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GREETINGS FROM THE PRINCIPAL AND DEAN

It is with great pleasure that I welcome new and returning students to the 2002-2003 academic year. The challenges facing society and, as a result, universities and their students are significant and far-reaching. The current pace of technological change, and of growth in knowledge is unprecedented. For those with the preparation to face the challenges, these are exciting and rewarding times. Your university studies will increase your preparedness. The path is not easy but the rewards are great.

As a student at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, you are part of a community dedicated to advancing knowledge in a wide array of fields, dedicated to disseminating that knowledge and its applications to students, other researchers and society, and dedicated to the enhancement and harnessing of technology.

More specifically, you are part of a community that has pioneered the development and use of information technology. UTSC was the first Faculty of the University to develop a Web site and has been in the forefront of using the Web, and more widely the Internet, for the enhancement of instruction: from the simple posting of assignments to interactive sites. We also pioneered the development of interactive CD-ROM's. We currently have four of our large lecture theatres equipped as "smart classrooms" and three portable "smart podiums" that can move from room to room. "Smart classrooms" are equipped with state-of-the-art computer facilities such as Internet connectibility, CD ROM presentation ability, computer output (screen) projection and digital document cameras which project the image of any object onto the overhead screen (objects as diverse as written documents, computer components and ancient artifacts).

Professors at UTSC are active researchers and scholars and have won many prestigious awards for their contributions to the arts, humanities, sciences and business. We strive to ensure that the knowledge they impart to you is at the leading edge of their disciplines.

UTSC has benefited from its divisional (instead of departmental) structure and from the fact that it is a medium-sized institution. Both of these features have facilitated the development of significant interdisciplinary programs such as Integrative Biology (an integration of Zoology, Botany, Microbiology and Biochemistry), Neuroscience (Psychology and Biology) and Environmental Sciences (Geology, Physical Geography, Biology, and Atmospheric Physics/Climatology). In addition, Drama, Music, Fine Art History and Fine Art Studio have created integrated programs in Visual and Performing Arts and offer a co-op program in Arts Management.

During 2002-2003, several new buildings will be under construction: a $22 million Academic Resource Centre, a $15 million Management Building, a $14 million Student Centre and a $15 million new phase of Student Residences.

Currently about 30% of full-time students are in co-op programs. In each of the next three years more co-op programs will be added and we aim, by 2004, to have 60% of full-time students in co-op programs.

These are just some of the ways in which the University of Toronto at Scarborough is able to contribute to your preparedness to face a challenging, exciting and rewarding new millennium.


I offer you my very best wishes for a rewarding year of study in our academically rich environment.

Professor Paul Thompson
University of Toronto
Principal and Dean at Scarborough

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