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Sorpong Peou

Chair's Welcome

Hello and welcome to our departmental website!

I am truly delighted that you have chosen to visit us today, and I would like to share with you exciting news related to our programs, our students, and our faculty.

I encourage you to explore our website to see more about the various programs the Department offers, but let me first share with you what prospective students and curious individuals should know about us.

Do you know that the Department of Politics and Public Administration is one of the largest academic departments of politics in Canada and offers certificate and degree programs that are unique?

We specialize in the systematic study of politics, public administration and governance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our programs are known for their emphasis on academic excellence and practical relevance, including experiential learning. Our students learn about concepts, theories and methods, but will also learn how to apply them to real-world problems to produce workable solutions.

Our programs are career-oriented. Our students learn to develop academic and practical skills - in writing, speaking, reasoning, analysis, and leadership - from their first to their final year.  They may also take part in experiential learning through such optional activities as the annual trip to Ottawa, the biannual trip to Washington DC (USA), or by working in the constituency offices of federal MPs or provincial MPPs. Our graduates have gained employment in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors!

The educational experience offered by our Department is also enriched by our faculty, who are highly qualified, with wide-ranging research interests and activities.  Browse the Personnel and the Research sections for more information.  Our faculty are also ethnically diverse (from Anglophone and Francophone parts of Canada to other parts of the world such as Cambodia, Croatia, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, and Uganda).

Most exciting is the fact that Ryerson is located in downtown Toronto, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, where more than 150 languages are spoken every day.  Our students are constantly exposed to a combination of Canadian issues and the rich diversity of global experiences.

If you want to know more, consult the Contact section and drop the appropriate person a note to say hi or ask questions.

With best wishes for the future!

Sorpong Peou
Professor and Department Chair

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