As one of five themes proposed by President Gupta, UBC as an International Place, a global microcosm and a nexus, resonates with the Liu Institute’s mission and mandate. We believe UBC effectively serves as a gateway to the social, economic and, ultimately, a sustainable world.
Excerpt from Professor Arvind Gupta's Installation Address:
UBC as an International Place
As one of the world’s top 25 public institutions, UBC is a portal for global engagement, connecting our cities, our province, and our country to the world. Our students and faculty learn about the world, teach about the world, and stand in service to the world.
We will stretch this portal – and shrink the world – fostering research-and-learning links across BC, Canada, and beyond.
I want to particularly highlight our connection with the Pacific Rim. UBC is Canada’s clearest window into the creative and entrepreneurial forces of the Asia Pacific. We owe it to our students to enhance their connections to this flourishing region. We owe it to our scholars, who collaborate with the Asia Pacific research powerhouses. We owe it to our province to showcase our researchers, our innovators, and our entrepreneurs.
Expanding this portal will require us to leverage UBC’s global network of partnerships. I have spent much of my professional life thinking about those relationships. Watching – and helping – Canada’s universities to collaborate internationally, it has become clear that no single university can match the productive capacity of multi-institutional, multi-national teams.
Such alliances tap into all of UBC’s strengths: from the historically and ethically informed critical thinking skills of the Humanities, to the transformative capabilities of modern science.