UBCO welcomes class of brand-new college students

Whereas UBCO’s scholar inhabitants has elevated through the years, the campus footprint and its analysis amenities have additionally grown considerably since UBCO opened. These two pictures, from 2005 and 2021 present how a lot the campus has modified.

This week, UBC Okanagan welcomes 3,330 new college students to campus, with loads of orientation packages and new amenities to assist them really feel at house.

That is the largest-ever incoming cohort of home and worldwide college students at UBCO.

What’s outstanding about that quantity, says UBC Okanagan Principal Dr. Lesley Cormack, is when the campus first opened its doorways 17 years in the past, the whole scholar inhabitants—about 3,500—was roughly equal to this 12 months’s incoming cohort.

“12 months after 12 months, college students are attracted by UBC Okanagan’s nice packages and excellent professors,” she says. “UBCO is a really distinctive place in Canadian post-secondary schooling—we mix the provide of a globally acknowledged UBC diploma with the chance to be taught and discover concepts at a campus and in a neighborhood that’s smaller in scale and ripe with potential for the long run.”

Whereas the enrolment numbers are nonetheless preliminary—the coed inhabitants has grown to greater than 12,000—the campus footprint and its analysis amenities have additionally grown considerably. On the identical time, Dr. Cormack notes that by hiring high-calibre school, greater than 55 previously two years, UBCO has managed to maintain its student-to-faculty ratio at about 23 to 1. Small class sizes, hands-on studying alternatives and a 158 per cent improve in analysis funding previously 5 years alone, are giving college students the chance to be taught and conduct analysis of their undergraduate years.

When UBCO opened in 2005, the campus consisted of 12 buildings. At the moment there are greater than 50, with plans for building to start this fall on the Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Innovation constructing, UBCO’s first main new tutorial constructing in recent times.

This 146,000 sq. foot challenge will deliver social sciences, pure sciences, humanities, inventive fields {and professional} disciplines collectively to facilitate collaboration and allow breakthroughs to resolve challenges dealing with the BC inside area and past. Together with analysis labs and lecture rooms, the constructing can even embody two lecture theatres.

Final 12 months, buildings on the campus Innovation Precinct, a 60-acre parcel of college land on Innovation Drive, opened to offer further built-in and interdisciplinary analysis area. As well as, two new residence buildings at the moment are house to greater than 400 college students on campus in addition to a brand new 450-seat eating corridor within the Nechako residence.

“The transformation at UBC Okanagan has been extraordinary, pushed by outstanding development in each scholar enrolment and analysis exercise,” Dr. Cormack provides. “Our campus now brings practically $50 million in annual analysis funding to the Okanagan, an unbelievable success story, however one which calls on us to repeatedly consider our wants for extra laboratory and classroom area.”

Additionally, this fall UBCO’s Visualization and Rising Media Studio (VEMS) will likely be open for college kids and school to have interaction with Canada’s highest decision 40-screen, 180-degree, 3D and digital reality-capable video wall. VEMS is an area that allows new initiatives like shared immersive experiences, ultra-high-resolution scientific simulation and information visualization, all supported by a high-powered graphics workstation for computationally intensive processes. This new instrument will enable researchers to discover prolonged realities, 3D fashions and holograms together with different new visible fields.

“It’s unbelievable to see how our campus has modified in the course of the previous 17 years. After the final two years, I’m delighted to as soon as once more see a vibrant campus with halls full of excellent professors and college students with inventive and revolutionary concepts,” Dr. Cormack provides. “I’m curious to see the place the approaching years will take us, however with main new amenities getting underway, the long run is right here now.”

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