Green College is a graduate residential college at the University of British Columbia, and also a society of scholars and intellectuals stretching around the world, including hundreds of former residents, associated faculty, and distinguished visitors. The College’s reach extends far beyond its stunning location on the edge of the UBC campus in Vancouver, Canada, where it is nestled on a forested cliff overlooking ocean and mountains. It is an ever-expanding community, ready to welcome those with a passion for the exchange of ideas and an interest in the cultivation of academic and creative connections. This founding ideal is reflected in the motto of the College’s coat of arms: “Ideas and Friendship.” Download our one-page Green College Facts (.pdf) here.
The College was founded in 1993, thanks to a gift from Dr. Cecil H. Green. The College has formal ties with Green Templeton College, a sister institution at Oxford University also endowed by Cecil Green, and with Massey College at the University of Toronto. It was established as a centre for advanced interdisciplinary scholarship, with a mandate, reflecting Cecil Green’s vision, to bring together disciplines across the University through non-curricular programs and collaborations, while also opening the University to the wider local community. The College’s commitment to exceeding the ordinary limits of academic discourse and to providing a venue hospitable to constructive thinking on all fronts is captured in the College's tagline “Creating New Horizons.”
As a residence, in any given year the College has accommodation for approximately 80 graduate students, 15 postdoctoral scholars and visiting scholars, and for a number of short-term visitors and the Principal. All residents of the College become members of the College. UBC faculty members who become faculty members of the College participate in College life but do not take up residence.
Special visitors are invited each academic year to enrich conversations at the College and on the UBC campus, both through regular series of interdisciplinary talks and the prestigious Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorship program. The College also hosts a Writer-in-Residence program.
With rare exceptions, the College's academic programming is open to the whole UBC community and the general public. The College welcomes those from both within and outside the University to join residents and members for dinner in the Great Hall. Consult the calendar of events, or purchase a dinner ticket, if you would like to join us.
The College offers superb venues for UBC units to hold conferences, workshops, retreats, meetings, gala dinners, or other events, with on-site catering by the Green College Dining Society, and options for guest accommodation.
Administratively, the College is a unit within the office of the Provost. The Principal of the College reports to the Associate-Provost, Academic Innovation, who reports to the Provost. The College is home to UBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program (ISGP) and maintains close links with such neighbouring interdisciplinary and extracurricular institutions as the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Liu Institute for Global Issues, and the Museum of Anthropology. It also has close social and academic ties to its sibling foundation at UBC, St John’s College. Through the Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professorship program, it contributes regularly to talks at the Vancouver Institute.