COVER

MEDICAL DOCTORAL

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

VICTOR DWYER November 19 2001
COVER

MEDICAL DOCTORAL

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

VICTOR DWYER November 19 2001

MEDICAL DOCTORAL

RANKINGS

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

VICTOR DWYER

The numbers—from library holdings to scholarship budgets, from student services to alumni giving—are undeniably impressive. But so, too, are all the things you cannot measure about the University of Toronto. Stroll its handsome, tree-lined campus, or spend time talking to its students, professors and leaders, and you cant help recognizing that this is a place of solid traditions, impressive accomplishments, big ideas and open minds. Ranking first in the Medical-Doctoral category, the U of T is a university proud of its past and confident in its future.

You can see it in the sweeping, postmodern curves of the impressive Earth Sciences Centre, which houses the cuttingedge faculty of forestry, the second-oldest in North America. You can see it in the historic grace of King’s College Circle, home to Convocation Hall, where students Margaret Atwood, Roberta Bondar and Lester B. Pearson, TV personality Avi Lewis, pioneering gene therapist Shaf Keshavjee and rising soprano Measha Brueggergosman all received their degrees. And you can see it in the posters—jockeying for space on the lampposts outside stately Trinity College—that trumpet everything from an emergency antiwar forum of the International Bolshevik Tendency to the campus sororities (“Sorority girls kiss ass!”) to the Blue Sky Solar Racing club, which later this month will propel its built-from-scratch solar-powered car across the Australian Outback. “On all sorts of levels, U ofT shapes the kind of person you are,” says 22-year-old aerospace engineering student Jessica van Vliet, who flew with her teammates to Darwin last week to prepare for the 3,010-km race. “To my mind, it’s an unparalleled educational experience.” Home to 32 libraries, 3,146 faculty and an endowment fund of $1.3 billion, the University of Toronto certainly offers unparalleled opportunities to its 56,000 students. And if president Robert Birgeneau has his way, those opportunities will expand even further in the coming years. “We’re in a position of considerable strength,” says Birgeneau, himself a U ofT graduate and world-renowned physicist. “The challenge is to continue building on that strength every way we can.” Since taking the reins last year, Birgeneau has been doing just that. Among his most ambitious initiatives has been the establishment of the Council of Deans on Undergraduate Education, whose job, as he describes it, is “to rethink the entire undergraduate curriculum.” Already, the faculty of engineering is looking into recasting many degree requirements within the next

three to five years, with the aim of producing graduates with a broader knowledge of the arts and humanities, while the faculty of arts and science is looking at an enhanced curriculum that would encourage students to “consider themselves welleducated not just when they’ve read the great novels, but when they’ve studied the human genome project as well.”

To continue attracting top-flight students, close to half of the university’s immense endowment is now targeted to student aid, the vast majority of it focused on those in the greatest financial need. And in a special bid to bring the best graduate students to campus—and compete headon with such American Ivy League schools as Harvard and Yale—the university has begun offering a minimum of

$17,600 to most students in the doctoral stream, to pay for tuition and living expenses. On the academic front, meanwhile, this past year saw private donors fund new courses and research in such disparate fields as forestry conservation and sexual diversity studies, as well as the launch of major expansions to both the faculties of nursing and pharmacy.

At the same time, Birgeneau is looking at ways to enhance graduate programs at the university’s two suburban campuses, in east and west Toronto, over the next five years, “to aim for the same depth and richness we now have at the St. George campus.” Adds Birgeneau: “I’m a deep believer in the concept of a research university, that the best place to get an undergraduate education is among those who are pushing the frontiers of knowledge.” For students like van Vliet, that kind of thinking is what defines the University of Toronto. “What makes U of T a great school?” she asks. “Reputation, location, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, but most of all, a way of looking at the world that takes students beyond the books, to think about who they are and what they have to offer”—all part of a time-honoured tradition. E3

MEDICAL DOCTORAL

The Medical Doctoral universities are those with a broad range of PhD programs and research, as well as medical schools

OVERALL RANKING I STUDENT BODY CLASSES

1 Toronto UBC

3 Queen’s

4 McGill

5 Alberta Western

7 Montréal McMaster 9 Dalhousie

10 Ottawa

11 Saskatchewan *12 Calgary

*12 Laval

14 Sherbrooke

15 Manitoba

Average Proportion Proportion Out Of

Entering With 75% Who Province International International Student Grade Or Higher Graduate (1st Year) (1st Year) (Graduate) Awards

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2

3

4 6

5

10

7

8 9

15

12

11

13

14

4

2

3

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11

9 1

13

10 12

7

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4 2 1 3 11

5

6 9

15

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7

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10

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15

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6

9 7 5

11

15

10

13

14

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9*

4 2

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13

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11

7

11

10

1

6

3 5 9

4

13 15 2

14

12

13

3

5

6

12

4

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10 1

14

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7

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4

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9

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7

5*

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Class Sizes: Class Sizes: Classe

1st And 3rd And Taught

4th Year Tenure

Level Facull

2nd Year Level

9

4

10*

6*

13

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3

5

15

10*

6*

2

14

12

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13

13

10

3

4

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15 10 12

1

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6 3

13

4

9

7

Indicates a tie. Full description of the methodology, page 30.

REPUTATIONAL WINNERS

Maclean's surveyed high-school guidance counsellors, university officials, heads of organizations, CEOs and recruiters at corporations across the country.

Highest Quality

1 Queen’s

2. Toronto

3 McGill

4. UBC

5 McMaster

Most Innovative

1 McMaster

2 Queen’s

3. Alberta

4 McGill

5. UBC

Leaders of Tomorrow

1 Toronto 2. Alberta

3 McGill

4 McMaster 5. Queen’s

Best Overall

1. Toronto

2. McGill 3 Queen’s

4. Alberta

5 McMaster

FACULTY FINANCES LIBRARY REPUTATION

Awards Social Scholarships Student

Per Sciences & Medical/ & Bursaries Services Holdings

Full-time Humanities Science Operating (Percentage (Percentage Total Per Alumni Reputational

Faculty Grants Grants Budget Of Budget) Of Budget) Holdings Student Acquisitions Expenses Support Survey

13 14 11 13 3 1 11

4 1 3 10 7 2 3 5 13 2 5 6

3 6 7 11 2 8 7 2 7 5 4 3

2 2 2 9 5 11 8 9 12 7* 3 2

8 9 4 5 3 4 2 1 8 6 10* 4

12 11 6 7 4 3 4 7 4 3 2 7

5 4 8 8 8 6 6 14 14 9 9 10

7 11 3 12 15 BHM

14 12 14 6 10 9* 14 13 6 10 8 9

9* 8 5 1 9 5 11 8 10 12 13 13

15 15 15 13 15 13 9 4 1 4 14 14

11 10 10 2 6 7 5 6 11 11 6 8

7 5 9 12 13 12 10 10 9 14 15 11

13 14 12 15 11 9* 15 15 5 15 10* 12

9* 13 13 14 14 14 12 12 15 7* 7 15