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Universities and Colleges

In 2009, Toronto's eight publicly funded universities and colleges of applied arts and technology collectively enrolled 200,000 full-time students.

In a knowledge-based economy such as Toronto's, learning goes beyond graduation. Torontonians are constantly upgrading their skills and number among the tens of thousands of part-time and continuing education students who enroll in these institutions each year.

Like all Canadians, Torontonians deeply value education and the development of a skilled, knowledgeable and highly competitive talent pool. The quality and variety of Toronto's post-secondary institutions mean that local students don't have far to travel to experience academic excellence. This also means that businesses in Toronto don't have far to look for well educated staff to compliment their workforce. An annual output of thousands of specialized graduates provides local businesses with easy access to the diverse skills and talent they need to be successful.

The success of Toronto's post-secondary institutions, and the government's commitment to their future, is evident in the many academic expansions currently underway throughout the City. This development is crucial as these institutions underpin economic growth and contribute to the City's success as a global business destination. Often described as "engines of innovation", universities and colleges increase rates of technological growth and productivity and, ultimately, GDP per capita.

Enrolment by Post-Secondary Institution, 2009
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Centennial College

Primarily serving the east end of Toronto, Centennial College is Ontario's first community college. It is also one of Canada's most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions with a student body representing almost 100 cultural groups. Having grown significantly in recent years, the College is expanding to accommodate its increasing needs. Visit http://www.centennialcollege.ca for more information.

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George Brown College

George Brown College is one of Canada's most diversified colleges of applied arts and technology and offers its students a rich mix of degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship training programs. Due to significant growth in recent years, George Brown's third campus, situated on the City's waterfront, opened in fall 2012. Visit http://www.georgebrown.ca for more information.

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Humber College

Humber College is another of Toronto's larger colleges providing its students with the skills they need to succeed in today's workforce. Humber's Business School, for example, offers more areas of study and specialized choices than any other business school in Ontario. The College also has a sizeable number of part-time students and provides many opportunities for continuous learning. Visit http://www.humber.ca for more information.

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OCAD University

One of Canada's leading art and design institutions, OCAD University is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. With its innovative approach to education, low student/faculty ratios and unique programs, OCAD continues to grow in status and popularity. Its presence in the centre of Toronto contributes significantly to the City's creative and cultural renaissance currently underway. Visit http://www.ocad.ca for more information.

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Ryerson University

Also situated in Toronto's downtown core, Ryerson is one of Canada's most culturally diverse post-secondary institutions with a student body representing almost 146 countries. Known as a leader in film, media and digital media studies, the University is growing rapidly. Its expansion includes a new athletic and recreational centre, the renewal of the School of Image Arts and a new Student Learning Centre. Visit http://www.ryerson.ca for more information.

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Seneca College

With eleven campuses dotted throughout the Toronto region, Seneca College provides its students with numerous industry partnerships and opportunities for hands-on learning. Its finance, international business and marketing, 3D animation and electronics engineering programs have received national and international acclaim. Home to students representing 90 countries, Seneca College embodies Toronto's diverse cultural mosaic.

Seneca College's Canadian Institute for Financial Crime Analysis (CIFCA) brings together industry partners from diverse fields to address emerging issues in financial crime. A first-of-its-kind institution in Canada, CIFCA responds to the needs of the financial sector and of all Canadians who run the risk of becoming victims of financial crime.

Visit http://www.senecac.on.ca for more information.

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University of Toronto

One of the world's leading research institutions, the University of Toronto (U of T) is Canada's largest university. The Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2011-2012 names the University of Toronto as one of the top 20 universities in the world.

U of T's Rotman School of Management is yet another example of the numerous academic expansions taking place in Toronto. The School has an international reputation as one of the world's most innovative business schools and has experienced significant growth in recent years. The Rotman Expansion is part of a $120 million capital, research and education project designed to enhance the global competitiveness of Ontario and Canada.

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York University

York University is Toronto's second largest university and the third largest in Canada. Home to Osgoode Hall, Canada's top-ranked law school, and a renowned Fine Arts program, York is also undergoing a major expansion that promises to dramatically alter its direction. At the heart of this development is a $2.6 billion project connecting York Region to the City of Toronto by subway, providing local commuters with new transportation options.

Located at York University in the Schulich School of Business, is the Toronto Centre: Leadership in Financial Supervision. The Toronto Centre was established following the 1997 Asian financial crisis. Its mission is to help financial regulators from around the world improve their crisis preparedness and develop stronger, more inclusive financial systems.

The Centre is funded by the Government of Canada, York University and the World Bank. Its sponsors include the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among others.

Visit http://www.yorku.ca for more information.

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Total enrolment at the 8 publicly funded post-secondary in Toronto.
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By the Numbers
University of Toronto research statistics and international rankings.
Year: 2010
Categories: Universities & Colleges (Skills)
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Ideas That Could Change the World
Report profiles outstanding research occurring at the University of Toronto
Year: 2010
Categories: Universities & Colleges (Skills)
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Ontario, A Leader in Learning
Capstone review of post-secondary education in the Toronto region.
Year: 2005
Categories: Talent, Universities & Colleges (Skills)
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Planning Budget and Accountability Report (09/10)
York University's annual report.
Year: 2010
Categories: Universities & Colleges
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