MBAs reach new heights during orientation


When the newest cohort of MBAs signed on for the 16-month full-time program at the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business, they likely didn’t realize that their first opportunity for personal growth would be 25-feet off the ground in the middle of the forest.

But this is exactly where they found themselves last week during orientation when the crew of 107 experienced the distinctively West Coast team-building exercise – The Ropes Course.

Hiked high into the majestic evergreens that surround UBC campus in Pacific Spirit Park, Sauder’s newest MBAs learn to work together, by allowing their classmates to support their weight using a series of ropes, while they negotiated high wire obstacle courses.

“What better way to welcome new students to Sauder, many of whom are coming to us from around the world, than by exposing them to our beautiful campus… from the top of a tree,” jokes Wendy Ma, Assistant Dean & Director, MBA & ECM Programs Office.

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The Ropes Course is one of numerous activities that greeted the new class of MBAs to the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at Sauder. Other highlights included a city-wide scavenger hunt, boat cruise in Vancouver harbour, and keynote address by Lindsay Gordon, president and CEO of HSBC Bank Canada, who told the incoming students that four of the last five CEOs from the bank graduated from business at UBC. 

Students were also connected to the business community right out of the gates by Sauder’s Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre through an Employer Panel featuring SAP, Deloitte Consulting, Vancouver Coastal Health and CIBC Commercial Banking.

The latest group of MBAs comes to UBC from countries around the globe. We had the chance to speak with two of the students, Pang Pmgchairerks from Bangkok, Thailand and Lewis Peatie from London, England about why they chose Sauder and what they expect to experience now that they’re here.

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