UBC’s International Strategy: Planning Process 2019


Following the launch of UBC’s new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century, the Office of the Vice-Provost, International embarked on a process to develop an International Strategy for UBC.

The UBC Strategic Plan outlines the purpose for the university as: Pursuing excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British Columbia, Canada and the world. 

An International Strategy will be key in supporting this purpose, helping UBC to articulate the role and impact of global engagement. The strategy will also provide guiding values and principles to assist in decision-making related to our international activities, outline focused actions, and articulate resource and asset deployment.

As North America’s most international university (Times Higher Education, 2018), there is much to celebrate in the way of our global engagement. The breadth of international programming, expertise, and linkages on our campuses is inspiring. However, we need a coherent International Strategy to tie this all together and extend UBC’s contribution through knowledge and experiences that deepen global understanding.


A series of engagement activities, including consultations, workshops and surveys were planned to ensure broad input from multiple stakeholders in our community. A Working Group, consisting of faculty, students and staff from both campuses, was convened to provide advice and direction, and to help develop actions under the emerging framework themes. 


The consultation process took place between December 2018 and October 2019, in five phases as follows:

  • Phase I – One-on-one meetings with UBC senior leadership (VPs & Deans)
  • Phase II – Workshops with UBC community (Faculty, Students, Staff, Alumni), and International Strategy Working Group meetings
  • Phase III – Draft strategy preparation
  • Phase IV – Feedback on draft strategy, revisions
  • Phase V – Finalization of International Strategy & sharing with stakeholders

Flow of Information and Engagement (pdf)

Working Group membership

Murali Chandrashekaran – Vice-Provost, International

Daniella Weber – Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Vice-Provost, International

Claudia Ruitenberg - Academic Director, UBC Vantage College; Professor, Educational Studies

Helen Yanacopulos – Head, Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
Henry Yu – Principal, St. John's College; Associate Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts
Les Lavkulich – Program Director, Global Resource Systems; Academic Director, Master of Land and Water Systems; Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Sharon Stein  – Assistant Professor, Educational Studies, Faculty of Education
Videsh Kapoor – Director, UBC Division of Global Health, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
Walter Merida - Associate Dean, Research and Industrial Partnerships; Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science

Damara Klaassen – Executive Director, International Student Initiative, Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Heather Frost – Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Leanne Kearns, Associate Director, Academic Services, Undergraduate Office, UBC Sauder School of Business
Michelle Suderman – Director, International Student Development, Office of the Vice-President, Students
Moyra Van Nus – Director, Regional & Global Development, Office of the Vice-President Development & Alumni Engagement
Raina Reddecliff – Associate Director, Campus Internationalization; Okanagan Representative for UBC International, Office of the Provost and Vice Principal, UBC Okanagan

Amal Alhuwayshil – President, UBC Student's Union Okanagan
John Ede – President, Graduate Student Society
Roshni Pendse – Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs, Alma Mater Society
Sandra Schinnerl – UBC Public Scholar (Graduate)
Sharon Shamuyarira – UBC MasterCard Foundation Scholar (Undergraduate)


Thank you for joining the discussion to help shape UBC’s global engagement for the next century. Information on events can be found below. 

Draft International Strategy

To learn more about the consultation process and view the draft international strategy, please visit our Draft Framework and Consultation Process page. 

Workshops for the UBC community

The purpose of the workshops was for the UBC community to provide input into the developing framework, and feedback on the actions developed with the Working Group.

UBC Vancouver (completed)

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019: 1-4 PM @ St. John’s College Dining Hall (2111 Lower Mall)
  • Monday, April 1, 2019: 1-4 PM @ St. John’s College Dining Hall

UBC Okanagan (completed)

  • Thursday, May 16, 2019: 12-2 PM @ UNC200 (Ballroom), UBC Students' Union Okanagan (3272 University Way)
Facebook Live event

On March 8, 2019 President Ono and Vice-Provost International Dr. Murali Chandrashekaran held a Facebook Live Event where they discussed the international strategic planning process.


Questions or comments about the UBC International Strategy planning process can be addressed to: international.strategy@ubc.ca. Thank you for being a part of the process to help shape UBC’s International Strategy.

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