Providing groundbreaking programming and welcoming students from around the world, U of T Mississauga nurtures cultural diversity and builds global fluency.
U of T Mississauga is a culturally diverse campus at the heart of a culturally diverse community. With a student population representing more than 120 different countries, our educational environment is truly global. And our program offerings reflect this reality. Our students learn that to embrace a world of possibilities, they need to, first, embrace the world.
Major funding for digital research partnership
DAVID WOLFE, a professor at U of T Mississauga’s Department of Political Science and co-director of the Innovation Policy Lab at The Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and his team have been awarded $2.9 million for the Creating Digital Opportunity project, designed to assist Canada in moving toward global competitive advantage by increasing the knowledge base needed to form effective policies.
student designs an eBook with buzz
LAUREN DIVITO, a master of biocommunications student at U of T Mississauga, designed and illustrated Expedition: Insects, an eBook for Grades 3 to 5. In the book, published by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, students travel the world to visit six different types of insects in their natural habitats.
Study disproves link between Lyme and Alzheimer’s diseases
New research by U of T Mississauga Professor Emeritus Danton O’Day from the Department of Biology definitively puts to rest a theory that Lyme disease causes Alzheimer’s. Neuroimaging showing normal (top row) and Alzheimer’s (bottom row) brains Original image by Danton O’Day.
UTM student advocates for women’s economic empowerment
Promoting greater economic empowerment for young women worldwide was the focus of an international conference in Australia, and representing Canada’s perspective was U of T Mississauga student ESTELLE AH-KIOW. The G(irls) 20 Summit, which took place at the Sydney Opera House, focused on how to create more educational and career opportunities for girls and women worldwide. The event mirrors the annual G20 meeting of heads of state, but also includes representatives from the European and African Unions, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and North Africa.
‘Steak-knife’ teeth in oldest land predators
The first top predators to walk on land were not afraid to bite off more than they could chew, a University of Toronto Mississauga study has found. Graduate student and lead author KIRSTIN BRINK along with Professor ROBERT REISZ from U of T Mississauga’s Department of Biology suggest that Dimetrodon, a carnivore that walked on land between 298 million and 272 million years ago, was the first terrestrial vertebrate to develop serrated ziphodont teeth. According to the study published in Nature Communications, ziphodont teeth, with their serrated edges, produced a more efficient bite and would have allowed Dimetrodon to eat prey much larger than itself.
Students & Globalism
Rumeet Billan Tackles Education Worldwide
Alumna Rumeet Billan learned to embrace the world early in her academic career. As a second-year student in industrial relations and sociology, she started her own business, Jobs in Education, an internet job board for teachers.
She soon augmented her business with social entrepreneurship, using company profits to promote education here at home but also in Africa and South America. She helped fund and build schools in Kenya, Sierra Leone and Ecuador. The achievement she’s proudest of is founding the Toor Centre for Teacher Education in rural Kenya: “I helped hire staff, supervise renovations and create a strategic plan. It was the best way I knew of to remove the barriers to education.”
Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network not once but twice, she is the inaugural recipient of UTM’s Desmond Parker Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
UTM attracts students from all over the world, and prepares them to succeed – whether at home or abroad. Desmond Parker, one of our most distinguished alumni, served as Chief of Protocol at the United Nations. In 1970, he arrived on campus from Trinidad and Tobago with a burning ambition to become a diplomat. While here, he received the language and critical thinking skills that have seen him rise to positions of exceptional prominence in peacekeeping and administration at the UN.
Our commitment to providing students with global perspective is pervasive. Our Centre for South Asian Civilizations promotes greater understanding of South Asia through culture, history, language, religion and people as well as through research and cultural exchange. And through public lectures with renowned individuals such as environmentalist and UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, we share informed views of world issues and events.
UTM’s tradition of attracting students from abroad, including a Science Without Borders scholarship program for Brazilian undergraduates, has grown exponentially. To ensure that borders really are removed for all our international students, we offer a number of initiatives including an Academic Culture and English program that helps develop English language proficiency and study skills, School of Continuing Studies courses for immigrants and newcomers to aid in integration and job placement, and the widely accepted International English Language Testing System (IELTS).