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Messages from the President and DVC


Message from the President

Dear Parents,

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

Dear Parents,

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to UBC’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 our campus.
We are proud to offer an exciting and distinctive university campus experience at UBC Okanagan. Our students are part of an institution consistently ranked in the top 40 in the world, but have the benefit of attending classes at our close-knit campus. The unique UBC experience in the Okanagan emphasizes small class sizes, experiential learning, community involvement, and direct access to professors and research activity for students.

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 various forms of assistance students can count on to help them with the transition to university. I encourage new students to get involved in campus life and contribute in their own unique ways 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 first year students is arriving at a perfect time. The Okanagan campus recently completed its initial build out stage which saw over $400 million in construction. Incoming students will take advantage of state of the art facilities and new study spaces on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders in business, science, politics, health, and the arts. As part of UBC, our students will have the added benefit of joining one of the largest alumni networks in Canada upon graduation. There are over 280,000 UBC alumni in more than 120 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 remarkable 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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