UBC is ranked the number one university in the world for taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, and number one in Canada for making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, according to Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings. The THE University Impact Rankings, in which UBC ranks top three overall amongst 500 participating institutions across 75 countries and six continents, aims to measure universities’ social and economic contributions through their success in delivering on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Top 50 in 41 of 48
One of the world’s most popular sources of comparative data about university performance, QS World University Rankings, has rated UBC in the top 50 for 41 of 48 subjects tracked, including best in the world for library and information management, fifth in the world for geography, ninth for mineral and mining engineering, 12th for earth and marine sciences, 15th for agriculture and forestry, and 16th for psychology.
A poll commissioned by UBC revealed that a vast majority of Metro Vancouver residents support extending the Millennium Line SkyTrain to UBC beyond Arbutus Street. Sixty per cent said it should be considered a regional priority. An extension would connect UBC, with no transfers, to Burnaby and Coquitlam, and to Surrey, New Westminster and Richmond with just one transfer, drastically reducing the travel time between these cities and the university campus.
In a recent UBC study involving a representative sample of about 2,000 Canadians aged 18‑94, more than one in ten (12 per cent) reported that open relationships were their “ideal relationship type.” The study’s lead author was psychology prof Nichole Fairbrother.
Two surveys taken 11 years apart (2004 and 2015) show a 13 per cent decrease in the amount of fruit and veg being consumed by Canadians. These were the findings of research led by Claire Tugault‑Lafleur, a postdoctoral fellow in UBC’s Food, Nutrition and Health program.