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TORONTO: Indian-origin Dr. Arvind Gupta has been appointed as the president and vice chancellor of Vancouver-based University of British Columbia (UBC).
A professor of computer science at the UBC, Dr Gupta takes over the new job on July 1.
One of Canada’s top university, the UBC has 58,000 students and 15,000 faculty and other staff on its rolls.
In a statement, John Montalbano, who heads the UBC Board of Governors, said, “The opportunity to lead one of the world’s great universities attracted outstanding candidates, but Dr. Arvind Gupta clearly stood out as the best choice to lead this great university.The Board will provide its full support to Dr. Gupta as he guides UBC in its pursuit of excellence, so that we may better serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.”
Dr Gupta, who will be the 13th president of the UBC, said, “As a member of the UBC community, I know how great a responsibility and honour this is. I have the privilege of taking the baton from Professor (Stephen) Toope who has guided UBC to a strong position. We have exciting days ahead and I relish the opportunity.”
Apart from his duties as a professor of computer science at the university, Dr Gupta also serves as the CEO of Mitacs, a non-profit that nurtures budding innovators.