This fall, we enter the fifth and final year of our Academic Plan 2011–2016. We continue to make significant progress toward our ambitious goals, and in some cases have set new goals after surpassing our targets well ahead of schedule. In this issue of The Engineering Newsletter, I am pleased to share our Academic Plan 2011–2016 — Year Four: Progress and Achievements, a report that highlights our accomplishments and updated goals.
We have much to be proud of. Actively working to foster a culture of excellence, U of T Engineering continues to be the top engineering school in Canada and among the world's best. We received 25 per cent of all the major awards given to Canadian engineering faculty members, despite the fact that our professors make up only 5.5 per cent of the national total.
Our strong reputation drives demand for our programs and given our high selectivity, our students are among the most talented. We have increased the diversity of our student body: this year 31.1 per cent of incoming undergraduates are women — our highest proportion yet, up from 20 per cent a decade ago. As a result of strategic recruitment in South America and other areas of the world, more than a quarter of our students come from outside of Canada, representing 109 countries.
Attracting the world’s best and brightest allows us to conduct unparalleled research. We are well on our way to achieving our new Tri-Council funding goal after reaching our previous goal three years early. Our faculty members play key roles in major research projects such as U of T’s Medicine by Design initiative and the Translational Biology and Engineering Program, which is part of the groundbreaking Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.
The forthcoming Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) will further strengthen this spirit of excellence by catalyzing collaborative research, innovative learning pedagogies and entrepreneurial activities. We continue to receive tremendous support from our U of T Engineering community as we look forward to the CEIE's opening in 2017.
I welcome your feedback on Year Four: Progress and Achievements. Thank you for your continued commitment to our Faculty. I look forward to all that we will achieve together over the coming year.
In honour of Remembrance Day, U of T Engineering students adorned the gates at King's College Circle with a banner of handmade poppies, and displayed a nearly life-sized replica of a 1918 Royal Flying Corps Sopwith Camel in front of Simcoe Hall. The creations were featured on local TV and radio, and were widely shared on social media.
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