Today, York University is leading the way. Cultivating creativity, collaboration and innovation, we are building a culture of student success, academic and research excellence and community engagement that is shaping the global thinking of tomorrow. As President, I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished together. In 55 short years, York has become a leading Canadian interdisciplinary research and teaching university, all while staying true to our original values of accessibility, social responsibility and academic excellence.
We have a student population of over 55,000, a family of more than 260,000 alumni worldwide who are redefining leadership in their fields, two campuses in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, 11 Faculties offering more than 5,000 courses, and a budget of nearly $940 million—making us the second largest university in Ontario, and the third largest in Canada.
Our strong areas of teaching and research include prestigious business and law schools, and leading departments in humanities and social sciences, fine arts, health, and science. Our unique research collaborations have social, scientific and technological impact, and our 288 international partnerships are helping students think bigger, broader and more globally than ever before. We have the only French and bilingual postsecondary programs in southern Ontario at our beautiful Glendon College, and strong well-established programs in education and environmental studies. We are one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the world, with enormous potential for future development given our location in the centre of a region experiencing the fastest growth in population and innovation. And finally, we are home to a host of talented students, faculty, and staff whose curiosity, passion, and engagement with their local and global communities is changing the world.
We have a very grand vision for our future, and we are determined to reach it. In just a few years we will be connected to the GTA by subway, and we will host the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games on our Keele campus. Our thriving new Lassonde School of Engineering will be housed in a state-of-the-art facility and building on existing programs, and we will have advanced our reputation as a leading comprehensive, research-intensive university that is blazing trails in social innovation—and has been since we opened our doors.
Each member of the York community plays an integral part in our plans for the future. Together, we are building a York that is a leader among Canadian postsecondary institutions and indeed, around the world. Thank you for everything you do to champion and sustain the University.
President and Vice-Chancellor