To new and returning students, faculty, and staff:
Welcome – or welcome back – to a new academic year at the University of Toronto!
We start the year with the wind at our backs. In July, we hosted the federal government’s national announcement of the first award in the inaugural competition under the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. U of T was awarded nearly $114 million – the largest single research grant in our history – to support our Medicine by Design initiative, which will solidify Canada’s position as a major global leader in regenerative medicine.
In July and August, our Scarborough and St. George campuses were key venues for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The U of T community made a great impression on a huge international audience, through our new, state-of-the-art athletics facilities, the U of T House visitors centres, our many dedicated volunteers – and especially our brilliant student and alumni competitors and medal winners, who made us all so proud.
So, with these examples of excellence before us, we have a lot to inspire us as we begin the 2015-16 academic year!
To the new members of our academic community, thank you for joining us. I encourage you to take advantage of everything our University and city-region have to offer. From our lecture halls and campus clubs to the amazingly diverse neighbourhoods and cultural opportunities all around us, truly the world is your classroom.
To the returning members of the University, thank you for your ongoing contributions of talent, creativity, and dedication to our mission as one of the world’s greatest institutions of advanced research and higher education, and as a force for good in every sphere of human endeavour.
I wish you all the best in the coming year!