Andrew Arida and Grace Wong win UBC President's Awards for Staff

August 20, 2018

Andrew Arida, Associate Registrar & Director, Student Recruitment & Undergraduate Admissions, Enrolment Services, has been awarded a President's Service Award for Excellence, and Grace Wong, Senior International Advisor, Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic, has been awarded a President's Staff Award for Creativity and Innovation

The President’s Service Award for Excellence is the top award presented to UBC staff in recognition of excellence in personal achievements and contributions to UBC and to the vision and goals of the University.

Andrew Arida is dedicated to the advancement of recruitment and admissions policies and practices to enrich student experiences at UBC and across the country.

Andrew has improved the efficiency, transparency, and sustainability of UBC’s admissions practices. Under his leadership, his team helps faculties in achieving their recruitment and admission goals. UBC Enrolment Services is now regarded nationwide as a leader in using enrolment data, student performance data, and procedural metrics to draft policy and make more effective admissions decisions.

Under his direction the first Aboriginal student recruitment plan was developed and implemented, resulting in an increase of direct entry applications and admission for Aboriginal students. He cultivated the BC Counselor Advisory with representatives from across the province, and his evidence-based research on the International Baccalaureate Program informed admission policy across North America. Recently, Andrew and the admissions team created the new BC12 admission policy, a ground breaking policy in Canada. 

For his advocacy, leadership and service to the Canadian higher education community, Andrew is highly regarded by his colleagues across the country as an articulate and highly credible professional.

The President’s Staff Awards recognize the vital role that staff at UBC’s Vancouver campus play in creating a globally influential university that provides an exceptional environment for learning, teaching, and research. 

The Creativity & Innovation award is presented to UBC staff who make innovative contributions within their fields by creating new, sustainable and innovative work methods and approaches to meet organizational goals. 

Grace Wong is a pioneer of the university’s international activities and continues to be a driver for academic initiatives in China and across Asia.

Motivated to position UBC as a global leader, Grace formed collaborations across academia, government, and business and helped establish executive education and training in China in the early 1980s. This set the stage for UBC’s Sauder School of Business to be a leader in the development and delivery of executive training. Grace pioneered the development of undergraduate, masters, and executive programs in Asia, including the International MBA program in Shanghai, and facilitated teaching and research opportunities in the region.

Her leadership and out-of-the-box problem solving is recognized for having a profound impact on advancing the Sauder School of Business’ engagement and services for students and alumni, both domestically and internationally. She has also supported programs, such as the Ritsumeikan-UBC exchange program and the Vancouver Summer Program, bringing together faculties and collaborating with global networks to grow participation in the programs exponentially.  

She also brings this collaborative engagement approach to her colleagues; in 2014, Grace was part of the group that wanted to change how campus spaces can be used to build community among staff. The monthly “Hot Lunch” event at St. John’s College brings together staff and fosters connection with the university executives.

To learn more about the President's Staff Awards, and the rest of the 2018 recipients, view the full announcement.

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