UBC turns 100

 

 
 
 
 
In 1922, hundreds of students marched in The Great Trek from UBC’s historic Fairview campus to Point Grey, where they wanted the school’s future campus to be built. A few years later it was. Students, staff and faculty plan to recreate this photo today at noon.
 
 

In 1922, hundreds of students marched in The Great Trek from UBC’s historic Fairview campus to Point Grey, where they wanted the school’s future campus to be built. A few years later it was. Students, staff and faculty plan to recreate this photo today at noon.

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VANCOUVER — Class at the University of B.C. went in session for the first time 100 years ago Wednesday.

Students were divided into three faculties — arts, applied science and agriculture — but unified by mandatory military training that continued until the conclusion of the First World War.

The Point Grey campus opened in 1925 and four years later students gifted the school its first gymnasium. Teams took on the moniker “Thunderbirds” a few years after that.

The first women’s residences opened in 1951, in the same year the names of students who died in the two World Wars were listed in War Memorial Gymnasium.

A quarter century later, UBC’s Museum of Anthropology moved from the basement of the library to its current home, designed by architect Arthur Erickson.

UBC Okanagan officially opened in 2005, then doubled five years later with a major land purchase from the City of Kelowna.

This year, the university limped to its centennial with the sudden and mysterious departure of former president Arvind Gupta.

Martha Piper - who had served as UBC’s 11th president - has resumed her former role on an interim basis. In an interview on the eve of the centennial, she told the Sun that 100 years is not all that old for an academic institution, but that’s not to play down the milestone.

“Most of our peers that we are now being compared with are two or three times older than we are. If you think about Oxford, Cambridge, Princeton, Yale, and then you look at U of (Toronto), McGill, all of these universities are significantly older than UBC.

“To have achieved what we’ve achieved and be in the top 30 or 40 universities in 100 years is truly extraordinary and I think it positions us to do incredible things in our next century.”

The university is the first in the province to hit 100, making it No. 1, in at least one sense. Here are five other numbers of interest:

7 — Nobel Prize winners counted among current or former faculty and alumni. Among them is 1993 prize winner Michael Smith, who won the award for a chemistry breakthrough so complicated you’d need a UBC degree to understand it.

40 — Amount in Canadian dollars students were charged per year of tuition in 1920. That is up from $0 in 1915 and the equivalent of $435.21 in 2015 dollars — less than 10 per cent of an arts student’s first year tuition.

65 — UBC’s oldest undergraduate student. Bernadette Chong, a grandmother from Richmond, is a former accountant and has returned to school to study linguistics.

18 — Number of international students among the 379 people enrolled in classes in 1915. This year, 22 per cent of the school’s 60,652 students are international.

2,100,000,000 — The school’s annual operating budget in Canadian dollars. That’s up from $1.5 million in 1915.

Source of all figures and facts: UBC

mrobinson@vancouversun.com

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In 1922, hundreds of students marched in The Great Trek from UBC’s historic Fairview campus to Point Grey, where they wanted the school’s future campus to be built. A few years later it was. Students, staff and faculty plan to recreate this photo today at noon.
 

In 1922, hundreds of students marched in The Great Trek from UBC’s historic Fairview campus to Point Grey, where they wanted the school’s future campus to be built. A few years later it was. Students, staff and faculty plan to recreate this photo today at noon.

 
In 1922, hundreds of students marched in The Great Trek from UBC’s historic Fairview campus to Point Grey, where they wanted the school’s future campus to be built. A few years later it was. Students, staff and faculty plan to recreate this photo today at noon.
Michael Smith’s Nobel Prize among other framed momentos at the Leon and Thea Koerner University Center. smith is one of seven Nobel Prize winners counted among current or former faculty and alumni.
Bernadette Chong, a 65-year-old grandmother from Richmond, is a former accountant and has returned to UBC to study linguistics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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