The University of British Columbia

A place of mind


The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world.

Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

As one of the world’s leading universities, the University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.

The University of British Columbia is consistently ranking among the 40 best globally, and now places among the top 20 public universities in the world.

For more than a century the University of British Columbia has created positive change here and abroad. Today, centered on our two major campuses — the Vancouver campus and the Okanagan campus — we attract, nurture and proactively transform more than 58,000 students from Canada and 140 countries.

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#32 2014 Times Higher Education (UK)
#37 2014 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
#31 2013 Times Higher Education (UK)
#40 2013 ARWU (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

Key facts:

59,659 students
11,965 international students from 139 countries
12,421 degrees granted in 2014 $12.5 billion in economic impact 161 companies spun off from UBC research