where learning & community unite

Strongly Placed

Developing dynamic relationships with government, industry, health care and service organizations, U of T Mississauga is a catalyst for community transformation.

 

Education is an individual pursuit, but few pursuits can have a more essential social dimension. At the University of Toronto Mississauga, we place community at the centre of learning. Contributing to a stronger, more vibrant city and region informs the programs we offer, the minds we develop and the research we conduct.

Learning & Community

Photo of Tobias Mueller-Glodde.Photo of Kathi Wilson.Photo of Tina Malti.

Tobias Mueller-Glodde

Student. Master of Science in Sustainability Management.
Photo of Tobias Mueller-Glodde.

Driving Innovation

How does a university drive innovation? Founding a visionary Institute for Management & Innovation (IMI) that transforms business education by combining management skills with expertise in the sciences and other disciplines is an excellent start.

At the same time, UTM has forged links with local government, boards of trade and industry to better align education with economic need, develop experiential learning opportunities for students, and create business incubators such as the Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre.

Holding annual events such as Countdown to Success drives community engagement, and gives students, alumni and professionals countless business and networking opportunities, as does encouraging student groups to organize case competitions such as Show Me The Green, in which business undergraduates from across the province pitch plans for green products or services to a panel of experts.

Building Communities

Through such initiatives, UTM acts as a catalyst for economic transformation and community building in Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario.

Tobias Mueller-Glodde personifies this ambition. A global citizen, he was born in Brazil, moved to Germany, lived in Senegal and studied in the U.S. In pursuing his professional graduate education, he considered major institutions in London and Paris. But he chose to study for a Master of Science in Sustainability Management at UTM’s Institute for Management & Innovation.

It was the interdisciplinary and applied nature of IMI that attracted him, along with the local community: “The Greater Toronto Area is such a diverse place with so many career opportunities.” UTM is actively engaged in making those opportunities more attractive than ever.

Kathi Wilson

Professor. Department of Geography.

Boosting Capacity

As a member of one of the most successful and productive academic medical research and education networks in the world, the Mississauga Academy of Medicine (MAM) at UTM helps train future generations of health leaders. One of four U of T Faculty of Medicine academies, MAM educates more than 200 physicians in its four-year program and places student doctors at local hospital sites of Trillium Health Partners, as well as at community agencies, schools and clinics. While helping boost capacity in the province’s healthcare system, the Mississauga Academy of Medicine improves access to high-quality care in Mississauga and the surrounding region, and creates stronger and healthier communities for residents and families.

Mapping Access

Complex communities have complex needs. UTM addresses local needs at multiple levels. Take health care. Along with helping to train more doctors at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, what if we could deploy existing services more efficiently?

Questions like this prompted geographer Kathi Wilson to study how urban landscapes may be impeding healthcare access for thousands of Ontarians currently without a family doctor. Concentrating on Mississauga, Professor Wilson is investigating where doctors are located, which neighbourhoods are underserved, and what people’s perceptions are of their access to a doctor. Knowing more about the geography of healthcare delivery is a first step towards improving it.

Photo of Kathi Wilson.

Tina Malti

Professor. A recipient of the prestigious CIHR New Investigator Award.
Photo of Tina Malti.

Supporting Children

A healthy society needs to understand and respond to challenges at all stages of human development. UTM takes special pride in promoting the welfare of its youngest members, as part of the Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development. This trans-disciplinary research initiative is devoted to examining how better early childhood development offers life-long benefits to health and wellbeing. We’re also home to the Social-Emotional Development and Intervention Lab directed by psychologist Tina Malti. A recipient of the prestigious Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award, Professor Malti is researching early intervention strategies for curbing harmful aggression in children.