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University Leaders Explore New Ways to Foster a Sense of Community among Students and Faculty with Innovative Campus Design

Dr. Santa J. Ono, president of the University of British Columbia in Canada, describes the integration of campus commons on UBC’s Vancouver campus and how it can positively transform the campus environment for multiple stakeholders

GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 11, 2017. In the latest chapter of the President to President series, Santa J. Ono, Ph.D., president of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, explains how the University’s restructured campus housing to accommodate UBC’s increasing enrollment.

The Commons Concept: Building Dynamic Living and Learning Environments through Integrated Design” describes the University’s commitment to build four campus commons to create a more dynamic housing environment where students can live, eat, learn and socialize, all in one place. By revamping the campus housing structure, UBC plans to cultivate a thriving campus community for faculty, students and those residing near the campus.

Concentrating on campus sustainability and promoting students’ wellbeing, the University of British Columbia’s plan enhances the quality of life for the community at large.

The article is part of the 2016-2017 President to President series, published by Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services. The series is written by university presidents for university presidents and focuses on how institutions are developing innovative campus strategies that ensure positive business outcomes while enhancing the student experience.

Each month, a new chapter of President to President is authored by a notable leader in higher education whose institution is at in the forefront of pioneering viewpoints and practices. Sodexo provides publishing support but exerts no editorial influence over the series. Chapters are distributed and promoted electronically and posted on president2president.com. At the end of the ten-part series, all content will be published into a thought-provoking collection and made available online.

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