It is my great pleasure to be writing to you again as I complete my first year as president of this wonderful university.
I am particularly pleased to be addressing our alumni and donors who have supported our start an evolution alumni engagement and fundraising campaign. Embracing everything from life-changing research, to student scholarships, to pioneering infrastructure projects, this campaign is truly revolutionary and is unparalleled in Canada.
The campaign ends officially on September 30, 2015 which coincides with the date of the launch of the university’s Centennial year – exactly 100 years after the University of British Columbia held its first day of classes in 1915.
We have come a long way, but if there is one thing that stands out in my first year, it is that UBC is much more than an institution or even a university – it is a community of communities. Our Centennial will be first and foremost a celebration of these communities. You can get a taste of what’s coming up at ubc100.ca.
Together, our 300,000 alumni, supporters, students, teachers, researchers, staff and neighbours on two campuses in Vancouver and the Okanagan have demonstrated that our collective pursuit of excellence in learning, teaching and in research is making a lasting difference in our world.
The entire UBC community appreciates your part in our landmark start an evolution campaign. The campaign closes in a few short months but already its impact has been truly transformational thanks to you.
Professor Arvind Gupta
President and Vice-Chancellor