Message from the President
When I welcome new students and their families to the University of British Columbia, I am often asked by parents what they can do to support their child through this critical stage in his or her academic career.
Now that I have a daughter in university myself, my first response is to say thank you …. For the financial support you have already provided. For the practical help you gave your child to move across town, or across the country, or out of it. For your enthusiasm over your child’s unique dreams and aspirations, even if they differ from your own.
Next, I say: Your child will change. It’s part of the reason they’re here. A university education is—or should be—a transformative experience, not only for what a student learns in the classroom but also for what he discovers about himself, what she encounters in others whose views and backgrounds differ from her own, and for what each comes to contribute of themselves to the greater community. This leaves you with the intricate task of learning to love the adult they are becoming as much as the child they have been.
UBC Okanagan Parent's Conference will inform you of the many opportunities available to your child and the different paths they can follow to achieve their goals. This event is designed to give you information about UBC Okanagan’s many educational options and student services and to connect you with current students, faculty, and staff who have first-hand knowledge of all that UBCO has to offer.
Your child will change; your love and support can affect that transformation more than you may imagine. Leave them room to exceed your hopes, to exceed your ambitions and whatever role you may have envisioned for them. One day, just a few short years from now, they will have become a well educated global citizen, fully prepared to meet the challenges of this changing world and to give of themselves in as-yet unimaginable ways.
For all you’ve done to prepare them for this day, and for all you will do to ready them for that one, I thank you. It is my pleasure to welcome your child to the UBC Okanagan community.
Professor Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice-Chancellor
The University of British Columbia
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Welcome to UBC's Okanagan campus. This is an exciting time for your son or daughter to join our vibrant and innovative campus community as new UBC students.
UBC is consistently ranked in the top 30 universities world-wide, and we are proud to be part of this prestigious institution. Our campus offers the exclusive benefit of a UBC education in small and intimate campus. We are committed to giving students our very best—excellent academic programs, wonderful professors and opportunities to learn and grow far beyond the classroom.
We are thrilled about the incoming class of first-year students—our future graduates, alumni and tomorrow's leaders in business, education, sciences, politics, health and the arts.
We encourage students to take part in the many campus life activities planned for the upcoming year. Getting involved is a great way to meet new friends, discover the student community, and contribute in meaningful ways to the dynamic and diverse social and cultural life that is our university.
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 kinds of assistance that students can count on to help them overcome any problems they may encounter in the transition to university.
We know that you have high expectations of UBC. Our faculty and staff welcome your expectations that our university will challenge, transform and support students through the years of study that await them.
The University of British Columbia
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