Thriving partnerships with the University of Toronto

University of Toronto Schools is proud of its robust partnerships, providing students with incomparable opportunities to broaden their experiences and explore deeper learning.

The Global Ideas Institute

The Global Ideas Institute was conceived by conceived by Professor Joseph Wong and Professor Janice Stein and developed by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy to provide intensive research and learning opportunities for secondary students. Organized annually by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto Schools, Rotman School of Management’s Integrative Thinking, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and World Vision Canada, the Global Ideas Institute just celebrated its tenth anniversary. The Institute annually provides a global challenge for students across the GTA to tackle, with approximately 200 students from thirty schools involved.

Medicine by Design Annual Conference for Secondary Students

UTS partners annually with Medicine by Design at the University of Toronto to plan and deliver a Regenerative Medicine Expo for high school students across the Greater Toronto Area. This provides students with a dynamic opportunity to learn about regenerative medicine and explore cutting-edge research being undertaken by leading scientists, engineers, and doctors from U of T and its affiliated hospitals.

Creative Destruction Lab

UTS has partnered with the Creative Destruction Lab, which was founded at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, for three years now. This year we decided to work collaboratively to share the annual Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Conference with a broader community of youth. UTS has worked with the Lab’s Conference Team to plan for over 90 students from across the Greater Toronto Area to attend the conference.

Summer Programs in partnership with University of Toronto

Our Experience Innovation @ UTS summer programs feature a wide range of opportunities for students, including:

Bright Lights in the Lab
UTS has been a partner with Prof. Zhong-Ping Feng in the Physiology Department and the Firefly Foundation for the past nine years. Bright Lights gives students from grades six through twelve an opportunity to design and perform open-ended science experiments on behaviour, learning, and memory, using model invertebrates. More than 60 students take part every year from the GTA.

Rotman I-Think
Inspired by Getting Beyond Better, the book by Roger L. Martin and Sally R. Osberg, participants in the I-Think Summer Institute will explore the mindsets and tools of social entrepreneurs. These inspiring leaders — call them disrupters, visionaries, or change makers — develop, build, and scale their solutions to bring about truly lasting social change. But to succeed in bringing about that change requires a different kind of thinking. I-Think offers students who really want to change the world the opportunity to learn to think like a social entrepreneur and apply Integrative Thinking to a real-world challenge.

Global Health Mini-Masters
UTS, in partnership with Global Health Education Initiative (GHEI), offers a specially-designed curriculum for middle and high school students who want to understand critical health challenges facing our world’s people and environment. Students learn and think about how they can contribute to making our world better.