- Ryerson University
Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Ryerson has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.
Guided by a bold Academic Plan, an ambitious research agenda, and a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and surrounding neighbourhood, Ryerson is the most applied-to university in Ontario relative to available spaces, and its reputation with business and community leaders continues to rise.
Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to 38,950 students, including 2,300 master’s and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education. The university’s focus on innovation and entrepreneurship is represented most distinctly by the Digital Media Zone, a place for students to collaborate and bring their digital ideas to the marketplace.
Ryerson is reshaping the downtown core of Toronto with three new buildings: the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, the Ryerson Image Centre in the heart of campus, and a Student Learning Centre on Yonge Street. In addition, currently in progress is the development of a new multipurpose building, the Church Street development (CSD). This new building will be located just north of Dundas on Church Street and will be home to four academic health services programs, Ry
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Ted Rogers School of Management
The Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) is a business school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business(AACSB). Located on Bay Street near Toronto’s financial district, the TRSM offers various programs in a variety of business disciplines. The school houses Canada’s largest undergraduate management program, along with several graduate programs. The school’s undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) programs are grouped into:
- Accounting & Finance
- Business Management
- Business Technology Management
- Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Retail Management
The Ted Rogers School of Management is a recognized leader in entrepreneurship education in Canada and houses the Ryerson University Entrepreneurship Program, one of the largest entrepreneurship programs in Canada.
Graduate studies consist of an MBA with a global focus, and an MBA in the Management of Technology and Innovation. The school also offers a Master of Management Science (MScM) in the Management of Technology and Innovation.
The acceptance rate of Ted Rogers School of Management’s MBA program is 25%, the second lowest of 39 Canadian MBA programs ranked by Financial Post in March 2012.
In the 2009-2010 academic year, Ryerson introduced two new majors to the Business Management program: Law & Business, and Global Management Studies. The Global Management Studies major is a successor of the Management major, last offered in 2010-2011.
In fall 2013, Ted Rogers School of Management launched a new School of Accounting and Finance. Accounting and Finance majors are exclusively offered through the School of Accounting and Finance and are no longer attainable through the Business Management Program.
The business programs previously housed on campus in the “Business Building”, moved into new facilities after a $15 million donation from Ted Rogers. The school is located within a new wing of the Toronto Eaton Centre at the southeast corner of Bay and Dundas Streets. The school occupies three floors of the nine-floor wing (two floors are occupied by retail uses, with an above-grade parking garage occupying the remaining three storeys). The integration of the Ryerson faculty with commercial uses in the same building has been praised as an innovative solution for the downtown university.
The school received national notoriety when one of its professors (James Norrie) insulted the cast of the Dragons’ Den during the final negotiations stage of a successful pitch by students of the school. The deal ultimately fell through because of the professor’s actions. The same professor was later banned from campus and sued the university.
Faculty of Arts
The Faculty of Arts comprises twelve humanities and social science departments (as of Fall 2016) and plays a unique dual role in the university. The faculty offers:
- graduate programs, at both the master’s and doctoral levels, that have a strong component of scholarship, research, innovation and critical analysis;
- high quality arts-based education through liberal studies courses that cut across all of Ryerson’s degree program curricula, from journalism to engineering to business. Liberal studies challenge students’ intellect and imagination, nurturing their ability to think critically and adapt to the accelerating pace of change in today’s world.
Faculty of Communication & Design
The Faculty of Communication & Design is composed of nine schools, offering undergraduate and/or graduate degrees of major study.
Additional graduate programs of study are available in documentary media, journalism, media production, photographic preservation and collections management and professional communications. The faculty also houses the Rogers Communications Centre, which provides an innovative and technical environment to study and research different aspects of media and society.
Faculty of Community Services
Ryerson’s Faculty of Community Services offers multi-disciplinary programs in health, early childhood studies, social justice and community development. Undergraduate programs include:
- Child and Youth Care
- Disability Studies
- Early Childhood Studies
- Occupational and Public Health
- Social Work
- Urban and Regional Planning
Graduate programs include:
- Early Childhood Studies
- Nutrition Communication
- Social Work
- Urban Development
The faculty incorporates health and safety programs under the School of Occupational and Public Health. The School of Occupational and Public Health (SOPHe) is considered to be a well-known leader in injury and disease prevention education. Ryerson University is the only school that offers a degree program in occupational health and safety in the province of Ontario. Certificate programs in health and safety can be completed through the Chang School of continuing education.
The faculty also includes the Midwifery Education Program (MEP), which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013. The Ryerson MEP site is part of the longest-running consortium of its kind in Canada (with sister-sites at Laurentian University and McMaster University).
In keeping with Ryerson’s brand of a career-focused education, students partner with various mentors, supervisors, practitioners and professionals to ensure a career-relevant experience is provided, in addition to the theoretical instructions commonly offered in a classroom setting.
The University also hosts a large nursing school named in 2008 for Daphne Cockwell, mother of donor Jack Cockwell and nurse who volunteered to work with veterans returning toSouth Africa from World War II.
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
The Ryerson Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (formerly Faculty of Engineering, Architecture & Science) is one of the largest engineering faculties in Canada, with over 4,000 undergraduate students enrolled in 9 bachelor’s degree programs (19 when including options/specializations), and over 500 graduate students in 15 master’s and 5 doctoral degree programs. Ryerson’s Aerospace Computational Laboratory is a node for the High Performance Computational Virtual Laboratory for the Greater Toronto Area. The HPCVL is an interuniversity high-speed computation network which acts as a virtual supercomputer, providing the intensive computation power needed in the solution of complex problems in engineering and other disciplines.
The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science grants Bachelor of Architectural Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees in the following disciplines:
- Aerospace engineering : Aeronautical Design stream, Avionics Design stream, Space Systems Design stream
- Architecture : Architecture option, Building Science option, Project Management option
- Biomedical engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Civil engineering : Environmental stream, Structural Engineering option, Transportation stream
- Computer engineering
- Electrical engineering : Energy Systems option, Microsystems option, Multimedia Systems option, Robotics and Control Systems option
- Industrial engineering
- Mechanical engineering : Mechatronics option
The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science offers graduate programs in:
- Aerospace engineering
- Building science
- Chemical engineering
- Civil engineering
- Computer networks
- Computer engineering
- Electrical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Industrial engineering
Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science is housed in a building located at 325 Church Street designed by the prominent Canadian architect Ronald Thom(Ryersonian). It offers a program in architecture accredited by the Canadian Architectural Certification Board at both the bachelor level (B.Arch.) and the master’s level (M.Arch.).
The Centre for Computing and Engineering opened in September 2004 and is a state-of-the-art science, technology, and research facility spanning almost an entire city block in downtown Toronto. The building was renamed the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre in November 2005. Ryerson researchers in the engineering and science disciplines have earned prestigious Premier’s Research Excellence Awards (PREA), Canada Research Chairs, NSERC Industrial Research Chair. A biomedical engineering program started at Ryerson in fall 2008 is the first such program in Canada.
The faculty hosts the Centre for Urban Energy. CUE is co-sponsored by Hydro One, Ontario Power Authority and Toronto Hydro. The centre focuses on energy research and urban energy challenges.
Faculty of Science
On June 29, 2011, the university announced that the University Senate approved a Faculty of Science, the newest faculty at Ryerson University in approximately 40 years. The Faculty of Science will consist of the four founding departments – Chemistry & Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science.
Ryerson University’s Faculty of Science offers a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in areas of applied mathematics, biology, biomedical science, chemistry, computer science, financial mathematics, and medical physics. Graduate studies consist of areas in biomolecular, biomedical, computational and mathematical studies.
In 1852 at the core of the present main campus, the historic St. James Square, Egerton Ryerson founded Ontario’s first teacher training facility, the Toronto Normal School. It also housed the Department of Education and the Museum of Natural History and Fine Arts, which became the Royal Ontario Museum. An agricultural laboratory on the site led to the later founding of the Ontario Agricultural College and theUniversity of Guelph. St. James Square went through various other educational uses before housing a namesake of its original founder.
Egerton Ryerson was a leading educator, politician, and Methodist minister. He is known as the father of Ontario’s public school system. He is also a founder of the first publishing company in Canada in 1829, The Methodist Book and Publishing House, which was renamed The Ryerson Press in 1919 and today is part of McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Canadian publisher of educational and professional books, which still bears Egerton Ryerson’s name for its Canadian operations.
Advances in science and technology brought on by World War II, and continued Canadian industrialization, previously interrupted by theGreat Depression, created a demand for a more highly trained population. Howard Hillen Kerr was given control of nine Ontario Training and Re-establishment centres to accomplish this. His vision of what these institutions would do was broader than what others were suggesting. In 1943, he visited the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was convinced that Canada could develop its own MIT over a period of one hundred years. Along the way, such an institution could respond to the then current needs of the society. When the Province finally approved the idea of technical institutes, in 1946, it proposed to found several. It turned out though that all but one would be special purpose schools, such as the mining school. Only the Toronto retraining centre, which became the Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1948, would become a multi-program campus, Kerr’s future MIT of Canada. This vision is reflected in Ryerson’s Motto and its mission statement.
The Toronto Training and Re-establishment Institute was created in 1945 on the former site of the Toronto Normal School at St James Square, bounded by Gerrard, Church, Yonge and Gould. The Gothic-Romanesque building was designed by architects Thomas Ridout and Frederick William Cumberland in 1852. The site had been used as a Royal Canadian Air Forcetraining facility during World War II. The institute was a joint venture of the federal and provincial government to train ex-servicemen and women for re-entry into civilian life.
The Ryerson Institute of Technology was founded in 1948, inheriting the staff and facilities of the Toronto Training and Re-establishment Institute. In 1966, it became the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
In 1971, provincial legislation was amended to permit Ryerson to grant university degrees accredited by both provincial government legislation and by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC). That year, it also became a member of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). In 1992, Ryerson became Toronto’s second school of engineering to receive accreditation from the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB). The following year (1993), Ryerson formally became a University, via an Act of the Ontario Legislature.
In 1993, Ryerson received approval to also grant graduate degrees (master’s and doctorates). The same year, the Board of Governors changed the institution’s name to Ryerson Polytechnic University to reflect a stronger emphasis on research associated with graduate programs and its expansion from being a university offering undergraduate degrees. Students occupied the university’s administration offices in March 1997, protesting escalating tuition hikes.
In June 2001, the school assumed its current name as Ryerson University. Today, Ryerson University offers programs in aerospace, chemical, civil, mechanical, industrial, electrical, biomedical and computer engineering. The B.Eng biomedical engineering program is the first stand-alone undergraduate biomedical engineering program in Canada. The university is also one of only two Canadian universities to offer a program in aerospace engineering accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).
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