The Story of The University of Toronto

The 193-year history of the most prestigious university in the heart of Toronto – University of Toronto.

For the last few decades, Canada has been well-known for its cutting-edge and world-class education system. Canada is home to many prominent universities such as McGill University, University of British Columbia, and Ryerson University. Based on Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, Canada has seven institutions that are in the top 200 of the list, in which the University of Toronto (UofT) dominates the Canadian post-secondary education field as it is ranked 18th in the world with modern facilities and high-quality education.

The University of Toronto is Canada’s largest university with a rich and complex history of nearly two decades of developing. It was founded in 1827 and under the control of the Church of England. Initially, the University of Toronto was called King’s College. Later on, in January 1850, there was a big change and the school became a non-denominational school, the University of Toronto.

To meet the educational demand and social changes, the University of Toronto nowadays has built a college system of seven schools including Innis College, New College, St. Michael’s College, Trinity College, University College, Victoria College, Woodsworth College. Students within the Faculty of Arts & Science at St. George campus will study in one of those colleges depending on their major. Each college supports students with a closer-knit community within a large university where students can find any helps to fulfill their dreams.

Trinity College of University of Toronto – contributed by Makeda Marc-Ali.

The University of Toronto has three campuses up to date: St. George Campus (the Downtown Toronto campus), Scarborough Campus and Mississauga Campus. It has more than 1,000 diverse organizations and student groups, along with the third-largest library system in North America.

The University of Toronto’s downtown campus consists of several historic buildings that can draw everyone’s attention because of its spectacular architecture and beautiful landscape. Hoskin Avenue Walk located at the St. George campus is a gorgeous place with a Gothic style that makes students feel like they lost in Hogwarts magical school or somewhere in the classical University of Oxford.

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library – Contributed by Makeda Marc-Ali

Throughout its 193-year history, the University of Toronto has thousands of notable students and alumni that have made great contributions to Canada and the world. Canadian prime ministers such as Arthur Meighen, Lester B. Pearson, Paul Martin, or the writers Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood were all graduated from U of T. Additionally, the school has developed many valuable researches and inventions that 10 of them have received Nobel awards. From the University of Toronto’s labs, they discovered insulin, stem cells and developed Pablum, liquid helium, and artificial intelligence technology. The University of Toronto has high-profile research and innovation departments.

The University of Toronto is a dream school for many students in Canada and all over the world. Even though each school will have its pros and cons, the main purpose is to educate and nurture talents so the University of Toronto will “foster 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” as its defined mission.

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