Update regarding temporary federal intake cap on international student study permits

On January 22, 2024, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced a temporary intake cap on the number of international student study permit applications that will be issued for the 2024 and 2025 school years. We know this has caused concern among some of our international students both in Vancouver and the Okanagan. […]

UBC launches inaugural Student Diversity Census

New census will provide UBC with important demographic data to better understand the diversity of the student body, identify barriers to inclusion and opportunities to enhance student experiences, and assess progress.  Advancing equity and anti-racism is one of UBC’s institutional priorities. Core to advancing these commitments are efforts to identify and address systemic barriers and inequities […]

Update on the external review of the Faculty of Management: Invitation to meet with the review team  

Dear colleagues,   We are writing to provide an update on the external review of the UBC Okanagan Faculty of Management, which is currently underway.   We are pleased to announce that John Perrott Manager, Economic Development and Tourism at the City of Vernon, will join the external review team as a community/professional representative. Mr. Perrott joins […]

Virtual Town Hall for Faculty & Staff: Student Demographic Data Project

The Student Demographic Data Project (SDDP) explores how we collect and use demographic data to guide reporting and policy-making that is inclusive and representative of all students. Join a panel of UBC experts for an overview of the project; hear how it supports UBC’s equity, diversity and inclusion priorities; ask questions and share your perspectives. […]

Statement regarding the escalating situation in Iran

On behalf of the University of British Columbia, we wish to express our concern about the unfolding situation in Iran in response to the tragic death of Mahsa Amini. UBC stands with the courageous women of Iran, and all who seek to protect their human rights and freedoms and stand up against repression and discrimination. […]

Dr. Rumee Ahmed appointed Vice-Provost, International pro tem

Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce that Dr. Rumee Ahmed has been appointed Vice-Provost, International pro tem in the Offices of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, effective September 15, 2022. The Vice-Provost, International provides leadership for the achievement of UBC’s goals and objectives related to international engagement, global partnerships […]

Reappointment of Heather Berringer as Chief Librarian and Associate Provost, Academic Operations and Services

Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce that Heather Berringer has been appointed for a new five-year term as Chief Librarian and Associate Provost, Academic Operations and Services—formerly Associate Provost, Learning Services—effective July 1, 2022. Heather has been Chief Librarian at UBC Okanagan since 2014; the role of Associate Provost, Learning Services was added on […]

Rehan Sadiq appointed UBC Okanagan Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem

Effective February 1, 2022, Dr. Rehan Sadiq will serve as UBC Okanagan’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem.

Quality Assurance Process Audit external review of UBC Okanagan

This month, UBC Okanagan will undergo its first Quality Assurance Process Audit (QAPA) external review. This process was developed by the Degree Quality Assessment Board’s (DQAB) Quality Assurance Audit Committee and seeks to ensure that public post-secondary institutions periodically conduct rigorous, ongoing program and institutional quality assessments.

Anti-racism initiatives receive funding

This year UBC established an Anti-Racism Initiatives Fund to support projects that celebrate and elevate diverse communities and advance anti-racism efforts at UBC. An annual allocation of $100,000 is available at UBC Okanagan. I am pleased to announce seven recently funded proposals on our campus.