University Milestones

Employer awards, reputational rankings, sustainability efforts, housing plans and new buildings were reported on by world press.

The Globe and Mail

February 22, 2012

Canada’s best diversity employers for 2012

UBC was selected as one of Canada’s top employers for diversity and inclusiveness programs.

“It’s not enough for Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2012 to have diversity and inclusiveness programs in place. Winning companies also needed a clearly defined strategy to achieve their goals along with review and tracking measures.”

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UBC was once again selected in 2012 as one of Canada’s top employers for diversity and inclusiveness

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Huffington Post

March 15, 2012

University reputation rankings: Canada has three top schools

“Times Higher Education World 2012 Reputation Rankings came out this week, revealing how various schools are perceived the world over.

“The results mark the first time THE has broken out the results of the schools’ reputations, which has previously been one of the indicators in their fall list. For Canada, this means that three schools are held in high accord across the globe — University of Toronto (tied with Cornell University for 16th place), and the University of British Columbia and McGill (tied for 25th place).”

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UBC tied for 25th place in the Times Higher Education World 2012 Reputation Rankings

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The Globe and Mail

April 4, 2012

UBC gets $5-million gift to build new visual-arts centre

“Developer, art collector and philanthropist Michael Audain has given $5-million to the University of British Columbia to launch a new centre for the visual arts. The gift announced on Tuesday comes from Mr. Audain’s family foundation and will create the Audain Art Centre as a part of UBC’s department of art history, visual art and theory.”

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Conceptual rendering of the Audain Art Centre

The Globe and Mail

April 24, 2012

Canadian universities reach to Brazil for brainpower

“‘Think of those people becoming senior leaders in business, in government, in science,’ said University of British Columbia president Stephen Toope, who also chairs the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, which is co-ordinating the trip. ‘If they’ve had a strong Canadian experience, they will tend to look to Canada for partnerships.'”

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University of British Columbia president Stephen Toope – photo by Martin Dee


July 3, 2012

Universities as societal test-beds for sustainability: Q and A with John Robinson

“Of course, universities are more than just buildings and utilities. In UBC’s case, we are a community of some 50,000 students, staff, faculty and residents, with over 50% of campus households occupied by someone who studies or works at UBC. We are making great strides in transforming our campus into a vibrant and complete sustainable community and, importantly, we are working at a scale that is interesting to other communities. The hope in the long term is that, because we are representative of any community, then any community can do this.”

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Video: UBC’s John Robinson in a Q&A with Forbes Magazine

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Kelowna Daily Courier

September 20, 2012

Medical school a cure for doctor shortage

“More doctors will treat patients in remote communities once the Okanagan’s new medical school starts churning out graduates in 2015, said Premier Christy Clark during a stop in Kelowna. The shortage of family physicians has left thousands of orphan patients throughout the Southern Interior, something an invigorated medical program is poised to redress, she said Thursday.”

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Premier Clark chats with Okanagan campus students at the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre opening – photo by Paul Marck

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The Globe and Mail

September 26, 2012

UBC unveils plan to provide more housing for students, faculty

“UBC on Wednesday announced a housing plan that will reserve up to 30 per cent of future housing stock for staff and faculty. The biggest chunk, 20 per cent, will be rental accommodation available to faculty and staff at rates about 25 per cent lower than the average rental rates on Vancouver’s west side.”

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UBC’s housing plan will reserve up to 30 per cent of future housing stock for staff and faculty


February 2013

Design Awards, Best Lab

“Marking the new gateway to the rapidly developing southeastern edge of the campus, this building is instantly engaging. The entrance features an open plaza that slopes down from an adjacent knoll, literally drawing one inside.”

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UBC’s new Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences building showcases a multitude of digital technologies


November 16, 2012

UBC opens new Earth Sciences Building

“This brand new building at the University of B.C. is meant to help provide some of the skilled workers to fill those positions. It’s the new Earth Sciences building for graduate and undergraduate students. The 17,000 square metre facility brings many of the university’s natural resources research groups under one roof.”

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UBC opened a new Earth Sciences Building in 2012 – photo by Michael Elkan

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