One of largest universities of Canada, The University of British Columbia, has announced to have found its new president on campus in its computer-science professor, Dr. Arvind Gupta. The 13th president of UBC, Mr. Gupta, is an expert on science and innovation policy and was sworn in on a ceremony on Tuesday.
However, the ceremony was twice disrupted by chanting animal-rights protesters, in response to which Dr. Gupta alleged that he appreciates such free expression on a campus where he has been an academic since 2009. However, during the news conference, Dr. Gupta stated that “I’m really a big fan of students expressing their opinion,” however he did complain that “there’s a place for that.” Dr. Gupta is the CEO and scientific director of Mitacs, i.e. an organization that co-ordinates collaborative industry-university research projects. The incoming president was chosen by a 22-member search committee, including administrators, students and faculty, to succeed the departing president, Stephen Toope.