Promoting volunteerism, helping students excel: New College leadership program

Leadership Certificate Program looks to enhance students’ co-curricular record and academic abilities
Kaitlin Klaas with files from Liz Do

With September just around the corner, balancing academic and volunteer commitments will once again become a way of life for many U of T students.

With this in mind, New College has revamped its Leadership Certificate Program, to ensure students have the skills they need to excel at both.

Green Path: 10 years of helping students from China adjust to university

Program celebrates more than 1,400 graduates over past decade
Don Campbell

When Kobe Sun and Camellia Tian reflect on their time in the Green Path program, the memories go beyond building academic skills or adjusting to life in a new country.

It was during a Green Path class trip to Wonderland in 2010 that the couple met and began dating. They are now happily married. 

Helping internationally trained lawyers practise in Canada

Lucianna Ciccocioppo

They are lawyers who come from around the globe, qualified to practise law in their home countries and eager to put their skills to work in Canada.

To help them do just that, the University of Toronto offers an Internationally Trained Lawyers Program (ITLP) – the only one of its kind in Canada.

Meet Amy Luo, winner of the Canadian Art Foundation's 2014 writing prize

"The Art History Department offers credits for relevant internships, so I’ve been able to gain real-life experience and earn credits toward my degree at the same time"
Kelly Rankin

Founded in 2009, the Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize is a juried prize designed to encourage new writers on contemporary art. This year’s jury included Melanie O’Brian, director of the Simon Fraser University Galleries; Jonathan Shaughnessy, associate curator of contemporary art at the National Gallery of Canada; François LeTourneux, associate curator at the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal; and Richard Rhodes, editor of Canadian Art.

Education experts reveal secret to raising happy, productive kids

Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster on nurturing kids’ creativity and intelligence
Liz Do

Living in a fast-paced world leads to a long list of stresses and distractions for both adults and kids.

To make the juggling act easier for parents, education experts and OISE alumnae Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster recently published Beyond Intelligence: Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids. (Visit their website.) 

Helping Botswana doctors build surgical capacity

"Our results are now equal to, and in some areas, even better than those of our North American partners”
Vitaly Kazakov

When Georges Azzie first arrived in Gaborone, Botswana, he was the only paediatric surgeon in that country. Not anymore.

Over the last decade, the University of Toronto associate professor has been spending three months a year in Gaborone performing surgeries and working with colleagues to address Botswana’s surgical care and education needs.

Translating written English to Chinese is focus of new minor at UTSC

Chinese is now the third most commonly used language in Canada
Chris Garbutt

Starting in September, a new minor at  the University of Toronto Scarborough's Centre for French and Linguistics will teach students how to translate written English to Chinese.

“The need for professional English and Chinese translation is growing rapidly,” says Helen Wu, senior lecturer in Linguistics at UTSC. “The ability to translate between English and Chinese has become a valuable asset in our global economy.”

Engaged students, higher marks on finals: benefits of the inverted classroom

Computer Science students tackle homework in class
Jessica Lewis

What's an inverted classroom? Just ask students in some University of Toronto computer science courses.

The teaching method flips traditional notions of classwork and homework so that students learn some of the course material through videos and readings at home and do what used to be homework in class with the help of their professor.

Rude a #1 Billboard hit for MAGIC! man Mark Pellizzer

Alumnus talks about performing on Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, playing with Usher
Tyler Greenleaf

For Faculty of Music graduate and MAGIC! guitarist Mark Pellizzer there are no tricks to writing a Billboard #1 hit single – just hard work, an ear for a musical hook, and persistence.

Global conference on teaching chemical science

Blake Eligh

More than 450 educators from around the globe are gathering at the University of Toronto for a week-long conference dedicated to improving education in the chemical sciences.

The bi-annual International Conference on Chemistry Education, returns to Canada for the first time since 1989. This year, it focuses on communications, particularly on ways educators can forge global links in the chemistry teaching and learning communities, and how technological advances in communications can be used to establish innovative learning partnerships.

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