Education

Kids learn to code at U of T in award-winning lab created by OISE

Author: 
Lindsey Craig

The University of Toronto's  Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) has been named winner of the 2016 ‘Outstanding’ Laboratory School Award.

The recognition comes from the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS). The organization will present JICS principal Richard Messina with the award at its annual conference in Puerto Rico on April 27.

Meet Chizoba Imoka: OISE student driven by a different vision of education

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“My immediate goal is to set up a teachers’ training college in Nigeria, based on a framework of inclusion, social justice and African-centered education”
Author: 
Terry Lavender

In 2006, 19-year-old Chizoba Imoka, then a student at the University of Alberta, founded Unveiling Africa, an organization that provides a platform for African youth to participate in democratic nation building through civic engagement, political advocacy and community service.

Ten years later, Imoka is a PhD student at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and a junior fellow at Massey College. She still leads the foundation and is just as passionate about youth engagement and educational change in Africa.

Five weird things that will make you want to fill out course evaluations

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Re-arrange the cosmos, take learning to the streets and give your prof a boost – all with the click of a survey
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Students are focussed on the finish line for exams and final projects at this time of year – so when email reminders for course evaluations start pouring in, it can be tempting to let them slide.

Meet undergrad Frank Gu, one of the U of T interns lighting up Nanoleaf

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Travelling to Shenzhen, China, the second-year Engineering student discovers he has no limits
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
 
How does a second-year undergraduate student nab a coveted internship with a global lighting startup like Nanoleaf?
 
It helps to offer critical thinking, creativity and boundless energy – but having the boss share your intellectually impressive hobby doesn't hurt.
 

Macleans 2015 University Rankings: U of T tops in reputation, research output and impact and faculty awards

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg

Macleans magazine released its 2015 university rankings on Oct. 28, placing U of T first in such categories as Faculty Awards, Reputation, Medical/Science Research Grants, Citations and Total Research Dollars. 

The magazine groups universities into three categories: medical/doctoral (for institutions hosting a broad range of PhD programs, research and medical schools); primarily undergraduate and comprehensive. In the category of medical/doctoral, Macleans ranked the top three universities in Canada as McGill, U of T and UBC. 

Ken Taylor: diplomatic hero, champion of education

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Acclaimed all over the world, “the thing that brought him back to Toronto and to Canada constantly was U of T and Vic,” says David Wright
Author: 
Terry Lavender

Ken Taylor, diplomatic celebrity, was known across Canada and around the world. Less familiar is Ken Taylor, champion of higher education and former chancellor of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

Yet, as the world celebrates the life of Ken Taylor and his role in helping rescue American diplomats in Iran in 1979-80, former colleagues and students recall his accomplishments at U of T.

University of Toronto Schools to remain in current location, thanks to new agreement with U of T

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50-year deal includes new auditorium, improved facilities
Author: 
Terry Lavender

The University of Toronto administration and University of Toronto Schools (UTS) have reached a tentative agreement that would see UTS remain a part of the U of T campus community at its 371 Bloor Street West location.

The agreement also includes renewed status for UTS as a formal affiliate of the University of Toronto.

Downtown campus to introduce Friday evening and Saturday exams this December

Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
For the first time, some students on the U of T’s St. George campus will write December exams on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons.
 
“This was not a decision made lightly,” said Steve Bailey.
 
The director of academic and campus events, Bailey is charged with organizing time and space for first-entry undergraduate exams on the St. George campus.
 

Fashion startup fits like a glove for undergrad entrepreneur

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UTM’s Ameek Brar inspired to launch Canadian/Italian venture during exchange
Author: 
Brianna Goldberg
The University of Toronto might not offer a fashion program, but its young entrepreneurs are combining their undergrad education with design savvy to launch styles hitting the streets this winter.
 
“I love to design and I am fascinated by clean details and natural colours,” says Ameek Brar, a fourth-year undergraduate taking the commerce program at U of T Mississauga.
 

U of T undergrads off to Brazil to research poverty

Author: 
Terry Lavender

It’s not unusual for University of Toronto professors to travel abroad to do field research. It’s not even out of the ordinary for graduate students to do so.

But for undergraduate students, the chance to fly to another country to do original research is an opportunity not to be missed. 

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