The University

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research.

We are consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and were recently recognized as North America’s most international university.

UBC is the first university in Canada to develop a sustainable development policy—and as of 2018, the UBC’s Vancouver campus had achieved a 38% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions below the 2007 baseline, despite a 32% growth in student population.

The Faculty of Applied Science

The applied sciences—architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, nursing, and city and community planning—cover a range of topics and technologies from robotics to health technologies to big data that can be applied to multiple sectors.

Our Research

UBC is a living laboratory where research is integrated into the operation of the university.

The UBC’s Vancouver campus is a city-scale testbed that can de-risk technologies and growth pathways for cities in Canada and worldwide. UBC Vancouver is a low-emissions, independent municipality of over 60,000 with its own utility and year-round residents with diverse demographics.

Applied Science research projects have helped increase innovation in mining, oil and gas, aerospace, health, real estate, city planning and many others.

Our research and development initiatives have hatched many successful start-ups. More than 150 companies have been launched through UBC research and through our business accelerator, Hatch.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UBC is ranked in the top universities globally for its impact towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

UBC has been ranked 1st in Canada and 7th globally for its impact towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Times Higher Education ranks UBC as 1st in the world for university climate action and 3rd for sustainable cities and communities.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world:

  • 01 No Poverty
  • 02 Zero Hunger
  • 03 Good Health and Wellbeing
  • 04 Quality Education
  • 05 Gender Equality
  • 06 Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 07 Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 08 Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 09 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 10 Reduced Inequalities
  • 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 13 Climate Action
  • 14 Life Below Water
  • 15 Life On Land
  • 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • 17 Partnerships For the Goals

Research Centres

UBC has globally leading research centres to help solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Bio Products Institute

The BioProducts Institute is changing the way our society collaborates with nature for a sustainable and renewable future. We bring together state-of-the-art research and resources in a unique innovative ecosystem.

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Clean Energy Research Centre

Providing safe, widespread, and equitable access to sustainable energy is one of the key challenges of our time. CERC hosts world-leading researchers who see ths challenge as an opportunity to help future generations inherit a better world.

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Advanced Materials and Process Engineering Laboratory

AMPEL is a vibrant place for research in advanced materials and process engineering, with cutting edge research that ranges from the theoretical physical properties of nanofibre to the production of advanced composites.

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Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems

The Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS) is a multidisciplinary research institute that supports collaborative research in advanced technologies systems. Over 150 faculty members from 10 faculties and schools across UBC collaborate within ICICS and with industry.

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Walter Mérida

Associate Dean, Research and Partnerships

Kelly Best

Director, Research and Strategic Partnerships

Bruce Marchfelder

Director, Knowledge Exchange

Kyra Laverdiere

Senior Manager, Research Partnerships

Joanne Moszynski

Manager, Research Development

Paolo Marcazzan

NSE Research Development Officer

Raphaell Moreira

NSE Research Development Officer

Sarah Akhtar

Administrative Lead to the Associate Deans

Flint Rennie

Administrative Assistant to Associate Deans