We have established a new standard of excellence through our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, enhanced experiential learning opportunities, unparalleled co-curricular and entrepreneurship offerings and leading multidisciplinary research.
Our strong global reputation continues to attract the brightest students from across Canada and around the world. Applications to our undergraduate programs have increased by 65 per cent in the past five years. Enrolment in our graduate programs has also risen to 2,364, surpassing our goal of 2,000.
We have made remarkable progress increasing our cultural and gender diversity in both our student and faculty complement. International students now comprise 27.9 per cent of our total undergraduates and 33.7 per cent of our graduate students, surpassing our goal to increase our international student population to 25 per cent. This year, 40.1 per cent of our first-year undergraduates are women — the highest proportion in our Faculty’s history. Our overall undergraduate population now includes 30 per cent women, up from 23.8 per cent five years ago. We have increased our women professoriate from 9.5 per cent 10 years ago to 21.0 per cent, hiring 18 exceptional women over the course of our Academic Plan.
The Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) is a cornerstone of our strategy to establish a new benchmark for multidisciplinary, collaborative research and experiential learning excellence, one of our key Academic Plan objectives. Construction on the new building is well underway, and this year, the Government of Ontario recognized the CEIE’s position as an economic driver of the province’s Innovation SuperCorridor with a $15-million investment.
As part of the University’s governance process, the Provost commissioned an external review of our Faculty for 2016-2017. We will use the reflections from our self-study, along with the recommendations from the external reviewers, to inform our next phase of strategic planning.
At this pivotal time for our Faculty, I thank each of you for your contributions toward achieving and surpassing our shared Academic Plan goals. Your commitment, dedication and collaboration are vital to shaping our future. It is inspiring to witness the energy, creativity and expectation of excellence that define U of T Engineering.