UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 15 | October
What we do matters more than ever: Piper
Fourth annual general meeting focuses on community
Faculty, staff and students who are searching for answers, building
community, leading debate and finding solutions in communities locally,
nationally and globally were the focus of UBC's fourth annual general
meeting held last week.
"It is our challenge and our duty to make sure that what we do
in here -- within the walls and halls of UBC -- matters
out there," said UBC President Martha Piper.
"More than ever, people are relying on UBC to address the complex
issues facing our society today," said Piper, referring to the attacks
in the U.S. Sept. 11. "More than ever, UBC students are seeking
an education that prepares them for global citizenship. More than
ever, UBC must actively participate in building the fabric of a
civil society, through our learning and research."
More than 400 people attended the meeting held in the Chan Centre
for the Performing Arts.
UBC's fourth annual report, titled Out There, profiles the work
of the university's most important resource -- its people -- who
are conducting research into areas of critical importance to society,
working from Syria to Peru to Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to apply
their knowledge to benefit the people of British Columbia, Canada
and the world.
The university ended the year with an operating surplus of $100,000,
said Terry Sumner, vice-president, Administration and Finance.
For the first time in 10 years, the provincial government increased
the university's operating grant by five per cent, or $14 million
this fiscal year.
In addition, the government provided a one-time $19-million lift
to the operating grant and a one-time addition of $11 million to
fund the indirect cost of research.
"This was a major breakthrough," said Sumner, "a real recognition
that there are real costs to the university in conducting research,
whether it's the Library, or the Dept. of Research Services."
The funding injection of $30 million has been invested strategically
to achieve the university's Trek 2000 goals, said Sumner.
Some $10.5 million went towards retention and recruitment of faculty
and staff through salaries and benefits.
More than $7 million was invested in achieving objectives outlined
in the learning pillar of Trek 2000, the university's vision document.
More than $3 million went towards objectives in the research pillar.
More than $2 million was invested in upgrading and maintaining buildings,
landscape and physical infrastructure.
Copies of the annual report were distributed through the Vancouver
Sun and the Greater Toronto area edition of the National Post.
An on-line version is available at www.ubc.ca/annualreport.
To receive a printed copy, call UBC Public Affairs at 604-UBC-INFO
Feedback on the report is welcome. Those providing feedback by
Oct. 15 will be entered to win a $200 gift certificate from UBC