Over the past six months, UBC has reached out to students, staff and faculty about our approach to global engagement and how they see our internationalization evolving.
Students have been key contributors to this process, helping us shape UBC’s draft International Strategy and articulate how global engagement will play a role in fulfilling the university’s purpose.
In addition to being part of a working group and helping to create the draft strategy, students from a wide range of disciplines also attended workshops to provide feedback on the proposed framework and actions associated with it.
What we heard was nothing short of inspiring. We discovered some of the incredible work students are already doing to foster global citizenship and contribute to a world where all people can thrive. But the consultation process also highlighted a need to do more. Many of you shared that you care deeply about the most pressing global challenges of our time, from gender equality to climate change, and you believe UBC has a responsibility to society — both locally and globally — to help build a better world.
We would now like to give you an additional opportunity to provide your thoughts before we present a final draft of the strategy to student leaders this fall. I encourage you to review a copy of the draft framework which you can find online at https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9z2Lvyr24jgumAl. After reviewing the framework, please answer some simple questions about how each theme inspires you, and how UBC can best engage the community in bringing the strategy to life.
Your voice is important in this process. I hope you will take the time to share your thoughts on how we can position UBC in a way that affects positive change, both locally and globally.
Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor
This message was sent to students in Vancouver and the Okanagan.
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