From the President…
Read President Gertler’s Installation Address and his
address to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, “The University & the City”
I am delighted to welcome all new and returning students, faculty, and staff to the University of Toronto for our 187th academic year.
I particularly want to welcome our new students. Whether this is your first experience with university, or the latest chapter of your journey through higher education, I am confident that the University will provide you with access to an inclusive, engaging, and vibrant community of learners.
No university in Canada – and only a handful of universities in the world – can rival the variety of U of T’s academic programs, and the array of outstanding scholars, staff, and facilities that support them. However, our greatest and most enduring strength is the quality of our students, and I am therefore very glad that you have chosen to join us for your studies.
You should expect to develop a range of critically important skills and capabilities during your university career – both inside and outside the classroom. I would urge you to take full advantage of some of the opportunities on offer to explore the breadth of university life. U of T has well over 1000 student organizations on our three distinctive campuses, together with opportunities for service-learning in a local neighbourhood or to study abroad in one of dozens of countries around the world. Whether in a student group, a classroom, a department, a college, or on a playing field, an outreach assignment, or an international trip, University of Toronto students are almost always able to find or create their own sense of community.
In my conversations with University of Toronto alumni, they often recall these years as a period of great personal growth and enjoyment when they made life-long friends and had many memorable experiences.
I trust that your experience with us will be similarly rewarding and wish you every success in all you do this academic year.
Meric S. Gertler