This fall we welcome 1,000 new students and over 5,000 returning students to Woodsworth College. I would particularly like to extend a very warm welcome to our Mastercard Foundation Scholars who are joining us from Kenya and are here to participate in the program and live in our residence.This is a wonderful new initiative for Woodsworth and we are happy and proud to be a part of it.
In other news about our programs, we are very much looking forward to another exciting offering for Woodsworth ONE. Following on last year’s success in the inaugural program, students are once again very interested in our theme of Order and Disorder and exciting co-curricular activities. Interest in enrollment has been very strong. Dr. Beth Fischer, who has joined us from the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, where she was a lecturer and academic adviser, will lead the program as coordinator and lecturer this year – welcome Beth!
New this year for our unique Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program, is the launch of a full-time option. This program was designed for those students who want or need a more intensive academic experience. Students are participating in three courses as well as gaining more opportunities to engage with the College and the University. I am very happy that we can offer another great option for students to prepare for degree studies at U of T.
Whether students are new or returning, joining us direct from high school, or have come through other pathways to be a member of the Woodsworth College community, I very much hope that the academic year will be exciting and engaging.