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University of Toronto

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The University of Toronto is truly a global institution.

With three campuses across the Toronto Region, it is home to 88,000 students. The downtown St. George campus alone has 14,000 faculty and 60,000 students, making it the single largest campus university in the U.S. or Canada. For the second year in a row, U of T has earned the top spot in Canada on both the QS World University and Times Higher Education Rankings, excelling especially in Engineering and Computer Science. U of T is also listed among the top five public universities in North America, as well as boasts the following rankings:

Second only to Harvard University in total research publications

Ranked third worldwide for clinical medicine citations and in the top 10 for molecular biology and genetics, neuroscience and behaviour, and pharmacology and toxicology

46th most innovative university in the world, with more than 150 research-based startups generated over the past five years

Ranked tenth worldwide in computer science, and globally recognized as a leader in artificial intelligence research

23,000+ international students from 159 countries, including 13,000 from China, and 1,500 from India

AI Powerhouse

Widely regarded as a world leader in machine learning, the University of Toronto ranks among the world’s largest institutions in terms of faculty and student bodies focusing on AI research. It’s also home to nine campus-linked accelerators across a broad range of learning disciplines. Prior PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and current faculty members at the University of Toronto’s computer science department and its machine learning lab hold key positions at some of the world’s most impactful technology companies, including Uber, Google, Apple, DeepMind, and Open AI.

Creative Destruction Lab (CDL)

Founded at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in 2012, the CDL was created to merge science-based projects with industry expertise to create massively scalable ventures.

CDL focuses on seven streams of research: Prime, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Health, Matter, Quantum, and Space. CDL provides startups with access to business development support from top business students at Rotman; funding from leading VC firms; and resources to scale. Companies also have access to world-renowned experts from leading academic institutions to provide technical feedback and advice on objectives related to technology validation.

In its first five years since its launch in 2012, CDL has supported 225 science-based startups, leading to the creation of an estimated 1,100 jobs.
Notable companies from CDL Toronto include:


Deep Genomics

Engineering Career Centre

The Professional Experience Year Co-op is a work-integrated learning program that helps students gain paid, meaningful work experiences.

These work experiences provide a competitive salary, an extensive network and professional skills that students will leverage for years to come.

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Roger Francis
Executive Director, Engineering Career & Experiential Learning (EXCEL)
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