Jan - Feb 2022: Needs and Aspirations

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the first public engagement series for Campus Vision 2050 from January 18 - February 17, 2022.






To learn more about Campus Vision 2050, we encourage you to explore the other pages on this website.

  • Visit the About page to learn why UBC is undertaking this process.
  • Visit the Process page to learn about the planning and engagement approach, what the scope of the process includes, and what we are working towards.
  • Visit the FAQ page to find answers to common questions.
  • Visit the Campus Profile (links to an external site) to learn about the Vancouver campus and its people.





Needs and Aspirations

The focus of this first January - February engagement was to understand and explore the university community’s needs and aspirations for the future of the Vancouver campus.

To do this, we gathered input in two ways:

1.We sought insights into your experience of the campus.

What's working well and what needs improvement? What are your hopes and dreams for the campus of the future?
2.We wanted your feedback on a set of needs and aspiration themes that emerged from a pre-planning process.

What do you see as opportunities and challenges associated with these themes? Do they capture your needs and aspirations for the future campus?

The themes were summarized below and you can see more details about each theme, including a snapshot of what we have heard from the community so far, by visiting Emerging Themes in Detail.


From January 18 - February 17, 2022, there were four ways to provide input and feedback:

1.Drop a pin on the Campus Map.
2.Fill out the Survey.
3.Post on the Ideas Boards.
4.Ask a question on the Q&A board.


You can also access information about Campus Vision 2050 events on the right side of your screen.


How your feedback will be used

Outcomes from this first public engagement will be used to update Preliminary Terms of Reference, which were developed as part of Campus Vision 2050 pre-planning work.

Your input and feedback will help in the drafting of Final Terms of Reference, which will be presented to the UBC Board of Governors in June 2022. They will include principles and strategies that will guide the rest of the Campus Vision 2050 process over the next 2.5 years.

Visit the Process page to learn more about this.


Emerging themes

With input from the administration, discussions with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm representatives and focus groups with the UBC community, the pre-planning process identified preliminary needs and aspirations for the future of the campus. They are organized under eight highly interconnected themes.

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is not identified as a standalone theme as it is a university-wide imperative that will be integrated into the entire Campus Vision 2050 process.

For a detailed presentation of each theme, including a snapshot of what we have heard so far, click the link that follows – it will take you to the relevant chapter in Emerging Themes in Detail, a companion website to this engagement.



Academic Mission – planning for teaching, learning and academic program spaces, research facilities, and educational amenities that anticipate change, respond to new needs, and ensure the land endowed to the university continues to serve the primary purpose of supporting research and teaching excellence.

Visit the Academic Mission section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Campus Indigenous Communities – deepening the relationship with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and campus Indigenous communities, enriching the campus with a stronger Indigenous presence and creating spaces that are welcoming to and inclusive of Indigenous people.

Visit the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Campus Indigenous Communities section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Climate Action – supporting implementation of the Climate Action Plan targets for reducing GHGs, energy and water consumption through sustainable land use planning, and climate-responsive building and landscape strategies.

Visit the Climate Action section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Affordable Housing – supporting Housing Action Plan policies, including the role that land use planning can play in student, faculty, staff and community housing affordability.

Visit the Affordable Housing section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Wellbeing – ensuring a campus that fosters livability, diversity, accessibility and inclusion with buildings, open spaces, and neighbourhoods that reinforce UBC as a special place and enhance individual and community wellbeing through their design.

Visit the Wellbeing section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Ecological Sustainability – harnessing the unique environment of the campus, as well as Indigenous knowledge and the university community’s expertise, to increase the ecological health of the Vancouver campus, support ecosystem services, and increase the social wellbeing of the campus community. 

Visit the Ecological Sustainability section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Connectivity and Mobility – exploring the suite of transportation needs of a growing campus to ensure a safe, convenient and efficient transportation network that prioritizes walking, cycling and transit—this includes planning for the arrival of SkyTrain.

Visit the Connectivity and Mobility section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Innovation and Partnerships – creating innovative research and learning environments in partnership with industry, government, Indigenous communities and non-profits on campus and using the campus as a test bed for innovation and transformative relationship building.

Visit the Innovation and Partnerships section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Campus Vision 2050 will address the complexity of needs and aspirations that emerge from this process. Visit the Process page to learn how.


Thank you to everyone who provided their Needs and Aspirations feedback from January 18 - February 17, 2022.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first public engagement series for Campus Vision 2050 from January 18 - February 17, 2022.






To learn more about Campus Vision 2050, we encourage you to explore the other pages on this website.

  • Visit the About page to learn why UBC is undertaking this process.
  • Visit the Process page to learn about the planning and engagement approach, what the scope of the process includes, and what we are working towards.
  • Visit the FAQ page to find answers to common questions.
  • Visit the Campus Profile (links to an external site) to learn about the Vancouver campus and its people.





Needs and Aspirations

The focus of this first January - February engagement was to understand and explore the university community’s needs and aspirations for the future of the Vancouver campus.

To do this, we gathered input in two ways:

1.We sought insights into your experience of the campus.

What's working well and what needs improvement? What are your hopes and dreams for the campus of the future?
2.We wanted your feedback on a set of needs and aspiration themes that emerged from a pre-planning process.

What do you see as opportunities and challenges associated with these themes? Do they capture your needs and aspirations for the future campus?

The themes were summarized below and you can see more details about each theme, including a snapshot of what we have heard from the community so far, by visiting Emerging Themes in Detail.


From January 18 - February 17, 2022, there were four ways to provide input and feedback:

1.Drop a pin on the Campus Map.
2.Fill out the Survey.
3.Post on the Ideas Boards.
4.Ask a question on the Q&A board.


You can also access information about Campus Vision 2050 events on the right side of your screen.


How your feedback will be used

Outcomes from this first public engagement will be used to update Preliminary Terms of Reference, which were developed as part of Campus Vision 2050 pre-planning work.

Your input and feedback will help in the drafting of Final Terms of Reference, which will be presented to the UBC Board of Governors in June 2022. They will include principles and strategies that will guide the rest of the Campus Vision 2050 process over the next 2.5 years.

Visit the Process page to learn more about this.


Emerging themes

With input from the administration, discussions with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm representatives and focus groups with the UBC community, the pre-planning process identified preliminary needs and aspirations for the future of the campus. They are organized under eight highly interconnected themes.

Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is not identified as a standalone theme as it is a university-wide imperative that will be integrated into the entire Campus Vision 2050 process.

For a detailed presentation of each theme, including a snapshot of what we have heard so far, click the link that follows – it will take you to the relevant chapter in Emerging Themes in Detail, a companion website to this engagement.



Academic Mission – planning for teaching, learning and academic program spaces, research facilities, and educational amenities that anticipate change, respond to new needs, and ensure the land endowed to the university continues to serve the primary purpose of supporting research and teaching excellence.

Visit the Academic Mission section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Campus Indigenous Communities – deepening the relationship with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and campus Indigenous communities, enriching the campus with a stronger Indigenous presence and creating spaces that are welcoming to and inclusive of Indigenous people.

Visit the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Campus Indigenous Communities section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Climate Action – supporting implementation of the Climate Action Plan targets for reducing GHGs, energy and water consumption through sustainable land use planning, and climate-responsive building and landscape strategies.

Visit the Climate Action section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Affordable Housing – supporting Housing Action Plan policies, including the role that land use planning can play in student, faculty, staff and community housing affordability.

Visit the Affordable Housing section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Wellbeing – ensuring a campus that fosters livability, diversity, accessibility and inclusion with buildings, open spaces, and neighbourhoods that reinforce UBC as a special place and enhance individual and community wellbeing through their design.

Visit the Wellbeing section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Ecological Sustainability – harnessing the unique environment of the campus, as well as Indigenous knowledge and the university community’s expertise, to increase the ecological health of the Vancouver campus, support ecosystem services, and increase the social wellbeing of the campus community. 

Visit the Ecological Sustainability section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Connectivity and Mobility – exploring the suite of transportation needs of a growing campus to ensure a safe, convenient and efficient transportation network that prioritizes walking, cycling and transit—this includes planning for the arrival of SkyTrain.

Visit the Connectivity and Mobility section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Innovation and Partnerships – creating innovative research and learning environments in partnership with industry, government, Indigenous communities and non-profits on campus and using the campus as a test bed for innovation and transformative relationship building.

Visit the Innovation and Partnerships section of Emerging Themes in Detail.


Campus Vision 2050 will address the complexity of needs and aspirations that emerge from this process. Visit the Process page to learn how.


Thank you to everyone who provided their Needs and Aspirations feedback from January 18 - February 17, 2022.  

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