In building partnerships, UBC works to fulfill its strategic goal of meaningful global engagement.

To be effective, international engagement needs to operate at many levels with many types of institutions. Most successful partnerships are founded on strong connections between people; UBC’s partnerships are driven by faculty members and students.

Some partnerships have a greater concentration of connections. For example, we work with the partner institution across several disciplines and types of activity, such as student mobility and research collaboration. We identify these as strategic partners. Our strategic partners are located around the world and include the following regions and institutions.

For further information about these and other partners, please contact Tangerine Twiss at (604) 822 3114.


Asia is a traditional region of engagement that reflects UBC’s location on the Pacific Rim.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Student exchange
  • International MBA program

The student exchange agreement with Shanghai Jiao Tong is UBC’s oldest agreement in this region and one of the first international agreements to be signed by UBC.  

University of Tokyo

  • Student exchange 
  • Athletics
  • Physics joint research

Engagement with Asian universities goes beyond Asian studies and research. UBC’s rowing team has been visiting the University of Tokyo for 30 years; our relationship was recently expanded by a new  agreement to support research collaboration in physics.

Hong Kong University

Our multi-dimensional links with the Hong Kong University include activities at many levels: research collaboration, joint academic programs, student exchange and an international student residence and cultural centre on the UBC campus. The Simon K.Y. Lee HKU-UBC House was made possible by a gift from Hong Kong-based philanthropist Simon K.Y. Lee. It will open in October 2010 with accommodations for up to 100 HKU students and the same number of UBC students.


UBC is currently developing its partnerships in India; one of the strongest links is with the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.
UBC is the host institution for Mitacs, a non-profit research network whose Globalink program brings Indian students to UBC and other Canadian universities for education and internships with industry.


Max Planck Society, Germany

  • Joint quantum physics workshops
  • Exploring collaborative research opportunities and exchange of faculty and graduate students

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. It promotes new and innovative research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France

  • Mathematics

UBC is a founding member of the Pacific Institute of Mathematical Science (PIMS) at UBC, which is a Unité Mixte Internationale of the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), an honour shared by only three other international research centres. 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.

North America

The United States is the most common country of origin for international students at UBC, and many UBC faculty members have degrees from American universities. UBC has many links to institutions in the USA and Mexico.

University of California 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, was recently renewed, and is one of the most active student exchanges at UBC.  In addition to this program, UBC has many links to the individual universities within the System.

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 in Mexico and abroad.

UBC and Tec de Monterrey have joint academic programs dating back to 2001. Tec de Monterrey-UBC House was 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.

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