Decade in Review

From 2010 to 2019, UBC saw substantial changes in everything from its governance to its geography, making for a number of successes and disappointments. Here we revisit some of the decade's biggest stories.

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In June 2018, a draft of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan was presented to the Board of Governors, intending to replace the university’s 2009 Aboriginal Strategic Plan and implement the TRC's 94 Calls to Action.

When Pierre Trudeau commissioned a type of particle accelerator called a cyclotron for the centre in 1976, the then-prime minister quipped: “I don’t really know what a cyclotron is, but I am certainly very happy Canada has one.”

Over the last decade, UBC’s geography has experienced radical changes unsurprising given campus’s ever-present construction. Some of the most impactful were the demolition of the old Aquatic Centre to make room for a new parkade and field, the new Audain Art Centre and a revamp of Main Mall.

The advancements of UBC Library in this last decade have been monumental. There have been changes in the general makeup of the library system with the increase of library offices and changes in study spaces, but that in many ways just scratches the surface.

The decade began with two AMS execs narrowly avoiding impeachment, after filing a human rights complaint to the UN about access to education on behalf of the AMS without consulting AMS Council.

Gupta resigned from his position in August 2015, following conflict and in-fighting with the Board of Governors (BoG). Having only served 13 months of his presidency at the time, his resignation came as a shock for much of the UBC community.

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