Education

Ontario universities graduate more than 100,000 people each year, and hundreds of thousands of applications pour in annually as the demand for a university education remains high.

Universities are increasingly helping students to customize their education by opening more pathways between universities and colleges and making credit transfer easier. Some go on to graduate school or to one of the province’s medical and law programs. Others get a taste of future careers by gaining real-life experience through experiential learning and co-op programs.

Universities are not only helping students adapt to the job market, they are also demonstrating innovation in methods of teaching and learning through flipped classrooms, video instruction and online learning.

Read more about the many ways Ontario’s universities are helping students achieve their goals by browsing through the categories below.

Education

Accessibility

Ontario’s universities are leaders in accessibility and are committed to breaking down barriers faced by people with visible and invisible disabilities.

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Applications & Enrolment

Hundreds of thousands of applications are made each year to Ontario universities as demand remains strong for the skills gained on and off campuses.

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Credit Transfers

Hundreds of agreements between colleges and universities exist to allow students to transfer their credits between institutions. The Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) was created to find even more pathways. Today’s students can customize their education to suit their own goals and needs, and the needs of the job market.

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Experiential Learning & Co-ops

Ontario’s universities are equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills required for career success by providing students with real-life work experience across all disciplines through co-ops, community service placements and other experiential learning opportunities.

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Graduate Education

Ontario educates the largest number of graduate students in Canada, and has experienced tremendous growth in graduate education in the last decade. University research and graduate education play a critical role in economic growth and development through research and innovation.

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Health Sciences Education

Ontario universities’ health sciences graduates are moving the health-care system forward with cutting-edge research, evidenced-based practice and compassionate care.

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Online Learning

Online and technology-enhanced courses and programs in Ontario are giving students greater flexibility as they pursue their degrees, and Ontario universities are committed to expanding online learning for students, to give them more opportunities to work on their own schedules, at their own pace and from any location.

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Quality Assurance

Ontario universities are international leaders in quality assurance, and are committed to ensuring all programs have clearly articulated learning outcomes that are linked to appropriate degree level expectations.

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Teaching & Learning

Whether it’s the flipped classroom or lessons delivered by video, Ontario universities are bringing innovation to the way teachers teach and students learn.

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Ontario Universities Blog

Ontario’s universities recognize that they need to work together with government, municipalities, and the public and private sector to make progress in cutting emissions and harnessing the power of new, clean technologies.
Working together for a cleaner, sustainable future December 7, 2017

Ontario’s universities recognize that they need to work together with government, municipalities, and the public and private sector to make progress in cutting emissions and harnessing the power of new, clean technologies.

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Each year, the Government of Ontario awards a prize of $20,000 to five young researchers who are carrying out exceptional work in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Literature and Economic Science. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Polanyi Prizes, which were established by the provincial government in honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
John Charles Polanyi Prizes Turn 30 December 4, 2017

Each year, the Government of Ontario awards a prize of $20,000 to five young researchers who are carrying out exceptional work in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine, Literature and Economic Science. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Polanyi Prizes, which were established by the provincial government in honour of the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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On November 17, university leaders and experts came together at a Council of Ontario Universities forum, the Experiential Learning Best Practices Exchange, to discuss the importance of experiential learning.
Experiential Learning: Connecting the Classroom to Future Careers November 23, 2017

On November 17, university leaders and experts came together at a Council of Ontario Universities forum, the Experiential Learning Best Practices Exchange, to discuss the importance of experiential learning.

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The College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities have come together to develop an action plan on post-secondary student mental health.
Ontario’s students, colleges and universities call for action on student mental health November 2, 2017

The College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities have come together to develop an action plan on post-secondary student mental health.

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News Releases

Ontario universities share goal of protecting free speech on campus, will work closely with government August 30, 2018

Ontario universities share the Ontario government’s interest in protecting freedom of speech, and are committed to working with all stakeholders, including faculty, students, and the province, to provide opportunities for thoughtful debate and discussion on our campuses.     

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Universities look forward to working with Premier Ford’s first cabinet to build a better future for the people of Ontario June 29, 2018

Ontario’s universities congratulate the ministers sworn in today to the cabinet of Premier Doug Ford, and we look forward to working with the new government as partners in building a better future for the people of Ontario.

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Honouring research to improve life for young people with autism June 27, 2018

Patrick Jachyra, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, and Kaitlyn Parks, a Master’s student at Western University, are the 2018 recipients of the Council of Ontario Universities’ Autism Scholarship Awards.

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Ontario’s universities congratulate Doug Ford and the PCs on winning the provincial election June 8, 2018

Ontario’s universities congratulate Premier-elect Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservative Party on a successful campaign in the provincial election. We look forward to partnering with the new government to help create a better future for students, communities and the province.

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