On behalf of the University of Toronto, let me say how delighted we are to host the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit 2020. Toronto and its namesake university provide an ideal setting in which to explore the theme of this year’s summit, “The power of place”.
The Greater Toronto Area is one of the most dynamic urban regions on the planet, featuring a highly diversified economy and a high quality of life. Not coincidentally, it is also the world’s most multicultural city-region.
U of T both benefits from and enhances the success of its host region. The university is home to an extremely wide range of academic excellence across the humanities, sciences, social sciences and professions. With our extensive network of international partners, we are well positioned to address the greatest challenges of our time.
Together, the Toronto region and U of T provide a compelling example of the mutually beneficial relationship between great universities and their host regions, a relationship that is becoming ever more prominent and powerful in dozens of places around the globe.
Welcome to Toronto, and welcome to U of T.
University of Toronto
The University of Toronto is Canada’s largest research-intensive institution. It is consistently ranked among the top 10 publicly funded universities in the world, and among the top 25 overall. The university’s excellence in research, teaching and innovation is recognised across a wide range of disciplines and professions, from the arts and humanities to science, engineering, medicine and law.
U of T is an important source of social, cultural and economic progress at home and abroad. It benefits in turn from its locations on three campuses in the world’s most multicultural city-region. The institution is committed to accessibility for all qualified students regardless of their financial means, and operates according to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion. About half of its students speak a language other than English at home, and more than 20 per cent of U of T undergraduates come from outside North America. The university’s 600,000 alumni are located across more than 190 countries.