research Support

New funding available to faculty authors to assist with publishing costs

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 15: Student Experience

Clothing bins made safer

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 13: Practical Learning

Students shape learning through TLEF partnerships

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Research Excellence | Strategy 6: Collaborative Clusters

Data helps drive diversified agroecosystems research

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 18: Alumni Engagement

Creating tradition with UBC Okanagan Homecoming

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Research Excellence | Strategy 8: Student Research

Enhancing undergraduate research experiences

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Research Excellence | Strategy 7: Research Support

Capital investment poised to transform big data research at UBC

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Research Excellence | Strategy 10: Research Culture

Tiny solution to big housing shortage issue

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 12: Program Redesign

Chemical and Biological Engineering embarks on impactful program redesign

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 20: Co-ordinated Engagement

UBC embarks on Canada-wide initiative to assess community engagement

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

Initiative encourages UBCO students to give back to the community

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 16: Public Relevance

New art installation boosts community resilience in Vancouver

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

Reimagining anatomy education for all

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 19: Global Networks

Fostering global citizenship through UBC’s International Strategy

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People and Places | Strategy 1: Great People

UBC’s Blue and Gold Campaign for Students helping students realize their potential

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 15: Student Experience

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

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Research Excellence | Strategy 9: Knowledge Exchange

UBC Okanagan initiative helps youth with developmental disabilities find work

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Research Excellence | Strategy 9: Knowledge Exchange

UBC researchers help find solutions to the overdose crisis

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 20: Co-ordinated Engagement

Apply for CUES funding for community partnerships

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

UBC bioenergy facility acts as living lab for climate change leadership

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Research Excellence | Strategy 6: Collaborative Clusters

Call for applications: 2019 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition

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Read UBC’s 2018/19 annual report | Read UBC’s 2018/19 annual report

Read UBC’s 2018/19 annual report

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 15: Student Experience

Kelowna emergency medicine program graduates first residents

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Our progress: 2018/19 in review | Our progress: 2018/19 in review

Our progress: 2018/19 in review

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Eminence program 2019 Call for Proposals | Eminence program 2019 Call for Proposals

Eminence program 2019 Call for Proposals

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People and Places | Strategy 5: Systems Renewal

UBC invests in new system to improve collaboration and innovation

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2019/20 ALT Fund projects announced | 2019/20 ALT Fund projects announced

2019/20 ALT Fund projects announced

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Research Excellence | Strategy 9: Knowledge Exchange

Okanagan water forum promotes compelling conversation and shared solutions

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 13: Practical Learning

App allows students to experience the journey of Syrian refugees

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Call for Letters of Intent for Large Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund projects | Call for Letters of Intent for Large Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund projects

Call for Letters of Intent for Large Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund projects

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$95,000 awarded to community-led equity, diversity, and inclusion projects | $95,000 awarded to community-led equity, diversity, and inclusion projects

$95,000 awarded to community-led equity, diversity, and inclusion projects

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UBC outlines spending priorities for 2019/20 | UBC outlines spending priorities for 2019/20

UBC outlines spending priorities for 2019/20

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 11: Education Renewal

Call for Proposals for the Online Learning Advancement Fund (OLAF)

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Research Excellence | Strategy 8: Student Research

PURE funding recipients announced

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

UBC tops global university impact rankings: Times Higher Education

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People and Places | Strategy 3: Thriving Communities

UBCO invests $70M in new on-campus student housing

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement

Law certificate raises awareness of Indigenous perspectives

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Help shape UBC’s priorities for global engagement | Help shape UBC’s priorities for global engagement

Help shape UBC’s priorities for global engagement

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Local and Global Engagement | Strategy 17: Indigenous Engagement

UBC raises Musqueam Indian Band flag permanently at Vancouver campus

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 12: Program Redesign

Update on Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects

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People and Places | Strategy 2: Inspiring Spaces

New UBCO Commons fosters collaboration and innovation

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 13: Practical Learning

UBC Himalaya Program integrates language learning and community engaged learning

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Wellbeing Scholars Call for Proposals | Wellbeing Scholars Call for Proposals

Wellbeing Scholars Call for Proposals

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Call for applications: Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program | Call for applications: Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program

Call for applications: Equity & Inclusion Scholars Program

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Research Excellence | Strategy 8: Student Research

Call for Proposals: Program for Undergraduate Research Experience applications open January 7

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2018 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition results | 2018 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition results

2018 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition results

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2018/19 strategic plan projects identified | 2018/19 strategic plan projects identified

2018/19 strategic plan projects identified

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People and Places | Strategy 4: Inclusive Excellence

Math program promotes mentorship for underrepresented women and girls

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Update on UBC strategic plan implementation | Update on UBC strategic plan implementation

Update on UBC strategic plan implementation

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Call for Proposals for Small TLEF Innovation projects | Call for Proposals for Small TLEF Innovation projects

Call for Proposals for Small TLEF Innovation projects

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 13: Practical Learning

Bringing design-making and building tools to architecture students

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 14: Interdisciplinary Education

Interdisciplinary class discusses the power of language

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Eminence program 2018 Calls for Proposals | Eminence program 2018 Calls for Proposals

Eminence program 2018 Calls for Proposals

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Transformative Learning | Strategy 12: Program Redesign

Special call for Undergraduate Program Evaluation and Renewal projects

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Call for Proposals & 2018/19 ALT Fund recipients announced | Call for Proposals & 2018/19 ALT Fund recipients announced

Call for Proposals & 2018/19 ALT Fund recipients announced

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Launch of Shaping UBC’s Next Century | Launch of Shaping UBC’s Next Century

Launch of Shaping UBC’s Next Century