Help shape UBC’s priorities for global engagement

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Following the launch of UBC’s strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century, we have embarked on a process to develop an International Strategy.

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.

An International Strategy will provide guiding values and principles to assist in decision-making related to our international activities, outline focused actions, and articulate resource and asset deployment.

I encourage you to join the discussion and help shape UBC’s strategy for global engagement. There are several opportunities to get involved, starting with a series of workshops at the Vancouver campus:

Tuesday March 19, 2019
1pm – 4pm
St. John’s College, 2111 Lower Mall, Vancouver campus

Monday April 1, 2019
1pm – 4pm
St. John’s College, 2111 Lower Mall, Vancouver campus

A parallel consultation process with the UBC Okanagan community is being developed and further communication will be shared in the coming weeks.

I also invite you to join me live on Facebook, on March 8 at 11am, as I discuss the international strategic planning process with Professor Murali Chandrashekaran, Vice-Provost, International.

Go to to participate. You will have an opportunity to ask questions live during the session. If you are not able to join the event, you will be able to replay it on Facebook afterwards, using the same link.

To learn more, or to register for a workshop, please visit

Please also be assured that there will be additional opportunities to share your voice if you are unable to participate in these events. Thank you for being a part of the process to help shape UBC’s International Strategy.

Professor Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor



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