Higher Education in Other Countries
The University Of British Columbia (UBC) is a global center for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.
UBC’s two main campuses are situated in Vancouver and in Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Also in Vancouver, UBC Robson Square is a vibrant learning center in the heart of downtown, the UBC Learning Exchange is a community engagement initiative based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and UBC’s Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus is located in Mount Pleasant. UBC also provides clinical education to Faculty of Medicine students at 75 health care facilities across British Columbia. In addition, UBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Office in Hong Kong, a Liaison Office in New Delhi, India, and a Liaison Office in Lille, France facilitate teaching and research partnerships and support alumni engagement.
UBC holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning, offering a wide-range of innovative programs in the arts, sciences, medicine, law, business and other faculties.
Teaching and learning excellence
Here are some more reasons why UBC is the chosen academic destination for some of the world’s most promising young scholars:
- Exceptional people come to UBC. Some of the world’s most exciting scientists, artists, adventurers, entrepreneurs, humanitarians and intellectual leaders come together in their academic community—including graduate students. At UBC you can expect wise mentoring and supportive staff to help guide you to success. And of course, the lifelong friendships and intellectual partnerships you’ll develop as a member of their community will be among the most lasting benefits of a UBC graduate education.
- UBC offers over 250 Graduate Degree Programs in nearly every academic field imaginable, and opportunities to pursue cutting-edge transdisciplinary study that crosses traditional boundaries. There is sure to be a program offered that aligns with your interests.
- UBC is a research powerhouse. Their Faculties earned more than $519 million in research awards in 2010-2011, and UBC researchers file over 170 patents a year. Many programs have state-of-art new buildings and facilities. At UBC you will work side by side with passionate scholars as you delve into the most meaningful questions of our world.
- UBC has a passionate vision for preparing exceptional global citizens and promoting a civil and sustainable society. Graduate students are a crucial element of promoting and living these values in their University community.
- Learning at UBC means enjoying a superb campus in one of the planet’s truly spectacular regions—beautiful British Columbia. Vancouver is BC’s cosmopolitan urban centre, providing a temperate climate, safe streets, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, and a welcoming, culturally diverse population. And if you are from outside Canada, you probably already have a positive impression of the country—a peaceful, progressive society that welcomes all ethnicities, nationalities, and creeds into its cultural fabric.
UBC’s program to protect human research participants seeks to ensure that UBC research is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards. Our activities involve a number of administrative and academic units,
As articulated in Canada’s recently revised national guideline, the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Research Involving Humans (TCPS2 2014), there is no doubt that research benefits society in countless ways. However, some research can involve certain risks to research participants.
Accordingly, UBC’s Policy #89 mandates that all research involving human participants that is conducted under the auspices of the University must be approved by and overseen by a sanctioned Research Ethics Board. The Research Ethics Boards at UBC and affiliated institutions ensure that research is designed and conducted to protect the rights, welfare and privacy of research participants.
All UBC Research Ethics Boards have an assurance of compliance approved by the United States Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The Assurance obligates UBC researchers who conduct research supported by the US Federal government or regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration to comply with applicable US Federal Regulations. UBC’s Research Ethics Boards share a common set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that comply with these regulations.
- Applied Science
- Continuing Studies
- Health Disciplines
- Land and Food Systems
- Library, Archival and Information Studies
- Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Architecture and Landscape Architecture
- Audiology and Speech Sciences
- Community and Regional Planning
- Environmental Health
- Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Population and Public Health
- Social Work
The University of Toronto is Canada’s most prestigious institute of higher learning and is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 universities in the world. The University has established itself as a world class research institute with 17 schools and faculties, 13 teaching hospitals, 19 graduate institutions and 75 PhD programs. The University of Toronto is committed to being an internationally significant research university, with undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of excellent quality.
The University’s accomplished alumni include four Canadian Prime Ministers and sic Nobel Prize winners.
The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and justice.
The University of Toronto is determined to build on its past achievements and so enhance its research and teaching. The University anticipates that it will remain a large university. It will continue to exploit the advantages of size by encouraging scholarship in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and the professions. It will continue to value its inheritance of colleges and federated universities that give many students an institutional home within the large University. It will strive to make its campuses attractive settings for scholarly activity.
With an annual enrolment of over 70,000 students, including more than 7,000 international students, the University is Canada’s largest educational institution and continues to be the top 25 universities in the world.
Teaching and learning excellence
The University will strive to ensure that its graduates are educated in the broadest sense of the term, with the ability to think clearly, judge objectively, and contribute constructively to society.
The University wishes to increase its ability to attract students from elsewhere in Canada and abroad, in the belief that while these students gain an education their presence will enrich the experience of students from the local community. In all its teaching programs, the University is committed to:
- Achieving the highest academic standards;
- Attracting students whose abilities and aspirations match the programs available;
- Responding to the needs of a diverse student population;
- Providing the best possible facilities, libraries and teaching aids;
- Insisting on the importance of teaching in the career expectations of the professorial staff, recognizing excellence in teaching and providing opportunities to improve teaching;
- Ensuring that professorial staff normally teach both graduate and undergraduate students;
- Continuing to attract students from other provinces of Canada and from abroad; 8 Enriching the experience of students by cooperating with and assisting them in the realization of their educational goals especially as these involve their life-long learning and career development, their physical and emotional growth and well-being, their needs, including special or temporary ones, and their cultural and recreational activities.
University of Toronto is the biggest University-based research enterprise in the country. What makes them even more unique is the number of departments and faculties they have working together in co-operation to create ground-breaking research and innovation. At the Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, they have the ability to help pull together researchers across their spectrum of talented minds and research centers to make complex research goals come to life.
There have been areas of research focus that have been brought forward as developing and important by the Federal and Provincial governments, outlining specific priority areas of research where government funds would be targeted. The university has made it easy for students to investigate some of the many researchers and projects at University of Toronto that are grouped in these focus areas.
- Energy and Environmen
- Health Science
- Humanities, Arts and Cultural Innovation
- Information Communications Technology
- Social Innovation
The University will continue to promote high quality research. The University is committed to:
- Providing an environment conducive to research;
- Emphasizing research, publication and related professional contributions in defining the career expectations of professorial staff;
- Ensuring that faculties and schools engaged in undergraduate teaching also engage in graduate teaching and research;
- Maintaining a capacity to respond selectively to new fields of research as they emerge;
- Requiring national and international peer assessment of the quality of its programs;
- Collaborating with other universities, industry, business, the professions, public sector institutions and governments, where appropriate to research objectives;
- Providing information, library and research services of the highest international standards.
Division and Faculties
- Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
- John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
- School of Continuing Studies
- Faculty of Dentistry
- Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
- Faculty of Forestry
- School of Graduate Studies
- Faculty of Information
- Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
- Faculty of Law
- Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
- Faculty of Medicine
- Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
- Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
- Dalla Lana School of Public Health
- Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
As a University of Toronto student, you can tailor your university experience by choosing from among over 700 different undergraduate programs in Humanities & Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical & Mathematical Sciences, Commerce & Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Music and Architecture. It also offers 222 Master’s and Doctoral level graduate programs in a wide variety of fields. This includes 59 professional graduate programs and 45 combined programs that include professional master’s components. The University of Toronto also offers 44 collaborative programs.