May 01, 2013
Ryerson University at a Glance
- 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 mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.
- The most applied-to university in Ontario relative to available spaces, Ryerson’s reputation with business and community leaders continue to rise.
- The university has more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and PhD programs and 38,950 from more than from 146 countries. The university employs 830 faculty and 1,700 administrative staff.
- 95 per cent of Ryerson graduates report employment two years after graduation.
- Ryerson is a leader in online university education in Ontario, offering 282 degree-credit courses, 186 non-credit courses, three degree programs, and 23 certificates fully online, as well as five blended degree programs and 20 blended certificates.
- The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is the country’s largest, offering 1,400 courses and 80 certificate programs.
- Many Ryerson programs feature experiential learning opportunities, including co-op, internships and placements.
- More than 10 per cent of the student population is actively engaged in entrepreneurial-focused degrees or courses, research, mentoring programs or workshops.
- The university has a range of partnerships with organizations in the community and around the world, including Osgoode Hall Law School, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Communication University of China, University of Tel Aviv, St. Michael’s Hospital, SickKids and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
- Recognizing the growth of science-related activity at the university, Ryerson created the stand-alone Faculty of Science in 2012 with four schools: Chemistry and Biology, Physics, Math and Computer Science
- Ryerson has many independently accredited programs. The Ted Rogers School of Management, the largest business school in English Canada, was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business: less than five per cent of the world’s business schools have the designation.
- The Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science is one of the largest faculties of its kind in Canada. All eight undergraduate engineering programs were accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board in 2012, including the only accredited biomedical engineering program in English Canada. Ryerson offers one of only two aerospace degree programs in Canada.
- Many of the nine programs offered by the Faculty of Communication & Design are unique in Canada. The faculty recently launched the School of Creative Industries and an undergraduate degree in Professional Communication will start in fall 2013.
- The Faculty of Community Services is home to nine schools offering professional programs that prepare students for addressing the health and social-care needs of Canada’s population.
- The Faculty of Arts brings Ryerson’s unique brand of education to the liberal arts with degree programs in English, history, sociology and a range of other disciplines.
- The university has outstanding faculty from around the world. In 2011, Ryerson professor Arne Kislenko won the most prestigious university teaching award in Canada: the 3M National Teaching Fellowship.
- Ryerson students benefit from the expertise of scholars and practitioners from outside the university. Among its distinguished visiting professors and scholars are humanitarian Stephen Lewis, politician Marie Bountrogianni, lawyer Constance L. Sugiyama, producers Linda Schuyler and Lance Weiler, and public-policy specialist Anne Golden.
Digital Media Zone (DMZ)
- Overlooking Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, the DMZ is a multidisciplinary workspace for young entrepreneurs to innovate, collaborate and take their digital ideas to the marketplace.
- Since its launch in April 2010, 79 companies have been incubated and accelerated, initiating more than 129 projects; 686 jobs have been fostered and created through newly formed startups and market-driven research; and 107 new jobs have been created at Ryerson. Presently, the DMZ is home to approximately 229 innovators in 48 startups.
- The university has established international fellowships for students from India, China and Israel to join DMZ for four-month terms in 2012 – 2013.
Centre for Urban Energy (CUE)
- The Centre for Urban Energy (CUE) is an academic-industry partnership that is exploring and developing solutions to urban energy issues, such as the advancement of clean energy technologies, energy conservation and demand management, energy storage and smart grids.
- CUE was founded by Ryerson with sponsorships from Hydro One, Toronto Hydro and the Ontario Power Authority. From its inception, CUE has attracted $18 million in funds.
- The Innovation Centre for Urban Energy (i-CUE) is Canada’s first business incubator and accelerator solely devoted to urban energy. Launched in summer 2012, the i-CUE is focused on the portion of the innovation process between ideation and technology development. Its goal is to help new companies turn their ideas into commercial products, services and/or technologies. The i-CUE is focused on research innovation (applied research in collaboration with industry); business innovation (entrepreneurship); and student innovation (experiential learning).
- Research continues to focus on digital media; energy, sustainability and the environment; health and well-being; civil society; design, creative expression and cultural industries; and innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Research funding and publications doubled from 2005 to 2010 and the university has established a reputation nationally and internationally.
- Ryerson ranks in the top half of Canadian non-medical universities for research and experienced the largest growth in research of any Ontario university in 2011, according to Research Infosource Inc.
- The university has 140,000 alumni worldwide, among the notables: Isadore Sharp, founder, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Wendy Mesley, broadcast journalist; Tom Anselmi, president and COO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment; George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, interior designers; Joeffer Caoc, Jeremy Laing and Lida Baday, fashion designers; Edward Burtynsky, photographer; Eric McCormack, actor; Rick Brace, television executive; Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Media; Janet Rosenberg, landscape architect; and Candice Olson, designer and television host .
- Three alumni have won Academy Awards for technical achievements: Frieder Hochheim, for the Kino Flo lighting system; Doug Walker, for his Maya special effects software; and Mike Lewis, for his work on the Pictorvision Eclipse aerial camera system.
WE ARE GROWING
- Ryerson has a host of new capital projects. The Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens opened in 2012, featuring a multi-purpose court with 1,000 seats for volleyball and basketball, an NHL-sized rink with 2,800 seats, and fitness and recreational facilities.
- The Ryerson Image Centre, a cultural destination on our campus, opened in September 2012 and is home to activities related to the education, research and exhibition of film, photography and new media. Anchoring its archives is the Black Star Collection at Ryerson, 291,000 photos chronicling the 20th century.
- The School of Image Arts building opened in fall 2012. The state-of-the-art renovation and expansion was made possible with $32.9 million from the federal and provincial governments.
- The Ryerson Student Learning Centre will be a university space for the 21st century. It will add study and collaborative space for students while revitalizing the important Yonge-Dundas hub in downtown Toronto. Canadian Architect magazine recognized the building with a national design excellence award.
- A new residence will be built at 186-188 Jarvis St., adding more than 500 spaces to accommodate the increasing demand for student housing. It is expected to open in 2016.
- With $56.4 million from the province, a new development on Church Street will house health-related programs, lecture halls, classrooms, eight research labs and a student residence.