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New strategic international partnerships formed
In May UBC welcomed a delegation visiting from the University of Exeter—an institution that is emerging as a strategic partner for the Okanagan campus, with the following active research collaborations underway across four Okanagan Faculties:
- Rehan Sadiq, School of Engineering: Water-energy nexus assessment for resilient water infrastructure in Canada and the UK
- Rob Shave, School of Health and Exercise Sciences: Research and Education Partnerships in Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
- Karis Shearer, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies: Digital Humanities Research Internships, joint program of skills development
- Jonathan Little, School of Health and Exercise Sciences: The role of b-hydroxybutyrate in suppressing exercise and obesity induced inflammation
- Virginie Magnat, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies & Karen Ragoonaden Okanagan School of Education, Cluster of Research Excellence in Culture, Creativity and Health & Well-Being
A UBC system-wide student mobility agreement with the University of Exeter was also signed during the delegation’s visit, and Okanagan Faculties are keen to develop a strong student exchange program with their counterparts at Exeter.
A Statement of Cooperation was recently signed with FLAME University, India, and the development of student exchange opportunities is in progress. FLAME is the pioneer of liberal education in India and offers unique opportunities for student mobility, such as the Discover India Program—an intensive, experiential program to enable students to explore various facets of Indian culture and heritage.
UBC International Strategy finishes consultation
Following the launch of UBC’s new strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century, the Office of the Vice-Provost, International is developing UBC’s International Strategy. The strategy, expected to be released in late 2019, will help UBC articulate the role and impact of global engagement and will provide guiding values and principles to assist in decision-making related to our international activities, outline focused actions, and articulate resource and asset deployment. The Okanagan campus held an International Strategy workshop in May, with staff, faculty, and students in attendance. The consultation phase is now complete and a draft strategy is being prepared for review.
Engineering welcomes international student summer cohort
The School of Engineering will host a cohort of undergraduate students from Northwestern Polytechnical University in China this summer. The group of approximately 30 students will participate in an academic and cultural summer camp on campus, which includes instructional programming in Engineering, as well as social and educational site visits and activities in the local community.