Doors open following building boom

Doors open following building boom

January–March 2013 The landscape of campus changed and the student learning environment took a giant leap forward when two major buildings opened. In January, the 17,200-square-metre Engineering Management Education (EME) building officially opened. At $68 million, the EME building was the largest single project undertaken as part of the campus master plan. Two months later, […]

Leadership changes at UBC Okanagan

July–October 2012 Campus experienced several changes in its senior leadership team. Prof. Deborah Buszard is appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, succeeding Doug Owram; global education scholar Wisdom Tettey is appointed dean of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies; human kinetics scholar Gordon Binsted is appointed dean of the Faculty of Health and Social […]

Research expedition treks Everest

Research expedition treks Everest

April 2012 UBC scientists from the School of Health and Exercise Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Social Development led a six-week international research expedition to Mount Everest to examine high-altitude health ailments. The 25-member team, with researchers from six countries, ascended to the Pyramid Laboratory near the Everest Base Camp and examined oxygen […]

Medical students start studies

Medical students start studies

January 2012 The pioneering first class of 32 MD students in UBC’s Southern Medical Program began studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus in the Reichwald Health Sciences Centre. SMP students take their first term of classes in Vancouver and then spend the balance of the four-year MD program studying and training in communities throughout the BC […]

First ‘only-at-UBCO’ PhD student graduates

First ‘only-at-UBCO’ PhD student graduates

June 2011 Max Jones made history at UBC as the first student to complete an entire PhD at UBC’s Okanagan campus (past PhD graduates had transferred from other universities). Jones received his PhD in Biology. His main area of research focused on evaluating the diversity found among different types of breadfruit—a high-yielding staple food crop […]

Faculty of Management launches Live Case Challenge

Faculty of Management launches Live Case Challenge

April 2011 April 2011 marked the first-ever Live Case Challenge, a hands-on class assignment in which third-year management students tackle a real-world, business-related challenge involving a local organization. Over the years, students have competed to solve business challenges for Disney Club Penguin, HuStream (Accelerate Okanagan), the South Okanagan-Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition, Totalamber, the City of […]

UBC Okanagan turns 5, doubles in size

UBC Okanagan turns 5, doubles in size

September 2010 UBC’s Okanagan campus celebrated its 5th birthday with a special Community Day event and a Distinguished Speaker Series presentation by Richard Florida, one of the world’s leading public intellectuals on economic competitiveness, demographic trends, and cultural and technological innovation. The campus also welcomed 7,000 students, marking the sixth straight year of enrolment growth and double the […]

Land to expand

Land to expand

June 2010 UBC’s Okanagan campus doubled its land area with the $8.78-million purchase of 103.6 hectares (256 acres) of North Glenmore farmland from the City of Kelowna. “Together, we are building an outstanding university campus in the Okanagan and an extraordinary UBC system in British Columbia,” said then-UBC President Stephen Toope. “Today, we are effectively […]

School of Engineering receives full accreditation

School of Engineering receives full accreditation

January 2010 The Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) grants full accreditation to the School of Engineering’s programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. The designation was something extra to celebrate for the 56 students who received the first-ever Okanagan-conferred UBC Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in June 2010.  

Aboriginal Centre brings together community

Aboriginal Centre brings together community

January 2010 On January 22, 2010, UBC’s Okanagan Aboriginal Centre officially opened. The 256-square-metre centre, made possible by $600,000 in funding from BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education, was designed as a special space that reflects the cultural characteristics of the Aboriginal students who use it.