Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo.
Over the last century, UBC has transformed from a bold new Canadian post-secondary institution into one of the world’s leading research universities.
Top-40 Research University
Our vision is to prepare students to become exceptional global citizens, promote the values of a civil and sustainable society, and conduct outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.
Our entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning.
We offer our more than 70,000 undergraduate and graduate students an unrivalled choice of degree programs at our two campuses and affiliated teaching hospitals. We provide a wide range of choices for learners at all stages of their careers, and our commitment to student engagement and success has made us a leader in applying learning research to improve teaching practice.
Global Reach + Impact
Our researchers are constantly advancing new knowledge — leading to countless new products, treatments and services. Our faculty are internationally recognized; UBC students can learn from Nobel Laureates, Rhodes Scholars, Canada Excellence Research Chairs and 3M National Teaching Fellows.
With more than 16,000 employees and a budget in excess of $3-billion, UBC is one of the largest employers in B.C., and is a complex, dynamic and constantly evolving institution.
The values that guide us
The freedom to research, teach and study without constraint is the backbone of any university. We protect and promote an open environment in which to explore, question, discover and share knowledge.
We foster excellence by recruiting and retaining the highest calibre of students and faculty, supporting innovative research, and creating a world-class student experience.
Equity + inclusion
By building community in diversity, we engage a full range perspectives. We recruit and support outstanding students and faculty from around the world, and advance educational opportunities with and for Indigenous people.
We see our entire campus as a living laboratory in which to learn about the environmental, economic and societal aspects of sustainability. We align our budget with our academic strategy to deliver top-tier education and world-changing research well into the future.
Transparency + accountability
UBC is a publicly supported university with responsibilities to many stakeholders. Open decision-making processes ensure we are accountable to all who have an investment here.
Leadership + development
Our community of scholars and students makes UBC an inspirational place of learning and discovery. We work closely with the deans to foster and reward excellence across our faculties.
Excellence by the Numbers*
North America's most international university, 2020 Times Higher Education international rankings
in research funding
in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings
Canadian university to achieve Kyoto protocols
public university in North America, 2022 Times Higher Education University Rankings
Canada Research Chairs
1 of 6
Killam research institutes
3M National Teaching fellows
Royal Society of Canada fellows
student satisfaction with education, 2019 Baccalaureate Graduates Survey
courses transformed through flexible learning
MOOCs offered at UBC
co-ops placed annually
international students from 150 countries
Sustainability related courses
as of September 2021 unless otherwise noted