Message from the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal

Dear Parents,

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. It is an exciting time to be a new UBC student and we look forward to welcoming your son or daughter to our campus. 

We are proud to offer an exciting and distinctive university experience at UBC Okanagan. Our students are part of an institution consistently ranked among the top 40 in the world (and the top two in Canada), but have the added benefit of attending classes at our close-knit campus. The unique UBC experience in the Okanagan emphasizes smaller class sizes, experiential learning and community involvement, direct access to professors, and research activity for students.

The UBC Okanagan Parent Conference is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the first year experience, the quality of campus residences, and the various forms of assistance students can count on to help them with the transition to university. I encourage incoming students to get involved in campus life and contribute to the many activities planned for the upcoming year. Students will make new friends and form close bonds with other students from around the world and will be challenged to pursue and celebrate creativity and knowledge.

The incoming class of students is arriving at an exciting time. Following an initial build out fuelled by more than $400 million in construction, UBC Okanagan recently embarked on a new stage of development that will transform the student experience; among the projects underway is the Teaching and Learning Centre, a new building which will provide a variety of technology-enhanced teaching labs and greatly expand informal learning and student study space on campus. New students will take advantage of the campus’ state of the art facilities on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders in business, science, politics, health, engineering, and the arts. As part of UBC, our students will also have the advantage of joining one of the largest alumni networks in Canada upon graduation; there are over 315,000 UBC alumni in more than 120 countries, and there are numerous alumni networking opportunities in the Okanagan and around the world.

I look forward to welcoming your son or daughter to the remarkable learning community at UBC Okanagan. We will offer them an exceptional university experience.


Deborah Buszard
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal

The University of British Columbia
Okanagan campus

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