World Wide Connections
In 1990, UBC celebrates its 75th anniversary. Alumni, faculty, staff and students join with President Strangway in the many celebrations such as the campus-wide ‘open house’ that features memorable UBC ‘letter people’ mascots and the proud yet aging members of the original Great Trek.
For UBC research, the decade begins optimistically with a focus on globalization, connectivity, and interdisciplinary cross-national approaches. In 1991, a $20-million restructuring plan establishes five regionally based centres for Chinese Research, Korean Research, India and South Asia Research, Southeast Asia Research, and Japanese Research.
The World of Opportunity campaign launches with the goal of raising $66 million to fund new buildings, program chairs, professorships, and endowments. On April 29, 1992, the David Lam Management Research Centre is the first building officially funded by the initiative. By 1993, the campaign raises $262 million and provides 53 chairs and 20 professorships to faculties. Financier Peter Wall contributes $15 million to establish a cross-disciplinary Institute of Advanced Studies.
Aided by donations from distinguished and generous UBC benefactor Dr. Cecil Green and funds raised by the World of Opportunity initiative (matched by the government) in 1993, Green College is founded as the university’s first graduate residential college. The college provides a haven for interdisciplinary study and conversation in keeping with the UBC spirit or as Dr. Green notes at the Green College opening ceremony: “The complex nature of the modern world demands intellectual flexibility. It’s no longer good enough for a brilliant man or woman to be completely immersed in one subject for his or her entire academic life. Engineers need to understand the ebb and flow of human history; physicists need to know something of the dynamics of the human psyche; doctors need to understand the subtleties of literature and art.”
Explore the era
- Genome British Columbia (2010). Our story. Retrieved from http://www.genomebc.ca/about/our-story/
- Green College. (2009). Green College history. Retrieved from http://www.greencollege.ubc.ca/what_is_green_college/history.php
- Grescoe, A. (1992). The University of British Columbia: B.C.’s centre of teaching and research in the health sciences. Vancouver, BC: The UBC Community Relations Office. Retrieved from http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/pdfs/presidents/1992.pdf
- Institute of Asian Research. (2014). Centre for Chinese Research (CCR). Retrieved from http://www.iar.ubc.ca/centres/ccr.aspx
- Header image: The University of British Columbia Archives
- Pull quote and president images: The University of British Columbia Archives
- Timeline media: The University of British Columbia Archives, Martin Dee, UBC YouTube (Brain health research video)
- Slideshow media: The University of British Columbia Archives
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