Strategy 16: Public Relevance

Deepen the relevance and public impact of UBC research and education

Through dialogue and knowledge exchange, we are working to align UBC’s efforts more closely with priority issues in British Columbia and beyond. This also helps ensure that the public is more consistently aware of UBC’s academic endeavours. It is important that we recognize the different strengths and local contexts of our campuses as we consider opportunities for engagement.  We are working more closely with our partners to ensure that these are well conceived, managed and evaluated from all perspectives. Our endeavours and interactions through the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs are contributing to solving problems of local importance and global consequence. Programs such as the Public Scholars Initiative, which builds connections and capacity for PhD students interested in linking their doctoral work to an area of public benefit, are a key component of this strategy. We are working with government and industry to enhance British Columbia as a place to do business. And we are seeking opportunities to collaborate with government and peer institutions to strengthen the post-secondary education system for the benefit of students and citizens in the province.