It’s one thing to read and recite when you’re learning a new language. It’s another thing entirely to put those budding language skills to the test in a complex conversation with a native speaker.
At the UBC Department of Asian Studies, Professor Qian Wang wanted to take her third-year students’ Mandarin language learning to that next level. So she reached out to the UBC Learning Exchange, the university-led community engagement initiative based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and created a unique partnership. Through the UBC Learning Exchange, Wang developed a program that paired her students with seniors in the Mandarin-speaking community.
Students loved the seniors. They felt they got the real story from them — it opened their minds.
Change the world.
UBC takes this assignment seriously. As a leading research university, helping to create new thinking in the world is more than just doing coursework — it is a commitment to finding global solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
And it requires us to challenge convention. Ask Why? Pioneer. Explore. Create. Discover.
Because our world is in need of urgent answers.
Answers that will allow us to breathe easier, live longer, heal from disease, mentor potential, and spark new knowledge that will improve lives, not only in our community, but around the planet.
Breeding a Sweet Solution
New hope for honeybees through molecular bee breedingRead the story
Disrupting HIV/AIDS Transmission
Antiretroviral therapy alters global transmission ratesRead the story
Out of the Fog: Reducing Global Air Pollution
UBC Research advances world healthRead the story
High-tech Gets in the Game
Innovative technology reduces concussion risk for playersRead the story
Slay a Dragon. Earn a Reward.
First-to-market UBC alum changes the gameRead the story