Focus on People 2025

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What will inspire you to work at UBC in 2025?

A word from Benoit-Antoine Bacon, President and Vice-Chancellor

The University of British Columbia is one of the most vibrant places of research, teaching, and innovation in the world. A large part of what makes our institution unique is the community of engaged faculty, staff, students, and partners who are collectively committed to shaping a better world.

Benoit-Antoine Bacon, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor

On behalf of the entire community of the University of British Columbia, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our great institution.

Whether you are already part of our UBC community or in the process of joining us—through work, study or partnership—it is with great pride that I welcome you to one of the most progressive and innovative places of learning and research in the world.

Consistently ranked among the best universities across the globe, UBC has been helping shape British Columbia and Canada for over a hundred years.

This university has many strengths, covering virtually every aspect of human endeavor – whether it relates to academic and research excellence, climate action, Indigenous reconciliation and equity, diversity and inclusion.

We also pride ourselves on our amazing students who come here from more than 160 countries and territories, to study on our world-class campuses and learning sites.

I serve in this role because I believe that higher education is the best way to address the many issues facing our world and to create a better future for all.

UBC is a dynamic place to learn, reflect, discover and potentially transform the world; an incredible community of distinguished researchers, teachers, students, staff and alumni. Whatever the nature of your relationship with our university, I hope you will join us in this journey together!

Benoit-Antoine Bacon
17th President and Vice-Chancellor
The University of British Columbia

We acknowledge that UBC’s two main campuses are located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Syilx (Okanagan) peoples.

UBC Values

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Academic Freedom
  • Accountability

“Ensure that UBC is an employer of choice in the community, that people feel there is an opportunity to be part of something great by working here.” – What we heard in the UBC community consultation

What will inspire you to work at UBC in 2025?

Focus on People 2025 identifies four “catalyst” areas. Each catalyst takes a look at why it matters, what the numbers say, what UBC will look like in the future, and the actions to get us there.


I am part of a diverse, inclusive, safe and vibrant workplace

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I can grow my career

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I am shaping the future of research, teaching and work

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I am inspired by diverse leaders who live UBC’s values

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Over 6,000 faculty and staff participated in the Workplace Experience Survey

Stakeholder interviews and research

FALL 2018
Consultation survey with over 1,500 faculty, staff and student responses

APRIL 2019
Focus on People 2025 presented to Board of Governors

Begin implementing Focus on People 2025