Dean's Message

Portrait of James Olson, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science

While students have always received an exceptional technical education at UBC Applied Science, technical skills alone do not necessarily lead to professional success. Emotional intelligence, intercultural awareness, a capacity for inclusive leadership and multidisciplinary problem-solving: these and other qualities are key not only to excelling as an engineer, but to addressing the biggest challenges faced by the world today.

The Experiential Learning Hub offers a wealth of opportunity for you to develop critical strengths, both technical and non-technical, that complement the knowledge and skills you acquire in the classroom. By taking advantage of our broad range of exchange programs, mentorship programs, and work, research, and design team opportunities, you will gain more than a competitive edge in the job market; you will acquire the personal tools necessary to become a leading agent of positive global change.

In the process, you will also likely discover which career paths you may--or may not--wish to pursue after graduation. UBC Applied Science takes great pride in helping shape the people who will transform our planet for the better, be it through building smarter cities, combatting global warming, or otherwise creating healthier, more prosperous communities worldwide. We look forward to supporting you on your journey to your chosen destination.


James Olson
Dean, UBC Applied Science

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