Messages from the President and DVC

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Message from the President

Dear Parents,

As recently appointed President and Vice-Chancellor, I want to extend a warm welcome to new students and their families to the University of British Columbia (UBC).

UBC’s Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community and a portal to all that UBC has to offer. Here your child will find boundless opportunities to explore his or her interests, be challenged by new ideas and discover the person and scholar he or she can be, all in the supportive surroundings of a small institution that is part of a globally influential university.

As you help your child prepare to start at UBC, the UBC Okanagan Parent's Conference is an ideal venue to stay informed about the many opportunities available to UBC students. This event is designed to give you information about UBC Okanagan’s educational options and student services and to connect you with current students, faculty, and staff who have first-hand knowledge of all that UBC’s Okanagan campus has to offer.

As student, graduate, and then alumnus, your child will be a part of an international UBC network. Wherever they may go from here, they will be part of UBC’s global community. We are excited to welcome your child to the UBC family.

Professor Arvind Gupta
President and Vice-Chancellor

The University of British Columbia


Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Dear Parents,

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to UBC’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 campus experience at UBC Okanagan. Our students are part of an institution consistently ranked in the top 40 in the world, but have the benefit of attending classes at our close-knit campus. The unique UBC experience in the Okanagan emphasizes small class sizes, experiential learning, community involvement, and direct access to professors and research activity for students.

Our UBC Okanagan Parent Conference is an excellent opportunity for you 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 new students to get involved in campus life and contribute in their own unique ways 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 first year students is arriving at a perfect time. The Okanagan campus recently completed its initial build out stage which saw over $400 million in construction. Incoming students will take advantage of state of the art facilities and new study spaces on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders in business, science, politics, health, and the arts. As part of UBC, our students will have the added benefit of joining one of the largest alumni networks in Canada upon graduation. There are over 280,000 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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