UBC has partnership agreements with more than 300 universities and research institutions in more than 50 countries.
Our successful partnerships are founded on strong connections between people and are driven by faculty members and students.
The UBC International Team helps negotiate large-scale institutional partnerships with leading international research organizations. We also assist individual researchers with project-level global collaborations, and help the Go Global student mobility program to maintain relationships with more than 200 worldwide partners.
Together these partnerships create countless international opportunities for our faculty and students.
These are partnerships with multiple connections, across different disciplines and different types of activities such as student mobility and research co-operation.
Asia is a traditional region of engagement that reflects UBC’s Pacific Rim location.
Chongqing Municipal Education Commission
- Cooperation in research, teaching, curriculum development and training
- Student mobility
Calls are now open until March 11, 2016 for funded research placements in Chongqing through Mitacs.
Signed in 2013, UBC has concluded an unprecedented five-year strategic cooperation agreement with China's Chongqing municipal education commission, opening doors to increased academic and research collaborations with universities and research institutes. It is the first time UBC has entered into such a wide-ranging agreement with this level of government in China.
Collaborations under the agreement will focus on urban planning and sustainable development, education, law, public policy and international relations, medicine and life sciences, engineering, management and leadership training, as well as the fine arts. institutes. It is the first time UBC has entered into such a wide-ranging agreement with this level of government in China.
Hong Kong University
- Student mobility
- Research collaboration
This multi-dimensional partnership includes activities at many levels: research collaboration, joint academic programs, student exchange and an international student residence and cultural centre on the UBC campus. Opened since 2010, the Simon K.Y. Lee HKU-UBC House was made possible by a gift from Hong Kong-based philanthropist Simon K.Y. Lee, and offers accommodations for up to 100 HKU students and 100 UBC students.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
- Student exchange
The student exchange agreement with Shanghai Jiao Tong, initially signed in 1983, is UBC’s oldest agreement in this region and one of the first international agreements to be signed by UBC.
- International MBA (IMBA) program
The UBC IMBA Program provides an advanced business education with a truly global focus. It consists of a 20-month, part-time MBA program offered by UBC Sauder School of Business in partnership with the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
- Academic Exchange Programme
This partnership between UBC and Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, has been active since 1991. The award-winning UBC Ritsumeikan Academic Exchange Programme enables 100 students from Ritsumeikan University to come to UBC each year to live and study. Living alongside UBC students in UBC residences, students from both universities gain international and intercultural experience. The Ritsumeikan-UBC House was established on campus at UBC as a symbol of this academic partnership.
The agreement also provides opportunities for faculty members to participate in the exchange.
India Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC IMPACTS)
- Research & Development
- Research for development
IC-Impacts is the first, and only, Canada-India Research Centre of Excellence established through the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). Built upon the vision of three of Canada’s leading research universities – UBC, University of Alberta, and University of Toronto – IC-IMPACTS brings together researchers, industry innovators, community leaders, government agencies, and community organizations from across India and Canada to find solutions to the key challenges that affect the quality of life of millions of people in Indian and Canadian communities.
Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB)
- Doctoral scholarships
The Indian government has committed $1.92 million to support Indian PhD students in science and engineering research programs at UBC.
The new program, developed in partnership with India’s national Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), will offer 20 students from India scholarships of $96,000 ($24,000 per year over 4 years) to support living expenses while they study at UBC. The program will run from 2016-17 to 2020-21 and will strengthen academic links between India and Canada. UBC is the first Canadian university and only the second university in the world to sign an agreement of this nature with SERB, an offshoot of India’s Department of Science and Technology.
This new scholarship will broaden and deepen UBC’s academic and research relations with India. UBC already works closely with India as part of its international engagement strategy.
India is UBC’s third largest source of international students with more than 540 undergraduate and graduate students studying at its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses (2014/15).
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
- The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS): Unité Mixte Internationale
UBC is a founding member of the PIMS at UBC, which is a Unité Mixte Internationale of the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The CNRS is a research organization funded by the Government of France. This partnership creates valuable opportunities for exchange between French researchers and UBC scholars.
Sciences Po (L’Institut d’études politiques de Paris)
- Dual degree program
Since 2013/14, UBC and Sciences Po have been offering a four-year Dual Degree program to both international and domestic students.
The Dual Degree provides students with the opportunity to learn through global experience and informed reflection on international comparisons, and allows them to work towards both:
- a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Sciences Po, Paris, and
- a Bachelor of Arts Degree or a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at UBC
Imperial College London (ICL)
- Research & innovation
- Student exchange
The newly signed agreement (June 2014) between ICL and UBC is creating tremendous opportunities to continue to grow this partnership further and across several areas of research and education. It also aims at increasing student and academic visits, as well as cultural interchange. This agreement, an integral part of UBC’s innovation agenda, formalized the relationship the two institutions have built over the years through a great variety of research collaborations, and allows for new connections to be developed.
- Applied research partnership
This $4.9-million research partnership between UBC and Germany’s Fraunhofer Society – Europe’s largest applied research institution – aims at advancing clean energy research in five critical areas, from wind energy to zero emission vehicles.
This international partnership, signed in 2012, constitute a three-year agreement that supports collaboration on biomass-to-energy conversion, fuel-cell and hydrogen technologies, large-part manufacturing, electrolysis and industrial aspects of solar-cell technology.
UBC is the first Canadian partner chosen for Fraunhofer’s ICON program. While Fraunhofer research is typically funded by industry, under the ICON program the German institution will contribute $3.26-million to the project, with UBC providing the remainder by its funding of basic and applied research undertaken at UBC.
Freie Universität Berlin (FUB)
- Intensive research and /or academic workshops
- Short-term research stays (for both young and established researchers)
- Research-oriented teaching opportunities (e.g. short intensive seminars)
In 2014, Freie Universität Berlin (FUB) and UBC have agreed that both institutions will contribute to a fund for the first two years of this strategic partnership initiative, which may with mutual agreement be extended beyond these initial two years.
Max Planck Society
- Research in quantum physics
- Student training opportunities
The "Max Planck Gesellschaft – UBC Center for Quantum Materials" provides a forum for interdisciplinary cooperation between physicists, chemists, and materials scientists working in the field of quantum phenomena in complex materials. A central mission of the Centre is to establish research opportunities at different stages of the scientific career, with flexible appointments between a few months as a visiting scientist and a few years as a postdoctoral fellow or a PhD student. The Center also creates new educational opportunities for students: This includes joint summer and winter schools and undergraduate jobs where students will get to know a different scientific culture and environment at an early stage of their careers.
The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent organization funded by Government of Germany. The Society primarily supports research through its 80 research institutes and international partners promoting new and innovative research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and humanities.
UBC has many links to institutions in North America. The USA is UBC’s largest international research partner, the source of substantial research funding, the location of many significant interactions, and the home of a great number of international students.
United States of America
University of California (UCal) System
- Student exchange
The University of California System serves 220,000 students across 10 campuses, including Berkeley, Davis, and USC. The UBC agreement with the UCal System dates back to 1987, and is one of UBC’s most active student exchange.
Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)
- Joint academic programs
- Student residence
Tec de Monterrey has 28 campuses in Mexico with baccalaureate and graduate programs and a Virtual University that operates both in Mexico and abroad.
UBC and Tec de Monterrey have had joint academic programs since 2001. Tec de Monterrey-UBC House opened in 2001 with 194 single rooms. Tec-UBC House is open to applications from any UBC student, and students from Tec de Monterrey University are welcome at any of UBC’s residences.
- Student research internship
UBC is the host institution for Mitacs, a non-profit research network whose programs bring students from around the world to UBC and other Canadian universities for education and internships with industry.
- Research & Development
UBC is the host institution for the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI), a centre of expertise in improving and strengthening resource governance worldwide.
CIRDI is a coalition of the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU) and École Polytechnique de Montréal (EPM), working in partnership with the Canadian Government, civil society and industry.