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One Great University - Two Great Campuses

UBC Vancouver
UBC Vancouver is situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Established in 1908, the University of British Columbia consistently ranks among the 40 best universities worldwide. With campuses located on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and the thriving interior city of Kelowna, UBC is a destination of choice for top students, educators and researchers.

UBC is the third largest employer in British Columbia and contributes more than $4 billion in economic impact in the province and $300 million in the Okanagan region. Research funding reached a record $485 million in 2005 / 06. Through its University-Industry Liaison Office, UBC continues to capitalize on innovation with 276 new patents filed in 2005 and 117 spinoff companies to date.

In preparing our students to become exceptional global citizens, UBC has more than 5,600 international students from 130 countries, and the university encourages global pursuits through its network of 140 student exchange agreements worldwide. The 8,645 graduates in 2005 joined more than 208,000 UBC alumni in 120 countries.

UBC Vancouver

The 402-hectare Vancouver campus is surrounded by 763 hectares of forested parkland, providing a green belt between the campus and City of Vancouver -- host city of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and consistently rated as one of the most liveable cities worldwide.

The Vancouver campus is home to such internationally recognized attractions as the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden and the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA). Designed by acclaimed architect Arthur Erickson, the MOA is undergoing a $52-million expansion thanks to a joint pledge by the federal government’s Canada Foundation for Innovation, the provincial government’s BC Knowledge Development Fund, and UBC.

UBC Okanagan
UBC Okanagan in Kelowna -- Canada's biggest small university.

UBC faculty and student researchers are benefitting from more than $210 million in research buildings, infrastructure and upgrades. Twelve institutional buildings opened in 2005 / 06 including the Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory; the Institute for Computing Information and Cognitive Systems; the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - Phase I; the David Strangway Building; the Fred Kaiser Building; an expanded Chemistry and Bio-engineering Building; and an expanded Food, Nutrition and Health Building.

UBC Okanagan

Located in British Columbia’s Southern Interior, UBC Okanagan welcomed 3,500 students when it opened its doors in September 2005. With a population of 105,000, Kelowna is one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities.

Surrounded by an area rich with lakes and mountains that offer a wealth of recreational activities, UBC Okanagan is located in the heart of Canada’s premier wine-making and fruit-growing region. To oversee a period of intense growth, Doug Owram was named UBC Okanagan’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor in April 2006.

At UBC Okanagan, two newly opened student residences will house an additional 350 students, increasing the proportion of first-year students living on campus to 51 per cent. In addition, $400 million of planned institutional buildings will be built in the next few years to accommodate the growing demand for academic, research and student facilities.