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  • The Campaign for the UniversityofToronto Mississauga heralds a new era for our campus. With this ambitious initiative, we celebrate the leadership of those who have helped build our campus over the past 45 years and prepared us for our next leap forward as a global innovation leader.

    In November 2011, the UniversityofToronto launched Boundless, a $2-billion fundraising campaign, the largest in Canadian university history. UofTMississauga will play an integral role in this unprecedented campaign, as we strive to prepare global citizens who will meet the challenges that affect us all.

    UofTMississauga is a place where talent and ideas converge to drive prosperity. We believe that solutions to worldwide challenges begin at home. As such, we promote innovation, inspire creativity and develop talent locallyfor the benefit of our region, our country and our world.

    As always, we will ensure that we keep the needs and aspirations of our community in our sightlines as we seek visionary private funding to support our tireless pursuit of excellence.

    Contents

    2 A Remarkable Past and a Boundless Future6 Preparing Global Citizens18 Meeting Global Challenges32 Boundless Innovation

  • A Remarkable Past and a Boundless FutureUniversity of Toronto Mississauga2

    The UniversityofToronto Mississauga was established in 1967 along the quiet banks of the Credit River. The original campus was modest, with one building, 155 students and 28faculty members. In the decades that followed, we expanded to meet the burgeoning demand for higher education in the western Toronto metropolitan region. Today, we are the UniversityofTorontos second largest campus and a university in our own right, with 26 buildings, 12,500 students and 740 faculty and staff.

    As a vital part of the UniversityofTorontos tri-campus global powerhouse of research and teaching, we are consistently ranked among the top 30 universities worldwide. We compete internationally for world-leading faculty and our research and academic collaborations span the globe. We build and nurture enviable community ties that include business, non-profit, civic and government partners. Our students hail from more than 125 countries. Our 42,000 alumni include leaders in every walk of life. We could not be better positioned to prosper from a globalizing economy: our region is among the most culturally diverse in Canada, with connections to virtually every corner of the world. Our campus mirrors this greatdiversity.

    In recent years, our region has emerged as one of the most important hubs in Canadas knowledge economy. In Mississauga alone, there are 1,300 multinational corporations, 61 Fortune 500 companies and 50 Global 500 Canadian head offices or major divisional headquarters. Our community is also home to a growing number of high-tech businesses in the fields of financial services, advanced manufacturing, life sciences and information technology. When you combine Mississauga with the rest of Torontos metropolitan region, we are part of a powerful economic engine that creates one-fifth of Canadas Gross Domestic Product.

    A REMARkABLE PAST AND A BOuNDLESS fuTuRE

    UofTMississauga has responded to this extraordinary growth by expanding and transforming our facilities and programs. Today, we not only provide a world-class undergraduate education, we also offer a full range of unparalleled graduate programshighly specialized, industry-focused programs that help ensure our community has the necessary talent to fuel the regions vitally important knowledge economy.

    We have come a long way from our roots, but there is still room for growth and transformation at UofTMississauga. In the coming years, we will continue to achieve global presence through our regional impact. We will build on our proven track record for innovation, bringing together the talent and ideas that will forge new paths for economic growth. We will continue to serve our community, by educating globally minded citizens who are prepared to lead in an increasingly complex world and by pursuing the knowledge that will address the most pressing challenges.

    We will realize this vision in the same way we have always accomplished our goals: by connecting our faculty and students to the extraordinary breadth and depth of UofTs global research mission; by partnering with local institutions and industry to advance the highest aspirations of our community; and by engaging our alumni and friends in the issues, programs and projects they care about themost.

  • At the UniversityofToronto Mississauga, we believe our ability to succeed depends on our ability to innovate. We cultivate a depth of disciplinary excellence, extraordinary research production and exemplary partnerships with government, industry and the health care sector. Together, we will address societys most pressing concerns with solutions that have both regional and global impact.

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  • Situated on 225 acres of protected greenbelt, the UniversityofToronto Mississauga is at the centre of one of the most vibrant metropolitan hubs in Canadas knowledge economy.

  • Preparing Global CitizensUniversity of Toronto Mississauga6

    Todays students are inheriting a world in transition, with challenges that are complex, unprecedented and transnational.

    Our students will need more than specialized knowledge. They will need a broad perspective that prepares them to work across borders, boundaries and disciplines.

    PREPARING GLOBAL CITIzENS

    Over the past three decades, the world has changed in extraordinary ways. Knowledge, information and capital flow across continents and countries with greater ease. There is more convergence, communication and competition than ever before. The biggest challenges we face are shared by all of humanity. The need for knowledgeable, globally aware individuals has never been more urgent.

    UofTMississauga has a long tradition of educating remarkable global citizens. From Eugenia Duodu (HBSc2010) who works as a youth mentor and community advocate in Toronto, to astronaut Roberta Bondar (PhD1974) who was the first Canadian woman in space, UofTMississauga graduates are making a difference in our region, our country and our world.

    The Campaign for the UniversityofToronto Mississauga will seek private support to foster international fluency and leadership skills in our students and infuse cross-cultural understanding and global perspectives into our courses and programs.

    As well, our campaign will raise funds to ensure access and opportunity for all studentsincluding those who may be the first in their families to attend universitythrough merit- and needs-based financial awards. We will also seek transformational funding to build learning environments that nurture collaboration, creativity and innovationthrough programs and physical spaces that enrich student life and learning.

    We invite you to join us. Together, we will prepare students who have the advanced knowledge, leadership skills and global fluency to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

  • There is much more that unites human beings than divides them.Former Chief of Protocol for the United Nations, DesMonD PARKeR (BA 1976) retired in 2012 after 16 years of distinguished service.

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  • Preparing Global CitizensUniversity of Toronto Mississauga8

    The diverse student population of UofTMississauga is a defining aspect of our character. Approximately

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