Joanne Fox is the Principal of UBC Vantage College, a program dedicated to fostering the potential of first year international students and preparing them for the rest of their UBC degree with rigorous academic English instruction. The 11-month program is enriched — students do interdisciplinary research or design projects on what interests them and find their own ways to apply the curriculum. In 2014, Vantage College was just in its formative stages. Now, three years later, the program has been fully integrated into the Vancouver Campus. This year the school welcomes its fourth class to UBC and will watch its first class graduate in May 2018.
A: As I have worked on Vantage One programs, I have had the opportunity to interact with talented students from around the world. These students’ aspirations, engagement, and perspectives have enriched my work as an educator here at UBC. Through the Vantage One programs, I have also learned from working with experts across both of our campuses. These faculty, staff, and students care deeply about the student experience and about enriching teaching and learning environments at UBC.
We have amazingly talented students here at UBC and I am inspired by our students. I’m proud to have helped launch new programs, such as Vantage One, and courses that help students navigate the transition to university — and I feel very proud of students as I see them progress throughout their degrees and thrive at UBC.