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Join Us To Learn About The German Research Landscape & Funding Opportunities 

When: Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Where: Board & Senate Room, Old Administration Building

This information session by the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service will present an overview of the German research landscape, its major players, and funding programs to support research activities in Germany.

DAAD is Germany’s national agency to foster international academic exchange. To this end, DAAD offers scholarships and grants to university students and faculty who wish to study or conduct research in Germany. In Canada, DAAD is represented by its Information Centre in Toronto.

The information presented will be of particular relevance to faculty and postdocs.

All are welcome! To RSVP for this event, click here

Internationalization Learning Day 2017, November 29, 2017

We welcome all UBC faculty, staff, and graduate students who are currently practicing or interested in the internationalization of teaching, learning, and curriculum development to attend this exciting event. This year, Internationalization Learning Day will be held at both UBC-Vancouver and UBC-Okanagan with the option of attending at either campus.

ILD 2017 participants will learn the what, how, and why of designing internationally-minded curricula through dynamic & thought-provoking sessions, including a keynote address and interactive workshops.

Learn more and register


Visit to UBC by Trinity College Dublin​, July 10, 2017

On July 10, 2017 UBC hosted a delegation from Trinity College Dublin, led by Provost & President Prof. Patrick Prendergast.  The delegation was hosted by Dr. Louise Cowin (Vice President, Students) and the UBC International Office.  UBC and Trinity College signed a student mobility agreement, and discussed ongoing initiatives linking researchers at the two universities. 

Visit to UBC by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, June 22, 2017

On June 22, 2017 UBC hosted Dr. Prachi Kaul (Director) and Prof. Suchorita Chattopadhyay (outgoing President) from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute in New Delhi, India.  Dr. Kaul and Prof. Chattopadhyay met with Prof. Pam Ratner (Vice Provost, International), as well as UBC's International Office and scholars from UBC's Centre for India and South Asia Research (CISAR).

UBC was a founding member of the Shastri Institute back in 1968 and is a long standing participant in the Institute's programming.

Visit to UBC by the High Commissioner of India to Canada, June 13, 2017

On June 13, 2017 UBC hosted H.E. Mr. Vikas Swarup, High Commissioner of India to Canada.  High Commissioner Swarup met with President Santa Ono to discuss UBC's engagement with India, in particular, the IC-IMPACTS Centre of Excellence. 

Visit to UBC by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), May 31, 2017

On May 31, 2017 UBC hosted a delegation representing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) led by H.E. Secretary Le Luong Minh.  Secretary Minh met with Prof. Pam Ratner (Vice Provost, International), as well as UBC Southeast Asia scholars, to dicuss UBC's engagement and research in the region.  

Visit to UBC by Sun Yat Sen University, May 29, 2017

On May 29, 2017 UBC hosted a presidential delegation from Sun Yat Sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, China.  UBC has had a formal partnership with SYSU since 2014.  SYSU President Prof. Jun LUO and his colleagues met with Prof. Pam Ratner (Vice Provost, International) as well as with representatives of UBC's Faculty of Medicine, with whom they discussed future collaboration opportunities.

Visit to UBC by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), March 31, 2017

On March 31, 2017 UBC hosted a high level delegation from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) led by Chairperson Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund.  More information about the visit can be found on the UBC Applied Science website here.

Visit to UBC by the Canadian Ambassador to Japan, February 21, 2017

On February 21, 2017 UBC hosted H.E. Mr. Ian Burney, Canadian Ambassador to Japan.  Ambassador Burney met with President Santa J. Ono to discuss UBC's engagement in Japan and new education & research opportunities in that country.  Ambassador Burney also met with Japanese scholars at UBC's Institute for Asian Research and visited UBC's Brock Commons, the tallest mass timber building in the world.

Visit to UBC by the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), February 3, 2017

On February 3, 2017 UBC hosted a presidential delegation from the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Japan.  NAIST President Prof. Naotake Ogasawara and his colleagues met with Prof. Helen Burt (UBC Vice President, Research) and Prof. Simon Peacock (Dean, Faculty of Science) to sign an agreement launching an international joint lab in Botany.  The Japanese Consul General in Vancouver, Ms. Asako Okai also attended the signing ceremony and expressed her pleasure at this new initiative between two top Japanese and Canadian research institutions.

Visit to UBC by the University of Central Asia, January 10, 2017

On January 10, 2017 UBC hosted a delegation from the University of Central Asia, led by Chairman Shamsh Kassim-Lakha.  Chairman Kassim-Lakha met with President Santa J. Ono to sign an agreement to collaborate in earth and environmental sciences.  More about the UBC-UCA partnership can be found here.


Visit to UBC by the Technical University of Darmstadt, November 17, 2016

On November 17, 2016 UBC hosted a delegation from the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), led by President Prof. Hans Jürgen Prömel.  Prof. Prömel met with President Santa J. Ono to discuss growing the current collaborations between the two universities.  The delegation also visited TRIUMF, where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further the two-way flow of researchers.

Visit to UBC by the South University of Science and Technology of China (SUSTECH), November 7, 2016

On November 7, 2016 UBC hosted a delegation from SUSTECH, led by President Chen Shiyi.  Prof. Chen met with President Santa J. Ono to sign a collaboration agreement.  The delegation also visited key researchers and institutes in the Faculty of Science, including the China-Canada Joint Centre for Bioenergy Research and Innovation.

Visit to UBC by the University of Exeter, October 20, 2016

On October 20, 2016 UBC hosted a delegation from the University of Exeter, led by Vice Chancellor Prof. Sir Steve Smith.  Sir Steve met with Prof. Helen Burt (Vice President Research and International) and signed two institutional agreements  to promote student mobility and collaboration with UBC's Museum of Anthropology.

Visit to UBC by the Technical University of Denmark, October 11, 2016

On October 11, 2016 UBC hosted a delegation from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), led by President Anders Bjarklev.  Prof. Bjarklev visited campus to sign a strategic partnership agreement with UBC President Santa Ono.  The delegation also met their counterparts from UBC's Faculties' of Applied Science, Land & Food Systems, and Science to discuss ways to grow current student mobility and research collaboration, and how to build on the new cross-campus agreement.

Visit to UBC by Tsinghua University, August 10, 2016

On August 10, 2016 UBC welcomed to campus a delegation led by Tsinghua Vice President-Research Prof. Xue Qikun.  Prof. Xue held a productive meeting with UBC's Vice President Research and International, Prof. Helen Burt, in which they discussed research collaboration and technology transfer.  Members of the Tsinghua delegation also met their counterparts from UBC's Faculty of Applied Science to discuss potential collaboration in several Engineering Fields.

Visit to UBC by Fudan University, July 12, 2016

On July 12, 2016 UBC welcomed Fudan University President Xu Ningsheng along with his colleagues Prof. Chen Wen (Dean - School of Public Health) and Prof. Zhu Chouwen (Director - Foreign Affairs Office).  President Xu and his colleagues met with UBC's Interim President & Vice Chancellor Dr. David Farrar, Vice President Research and International pro tem Prof. Helen Burt, as well as representatives of UBC's School of Population and Public Health and Insititute for Asian Research.

UBC Internationalization Learning Day 2016

Thank you for joining us for the second annual UBC Internationalization Learning Day.  

More details are available here.

Date:    April 25, 2016
Time:   9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Location: The (AMS) Nest, 6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Research for International Development & Democracy


IDRC is a Canadian federal Crown corporation that invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world.  Headquartered in Ottawa, IDRC maintains regional offices in Egypt, India, Kenya, and Uruguay.  IDRC funds research under three broad themes: 1) Agriculture and the environment, 2) Technology and innovation, 3) Social and economic policy.

Date:    April 1, 2016
Location: Liu Institute for Global Issues (6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC)


Sergio Bitar Chacra.jpg 10:00-11:30 AM: 

 Lecture & Book Launch by Mr. Sergio Bitar - President (Foundation for Democracy – Chile) & retired Chilean politician

 “Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders”

 (Full details here)




Jean Lebel 1:30-2:30 PM:

 Lecture by Dr. Jean Lebel - President (IDRC)

 “International Development Priorities”


 2:45-4:00 PM: 

 Graduate Student & Early Researcher Roundtable with Dr. Jean Lebel

 “Research for Development”

A detailed program can be found here.

Assessing the Outcomes of the Internationalization of Higher Education, March 18, 2016

On March 18, 2016 UBC welcomed renowned international educator (& Executive Director of the Association of International Education Administrators) Dr. Darla Deardorff for a session exploring learning outcomes assessment for internationalization.  Attendees discussed key principles of quality outcomes assessment as well as ways to get started on assessing internationalization outcomes.

Visit to UBC by the University of Queensland, February 15, 2016

On February 15, 2016 UBC was pleased to host a delegation from the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia.  The delegation was led by Prof. Monique Skidmore (Deputy Vice Chancellor, International) and included colleagues from UQ's Graduate School and International Office.  At UBC, the UQ delegation met with representatives from the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies, the Sauder School of Business, the Office of the Vice President, Research and International, and the Faculty of Applied Science.  The visit laid the groundwork for growing the important UBC-UQ relationship in student mobility, research collaboration, and information sharing.

Visit to UBC by the Ambassador of Germany, February 11, 2016

On February 11, 2016 UBC was pleased to host his Excellency Mr. Werner Wnendt, Ambassador of Germany to Canada.  Amb. Wnendt met with Prof. John Hepburn (UBC's Vice President, Research and International) and Dr. Adel El Zaïm (Executive Director, International) before giving a lecture to students and faculty in the Institute for European Studies.  Amb. Wnendt's lecture was entitled "German Political Approaches towards the Refugee Crisis and European Integration” and he focused on the role that European integration plays in enabling the continent to best address pressing current issues.

Visit to UBC by delegation of Colombian and Peruvian Universities, November 18, 2015

On November 18, 2015 UBC was pleased to host a delegation of Colombian & Peruvian universities, led by Global Affairs Canada and the respective Canadian Chambers of Commerce (in each country).  Besides discussing UBC's international engagement strategy, the visit centred around programs in UBC's English Language Institute and CIRDI - the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (located on campus).

Visit to UBC by The University of Hong Kong, November 1, 2015

On November 1, 2015 UBC was pleased to host a delegation from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), led by President & Vice Chancellor Prof. Peter Mathieson.  The delegation toured the joint UBC-HKU facilities in the Marine Drive Residences, including the Simon K.Y. Lee HKU-UBC House, Simon K.Y. Lee HKU-UBC Global Lounge, and the Simon K.Y. Lee Hong Kong Ballroom.  Prof. Mathieson also met with UBC Vice President, Research & International Prof. John Hepburn, and discussed ways the strengthen the close relationship between UBC and HKU.

Visit to UBC by the Belgian Minister of Foreign & European Affairs, October 27, 2015

On October 27, 2015 UBC was pleased to host a Belgian government delegation led by Mr. Didiers Reynders, Minister of Foreign & European Affairs.  Mr. Reynders spoke to students and faculty about the current process of European integration and challenges presented to this process by both internal and external factors.  

Research in Germany (DAAD) Delegation, October 22, 2015

On October 22, 2015 UBC was pleased to host a delegation of 12 German universities organized by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  The delegation presented study abroad and graduate study opportunities in Germany for current UBC students, as well as connected with faculties and researchers.

Visit to UBC by Sciences Po, October 13, 2015

UBC was pleased to host a visit by Mr. Frederic Mion, President of Sciences Po on October 13, 2015.  Sciences Po is one of UBC's most important partners in Europe, and the two institutions run a highly successful dual-degree program in Arts & Commerce.  Mr. Mion and his colleagues met with Executives from UBC's administration, along with present and past exchange students, along with those from the dual degree program.

Visit to UBC by The Embassy of Thailand, September 22, 2015

UBC was pleased to host a visit by His Excellency Dr. Vijavat Isarabhakdi, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Canada.  Amb. Isarabhakdi met with Dr. Adel El Zaïm (Executive Director, International) and Prof. Kai Ostwald (Co-Director of UBC's Centre for Southeast Asia Research) to discuss UBC's research and teaching engagement in Thailand, as well as the broader Southeast Asia region.  Later, Amb. Isarabhakdi also met with students and faculty members at UBC's Institute for Asian Research to discuss Canada-Thai relations as well as current developments regarding the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Visit to UBC by Tsinghua University delegation, August 24th, 2015

UBC was pleased to host a delegation from Tsinghua University, led by Prof. Yang Bin (Provost & Vice President).  The delegation met with Prof. Angela Redish (Acting President and Interim Provost & Vice President, Academic), Prof. Rob Boushel (Director, School of Kinesiology), and Dr. Adel El Zaïm (Executive Director, International).  The UBC School of Kinesiology signed a Statement of Cooperation with Tsinghua’s Division of Sports Science and Physical Education committing to explore developing graduate degree programs providing advanced academic training for senior sport management personnel for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.  The delegation also toured UBC’s legacy venues from the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics as well as the new Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.

Launch of the China-Canada Joint Centre for Bioenergy Research and Innovation (C-CJCBERI), August 11th, 2015

UBC and the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) jointly launched the C-C JCBERI at the 5th International Conference on Biorefinery, held at UBC on August 10-12, 2015.  UBC and BUCT are the first partners in the Joint Centre, which will grow to encompass researchers and projects at other institutions in both countries.  The Canadian team will be led by Dr. Tony Bi, professor in UBC's Department of Chemical and BiologicalEngineering and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


ABRUEM (Brazilian) Rectors Visit to UBC, June 24th, 2015

UBC hosted a delegation from the Brazilian Association of Rectors of State and Municipal Universities (ABRUEM).  In conjunction with Universities Canada, the group visited campus and met with numerous faculties and academic programs to discuss best practice and potential collaboration with UBC partners.  The day's program highlighted some of UBC's key programs engaging Brazilian students and partner universities, across numerous faculties.



Meeting on Canada-Mexico Collabration on Higher-Educsation, Innovation & Research, June 12th, 2015

In collaboration with the Mexican Consulate, UBC hosted the first Meeting on Canada-Mexico Collaboration on Higher Education, Innovation and Research.  The Meeting brought together academic, government, and private sector stakeholders to discuss ways to better promote educational and research cooperation between both countries.

More information can be found here and here (in Spanish).

Internationalization Learning Day, April 27th, 2015

Keynote speaker: Professor John Hudzik, Michigan State University


  • Share information about international activities and services at UBC
  • Discuss some lessons learned, challenges, and ideas for collaboration
  • Get to know each other and, more specifically, understand who does what
  • Highlight collaborative and innovative initiatives supporting international activities 





June 2017

Appointment of the new Vice Provost, International

Prof. Murali Chandrashekaran from UBC's Sauder School of Business has been appointed to a five-year term commencing September 1, 2017.

April 2017

President Santa Ono leads a UBC delegation to Japan

UBC, Max Planck joined by UTokyo in quantum materials collaboration

February 2017

UBC launches a new partnership with the University of Washington and Microsoft


September 2016
UBC Ranks #36 in the 2016/17 Times Higher Education World University Rankings

UBC remains the top-ranked Canadian University for Citations and International Outlook

September 2016
Launch of DLR @ UBC: Materials and Structures for Global Mobility

September 2016
UBC Celebrates Partnership with Yale University and Fulbright Canada

August 2016
UBC rises 6 places to #34 in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities

June 2016
UBC appoints Dr. Santa J Ono as President & Vice Chancellor

June 2016
UBC students win international tech competition

April 2016
Universitas 21 (University Network) April 2016 Newsletter

January 14, 2016
UBC ranked the most international university in North America in 2016

For the third consecutive year, UBC has been ranked as the most international university in North America by Times Higher Education.  Ranked #40 overall, UBC partners with eight of the top ten ranked institutions for research collaboration and student mobility.  The rankings are welcome recognition of UBC's commitment to international engagement and current success in attracting and retaining the best students, faculty and staff from around the world.


December 14, 2015
New ‘Urban Resilience’ course brings together faculty from five Global Network schools

November 25, 2015
Educating the Next Generation of African Leaders at UBC

November 13, 2015
UBC Responds: Refugee Crisis

September 23, 2015
Lind Initiative brings leading U.S. scholars to UBC

August 13, 2015
UBC's Institute for Asian Research wraps up a successful visit to Southeast Asia

April 10, 2015
UBC and Chinese universities sign landmark agreements on research, joint degrees and student exchange
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April 6, 2015
UBC and Chongqing Municipality pledge $1.1 million for student exchange


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