About the President’s Excellence Chairs Program

President Santa Ono

In January 2016, the UBC Board of Governors approved the creation of the UBC Excellence Fund to advance academic excellence and strengthen UBC in the years to come. 

From the previously approved increase in international student tuition, a share of the revenue will be used to support the Exellence Fund which will support initiatives that will ensure:

  1. The recruitment and retention of exemplary faculty members and students,
  2. The conduct of innovative, cutting-edge research, and
  3. An excellent student learning experience.

What defines "Excellence"?

The Terms of Reference for the UBC Excellence Fund say "Excellence” is “one characteristic among the factors that could be considered, that inarguably distinguishes world-class universities from all the others: having outstanding students, researchers and teachers, and staff.

To achieve our ambitions, we must create an environment that draws the very best undergraduate and graduate students from across the country, and internationally. These are the leaders, the discoverers, the creators of tomorrow, and they will come to UBC if we provide an outstanding learning environment – one that employs pedagogy that research has shown to be most effective and that supports learners to realize their full potential.

Similarly, we must attract, support and retain outstanding faculty members – those researchers, teachers, scholars, and artists who by never failing to question, analyze and create, change lives and society for the better.”

UBC President's Excellence Chairs

The President’s Excellence Chairs were created to attract great faculty that will enable cutting-edge research and an excellent student learning experience that will attract top students. The recruitment of outstanding faculty to areas in which UBC already has tremendous strength will attract increased levels of research funding, which will attract other outstanding faculty and the best students. UBC will have the privilege to yield a diverse class of exceptional graduate and undergraduate students – intellectually curious, academically gifted, and socially engaged.

The six chairs will be in the following areas, Biodiversity Studies, Brain Health, Forest Bio-Products, Global Development Policy, Media Studies, and Precision Oncology. Each chair has an estimated value of $3-$5 million. Position profiles are available for each of these positions on this site.

Recruitment ads will be added as they become available. If you would like additional information, please contact Marcia Lang.

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