September 12, 2014
President Gupta reaffirms the importance of UBC’s links to the Asia Pacific region as a top priority for his new administration
“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.”
President Gupta also affirms support for entrepreneurship
First we must celebrate and support entrepreneurship. As a great university, UBC has entrepreneurship embedded in its DNA; in our classrooms, our labs, our cultural venues – in the downtown core – in every setting where we engage students, supporters and private-sector partners.
We know entrepreneurship involves risk.
There are personal risks, as when families send us their children – from B.C., from distant Canadian communities, like Timmins, or from halfway around the world.
There are professional risks, as when a researcher embarks on a truly innovative line of inquiry.
And there are organizational risks, as when we commit to becoming more accountable and efficient, even as we improve UBC’s learning experience and extend the scope and scale of our research.
So, first, we will embrace entrepreneurship and we will embrace risk.
Read or view the full speech here: http://www.ubc.ca/newpresident/installation.html