We celebrated the launch of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs on September 14, 2017 while exploring issues of local, national and global concern with faculty, students, alumni, staff, policy makers, politicians, employers, donors, and other distinguished guests. Our event began with a Musqueam traditional acknowledgment from Elder Larry Grant, remarks from UBC President Santa Ono, Dean of Arts Gage Averill, and Policy School Director pro tem Moura Quayle, and a dynamic keynote speech by Gordon Campbell, former Premier of British Columbia.

Our first panel included global policy practitioners who explored how the Policy School of the future should “think, research, teach and act” while our afternoon panel of faculty, student and alumni presenters shared how they thought the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program and the University prepare “global change makers” and how UBC is uniquely positioned to contribute to solving problems of local importance and global consequence. We closed our event with astute policy insights from Senator Yuen Pau Woo and a wonderful tribute to Dr. J.J. Liou with his daughters and sons present. Dr. J.J. Liou played an instrumental role in the creation of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. Find a full list of speakers on our Liu Institute events page.

WATCH the video of our morning session.

WATCH the video of our afternoon session

Take a look at the new landing page: policyschool.ubc.ca

Here are several Policy School event highlights from our distinguished speakers:

“The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs is incredibly important as we look out into the 21st century. As “global change makers,” I think one of the major issues that you face, and we face in the world today, is that the idea of change is not something that most people get excited about.”
– Gordon Campbell, former Premier of B.C.


“The Public Policy School of the future would work with indigenous communities to identify important research on these topics.”
– Kim Baird, former elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation


“(As a MPPGA graduate), you will have a much bigger toolbox than an economist or a political scientist. You will not be an expert on any of those tools but you have to be an expert on knowing what tools you have and when to apply which ones.”
– Yuen Pau Woo, Senator