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 campus. 

We are proud to offer an outstanding 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). Established in 2005, the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world. 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.D Buszard

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 new facilities is a major expansion of the Library; known as the Commons, the new building offers a variety of technology-enhanced teaching labs and greatly expands 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 325,000 UBC alumni in more than 140 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 innovative and empowering 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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