December 6, 2012 - Ambitious to raise its current Top-20 global status in economics, the University of British Columbia announced plans for a new school and an elite undergraduate program to educate “the next generation of international policy leaders” on December 5. In establishing the Vancouver School of Economics, which replaces an economics department ranked first in Canada for research productivity, UBC expects to add 10 domestic or internationally-recognized scholars to its current 50-person faculty, add 328 spaces for economics students (compared with 700 currently) and introduce a new four-year Bachelor of International Economics for top academic high-school graduates. As proposed, the bachelor program would accept about 80 academically-strong students, about half from Canada and half from overseas, on an annual basis. They would have access to international internships and exchange programs and – rare for undergraduates – be allowed to get directly involved in research activities.
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