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Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, Ryerson University has established a strong reputation for career-focused learning and teaching, innovative research and sustainable city-building. Maintaining the momentum that has brought us this far, we look forward to achieving new heights as we continue to realize our academic ambitions.

Academic Plan

With thanks to our community, we have finalized Ryerson’s PDF filePDF file2020-2025 Academic Plan. Through our values and priorities, the university upholds the liberty to think critically, to explore and exchange new ideas, and to challenge norms and preconceptions. All activities outlined in the Academic Plan are closely tied to Ryerson’s annual budget process. As we enter the next decade, alignment with our Strategic Research Plan, Internationalization Strategy and Campus Master Plan will position Ryerson University as a leader within the higher education sector, both at home and in markets around the world. 

Truth & Reconciliation

As we strengthen our relationships with Indigenous communities, our goal is to foster an academic environment where all students, faculty and staff are challenged and supported to achieve their full potential. One of the critical ways that we have supported Ryerson’s Indigenization efforts is by making the role of campus Elder a leadership position. With inspiration and guidance from Joanne Dallaire, Elder (Ke Shay Hayo) and Senior Advisor – Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, we will continue to embrace and integrate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into the university’s culture.

Innovation Leadership

Ryerson is rooted in innovation. It can be seen in the ways we support students, in our approaches to learning and teaching, and in how our faculty and staff approach their work. Our Scholarly, Research and Creative partnerships, our Zone Learning network, our state-of-the-art Centre for Urban Innovation, our Office of Social Innovation and our new Faculty of Law are just some of the many ways we remain committed to being bold in our thinking, actions and decisions every day.

Should you wish to share any ideas that will help advance the priorities of our Academic Plan, I invite you to connect with our team.

Finally, I would also like to thank Michael Benarroch for his extraordinary leadership over the last three years as Provost and Vice President, Academic at Ryerson.

Saeed Zolfaghari, PhD
Interim Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Interim Provost Saeed Zolfaghari
The Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic

The provost and vice-president, academic is Ryerson University’s chief academic officer and chief operating officer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing the academic program
  • Setting and implementing the university’s budget
  • Enhancing student life, engagement, and skills
  • Supporting scholarly, research, and creative activities
  • Proposing and implementing innovative technologies
  • Establishing outreach and access initiatives
  • Cultivating experiential learning opportunities
  • Developing and presenting faculty achievement awards

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