At U of T, we are committed to global engagement. We infuse international and comparative perspectives throughout our teaching, research and service missions. Global engagement shapes our institutional ethos and touches our entire higher education enterprise.
U of T’s international engagement is driven by the need to:
Through its international strategy, U of T strives to:
The Office of the Vice President, International (OVPI) benefits from the significant expertise and insights of faculty, staff and alumni who help inform our regional strategies. In order to facilitate ongoing engagement and benefit from the significant regional expertise of our faculty, OVPI convenes seven Presidential International Councils (PICs). U of T also has four International Leadership Councils (ILCs) constituted by alumni, who share their valuable regional insights.
Presidential International Councils (PICs) serve an advisory function to the leadership of the International portfolio – and through that leadership, to the President of the University – and to staff and partners as we together implement, refine and update the University of Toronto International Strategic Plan. There are seven (7) regional councils, each of which advise on strategy development for one of the following regions:
The PICs provide continuity of strategic advice and input to OVPI and partners and enables tracking of successes and challenges over time.
The PICs are advisory only and are not decision-making bodies.
University of Toronto alumni occupy leadership positions in key industries around the world; International Leadership Councils (ILCs) capitalize on this network of knowledge and expertise to advance the University’s international partnerships, attract top talent, and magnify U of T’s excellence and impact around the world. Please click here to learn more about the University’s ILCs.