THE UBC MCF SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the best universities in the world. UBC’s vision is to create an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada, and the world.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UBC will take place over a ten-year period with a total of 112 MasterCard Foundation Scholars, including 77 undergraduate and 35 masters students.
Beginning with five undergraduate students in 2013, at the height of the program in 2018 UBC will have more than 70 MasterCard Foundation Scholars on its Vancouver campus. In addition to their curricula engagement, the scholars will be mentored, engaged in leadership capacity building, participate in local and international community service learning, and take up summer internships in Africa to foster their interest and capacity to return to Africa to give back to their communities.
Reflecting UBC’s strategic commitment to supporting international students, the MasterCard Scholars will benefit from academic and social support programs such as Jump Start, programs focused on student wellbeing and personal development, while benefiting from the direct support of a newly created program director and a full range of academic success programs.
The UBC MCF Program Team
Tom Ross is the Academic Director for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of British Columbia. He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean (Special Projects), the UPS Foundation Professor of Regulation and Competition Policy and the Director of the Phelps Centre for the Study of Government and Business in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. An economist, he did his undergraduate work at the University of Western Ontario and earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981.
Professor Ross worked at the University of Chicago and Carleton University before moving to U.B.C. (in 1992) and spent a year as the first holder of the T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Competition Bureau in 1990-91 and a year as a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University from 1987-88. From 1993 to 1996 he served as the Chair of the Policy Analysis and Strategy Division and from 2008-2012 as the Senior Associate Dean (Faculty and Research) of the Sauder School. He has received awards for his research from the Sauder School (Faculty Research Prize, 2001) and the University of British Columbia (Killam Research Prize, 2005) as well as teaching awards from the Sauder School (CGA Graduate Teaching Award, 2004) and from the MBA Class of 2004 (Outstanding Professor Award). His research in the areas of competition policy, regulation, industrial organization and experimental economics has been published in a number of scholarly journals. Professor Ross is the founding and continuing director of the successful UBC Summer Conference on Industrial Organization which has been running for over twenty-five years. He has also served as a consultant to a number of public and private sector organizations.
Jolanta (Jola) Lekich is the Program Director, Global Campus Initiatives at the University of British Columbia. She has an MA in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Jola provides strategic leadership and direction for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program as well as the Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, a hub for globally-focused student organizations on campus. Jola has worked with students in the areas of facilitation, ethical engagement, conflict resolution, volunteer retention and grant writing. With over ten years of experience in international education, Jola has taught, coached and advised international students as an International Student Advisor and ESL Instructor, both at UBC and at Langara College.
PARTICIPATING UBC FACULTIES AND PROGRAMS
The scholars’ areas of academic concentration will be in areas of strength at UBC, including business, economics, forestry, sustainability and environmental science, computer science and engineering. Focus on these concentrations areas will allow the scholars to return to Africa and undoubtedly contribute to the academic and economic development of their home continent.
The participating faculties and programs in the MCF Scholars Program are outlined in more details below, including links to their main websites.
Sauder School of Business
The Sauder School of Business is one of the world’s leading academic business schools. Located in Vancouver, Canada’s gateway to the Pacific Rim, Sauder provides a global business perspective at a dynamic crossroads of the international marketplace. Dedicated to rigorous and relevant teaching, Sauder’s programs generate business leaders who drive change and shape industries and organizations around the world.
Sauder is committed to being an international leader in the creation and application of business knowledge, and to promoting lifelong success for our students and alumni.
MasterCard Foundation Scholars in the Sauder School of Business will have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce or MBA program as outlined below:
Bachelor of Commerce
The Sauder School of Business (Vancouver campus) offers a wide range of BCom programs with a number of different specialties and concentrations, including Finance, Commerce and Economics, and Business and Computer Science.
Sauder MBA Programs
UBC’s MBA ranks among the top 100 programs in the world, according to the Financial Times and The Economist, and leads its Canadian peers, ranking 53rd worldwide, for the career progress of MBA alumni. The Sauder School of Business has also recently revamped its MBA program to include a greater focus on experiential learning, global immersion and personalized leadership development.
Ever-evolving, the new 16-month UBC MBA program has built on its integrated vision to produce four distinct career tracks to equip graduates with the advanced business skills needed to build a successful career in today’s global economy. The career tracks include: Consulting and Strategic Management, Finance, Product and Service Management and Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Faculty of Arts
UBC’s Faculty of Arts is a research-intensive Faculty encompassing a full range of courses in the social sciences, humanities and creative and performing arts. The Faculty provides compelling opportunities to explore and choose among 2,000 courses taught by more than 750 scholars who are leaders in their fields.
Mastercard Foundation scholars can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics or International Economics as outlined below. Undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholars in the Faculty of Arts will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Economics Students can choose from a number of combined majors in this area, including Economics and Philosophy, Economics and Political Science, Economics and Mathematics, and Economics and Statistics.
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Mastercard Foundation scholars can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics or International Economics as outlined below.
Undergraduate MasterCard Foundation Scholars in the Faculty of Arts will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Economics Students can choose from a number of combined majors in this area, including Economics and Philosophy, Economics and Political Science, Economics and Mathematics, and Economics and Statistics.
Faculty of Forestry
The Faculty of Forestry is ranked as one of the premier forestry schools in the world, with a breadth of undergraduate programs encompassing natural resources conservation, forest management and wood products processing. Programs offered are progressive and timely.
Students learn to use the latest technology available to manage forests thoughtfully and efficiently. Forestry are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for MasterCard Foundation Scholars, including a Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Master in Forestry, Master of Sustainable Forest Management or Master of International Forestry as described below:
Bachelor of Science in Forestry
The UBC Faculty of Forestry offers five programs leading to four distinct Bachelor of Science degrees, covering a range of conservation, resource management, and manufacturing subject areas. The programs include Forest Sciences, Natural Resources Conservation, Wood Products Processing, Forest Operations, and Forest Resources Management.
Master of Science in Forestry, Master of Applied Science in Forestry, Master of Sustainable Forest Management or Master of International Forestry
The UBC Faculty of Forestry offers students in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program two research based and two course-based graduate degrees (a Master of Science in Forestry, Master of Applied Science in Forestry, Master of Sustainable Forest Management, and Master of International Forestry). Graduate students work with leading scientists in state-of-the-art facilities within the Forest Sciences Centre and research forests.
Faculty of Land & Food Systems
As one of UBC’s three founding faculties, Land and Food Systems (formerly Agricultural Sciences) uses student-centered learning to educate new generations of scientists equipped to solve the most fundamental issues faced by society — those focused around human health, a sustainable food supply and the responsible use of finite land and water resources.
Programs are offered at undergraduate and graduate levels for MasterCard Foundation Scholars, including a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems or Food, Nutrition and Health, or Applied Biology, or a Master of Food and Resource Economics or Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, as outlined below:
Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems or Food, Nutrition and Health, or Applied Biology (Applied Animal Biology, Applied Plant and Soil Sciences, or Food and the Environment)
Undergraduate students in UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems develop the skills to make visible changes, studying real world issues like obesity, food security, and climate change. MasterCard Foundation Scholars have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems; Food, Nutrition and Health; or Applied Biology.
Master of Food and Resource Economics or Master of Science in Agricultural Economics
Encompassing the range of study surrounding human health, a sustainable food supply and the responsible use of scarce land and water resources, UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems offers graduate MasterCard Foundation Scholars programs in the areas of Food and Resource Economics and Agricultural Economics.
Faculty of Applied Science
The Faculty of Applied Science oversees the engineering activities at the Vancouver campus and the UBC Okanagan School of Engineering. The education of engineers at UBC dates back to 1915, when the Faculty of Applied Science was one of the university’s original three faculties. Students in the MasterCard Foundation Scholars program can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, detailed below.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
UBC Engineering gives students the choice from 11 specialized programs that lead to a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree. Students learn valuable analytic and design skills from the world’s leading experts, gain practical experience in cutting-edge laboratory facilities and apply knowledge in the field. UBC’s program focuses on team-based project work, early design experience and professional development, as well as active industry and community involvement. Engineering programs at UBC include:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical & Biological Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
- Engineering Physics
- Environmental Engineering
- Geological Engineering
- Integrated Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
Faculty of Science
The Faculty of Science at UBC is an extraordinary community of scholars who have come together to learn and discover. Our community—students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and staff—share a passion for science and a deep pride in our educational and research programs spanning the life, physical, mathematical and computational sciences.
Faculty and staff are passionate about student learning and efforts to transform undergraduate science education at UBC — through the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative and through UBC’s Flexible Learning initiative—have made UBC a North American leader in STEM education reform. Science undergraduates engage in a wide range of opportunities that enhance science learning including Science Co-op, exchange programs, research projects, community service, and peer-to-peer learning to name just a few.
The Faculty is engaged in highly-ranked research programs that span the scientific universe—from the subatomic to the galactic, from pure mathematics to biotechnology, from biological systems to earth systems. UBC Science’s world-class faculty has included two Nobel laureates, seven Fellows of the Royal Society of London, more than 60 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, and over 45 Canada Research Chairs. Over recent years, UBC early career scientists have been awarded more Sloan Research Fellowships than any other Canadian university.
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
UBC Science offers students a wide range of program choices with a number of different specialties and concentrations that lead to a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.
- Astronomy; Atmospheric Science
- Biochemistry; Biology; Biophysics; Biotechnology; Botany
- Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences
- Chemistry; Cognitive Systems; Combined Major in Science; Computer Science
- Earth and Ocean Sciences; Environmental Sciences
- Geographical Biogeosciences; Geological Sciences; Geophysics
- Integrated Sciences
- Mathematics; Microbiology and Immunology
- Pharmacology; Physics; Psychology
AFRICA AWARENESS INITIATIVE AT UBC
UBC’s Africa Awareness Initiative (AAI) is a student-run club connected to the UBC Simon KY Lee Global Lounge. AAI helps smooth the transition and integration of African students into the wider UBC community, and gives them a place to call home. With connections to and relationships with a wide variety of clubs and faculty members all around UBC, the AAI continues to be an excellent source of exciting opportunities for its members, and a link to successful curricular and co-curricular experience at UBC. It provides forums to encourage critical discussions about the African continent, and has presented world-class African scholars, writers, artists, and activists to the UBC community.