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UBC Okanagan is Expanding to Downtown Kelowna

UBC Okanagan is expanding to downtown Kelowna, reinforcing its community ties
posted on Jun 30, 2022

THERE’S A BUZZ IN THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN KELOWNA—a new neighbour is moving in. After living on the outskirts of the city for more than 16 years, UBC Okanagan is planning to open its doors in a new location immersed in the heart of the city.

“We’re coming to the centre of the community that created us,” says Dr. Lesley Cormack, UBCO’s Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

With nine faculties and schools, close to 12,000 students and 700 faculty members, UBC Okanagan has established itself as an innovative hub for research and learning dedicated to serving its community. Given the rapid growth of the campus since 2005—which has now surpassed projected enrolment targets—the time is right to expand.

“With UBC Okanagan’s ongoing commitment to community-engaged research, it makes sense to open a collaborative, multi-use space in the heart of downtown Kelowna,” says Dr. Phil Barker, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation. “The goal is to create opportunities for knowledge exchange, social innovation and creative expression and this new facility will help us explore that in interesting new ways.”


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