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UBC President Stephen Toope and Premier Gordon Campbell rededicate the 100-year-old University Act - photo by Martin Dee
UBC President Stephen Toope and Premier Gordon Campbell rededicate the 100-year-old University Act - photo by Martin Dee

UBC Reports | Vol. 54 | No. 4 | Apr. 3, 2008

UBC Celebrates 100th Anniversary of University Act

Premier Gordon Campbell and UBC president Stephen Toope celebrated the Centenary of the 1908 University Act that created UBC as B.C.’s first post-secondary institution, signing a rededication of the act exactly 100 years after its original March 7, 1908 signing.

“For 100 years, UBC has played an important role in the personal growth of thousands of students, and in the growth of B.C. as a province,” said Campbell. “Today we honour a century of accomplishments and milestones. At the same time, we look towards new frontiers for UBC students and faculty to explore, and to a bright future for this distinguished institution.”

“We are honoured and delighted to celebrate the Centenary of UBC,” said Toope. “UBC’s founders set us on the path we walk today, and we are daily in the debt of the provincial government for its ongoing support.”

“UBC is one of the world’s great universities, but I believe its greatest contributions have yet to be realized,” Toope added. “In our first century, we have built the foundation necessary to propel a great city, a great province and a great nation into a new century of challenges and opportunities.”

Centenary events have included a visit by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunis, who received a UBC honorary degree and participated in a colloquium on corporate social responsibility; UBC Celebrate Research Week, a public showcase of UBC research that touches lives and communities, and The Dream Healer opera and accompanying mental health symposium.

For more information on Centenary events, visit www.100.ubc.ca.

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UBC Audio Tours: Technology Meets Tradition

In honour of the Centenary, UBC has launched a new audio tour to guide campus visitors through the university’s past and present.

Commissioned by the Alumni Association, this project gives visitors self-guided cellphone tours of 15 campus landmarks, including the new Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the University Centre -- site of the 1968 Faculty Club student invasion.

The tour can be seen and heard at www.alumni.ubc.ca/100.


Last reviewed 03-Apr-2008

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