Office of the Vice-President and Principal

Welcome to the 2017-18 Academic Year

Professor Ulrich KrullA brand new academic year is upon us at U of T Mississauga, and I’d like to welcome everyone to campus!

September and the return to school is a time filled with opportunities and new beginnings. In 1967, students at what was then Erindale College attended classes on a very different campus—with just one building, two tennis courts and 155 students. In the five decades since then, UTM has expanded and evolved, and now welcomes nearly 15,000 students from around the world. Take a walk around campus—along with the greenery and stunning architecture, you’ll find a community rich with diverse interests, languages and cultures…all sharing a common sense of curiosity and purpose.  

If this is your first year as a student, I encourage you to take some time to explore your new community. Pick your favourite place to study in the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre; join a student club that captures your interest; or take a hike through the local nature trails. Get to know your professors at your academic department orientation during O-Week. And learn when the best times are to see the campus deer (psssst…it’s at dawn and dusk.)

As you get to know the campus, you’ll notice a large construction project: North Building Phase 2. This building—which will open in the summer of 2018—is a 210,000-square-foot, six-storey creation that will be the new home of the Departments of English and Drama, Philosophy, Historical Studies, Language Studies, Political Science and Sociology.

UTM’s true strength lies in its faculty, staff and students, and you will have the chance to meet many fascinating and brilliant individuals. These include: Professor Rhonda McEwen, a pioneer in exploring how devices affect the human experience and the way that people with disabilities communicate; Professor Scott Prosser, a specialist in molecular biophysics who recently received the prestigious 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry Jeremy Knowles Award; Professor Patrick Gunning who is launching the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry, and Blackwood Gallery director Christine Shaw, who is curating an ambitious art initiative across Mississauga on the consequences of global warming called The Work of Wind: Air, Land, Sea, which received a one-time grant of $375,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts - the largest grant awarded in the national competition.

For UTM, the 2017-18 year continues our exciting 50th anniversary celebrations, featuring numerous events on and around campus. This fall, walk the red carpet, and enjoy UTM’s very own film festival, hosted by the Department of Visual Studies. Engage in a discussion about one of the most critical issues of our time—climate change—at a public lecture and symposium called Canada’s Changing Arctic: Walking on Thin Ice. And the newly established Centre for Urban Environments will host a one-day symposium highlighting the interactions between our city, UTM and the surrounding environment.

These are just samplings of the exciting initiatives happening at U of T Mississauga over the next year. As our new academic year begins, I welcome you all to U of T Mississauga and wish you the very best for a successful, stimulating and fulfilling year ahead.

A chemist and a judoka--Get to know Professor Krull in this short video