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Knowledge is no longer predominantly local; it is a global phenomenon, built collectively.

partnerships or develop higher education capacity in this region or other regions?
toope: The Pacific Rim is an important

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area of focus for UBC, but it is certainly not our only area of focus. As a world leading university, we have ties at an institutional level that span the globe. At the level of the individual researcher, UBC faculty members are involved in research partnerships in, literally, every corner of the globe. In early April, our vice president research and international officially launched our International Strategic Plan, setting clear priorities for the next three to five years. This plan includes three areas of geographic focus: China, India, and Europe. This framing provides another way of answering this question. These areas were selected because there are important game-changing actions to be taken in these areas over this time frame. And the goals are dramatically different in each case: China is a priority because of the changing landscape for university education there. As Canada’s pre-eminent location for scholarship on China, this is an ideal moment for UBC to expand and reaffirm linkages through research collaboration, graduate student exchange, and student recruitment. In the case of India, UBC is joining with other institutions to really put Canada on the map as a destination of choice for Indian students. We are also looking carefully at the possibility of partnerships to provide educational opportunities in India. In the case of Europe, our focus is on expanding our research partnerships. UBC will always have a dominant strategic focus on parts of the Pacific Rim, but we are too big, and too diverse, for this to be our only focus.

German research institution. Can you describe how both institutions plan to conduct joint research projects and increase scholarly exchanges?
toope: The Max Planck-UBC Center for

Quantum Materials was formed with funding from both sides to jointly perform research and training in one of the most fascinating areas of physics, namely study of the exotic phenomena in materials that are directly determined by the quantum nature of the constituents. The Center operates through summer and winter schools in which each of the partners brings faculty and trainees together in either Germany or Vancouver to listen to experts lead discussions of particular areas in quantum materials. The workshops that have been held in this series thus far have already initiated some exciting new research activities both at UBC and in Stuttgart at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research. Progress reports on experiments and recent theoretical advances provide an exciting substrate for generation of new ideas and directions of investigation. Faculty and trainee exchanges are also covered by Center funding, and some support for research services is included to allow expert maintenance and development of the extraordinary experimental facilities available to both parties. All research accomplished through the Center is published jointly by the investigators from both countries. An intermediate term goal is to expand the physical presence of the Center at UBC with the support of donated funds. borders important to building a greater global knowledge economy and how can institutions help create such projects?
toope: Internationally collaborative research is valued by universities because it ie: Why is joint faculty research across

builds intellectual synergies, tests ideas, and pools resources. Knowledge is no longer predominantly local; it is a global phenomenon, built collectively. Knowledge that connects directly to the “knowledge economy” is not unique in this regard. Universities foster international collaborations in myriad ways through funding support for conferences and workshops, thorough visitorships, and travel grants involving professors, post-docs, and research students. Universities also establish partnership relationships at an institutional level within which individual researchers can develop collaborative projects. UBC researchers have scores of such partnerships with universities around the world, and especially in the United States, Europe, and China. For example, an exciting research partnership in infectious disease research has been created with nodes at UBC and Hong Kong University. Additionally, partnership patterns differ around the globe. In some locations, the most appropriate partnerships are with independent institutes, such as our new partnership with the Max Plank Institute and our long-term relationship in mathematics with France’s CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research).
ie: Can you describe how UBC is supporting peace efforts though hosting events with Peace it Together or through other means? toope: UBC is committed to the principle that knowledge and respectful dialogue foster global understanding. Our commitments to global citizenship and to intercultural understanding are themselves commitments to a more harmonious global future. We certainly do work with institutions like Peace It

ie: In October 2010, UBC formed a part-

nership with the Max Planck Society, a

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International Educator - May/june 2011
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Frontlines
In Brief
Voices UBC President Stephen J. Toope
Building Partnerships: Indonesia and the United States
One Path— Many Destinations
Windfall Scholarships for Education Abroad
66 Weaving Service Into Study Abroad
FSA
International Enrollment
Partnering
A View From Out Here
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