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Friedman Foundation donates $3.3 million for health scholarships

Constance and Sydney Friedman dedicated their professional lives to UBC and now their legacy of generosity will live on with a $3.3-million donation to fund scholarships for students studying in the broad area of health. The Friedmans were the first appointments to UBC’s brand new Faculty of Medicine in 1950, teaching the first graduating class of […]

Professor Stephen Toope nominated as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

UBC’s congratulates former UBC president Professor Stephen Toope on his nomination as the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. Professor Toope was UBC’s 12th President and Vice-Chancellor from 2006 to 2014. He was awarded the university’s highest honour, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa in May 2015 in recognition of his outstanding leadership, scholarship and […]

UBC to house Western Canada’s first residential school history centre

  The University of British Columbia formally announced the construction of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (IRSC). This $5.5-million building in the heart of campus will recognize the history and experiences of residential school survivors, and memorialize the thousands of indigenous children who died while in attendance. “While we are thankful for […]

Congratulations to our 2016 alumni UBC Achievement Award Winners!

UBC alumni are capable of amazing things. On November 1, at the alumni UBC Achievement Awards, we honoured eight inspiring members of the UBC community who, through their extraordinary endeavours, have taken the lead on important issues to create positive social change. 2016 Achievement Award Recipients Dr. Philip Lind, CM, BA’66, LLD’02 Alumni Award of Distinction […]

Students at the University of British Columbia receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship

Lasya Vankayala and Noah Tajwar have been named the University of British Columbia’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships, and will receive $140,000 over four years to support their studies. Created in 2011 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this annual scholarship program encourages promising high school graduates to embrace STEM (Science, […]

Rika Wright, BA’33 and Dip.SW’35

UBC Alumna Rika Wright, born October 9, 1911 (BA 1933 and Diploma in Social Work 1935), passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at the age of 104 years old. Rika was UBC’s oldest living alumna and was profiled in UBC’s Centennial video where she shared her view of education, life and success in […]

Dr. Santa Ono to become UBC President and Vice Chancellor

A Vancouver-born biomedical researcher who is a pioneer in experimental medicine with an established track record as a senior leader at U.S. universities has become the 15th President and Vice Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, the university announced today at the Peter A. Allard School of Law on the Vancouver campus. Since 2012, […]

Poole Foundation provides million-dollar gift for research and rehabilitation gym

The University of British Columbia’s future sports and exercise medicine centre will include a state-of-the-art gym, thanks to a $1-million donation from the Jack and Darlene Poole Foundation. When it opens in the fall of 2017, the rehabilitation and research gym will be used to assess optimal training techniques, injury recovery strategies and the effects […]

Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute launched with $11-million gift

Vancouver-based diamond pioneer and philanthropist Stewart Blusson and his wife, Marilyn, have donated $11 million to quantum materials research at UBC. In recognition of the gift, the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute has been named in honour of the geology alumnus (BSc ’60). “This institute is already bringing the next generation of top researchers to […]

$2.5M Boost to Cutting-Edge Exploration Geochemistry Research at UBC

A new industry-government partnership that includes $1.25 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) will help launch a new chair in geochemical exploration at The University of British Columbia. The five-year research program was created in partnership with Bureau Veritas Minerals (formerly AcmeLabs) and UBC’s Mineral Deposit Research […]

UBC naval architecture and marine engineering programs to receive $2M from Seaspan Shipyards

The University of British Columbia announced today it will receive a $2 million investment from Seaspan Shipyards (Seaspan) over the next seven years to support innovative teaching and research in the naval architecture and marine engineering programs at the UBC faculty of applied science. As a result, two new UBC chair positions will be created, […]

$1-million donation helps UBC Botanical Garden’s Asian Garden grow

A $1.05 million gift from the Franklinia Foundation will nearly double the size of the UBC Botanical Garden’s Asian Garden, and provide additional educational and training opportunities to future horticulturalists and researchers. “The UBC Botanical Garden is a wonderful space that connects visitors and community members to the University,” said UBC Interim President Martha Piper. […]