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UBC Global Executive Education

Our reputation and history

Consistently ranked among the best

UBC Sauder is accredited by both AACSB and EQUIS. As one of fewer than 70 institutions accredited by both leading international benchmarks of quality assessment, UBC Sauder is recognized among the top 1% of business schools in the world. It is also the only Canadian business school selected to be a member of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a testament to our school’s global status. David Saunders, chairman of the EQUIS awarding body, wrote UBC Sauder is notable for its “strong strategy and culture, excellent research performance, international attractiveness of its programs, corporate dimension in governance and high quality PhD students.”

World-class, diverse faculty

With over 100 professors from nearly every continent around the world, UBC Sauder faculty are currently ranked in the top 20 worldwide for business research by the Financial Times. 

As part of UBC Sauder’s diverse community of excellence, approximately half of UBC Sauder’s core faculty are fluent in at least one additional language, and about one-third regularly engage in international teaching opportunities each year.

International business research

Professors at UBC Sauder also have a long history of business research in China, and continue to investigate critical business issues in the country and across Asia. The faculty’s research devoted to China covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Transportation and freight security
  • Supply chain management
  • Taxation and accounting
  • Regulation of non-profit organizations
  • Stock organization and asset pricing
  • Environmental and resource management
  • International aviation policy
  • Anti-trust legislation 

Our history

The UBC Sauder School of Business is Canada’s leading academic business school, recognized internationally for our world-class faculty and excellence in research.

Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the school draws from the internationalism of the city and its Pacific Rim setting to provide an unrivaled global business perspective. Today, UBC Sauder has partnerships with more than 50 institutions in 30 countries.

Our graduate school is named after Robert H. Lee, a long-term supporter of the school who graduated from UBC Sauder with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1956 – going on to become one of the city’s most successful businessmen. 

Our full-time MBA ranks in the top 20 according to recruiters worldwide, with 35 exchange partner schools in 22 countries. UBC Sauder also offers a highly regarded International MBA in Shanghai – fully approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education – in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Antai College of Economics and Management. IMBA students are drawn from top multinational companies and Chinese enterprises.

Established in 1908, the University of British Columbia is Canada’s third largest university, and maintains an international reputation for teaching and advanced research. UBC is annually ranked among the top 35 universities in the world by the UK’s Times Higher Education Survey, and by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Institute of Higher Education.

UBC and UBC Sauder have an extensive alumni network in Hong Kong, mainland China and throughout Asia. Hong Kong is the largest base of alumni outside Canada. This network includes graduates of Sauder’s degree programs such as the IMBA in Shanghai, as well as participants of the Chinese Executive Programs. Many of Sauder’s PhD graduates are professors, deans and program heads of top business schools in Asia.

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