Ryerson takes action on its responsibilities as a global citizen. Our highly diverse community of students, faculty, staff and alumni have meaningful connections to countries around the world. Combined with the university’s strong history of external engagement, these connections have led to mutually beneficial partnerships with an impact on communities beyond our city. Increasing global connections will expand Ryerson’s international focus, create new opportunities for students and faculty, and allow Ryerson to bring new talent to its programs and the GTA.
- United for children’s rights
Faculty of Communications and Design (FCAD) students and the campus radio station partnered to raise awareness for UN National Child Rights Day.
- Student research hits the world stage
Ryerson students are producing award-winning research that can compete on the international stage: five recent graduates were commended recently at the Undergraduate Awards – the world’s largest academic awards program – in Dublin, Ireland.
- Ontario launches tool to help with Canadian businesses with international exports
The Ontario government has announced a new business portal, Magnet Export Business Portal, which it believes will boost access to resources for exporters. The new digital platform was co-founded by Ryerson in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
- Children of Hope Uganda empowers war-affected youth with education
The Social Ventures Zone at Ryerson University is home to unique entrepreneurial initiatives that are designed to make a positive impact in a variety of communities, both in Toronto and beyond.
- What you should know before your study abroad
Ryerson students can do exchanges in countries like China, France, India, Germany, and many more.
- The little robot that could
Professors of history and computer science collaborated on designing a robot for an archaeology dig in the summer of 2017 in el-Hibeh, a 3,000-year-old city in Egypt that has been affected by age, erosion and looting since it was first discovered.
- Canadian Universities and Forces for Global Change
Ryerson President Mohamed Lachemi addressed the Economic Club of Canada in a speech titled “Canadian Universities and the Forces of Global Change.” He discussed how universities like Ryerson are preparing students for a world very different from the one we are living in and pointed to the keys to success: flexibility, adaptability, creativity and problem solving.
- In search of Franklin
Over the course of 10 Arctic expeditions, alumnus John Harrington looked for Sir John Franklin, who went missing in 1845 while searching for a Northwest Passage. Harrington never found Franklin, but he helped find three Franklin lifeboats, several encampments and countless artifacts.
- From the military to the classroom
Chris Munro served in Canada’s military in the 1980s, and he is now a Veterans Transition to Education coordinator at The Chang School at Ryerson. The Canadian Armed Forces veteran now helps other veterans transition to university.
- Telling the stories of the real Grenada
A Ryerson master of digital media student developed an online community for Grenada and its diaspora. I Am Grenadian is a multimedia source for ideas and personal and hardship stories about Grenada and its people, incubated in Ryerson’s Transmedia Zone.
- Energy storage is the future
“Leading the Charge” brought Canadian utility experts and researchers to campus to discuss the future of energy storage: the latest technologies, opportunities for commercialization, and how stored energy can be integrated into the grid. The event was part of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network (NESTNet), a coalition of 15 universities and 26 industry/government partners focused on energy storage, led by Ryerson’s Centre for Urban Energy.
- Making a difference, one pint at a time
Alum’s local craft beer company is the official brewery of Ottawa 2017. Now his company is helping a female entrepreneur in Rwanda develop her brewery.
- Canadian University Dubai signs MoU with Ryerson University to Launch Unique New Program
Canadian University Dubai, in partnership with Ryerson University's Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) are set to launch a new program focused on leadership in the creative industries. The program will combine creativity with business acumen to create a cadre of highly qualified students capable of leading the quickly expanding arts and culture industry in the UAE and abroad.
- Toronto journalism conference hears how ‘local news’ dwindling in the West
Participants from the US, Europe, Australia and Canada gathered at the at the Ryerson University for a two-day conference to discuss the crucial issues like vanishing local media outlets and its impact on community cohesion. Ryerson’s Academic Director of the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre was one of the organizers of the conference.
- JAMLAB launches online magazine
JAMLAB is a programme of Wits Journalism and the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering in partnership with Ryerson University, Toronto and Journalists for Human Rights. The project aims to support more and better innovation in journalism and media in Africa.
- Ryerson Students Win Award for Water, Sanitation in India
Ryerson students have been named National Champions of the Environment by the Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge, for the creation of Project Pura, which empowers waterpreneurs to manufacture and sell water filters in Gujarat, India.
- Jamaican, Canadian energy researchers sign MoU
Canadian support for Jamaica’s energy sector has been strengthened with the signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) on March 13, 2017 between Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy, and Jamaica-based Caribbean Energy Solutions Research Institute.
- Liberia: JHR-Ryerson, Wits Universities Teaming Up for Journalism Lab Modeled After Frontpageafrica
- Ryerson International Experiential Learning Program
The Ryerson International Experiential Learning Program encourages students to gain valuable experiences through cultural integration, local travel, stimulating challenges and volunteering opportunities in developing countries. After a successful trip to Argentina this past year, the team will travel to Cuba to continue the experiential learning and work with local communities.
- Tackling malnutrition across borders
To simultaneously address the pressing issues of malnutrition and unemployment in Northern Vietnam, Cecilia Rocha from Ryerson’s School of Nutrition is aiming to apply the learnings from her previous project, Building Capacity in Food Security in Brazil, to her latest one to improve the lives of women and children around the world.
- How to grow veggies at the edge of the Arctic Circle
A Ryerson student project is proving it’s possible to grow vegetables in a part of Canada where almost nothing green can survive. Produce is usually shipped to Canada's northern communities by air, truck or barge, depending on the season. A greenhouse built by the Growing North project enabled the Inuit community of Naujaat, Nunavut, to produce their own fresh produce grown at the edge of the Arctic Circle. It was enough for half of the 1,000-person community to eat vegetables every day.
- Kenya welcomes students for immersive education experience
Seven Ryerson students participated in a community engagement project, creating documentary and social media content for Amref Health Africa.
- Academics without borders
Ryerson University recently joined Academics Without Borders, an organization that helps academic institutions in developing countries. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help developing countries build higher education.
- Canada in the age of Trump
Avi Lewis talked Trump and Trudeau with father Stephen Lewis at the Faculty of Community Service’s FCS in Action Lecture Series on January 31.
- The case that changed Dennis Edney forever
Distinguished Visiting Professor Dennis Edney talked about representing Omar Khadr and the importance of working towards social change in his keynote speech at Ryerson’s Social xCHANGE last week. The pro-bono lawyer for Omar Khadr says society must ‘educate more, innovate more and provide more opportunities’.
- An entrepreneurial approach to Egypt’s water crisis
Enactus Ryerson brings much-needed water filtration system to Egypt
- Remarkable stories
Q&A with alumnus Yuri Dojc about his multimedia exhibition commemorating Holocaust survivors. The Last Folio can be found on display at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and will be exhibited until May 14, 2017. The short film is available for viewing by the public, and can be found on the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s website.
- Hyperloop competition raises innovation to 970 km/h.
From January 27 to 29, 2017, the Ryerson International Hyperloop Team – a group of aerospace engineering students – will demonstrate their Hyperloop wheel-deployment technology at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in California.
- Photographer Nathaniel Brunt talks art, technology, and representation
Award-winning photography and Ryerson PhD student has documented the conflict in Kashmir. Brunt was awarded first prize in the Alexia Foundation’s Photography That Drives Change student award for his master’s research; he will use the prize to expand his photo project #Shaheed into a book.
- Film sheds light on hurdles female runners face in Afghanistan
A film directed by a digital media master’s student at Ryerson explores the challenges women who want to run in Afghanistan face. The Secret Marathon will be released in fall 2017.
- Registration open for Global Challenge 2017
Ryerson University is presenting the Global Challenge 2017, a competition that seeks to change the conversation in social impact education and innovation, enabling students to be active citizens.
- Boldly going where no Canadian school has gone before
Ryerson science students worked with local high school students to design an experiment to be conducted in outer space. The Student Spaceflights Experiments Program puts Ryerson Science in orbit.
- $500,000 in funding for grad’s startup
A Ryerson chemical engineering 2013 grad will launch his company, Formarum, which seeks to manufacture the world’s first self-powered automatic swimming pool system. He won the funding to launch its first product from the 43North startup competition. His business received crucial support early on from the Norman Esch Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards at Ryerson, where it won all three stages of the program (a total of $38,000 in seed funding within the first six months).
- Students explore innovative medical solutions in Tanzania
From September 24 to October 8, two biology students travelled to volunteer at the Pamoja Tuneweza Women’s Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. While there, they spent five days working with the centre’s biannual medical caravan, which travels to rural areas to treat underserved people.
- State-of-the-art spacecraft systems
A Ryerson team, consisting of undergraduate and graduate students a well as postdoctoral fellows, is working on state-of-the-art dynamics, guidance, navigation and control techniques for aerospace systems and future space missions.
- Scholarship program brings students to Canada
After a long journey that took them across the world to the heart of downtown Toronto, a student from Somalia and one from Malaysia have just begun their first year at Ryerson through World University Service of Canada’s (WUSC) Student Refugee Program.
- Why tourists choose Airbnb over hotels
Travellers who use Airbnb tend to be motivated by the service’s practical benefits (low cost, convenient location and household amenities), and usually rent entire homes rather than sharing the accommodation with a host, finds a new report released by Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
- Ryerson looks to expand collaborations in Africa with IBM
Ryerson is partnering with the University of Witwatersrand and IBM to build a South African University hub.
- Social media startup preps users for emergency
A Ryerson alumna is founder of DEMHUB, the disaster and emergency management network – a social networking tool that allows professionals and stakeholders from the disaster and emergency management industry to share information that they can implement in their communities. It’s a quick, simple and cost-effective way for users to share preparedness initiatives, response plans and exercises between communities.
- New book studies narratives of Iranian women in the diaspora
Chair of the Department of English and co-director of the Ryerson Middle East and North Africa Studies Centre, Nima Naghibi is author of Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from the Diaspora. The book is the first full-length study of the life narratives of Iranian women in the diaspora.
- Exploring climate change through art
The Edge of the Earth: Climate Change in Photography and Video (opening in September 2016 at the Ryerson Image Centre) is an exhibition that showcases an apocalyptic vision of nature destroyed by pollution.
- Immersive learning for Early Childhood Studies students in Nigeria
An immersive learning experience brought Ryerson students to a country with a pre-primary education system in transition.
- Acknowledging cultural genocide
Master of Documentary Media student Susan Enberg was researching Canada’s Indian Residential School System when she learned about St. Anne’s Residential School.
- Venice Architecture Biennale exhibit explores extraction
A number of Ryerson community members are part of the EXTRACTION team, which won the national competition to represent Canada at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
- Preserving heritage through robots
With over 3,000 years of history from numerous cultures, the ancient city of el-Hibeh is an important site for understanding Egypt. An ocean away, a new collaboration between Ryerson’s History, Computer Science, Library (Digital Media Experience), and Faculty of Science could help open new doors for the understanding and preservation of this ancient city
- Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education completes second cohort of Internationally Trained Medical Doctors Bridging Program
Program the first and only of its kind in Canada helping doctors integrate into non-licensed health-care employment
- Tracking the Zika virus
Students and alumni from Ryerson’s Department of Geography are helping to spearhead the next generation of infectious disease research.
- Student entrepreneurs bring big ideas to India
Three winning teams – made up of Ryerson student entrepreneurs – from the Global Innovation Challenge travelled to Goa, Bangalore and Mumbai to connect with potential business partners.
- New mathematical model for Ebola can help save lives
Model developed at Ryerson University may significantly improve survival rates for Ebola
- The Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge
Ryerson University, OCAD University, University of Toronto and York University have joined together to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, mobilizing communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to bring and resettle Syrian refugees to Canada.
- It takes a village to resettle a family
Many families and people from across the Ryerson community are volunteering their time and knowledge to welcome the new Canadians.
- Syrian newcomer looks back on first year in Canada
Ryerson United Way campaign helps support and settle new Canadian
- University to partner with top companies in India on energy research
The 2016 Ontario Trade Mission to India resulted in two signed agreements in support of ongoing energy research at the university involving Tata Power-DDL and Tech Mahindra in l support of renewable energy generation and storage.
- Making a difference in Africa
Social Work grad Teriano Lesancha is an inspiration to girls and women in her Kenyan village.
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