Three Priorities: A Discussion

Three Priorities: A Discussion

In my Installation Address, I articulated three priorities for the University of Toronto:

  1. Leverage our urban location more fully, for the mutual benefit of university and city
  2. Strengthen and deepen key international partnerships: well-defined strategic focus
  3. Re-imagine and re-invent undergraduate education

The Three Priorities process accepts the goals from the University’s Towards 2030 plan as its starting point and seeks to reach consensus on how we achieve these goals in light of new opportunities and challenges. The Towards 2030 exercise engaged the entire University community in an extensive, year-long consultation and deliberation process, and its continuing relevance has been reaffirmed in both The View from 2012 exercise and the Presidential search process.

Towards 2030 set out broad goals for our academic community, among them a fundamental commitment to enhancing our standing as:

• A leader in research-intensive undergraduate education
• A leader in graduate education
• A globally ranked research powerhouse

The Three Priorities discussion is designed to move the University forward within this overarching framework. It is designed as a consultative exercise, to solicit ideas, suggestions and feedback as our academic community responds to evolving opportunities and challenges. My goal is to draw upon the wisdom, experience, knowledge and creativity of our extended University community, to identify and highlight successful examples of existing activities that address these priorities, and to share these ideas more widely.

To this end, you are encouraged to send your feedback, questions, and ideas to

Meric S. Gertler

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