To our alumni and friends,
Based on public health guidance, UBC is planning a return to campus in September. This is welcome news for many, including first and second-year students who are eager to experience campus life and learn alongside others in lecture halls for the very first time.
It could be a distant memory for you now, but stepping onto campus for the first time is a feeling you may recall fondly; what a simple joy for this new crop of students to soon know the same feeling, butterflies and all.
In-person classes won’t be a complete return to normal – as safety plans remain in place – but it does get us one step closer to a more regular way of life for the UBC community. It will also be an opportunity for us to continue to adapt, to rethink the way our courses are taught and delivered, and how we come together to carry out our mission of research, teaching and learning.
In this month’s newsletter, the Vancouver School of Economics has much to celebrate. Our featured alumni, Diana Manzi and Andrea Wenham, have carved out fulfilling careers for themselves in consulting and in the public service. Current students Saaskhi Mehta and Anushka Gupta are making their mark in Co-Op and in academic competition. And our faculty’s work continues to have far-reaching impact.
Dr. Jesse Perla is this year’s winner of a coveted research prize from the Bank of Canada, and Dr. David Green’s work on the BC Basic Income Panel has sparked significant policy discussion across Canada. You’ll also learn about innovative research led by Dr. Munir Squires in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which I gave him a little help with.
Lastly, a reminder that spring graduation will take place virtually on June 2. For more information on how to celebrate with us, visit graduation.ubc.ca.
Until next time,
Prof. Patrick Francois, VSE Director