How is UBC making a difference?

The University of British Columbia opens doors of opportunity for people with the curiosity, drive and vision to shape a better world. A centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, UBC transforms personal initiative into innovation and ideas into impact.

The University of British Columbia opens doors of opportunity for people with the curiosity, drive and vision to shape a better world. A centre of teaching, learning and research excellence, UBC transforms personal initiative into innovation and ideas into impact.

World university rankings point to UBC for its global impact

UBC is ranked number one in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and ranked one in Canada for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, according to Times Higher Education (THE).

The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings for 2019 assess universities’ social and economic contributions through their success in delivering on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address global challenges related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. Universities are evaluated on their contributions across three broad areas: research, outreach and stewardship.

UBC ranks top three overall in terms of global impact among 450 universities from 76 countries and six continents.

The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019

1st

for Climate Action*

UBC ranks number one in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. UBC’s research on climate change, use of energy and preparations for dealing with consequences of climate change is world-leading.

1st

Sustainable Cities and Communities*

UBC ranks number one in Canada for its research on sustainability and making cities inclusive, safe and resilient. UBC’s role as custodians of arts and heritage and its internal approaches to sustainability are also recognized.

2nd

in Quality Education*

UBC ranks number two in Canada for its contributions to lifelong learning, pedagogy research and commitment to inclusive education.

78%

of students participate in enriched educational experiences

UBC students have the opportunity to collaborate with community, industry, government and university partners. Of all undergraduate students, 78 per cent participate in these experiences by the time they graduate, according to UBC research.

8

Nobel Prize winners

Among UBC’s current and former faculty and alumni there have been:

  • 8 Nobel Prize winners
  • 3 Canadian prime ministers
  • 58 Olympic medals won by varsity athletes
  • 71 Rhodes Scholars; three Rhodes Scholars in the last five years

*The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019

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