Last Wednesday, the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Campus Affairs Committee held their first meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year to discuss the status of the university’s future capital projects, campus renovations, and the university’s focus on being a leading institution in academia at the international level.

On the status of construction projects on campus, the committee learned that the completion of the Davis revitalization project was to be delayed until January 2019, due to reported permit issues with the City of Mississauga. The committee also discussed two future building projects, which include two new buildings; one dedicated to the sciences the other to arts and culture. The science building would be issued a higher priority than the latter— however details on both of these buildings have not been solidified yet, as both projects are still in their infancy.

On the international status of the university, VP and Principal of UTM Ulrich Krull stated, “I see, personally, a point of pivot for the university […] the University of Toronto has reached a maturity in the international scene that it truly can exercise and flex its muscles to be an international university.”

Krull went on to highlight the university’s efforts in ensuring that there is a greater diversity in the student body at the university, representing “more countries, more cultures, more languages, and more thought processes.” He concluded his remarks by noting that he has “never seen the university working so hard to take on a leadership position” and compete with universities like Stanford, Cambridge, and Oxford.

The next Campus Affairs Committee meeting with be on November 12, 2018.