The University of British Columbia (UBC), formerly known as McGill University College of British Columbia, is a public research university with campuses near Vancouver and in Kelowna, British Columbia. Established in 1908, it is British Columbia's oldest university. The university ranks among the top three universities in Canada. With an annual research budget of $759 million, UBC funds over 8,000 projects a year.
UBC’s main campuses are situated in Vancouver, a major cultural and economic hub in the region, and Kelowna, a city located in the vicinity of Okanagan Lake in southern British Columbia. Also in Vancouver, UBC Robson Square is a vibrant learning centre in the heart of downtown, the UBC Learning Exchange is a community engagement initiative based in the Downtown Eastside, and UBC’s Centre for Digital Media at the Great Northern Way Campus is located in Mount Pleasant. UBC also provides clinical education to Faculty of Medicine students at 80+ training sites across British Columbia. One of the largest research libraries in Canada, the UBC Library system has over 9.9 million volumes among its 21 branches. The Okanagan campus, acquired in 2005, is located in Kelowna, British Columbia. The university is the largest academic institution in British Columbia and one of the biggest in Canada.
In the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities rankings, the university ranked 44th in the world and second in Canada. The 2023 QS World University Rankings ranked the University 47th in the world, and third in Canada. The 2023 Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the University 40th in the world, and second in Canada. Along with academic and research-based rankings, the university has also been ranked by publications that evaluate the employment prospects of its graduates. In the Times Higher Education's 2022 global employability ranking, the university ranked 36th in the world and third in Canada.
The University of British Columbia attracts, nurtures and inspires more than 6 8 ,000 students from Canada and 140+ countries around the world. UBC’s global alumni network has more than 370,000 individuals, representing 148 countries, which includes 8 Nobel laureates, 74 Rhodes scholars, 65 Olympians garnering medals, 10 fellows in both American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the Royal Society, and 273 fellows to the Royal Society of Canada have been affiliated with UBC. 3 Canadian prime ministers, including Canada's first female prime minister, Kim Campbell, and current prime minister, Justin Trudeau, have been educated at UBC.