University of Toronto Partnership
In December of 2015, University of Toronto and UTS signed an affiliation agreement. The agreement commits UTS to contribute to the goals of the University. Twice annually UTS presents a report to the Office of the Provost outlining all of our Affiliation activities. Here are a few highlights.
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, GII just celebrated its tenth anniversary. The GII 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 GTA. 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 for three years. This year we decided to work collaboratively to share the annual AI and Machine Learning Conference with a broader community of youth. UTS has worked with the CDL 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 sixty students take part every year from the GTA.
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 level 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.
The Eureka! Research Institute at UTS
The Eureka! Research Institute is one of a small number of school-based research institutes in Canada, and supports the development of evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practices, facilitates interdisciplinary inquiry and co-designed research, and develops school-university partnerships and collaborative knowledge networks.
Dr. Anna Taddio
Dr. Taddio, who has received more than $1 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to support her research and efforts to reduce fear of needles in youth, has conducted research at UTS focused on student experiences with immunization to mitigate pain. This work was used as the basis of a global guidelines by the World Health Organization. Dr. Taddio worked with UTS staff to create a video to support her CARD (Comfort, Ask, Relax, Distract) program. Developed for youth by youth, CARD is a game where students select interventions they want to “play” from within each category and then share them with adults who help support their choices. For example, a student may wish to play from category “A” and ask to be vaccinated in a private place, or “D” and bring an electronic device to serve as a distraction. “CARD is a major breakthrough,” says Dr. Taddio.
Behavioural Economics Action Research (BEAR)
In partnership with BEAR, one to three students a year participate in research and implementation of Behavioural Economics with a team of undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors. Past project have included research for Shared Services Canada, TD CanadaTrust, ScotiaBank, the Government of Ontario and others.
Work is done with local organizations in support of our outreach initiatives to create a community at UTS that is more representative of the city we live in:
- African Canadian Christian Network
- Toronto Community Housing Corporation
- Lifelong Learning Institute
- Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce
- U of T Access Connections
UTS offers its students international opportunities through our partnerships with Number 2 High School Affiliated with East China Normal University (EFZ) in Shanghai, Rhysensteen Gymnasium in Copenhagen, and Carl-Schurz-Schule in Frankfurt.
In 2019 UTS welcomed exchange partners from Carl-Schurz-Schule in Frankfurt in collaboration with the Goethe Institute and Maximum City. Maximum City works with schools, governments, and communities to deepen understanding of how to develop better cities. Their Global Urban Citizens Program, in partnership with the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) and other institutions, has worked with city builders from seven countries on solving the world’s most pressing urban problems.
Number Two High School Affiliated with East China Normal University (HSEFZ) is a Green Path School. This is the 15th anniversary of the Green Path Program. The program was founded by Margaret Yan, Director of Asian Initiatives at UTSC. This year 250 students were selected for admission to the University of Toronto from about forty highly ranked secondary schools across China. The students undertake a twelve week transition support summer program at UTSC, living in residence. Green Path students are noted for their academic excellence.
UTS hosts visiting educators from a number of countries, providing information about our school, Ontario education, and tours of classrooms. Visiting educators recently have been from China, Spain, and India.