Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus.
The University of Toronto is committed to being an internationally significant research university, with undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of excellent quality.
Purpose of the University
The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity, and justice. Within the unique university context, the most crucial of all human rights are the rights of freedom of speech, academic freedom, and freedom of research. And we affirm that these rights are meaningless unless they entail the right to raise deeply disturbing questions and provocative challenges to the cherished beliefs of society at large and of the university itself. It is this human right to radical, critical teaching and research with which the University has a duty above all to be concerned; for there is no one else, no other institution and no other office, in our modern liberal democracy, which is the custodian of this most precious and vulnerable right of the liberated human spirit.
Objectives of the University of Toronto
The University of Toronto is determined to build on its past achievements and so enhance its research and teaching. The University anticipates that it will remain a large university. It will continue to exploit the advantages of size by encouraging scholarship in a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, sciences and the professions. It will continue to value its inheritance of colleges and federated universities that give many students an institutional home within the large University. It will strive to make its campuses attractive settings for scholarly activity.
The University will continue to promote high-quality research. The University is committed to:
- Providing an environment conducive to research;
- Emphasizing research, publication and related professional contributions in defining the career expectations of professorial staff;
- Ensuring that faculties and schools engaged in undergraduate teaching also engage in graduate teaching and research;
- Maintaining a capacity to respond selectively to new fields of research as they emerge;
- Requiring national and international peer assessment of the quality of its programs;
- Collaborating with other universities, industry, business, the professions, public sector institutions, and governments, where appropriate to research objectives;
- Providing information, library and research services of the highest international standards.
The University will strive to ensure that its graduates are educated in the broadest sense of the term, with the ability to think clearly, judge objectively, and contribute constructively to society. The University wishes to increase its ability to attract students from elsewhere in Canada and abroad, in the belief that while these students gain an education their presence will enrich the experience of students from the local community. In all its teaching programs, the University is committed to:
- Achieving the highest academic standards;
- Attracting students whose abilities and aspirations match the programs available;
- Responding to the needs of a diverse student population;
- Providing the best possible facilities, libraries, and teaching aids;
- Insisting on the importance of teaching in the career expectations of the professorial staff, recognizing excellence in teaching and providing opportunities to improve teaching;
- Ensuring that professorial staff normally teach both graduate and undergraduate students;
- Continuing to attract students from other provinces of Canada and from abroad; 8 Enriching the experience of students by cooperating with and assisting them in the realization of their educational goals especially as these involve their life-long learning and career development, their physical and emotional growth and well-being, their needs, including special or temporary ones, and their cultural and recreational activities.
At the University of Toronto, students, faculty, and staff study, work and live on three campuses. With some of the most prestigious architecture and beautiful green space in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area, and more than 1,000 extracurricular activities available to students, U of T offers an extraordinary environment in which to learn and work. The University of Toronto is situated in one of the world's most vibrant urban environments. Ranked the most diverse city in North America, Toronto and the surrounding Greater Toronto Area are dynamic, inviting areas with something for everyone. From sports teams to cultural happenings, festivals to street fairs, Toronto has it all. There are three campuses to choose from at U of T – Downtown Toronto (St. George), Mississauga (in the west) and Scarborough (in the east). Mississauga (UTM) Established in 1967, the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is U of T’s second largest division with a student population that totals over 12,000. Featuring 15 academic departments, an Institute of Communication, Culture and Information Technology, 148 programs and 89 areas of study, UTM offers undergraduate and interdisciplinary graduate studies programs. The campus also boasts a vibrant research environment and many of its faculty and researchers are recognized internationally for their innovative work. UTM’s award-winning facilities are situated on 225 acres of protected greenbelt along the Credit River, 33 kilometers west of U of T’s Downtown Toronto (St. George) Campus. Downtown Toronto (St. George) The Downtown Toronto (St. George) campus blends historical architecture and inviting green spaces as a backdrop to a truly remarkable community. Set in the center of Toronto, one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities, it is a place where students, staff, and faculty engage with a vibrant academic life and countless co-curricular activities. Just beyond the campus are the many events, neighborhoods and industries that Toronto has to offer. From Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an annual art festival that runs from dusk until dawn, to sports games at one of the Varsity Centre's high-performance facilities, this location is intrinsically linked with city's renowned cultural offerings to create a rich and unique experience for everyone. Scarborough (UTSC) Experiential education is the hallmark of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus (UTSC). Students get a head start on their futures through U of T’s only co-op program as well as internships, hands-on research, community engagement and a vibrant campus life. Located next to popular natural landmarks in Toronto’s greenest area, the UTSC campus is experiencing dynamic growth. The new Aquatics Centre and Field House represents Canada’s largest investment in amateur sports infrastructure and will open for the Pan Am/Para Pan American Games in 2015.
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