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The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is a public research university with campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia. Established in 1908, UBC is British Columbia's oldest university. The university is ranked among the top 20 public universities worldwide and top three in Canada. With an annual research budget of $600 million (one of the largest in Canada), UBC funds over 8,000 projects a year. The Vancouver campus is situated about 10 km (6 mi) west of Downtown Vancouver.UBC is home to TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, which houses the world's largest cyclotron. In addition to the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and Stuart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute, UBC and the Max Planck Society collectively established the first Max Planck Institute in North America, specializing in quantum materials. One of the largest research libraries in Canada, the UBC Library system has over 9.9 million volumes among its 21 branches. The Okanagan campus, acquired in 2005, is located in Kelowna, British Columbia. UBC is internationally recognized in STEM fields, ranking 10th in Computer Science, 5th in Ecology, 22nd in Mathematics, and 25th in Medicine. In the humanities, the university ranks 22nd in Literature, 28th in Law, and 23rd in Economics worldwide. As of 2017, eight Nobel laureates, 71 Rhodes scholars, 65 Olympians, eight Fellows in both American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Royal Society, and 208 Fellows to the Royal Society of Canada have been affiliated with UBC. Three Canadian prime ministers, including Canada's first female prime minister Kim Campbell and current prime minister Justin Trudeau, have been educated at UBC



Campus

The University of British Columbia Campus is a complete transformation of the site of what was once the North Kelowna Campus of Okanagan University College, next to Kelowna International Airport on the north-east side of Kelowna, British Columbia. Its placement puts it in the Okanagan Nation whose lands have not been ceded to the British Columbia or Canadian governments. The campus offers undergraduate and graduates degrees in Arts, Science, Engineering, Nursing, Education, and Management. The Okanagan campus experienced a $450 million CDN expansion with construction of several residential, teaching and research buildings in 2011. The expansion features the Charles Fipke Centre for Innovative Research, the Engineering Management and Education building, the Arts and Science building, and the Health Science Centre. Plans to double the academic and research space are in place for the next two decades. In 2010, UBC Okanagan campus grew from 105 ha. to 208.6 ha. Like the Point Grey campus, the Okanagan campus attracts Canadian and international students. The UBC Okanagan campus is rapidly expanding in the past decades both in the student body and in research intensity and capability and is one of the fastest growing campuses among Canadian universities. Libraries, archives, and galleriesMain article: University of British Columbia LibraryThe UBC Library, which has 7.8 million volumes, 2.1 million e-books, more than 370,000 e-journals, and more than 700,000 items in locally produced digital collections, is Canada's second largest academic library.[38] From 2014–2015, there were more than 3.8 million on-campus visits and over 9.5 million visits to its website

The Library has fifteen branches and divisions across the UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan campuses. The former Main Library underwent construction and was renamed the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Opened in April 2008, the Learning Centre incorporates the center heritage block of the old Main Library with two new expansion wings and features an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), the first of its kind in Canada.

UBC has a number of different collections that have been donated and acquired. Major General Victor Odlum CB, CMG, DSO, VD donated his library of 10,000 books, which has been housed in "the Rockwood Centre Library" of the UBC Library since 1963. After Videomatica's 2011 closure, UBC and SFU acquired their $1.7-million collection. UBC received about 28,000 movie DVDs, 4,000 VHS titles and 900 Blu-ray discs which are housed at UBC Library's Koerner branch on the Vancouver campus.[41] In 2014, renowned art collector and antique specialist, Uno Langmann, donated the Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, which consists of more than 18,000 rare and unique early photographs from the 1850s to the 1970s. It is considered the premier private collection of early provincial photos, and an important illustrated history of early photographic methods. In 2016, the Library acquired one of the world's most rare and extraordinary books, the Kelmscott Chaucer from 1896. The book was printed in a limited edition of only 438 copies, but there are only 48 copies in the world with this particular type of binding.



The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the UBC house the university's collection of three archives and fine art; 1,000 works, mainly Canadian contemporary pieces from 1960 to the present. The Gallery houses exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, archival projects, lectures and symposia on art history, criticism, and curating.

Governance and academics

The Walter C. Koerner Library and president's office, designed by UBC alumnus Arthur Erickson

UBC's administration, as mandated by the University Act, is composed of a chancellor, convocation, board, Senate, and faculties of the university. The Board of Governors manages property and revenue, while the Senate manages the university's academic operation. Both are composed of faculty and students who are elected to the position. Degrees and diplomas are conferred by the convocation, which is composed of alumni, administrators, and faculty, with a quorum of twenty members. UBC also has a President, who is the university's chief executive officer and a member of the Senate, Board of Governors, Convocation, and also serves as Vice Chancellor. The President of the University is responsible for managing the academic operation of the university, including recommending appointments, calling meetings of faculties, and establishing committees


Courses

Master of Science in Computer Science Master of Health Administration (MHA) Master of Data Science Full-Time MBA Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (MASC) MSc in Business Administration Master of Business Analytics MEng Mechanical Engineering Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering- Computer Science (BSc) MEng in Civil Engineering Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting (Vancouver) Master of Management in Operations Research Master of Physical Therapy Bachelor of Science in Nursing Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering (MSC) MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences(Vancouver) Master of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (Vancouver) Master of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering Master of Architecture Bachelor of Commerce in International Business (Vancouver) Bachelor of Computer Science in Integrated computer science (Vancouver) MEng in Mining Engineering Master of Science in Materials Engineering Master of Digital Media Bachelor of Commerce in Finance (Vancouver) Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (Vancouver) Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering (Vancouver) Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing (Vancouver) MD-PhD program Bachelor of Human Kinetics Bachelor of Commerce in General Business Management (Vancouver) Master of Nursing - Nurse Practitioner MSc in surgery Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science Master of Science in Nursing Master of Engineering Leadership in Dependable Software Systems Master of Applied Science in Materials Engineering Master of Applied Science in Mining Engineering Master of Applied Science Engineering Physics Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Physics (Vancouver) Master of Applied Science in Geological Engineering Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering (Vancouver) Bachelor of Commerce in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources (Vancouver) MASc in Chemical and Biological Engineering Bachelor of Commerce in Business and Computer Science (Vancouver) Bachelor of Commerce in Operations and logistics (Vancouver) Doctor of Dental Medicine in Denistry(Vancouver) Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Engineering (Vancouver) Bachelor of Applied Science in Mining Engineering (Vancouver) Bachelor of Applied Science in Materials Engineering (Vancouver) Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering (Vancouver) Bachelor of Applied Science in Geological Engineering (Vancouver)







 

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