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We strengthened our MEng offerings in fall 2015 by launching new emphases in Sustainable Energy and Advanced Manufacturing, and approved the creation of a new MEng in Biomedical Engineering, a oneyear program focusing on medical device design that is welcoming its first cohort in fall 2016. Growth in our professional master’s programs was particularly robust in 2015–2016, with applications from international students increasing by one-quarter compared with the previous year. Enrolment in the MEng and Master of Health Science (MHSc) programs now makes up more than half of full-time equivalent master’s students, exceeding our Academic Plan goal of 50 per cent by 2015–2016. Enrolment in our research-stream graduate programs held steady in 2015–2016 as we focused on attracting the very best domestic PhD candidates and encouraged MASc students to fast-track into the doctoral program. We actively recruited top students from across Canada through events such as Graduate Research Days and a nationwide recruitment tour held in partnership with a consortium of the country’s best engineering schools. We continued to prepare PhD students for academic positions through the Prospective Professors in Training program, and are creating similar resources for developing competencies relevant to roles in industry and other non-academic settings. Our PhD program continues to draw large numbers of applications from top international candidates. However, we have been able to accept a limited number of these applicants because the Ontario government did not provide funding to universities for international PhD students until recently. We are encouraged that the province opened the door in 2015 to providing grants to universities for a small number of international PhD students. We are optimistic this development will enable us to accept more extraordinary students from abroad and increase the already exceptional quality of our PhD cohort.

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Our extraordinary professors, outstanding research- and professionalstream graduate programs, and exceptional global reputation attracted a record number of graduate students in 2015–2016. Driven by strong demand for our Master of Engineering (MEng) program, particularly among international students, this rapid growth builds on our success in surpassing our Academic Plan goal of enrolling 2,000 graduate students by 2015, which we accomplished two years ahead of schedule. Our graduate students are uniquely positioned to take up leadership positions in both academia and industry, where they will drive innovation, apply engineering to new problems and address critical global challenges.

Annual Report Performance Indicators 2016  

This is the annual report of performance indicators for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Annual Report Performance Indicators 2016  

This is the annual report of performance indicators for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto.

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