Connecting UBC and the world, we support global engagement and partnership-building. We can make introductions to potential collaborators, share opportunities and help with academic partnership agreements.
In addition to collaborating on global program and course development, we also coordinate international visits and delegations. Whether you want to leverage existing relationships or create new ones, we want to hear from you.
PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND STEWARDSHIP
We help build strategic global relationships responsive to the needs and aspirations of deans, faculties and faculty members on behalf of UBC. Come to us for early-stage guidance, insights and advice on forging new partnerships, leveraging relationships and incorporating partners into teaching, learning, research and engagement goals.
PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE
We offer strategic advice and support on global partnership agreements and relevant processes at UBC, acting as a central coordinator. We also take care of partnership renewals when needed. To simplify the partnership process by making it efficient and user-friendly, we created the Global Partnerships Facilitation Group (GPFG), a service-centred advisory group that identifies relevant and clear pathways for partnership agreement development. By bringing together representatives from several key units across campus who regularly work on a broad range of partnership agreements – from basic Memorandums of Understanding to industry-funded research agreements – the GPFG provides expert, comprehensive guidance in navigating these processes at UBC.
DEEPENING AND BROADENING PARTNERSHIPS
We help current partners build on and expand their existing work with UBC and broaden the scope of activities, disciplines and stakeholders. We support the UBC community to connect into UBC’s current partnership network and engage within long-standing partnerships.
INTERNATIONAL VISITS AND DELEGATIONS
We can assist you in evaluating visitor requests from individuals and delegations, and advise on organization and protocol of international visits and trade missions. We coordinate the hosting of a variety of guests, including scholars, dignitaries, government representatives and university administrators. To get started, share with us your prospective dates, objectives and any guest details.
GLOBAL NETWORK ENGAGEMENT
UBC actively participates in global alliances and networks to help accelerate the convergence of knowledge and expertise around issues of global relevance. We can connect you with a relevant network or network coordinator.
We are here to help UBC faculty and staff with innovative global endeavors locally, virtually and internationally. Guided by UBC’s global engagement strategy, In Service, we assist in developing a wide range of programs – from transformative educational experiences to capacity-development initiatives and international conferences and events. We can also guide the creation of business proposals, project plans and agreements, working closely with partner units across campus as needed. Programs we support may involve one or more international or local partners, or may simply be global in scope or subject.
If you have a program idea and need support getting it off the ground, we want to hear from you. To start the conversation, get in touch with Cheryl Dumaresq, Managing Director, Office of the Vice-Provost International.
FACULTY-LED GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES
We can assist in putting together transformative learning experiences in global contexts, on global issues, to educate students as global citizens, critical thinkers and future leaders ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Global Seminars offer UBC faculty members the opportunity to move the classroom to a location that deepens students’ learning. UBC faculty run global seminars, often with support from partners in academia, industry or cultural institutions. These can be credit-bearing, a full course or a segment of a course. To get started, faculty can apply to run a global seminar.
Global Virtual Classrooms
A new strategic initiative supporting UBC’s global engagement strategy, In Service, Global Virtual Classrooms (GVC) focuses on developing students’ international competencies by leveraging technology and expertise within a partner network of institutions in 17 countries. Faculty can access a community of practice, subject matter experts and resources for collaborative and innovative course design and teaching on global issues in a virtual environment. GVC encompasses a range of activities – from curricular to co-curricular, short-term (for example, a student research forum) to long-term (a full course). GVC activities enrich the classroom experience with real-time interaction between peers from around the world, bringing diverse global perspectives to a topic. UBC’s Office of the Vice-Provost International and Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology support faculty in developing curriculum, in close collaboration with peers from one or more partner institutions.
If you are a UBC faculty member interested in developing a GVC experience, contact Daniella Weber, Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Vice-Provost International.
UBC STUDENT SAFETY ABROAD
Experiencing other cultures, countries and communities is a life-altering, perspective-broadening opportunity. We work hard to ensure our students are safe and secure wherever in the world they venture through our Student Safety Abroad Program and Policy. Our Student Safety Abroad Advisor helps faculty and staff who oversee or accompany students travelling internationally – from planning for a safe trip and leading pre-departure sessions to managing high-risk travel requests and providing help during emergencies.
HOSTING VISITING INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH STUDENTS
VIRS gives UBC faculty and departments a formalized pathway for allowing international research students to conduct research at UBC under your supervision. Our office supports you and the student through the entire administrative process, including obtaining UBC status and any immigration-related processes.
HONG KONG & NEW DELHI OFFICES
Our international offices in Hong Kong and India help faculty engage with partners, arrange visits, initiate research projects and collaborate in Asia. These offices also actively recruit students to UBC from the region, plus promote local alumni and development engagement.
UBC’s China Council is an advisory group as well as faculty resource. The Council supports engagement in China, advises UBC leadership on strategy and serves as an information hub on China for both UBC and the wider community.