Alignment With Ministry Goals

Ministry Goal 1 (Students) Students are empowered and supported to achieve their education, employment and training goals

Ministry Objectives
  1. Align post-secondary education training and programs with labour market demand to achieve a highly skilled workforce
  2. Respond and adapt to the diverse and changing educational needs of students
  3. Increase participation and successful completion of all students

UBC Select Strategies
  • Periodic department and curriculum reviews are part of ongoing planning
  • Curriculum theory, design and evaluation, teacher education, digital media and learning technologies are taken into consideration with curriculum and program development
  • With advances in how people learn , technology and a desire for flexibility and life-long learning, UBC continues to develop its Flexible Learning initiative
  • An initiative to address student health and wellbeing is underway, including a mental health and wellbeing strategy to support students in succeeding at UBC
  • A program for triage and early identification of students at risk of not completing was implemented, with over 1,000 staff and faculty trained
  • Broad based admissions are in place in all of UBC’s undergraduate programs
  • Each incoming student is assigned an Enrolment Services Specialist who will stay with them throughout their time at UBC
  • Continue to expand experiential learning opportunities for students (international learning opportunities, internships, co-ops, service learning, research based experiences, leadership opportunities)
  • An integrated Centre for Student Involvement and Careers is being implemented, bringing together career development support with student leadership and professional skills development

Ministry Goal 2 (System) A quality post-secondary education system that provides B.C. with a global competitive advantage

Ministry Objectives
  1. Achieve a shared vision across our world class system
  2. Develop a highly internationalized educational system
  3. Build on current strengths to enhance the quality of post-secondary education
  4. Increase collaboration, innovation, and partnerships

UBC Select Strategies
  • UBC collaborates across the system through leadership in the Research Universities Council of BC, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the U15 group of research universities
  • Collaborations are also built through partnerships with other universities, government and the private sector. Examples include:
    • Extractive industries (UBC/SFU)
    • IIC Impacts (UBC, University of Toronto, University of Alberta)
    • Fraunhofer Institute
    • Cultural Evolution of Regional Research Consortium (UBC, SFU, Oxford, Aarhus University)
  • Examples of collaboration include UBC, SFU, BCIT and Emily Carr awarding joint degrees in the Masters of Digital Media Program at Great Northern Way; and the UBC Langara Aboriginal Transfer Program to provide Aboriginal learners a pathway from college to university
  • UBC has joined Coursera, to provide on line open learning courses, with the first course being a collaboration with Stanford to deliver a non-credit course in gaming theory; this seven week course started in January and attracted over 100,000 students in Continuing Studies
  • The Vancouver School of Economics has launched its Bachelor of International Economics, explicitly targeted at enabling students to navigate the global economy
  • International students at UBC come form over 150 countries and represent 14% of the undergraduates at the Vancouver campus and 8% at the Okanagan campus
  • Continue to work with other post-secondary institutions to support international mobility. Last year, UBC added 19 new partnerships and now has 261 student mobility partnerships in 41 countries
  • An international college was approved to prepare first-year international students, from domestic school systems in emerging countries for university

Ministry Goal 3 (Communities) British Columbians value diversity and inclusiveness in our communities

Ministry Objectives
  1. Celebrate BC’s rich diversity as a source of innovation and global networking
  2. Collaborate with our communities to challenge racism and barriers to inclusivity
  3. Leverage partnerships to encourage a culture of inclusivity

UBC Select Strategies
  • UBC has made Intercultural Understanding one of its six supporting commitments in Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
  • Continuing Studies offers programs in intercultural competencies
  • UBC offers student-directed and experiential learning in intercultural understanding, for example:
  • UBC’s Access and Diversity departments foster an inclusive and welcoming learning and living environment
  • The Equipment Accommodation Fund and Equity Enhancement Fund support the university in attaining educational and employment equity goals
  • Public dialogues are held on a variety of sensitive and complex topics

Ministry Goal 4 (Society) An innovative approach to education, research and development that values creativity and maximizes return on investment and quality of life

Ministry Objectives
  1. Support the creation of new ideas and solutions to a range of economic, social, scientific, and environmental issues
  2. Foster knowledge development and commercialization
  3. Lead a post-secondary education system that is strong, accountable, transparent, and delivers value
  4. Use and provide quality information for decision making and better societal outcomes

UBC Select Strategies
  • The University attracted over $527 m in research funds to develop new ideas and solutions
  • There were 8,158 research projects, 63 patents issued, 124 invention disclosures and 4 new spin offs (cumulative 153)
  • Knowledge was shared through scholarly outputs including 5,889 published (from West of Science, YTD) and 43% UBC papers with international co-author (from Scimago data)
  • UBC is developing and implementing an Innovation Strategy to maximize economic and societal benefits through knowledge transfer beyond the core academic mission
  • UBC presented a ten year planning budget and all financial reports are available on line
  • 16 industry and community partnerships are underway through the ‘University as a living laboratory’ initiative
  • Integrated Reporting initiative is underway to provide measurements at all levels of the organization; see elsewhere in this report for metrics related to Place and Promise: The UBC Plan
  • Continue to contribute to the BC economy, estimated to be roughly $10 billion, through programs to attract and retain faculty and students at both the local, national and international levels
  • UBC was awarded 2 Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) in quantum material and digital media research, valued at $20 million over 7 years
  • The UBC Community Learning Initiative supports student and faculty engagement with over 200 community organizations including non-profits, schools and small businesses

Ministry Goal 5 Foundation (Employees)


A supportive environment and a sense of shared purpose that builds on our strengths and transcends change

UBC Select Strategies
  • Focus on People: Workplace Practices at UBC is a contributing framework towards the realization of the University’s values, setting out strategies and corresponding initiatives to create an outstanding work environment for staff and faculty members
  • A workplace experiences survey is conducted every three years and informs actions to achieving our outstanding workplace environment commitment
  • UBC fosters a learning environment and provides training through leadership and management programs and professional development opportunities
  • UBC was named one of BC’s top employers for the 7th year in a row
  • UBC has a robust framework in place to support people through change initiatives