University Milestones

An ambitious fundraising campaign and efforts to address world suffering and First Nations reconciliation were part of 2013 media coverage.

Global

January 18, 2013

UBC fund-raising campaign hits $1 billion mark

“The Start an Evolution campaign, the largest of its kind in Canada, has been targeting philanthropists and UBC alumni to help raise money for the university and has crossed the $1 billion mark, according to a UBC news release Friday.

“‘I am deeply grateful to our alumni and donor community for their overwhelming support in this campaign,’ said UBC president Stephen Toope, in the release.”

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UBC’s Start an Evolution campaign has reached the $1 billion mark

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Yahoo News

January 25, 2013

New B.C. telescope looks ‘back in time’ to map early universe

“Three of the project’s scientists from the University of British Columbia are principal investigator Mark Halpern, and co-investigators Kris Sigurdson and Gary Hinshaw, who all teach and conduct research in the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

“‘It’s almost like time travel,’ said Sigurdson, speaking of the capabilities of the telescope, and indeed of astronomy, in general. ‘It’s looking back into the past and how the universe was at that time and it’s just amazing.’”

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Construction is under way in Penticton, B.C. on Canada’s largest radio telescope – photo courtesy CP

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Times Higher Education

March 4, 2013

Top universities by reputation

“The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings employ the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands.”

UBC ranked 31st in the world.

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UBC ranked 31st place in the Times Higher Education World 2013 Reputation Rankings

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The Globe and Mail

April 3, 2013

Stephen Toope steps down as president of UBC

“Stephen Toope, the president of the University of British Columbia, will leave the top job at the end of June, 2014, two years before his second five-year term is scheduled to end.

“Dr. Toope, who took the helm at UBC in 2006, said he spent “a few months” considering the decision, which comes from a desire to return to his academic pursuits in international law and international relations.”

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

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The Lancet

April 13, 2013

Measuring universities’ commitments to global health

“The Report Card rated the University of British Columbia as the top performer (A-), while the University of South Carolina and University of Iowa ranked last (both scoring a D-). Further, the report highlights a disturbing lack of equity in socially responsible licensing and accessibility in the developing world.

“Only about a third of the universities included have technology transfer and licensing standards that consider social responsibility and only a small percentage of licences provide for global affordability.”

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UBC ranks highly in its contributions to urgent global health research and access to treatment worldwide – photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

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The Times of India

August 22, 2013

Anna Hazare is among final 3 named for international integrity award

“Social crusader Anna Hazare is among the three finalists selected for the Allard prize for international integrity, instituted by the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) law alumnus Peter A Allard. Global Witness and Sima Samar are the two other finalists.

With a cash prize of $100,000, the Allard prize is one of the largest awards that recognizes efforts to combat corruption and promote human rights across the world.”

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Anna Hazare is one of India’s most influential social activists


Global

September 10, 2013

UBC halts classes to support Truth and Reconciliation Commission

“UBC is suspending almost all classes on Sept. 18 to encourage participation in day-long events at the Pacific National Exhibition, and in a number of locations on the Vancouver campus.

“The commission is gathering testimony from survivors of the First Nation residential school system that operated for 120 years across Canada, finally ending in 1996.

“Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to schools where many were subject to emotional, physical and sexual abuse.”

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UBC suspended most classes on September 18 to encourage its community to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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The Times of India

September 23, 2013

UBC Vantage College: Advantage students

“The University of British Columbia on its Vancouver campus has launched a college for first-year international students from countries with school systems that are significantly different from Canada’s. James Ridge, principal, and Susanne Schmiesing, director, business development & operations, UBC Vantage College, talk to Tirna Ray.”

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The C.K. Choi Building will serve as the home of Vantage College until 2016

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The Globe and Mail

September 18, 2013

In wake of rape chant, UBC wants to change campus culture

“A frosh chant that endorsed rape and had become part of an ‘oral tradition’ for first-year students has convinced administrators at the University of British Columbia to pursue cultural change, not only on their campus but across Canada.

“At a news conference on Wednesday, University of British Columbia president Stephen Toope said the rape chant – and new allegations that some frosh also engaged in a chant insulting aboriginal people – has stirred soul searching at the university. And he promised significant changes will follow.”

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UBC has announced measures to address a chant endorsing rape and sexual violence during C.U.S. FROSH events – photo by Russ Heinl

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The Globe and Mail

October 30, 2013

UBC’s campus size, remote location hinder search for sex-attack suspect

“[President Stephen] Toope said there is a greater police presence on campus now than ever in the school’s history. ‘I very much hope this will end soon and we will be able to apprehend the person responsible and return to a more normal situation.’

“Meanwhile the university has posted security guards at six main residences and is offering a service of school staff to accompany students moving among residences to complement a student-run service that has long provided volunteers to walk students anywhere on campus at night. Counselling is also being offered.”

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UBC announced additional safety and support measures after attacks occurred on UBC’s Vancouver campus

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The Globe and Mail

November 25, 2013

UBC varsity sports debate a cacophony of misinformation

“The reality of the situation is at odds with much of the reporting. What UBC is doing is no different than what other universities in Canada and the United States have done in recent years – re-evaluate expensive athletics programs in the face of rising revenue pressures.

“The goal of the UBC examination is to emerge with a strategy that would allow the university to excel in a select number of sports, in much the same way Own the Podium did with the Olympic program in Canada.”

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UBC is acting to ensure the future strength of its varsity programs

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