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Selected Achievements Under the Academic Plan The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering’s five-year Academic Plan 2011–2016 provides the framework that guides our vision to be a leader among the world’s best engineering schools. Approved by Faculty Council in October 2011, the Academic Plan was developed through a highly consultative planning process involving faculty, staff, students, alumni and University stakeholders. In the final year of the Academic Plan, we have made tremendous progress in achieving, and in many cases exceeding, our ambitious goals in seven key areas: positioning; culture of excellence; educating future engineers; student experience; research foci; outreach, collaboration and influence; and resource allocation. The full Academic Plan is available at:, and our Year Four: Progress and Achievements report is available at:

Positioning Our position as a leader among the top global engineering schools is strengthened by the compelling stories we publish about our advances in research and engineering education. Our communications strategies leverage high-quality printed materials, engaging websites and social media, and even public art. In 2015–2016, we enhanced all of these areas and won seven international awards for communications.

Progress Highlights –– Earned recognition as the premier engineering school in Canada and among the best in the world across all international rankings in 2015 — the only Canadian university to rank in the top 25 schools globally in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences, and the Times Higher Education (THE)–Elsevier World University Ranking for Engineering and Information Technology. –– Secured more than 3,400 media stories in the strategic priority areas of Bioengineering/Health, Sustainability, Information and Communication Technology, Engineering Education, and Entrepreneurship and Commercialization. Nearly 60 per cent of these stories appeared in international outlets. –– Created a 276-foot-long graffiti installation on the site of the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE) to inspire a public conversation

about the contribution of engineering to society and the accomplishments of our Faculty. The accompanying CEIExSKAM media campaign garnered 12 media stories with 5.5 million impressions, 5,000 visitors at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, more than 282,900 social media impressions and a Gold Quill Award of Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators. –– Expanded user engagement with our social media channels: Facebook engagements grew 447 per cent and Twitter engagements grew by nearly 600 per cent over the previous year. In January 2016, we relaunched our Instagram channel with a new focus on engineering student life and our vibrant engineering community, doubling our followers to more than 1,200 by June 2016. –– Published 220 stories on U of T Engineering News, generating 199,555 page views, up 74 per cent from the prior year.

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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.