The University of British Columbia, Canada
The University of British Columbia (UBC), established in 1908, educates a student population of 50,000 on major campuses in two cities and holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. International students come to UBC from over 143 countries and comprise 12.6% of the total student population. There are over 240,000 UBC alumni in 120 countries. The UBC Library is the 2nd-largest research library in Canada.
UBC is one of the world's great public universities. UBC was ranked 34th in the Times Higher Education Supplement in 2008, and for the past five years it has been among the top 40 institutes in the world as ranked by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. UBC ranks in the top 10 universities in North America in commercializing research and for its patent activity in the Life Sciences.
Links to the health workforce crisis
UBC has received more than $26 million in research funding from the latest competition held by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Earlier in July 2009, CIHR approved 403 projects across Canada through its Operating Grant program (a total investment of $255.6 million over five years). Forty-three projects led by principal investigators from UBC and its affiliated hospital and health authority partners received funding. Go Global will recruit students in September for its ISL placement in Lesotho, a small southern African country. The project was first held this past summer and is one of six ISL programs. The ISL placements – also offered in Costa Rica, Rwanda, Mexico, Swaziland and Uganda – connect students and their academic interests with grassroots community organizations around the world for volunteer programs that focus on reciprocal learning.
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