About the University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world.

Since 1915, UBC’s entrepreneurial spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. UBC encourages its students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.

UBC Vancouver Campus
UBC Okanagan Campus

Our Place Among the World's Best

UBC is the second largest university in Canada. It is the only research-intensive medical university in the province of British Columbia, and attracts and proactively transforms more than 61,000 students from over 150 countries. 

The University has more than 13,000 faculty members (including clinical faculty members), 10,000 staff, more than 310,000 alumni, an operating budget of $2 billion, research income of approximately $600 million, 182 spin-off companies and approximately $12.7 billion in economic impact.

In partnership with universities, industries, Indigenous groups, government and communities worldwide. UBC research discoveries are hugely influential. As a result, we are advancing new knowledge that leads to products, treatments and services that are improving lives around the world. 

Our research networks, collaborations and partnerships extend around the world as researchers search for answers to urgent global issues.  We are a world leader in key areas of research such as:  life sciences (ranked 25th globally); social sciences (20th); clinical, pre-clinical and health (32nd); and arts and humanities (42nd); business and economics (19th)*

We also lead in areas such as advanced materials; brain health; psychology; digital technologies; the environment; genomics; global solutions; heart and lung health; HIV and AIDS; and in emerging areas such as Indigenous research.

QS World University Rankings by Subject

UBC Research
Dr. Claudia Krebs

Excellence in Teaching & Learning

At the heart of our work is our commitment to teaching and learning excellence, which continues to be where we invest. For the past 25 years UBC has offered a highly competitive Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund to encourage and support innovation in teaching and learning. In the last academic year UBC awarded $2.5 million in grants to faculty members in support of UBC’s mandate to deliver an outstanding learning experience for students.

Our undergraduate learning environment encompasses a wide range of enriched educational experiences and includes co-op programs, mentorships, small-class experiences, under-graduate research projects, community service, and international service learning.  Where Canadian policies once worked to exclude Aboriginal people, UBC now writes actively to broaden Aboriginal inclusion and representation in curriculum and research.

UBC is also an edX ‘Contributing Charter Member’, and offers 31 MOOCs through both edX and Coursera to a global cohort with a combined enrollment of more than 750,000.

For graduate scholars, we provide multidisciplinary research opportunities and meticulous preparation for meaningful and diverse careers across a wide range of disciplines. Our graduate students have access to both ground-breaking research and world-class faculty members.

Our learning culture is vibrant and diverse and offers a unique, globally engaged setting for rewarding collaborations across disciplines.

In 2011, UBC became Canada’s first research-intensive university to introduce the ‘Professor of Teaching’ academic rank – equivalent to Full Professor in the Professoriate stream. This reflects the University’s commitment to provide educational leadership, outstanding teaching, curriculum development, and to recognize and reward achievement in these areas. 

There are now 23 faculty members who hold Professor of Teaching rank, with over 200 tenured or tenure-track faculty members in this stream. 

Teaching & Learning at UBC Okanagan
 UBC Imagine Day

Our Next Century

As UBC moves into its next century, we are well-positioned to grow as a leader in the knowledge economy while fostering global citizenship and driving innovation that responds to the world’s greatest challenges.

In our next 100 years, we will continue to be outstanding advocates for bold thinking that leads to ideas that can change the world.

Dr. Alanaise Goodwill


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UBC ranks among the world’s top 20 public universities.