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WC2 Toronto 2018 Symposium

About WC2 Network

The WC2 Network brings together top universities located in the heart of major world cities to address culture, environment and political issues of common interest to world cities. WC2 aims to advance understanding and recognition of the role of universities in world cities and issues that are of common interest to them, both locally and internationally. The flow of staff, students and information domestically and across borders contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of world cities, their universities and their potential to impact and aid each other.

The WC2 network was established in September 2010 by City, University of London and currently has 10 member institutions.


2018 Toronto WC2 Symposium - Migration, the City and the University

The overarching theme of Migration, the City and the University applies with equal force to all of the cities within our WC2 Network.  The city is the locus on migration and universities, including their researchers and graduate students, have a social responsibility to the city of which they are an integral part. With this theme, we will be identifying and discovering the intersecting challenges of migration and integration.

Hosted by Ryerson University, the symposium will take place from August 12th to 17th, 2018.


About Toronto, Canada

Located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario with 2.7 million residents, Toronto is the largest city in Canada.  With nearly half of its population born outside of Canada, Toronto is home to one of the most multicultural urban areas in the world. The diversity in cultures and communities have helped create Toronto’s identity as a vibrant global city.


About Ryerson University

Located in downtown Toronto – the largest city in Canada – the Ryerson campus is immersed in urban, cosmopolitan surroundings and is steps away from major centres for health, business, entertainment, fashion, industry and design. This proximity affords amazing opportunities for learning and research. Ryerson University is recognized as a leading institution for research and innovation, being ranked the top institution for undergraduate research in Canada in 2014. Over the past decade, the university has invested in heavily in innovation and is now home to 125+ research centres, institutes and labs.



The 2018 Symposium will take place from Sunday, August 12th to Friday, August 17th, 2018.



The Symposium will be held at Ryerson University, at the Ted Rogers School of Management building, located at 55 Dundas Street West  The campus is located in the heart of downtown Toronto.


Who Can Attend?

The symposium is primarily open to faculty and undergraduate, graduate and PhD students at WC2 member universities.



  • Business
  • Eco-Campus
  • Food Policy
  • Global Health
  • Knowledge, Culture and Urban Affairs (formerly Global Cultures)
  • Transport



To register please visit the 2018 WC2 Symposium Registration page, external link.

For Ryerson University affiliaited participants registering for the google formGlobalized Universities, Internationalized Universities: The Future of Higher Education, external link theme, please register seperately.

All other international participants should continue to register using the 2018 WC2 Syposium Registration form.

For students, please note that you must be nominated by your institution in order to register. 

Registration closes on Friday, June 29, 2018.


For more information, please visit the WC2 2018 Toronto Symposium website, external link.

Immigration Requirements

For more information on what you need to enter Canada, please visit: the Government of Canada: Citizenship and Immigration webpage, external link.  If your country is not listed below please find out if you need an eTA or Visa, external link.

The following countries require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to board a flight to Canada*:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom

The following countries require a Visa prior to entering Canada*:

  • China
  • Russia
  • South Africa


Find out about the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), external link and apply for an eTA, external link.

Find out about Visa applications, external link and apply for a visitor visa, external link.


* This information is valid as of March 21, 2018. Please double check the Government of Canada: Citizenship and Immigration webpage, external link for the latest travel requirements.


Letters of Invitation

Please note that letters of invitation will be sent as a PDF file within 3-7 business days of registration.  If for some reason you did not receive a letter, or if you require a hard copy, please contact


Student Accommodations (on-campus residence)

*all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and do not include HST or additional fees.

On-campus accomodations are only available to students, and are offered on a first come, first served basis. Limited spaces available, all reservations must be made before July, 11th, 2018.


International Living/Learning Centre (ILC)

240 Jarvis Street Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2L1, external link

Reservation Link

*Please note that you must enter the code in order to reserve using the special accomodation rate. 

Access Code: 2018WC2

Price: $87.00 per night


*all prices are listed in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and do not include HST or additional fees.

Discounted rates are available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that during the month of August Toronto is particularly busy and hotels are in high demand. All hotels are within 2-5 minute walking distance to Ryerson University.


Chelsea Hotel (suggested symposium hotel)

33 Gerrard St. W., Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4, external link

Reservation Link, external link

Access Code: RYE081218

Group Price: $169.00 per night (room upgrades are available at an additional cost)


DoubleTree Hilton

108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, external link

Reservation Link, external link

Corporate Account: 560043357

Price: $199.00 per night


Bond Hotel

65 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 2G8, external link

Reservation Link, external link

Access Code: RYERSON

Price: $149.00 to $200.00 per night


Pantages Hotel

200 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 1V8, external link

Reservation Link, external link

Access Code: RYERSON

Price: $185.00 to $245.00 per night


* Schedule draft as of April 24, 2018.

PDF fileWC2 Toronto 2018 Schedule for download.


Sunday August 12th

4:00-5:00 pm 5:00-9:00 pm

Registration Welcome cocktail reception.

Monday August 13th

8:30-9:00 am

Morning refreshments.

9:00-11:30 am


11:30-1:00 pm

Group lunch.

1:00-3:00 pm

Concurrent sessions.

1:00-3:00 pm

VP Research Engagement Day.

3:00-3:30 pm

Afternoon refreshments.

3:30-5:00 pm

Concurrent sessions.

3:30-5:00 pm

VP Research Engagement Day.

Tuesday August 14th

8:30-9:00 am

Morning refreshments.

9:00-11:30 am

Concurrent sessions.

11:30-1:00 pm

Group lunch.

1:00-3:00 pm

Concurrent sessions.

3:00-3:30 pm

Afternoon refreshments.

3:30-5:00 pm

Concurrent sessions.

5:00-6:00 pm

WC2 strategy group meeting.

Wednesday August 15th

8:30-9:00 am

Morning refreshments.

9:00-11:30 am

Concurrent sessions.

9:00-11:30 am

Globalized Universities, Internationalized Universities.

11:30-1:00 pm

Group lunch.

1:00-3:00 pm

Concurrent sessions.

1:00-3:00 pm

Globalized Universities, Internationalized Universities.

3:00-3:30 pm

Afternoon refreshments.

3:30-5:00 pm

Concurrent sessions.

3:30-5:00 pm

Globalized Universities, Internationalized Universities.

5:30-7:00 pm

Play (Health Focus) @ REAL Institute.

7:00-9:00 pm

Executive Group Dinner.

Theme Dinners.

Thursday August 16th

8:30-9:00 am

Morning refreshments.

9:00-11:30 am

Concurrent sessions.

9:00-11:30 am

Globalized Universities, Internationalized Universities.

11:30-1:00 pm

Group lunch.

1:00-3:00 pm

Concurrent sessions.

1:00-3:00 pm

Globalized Universities, Internationalized Universities.

3:00-3:30 pm

Afternoon refreshments.

3:30-5:00 pm

Concurrent sessions.

3:30-5:00 pm

Globalized Universities, Internationalized Universities.

5:00-6:00 pm

WC2 strategy group meeting.

Friday August 17th

8:30-9:00 am

Morning refreshments.

9:00-12:00 am


The question of whether or not migration, in particular urban migration, has led to increased entrepreneurial activities that encourage job creation and employment has been a popular topic of discussion. For large cities, where most immigrants tend to settle, job creation for migrants becomes a significant issue especially if the migration pattern is not driven by larger, higher paying, established firms seeking experienced professional employees.

In the context of urban universities, the central question is “What role can city-based universities and their business schools play in improving the income earning potential for migrants?” Historically, the evidence has supported the notion that a person’s wage earning capacity can be enhanced through education. This raises the following supplementary questions:

1.       Does that notion remain the same today?

2.       What are business schools doing to educate migrants?

3.       What barriers exist for migrants in seeking further education?

4.       Can migrant-focused entrepreneurship education improve self-employment success?

5.       Are there examples of best practices at city-based business schools that can be used to inform education policy pertaining to urban migrants?

While the Business Theme will hopefully address all of these questions it is the last one that will form the basis for our activities and presentations in WC2 Toronto 2018.  I invite all of the Business Theme participants to consider these questions. We encourage the involvement of graduate students with an interest in this theme and who may wish to present their work at our symposium.  

This year’s Business theme will entail a mix of academic presentations by faculty and students related to this year’s Business theme, site visits to new immigrant entrepreneurship and education initiatives in the City of Toronto, an integrative challenge for the graduate students, and a planned social event.


For more information, please contact the Ryerson Business theme lead:

Philip Walsh, MBA, PhD, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University,

Health and care systems and organisations throughout the world are facing increasingly complex challenges and are under extreme pressure to reorganize and improve outcomes for their populations with increased demand through the development of new technologies and the ageing population. As the population ages the number of people with at least one long-term condition is predicted to rise dramatically as the lifetime prevalence of a number of conditions are age related. Diseases from noncommunicable causes such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF) have been identified as key conditions leading to the increased costs of managing long term conditions. At the same time, the number of deaths from infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and vaccine-preventable diseases, is decreasing. Continuous change resulting from new developments, new leaders and new threats bring great uncertainty and provide further challenges to global health organisations. An increase in global migration, the refugee crisis and climate change will have a significant impact on global health for decades or even centuries to come.

The global health club of WC2 is committed to focusing on some of these major current areas in healthcare, bringing together academics and practitioners from the major world cities and universities, working in key areas of health and health care and at the forefront of innovation and change. The club, with its mix of professions, disciplines, cultures, cities and experience will provide opportunities to compare and explore themes around health policy, health systems, health inequalities, global health, technological advances and health innovations from theoretical and clinical perspectives.

A major theme of focus for the health club is ageing in urban environments, and incorporated within this theme, the health club has and continues to explore the following main areas:

  • Congestive heart failure as a major condition associated with ageing. CHF affects approximately 1% of people aged 50 years and older and about 5% of those aged 75 years and older. About 10% of patients diagnosed with heart failure die within 1 year, and about 40% die within 5 years of diagnosis.
  • The Economics of Healthcare and comparative health economics. It is difficult to compare the relative performance of health systems. In making these comparisons it is important not only to account for cost but also to include an assessment of the quality of health care.
  • Health Inequalities in relation to Healthcare Delivery
  • Culturally responsive care
  • Public Health Initiatives in World Cities
  • The Role of Digital Technology and gamification in in supporting healthcare
  • Quality of life and ageing in Urban Environments
  • Innovations, leadership, service reformation in healthcare

The health club comprises of academics and students, both MSc and PhD levels, from the WC2 partners. It has both an education and research remit. We are interested in further collaboration with global partners, and invite you to contact us with any further enquiries.


For more information please contact the Ryerson Global Health theme lead:

Oona St. Amant, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University,

The most recent addition to WC2, the Food Security and Food Policy theme is looking to explore the interrelated effects of migration and food culture. Three key thematic areas have been identified for the 2018 Symposium:

  • Food security, immigrants and the city
  • Sustainable food systems for healthy diets
  • Urban food policy and governance


Excursions have been planned to community based food security organizations, as has a public evening panel on the food policy process in Toronto and Canada.


For more information, please contact the Ryerson Food Policy theme leads: 

Cecilia Rocha, PhD, Director & Professor, Ryerson School of Nutrition,

Fiona Yeudall, PhD and RD, Associate Professor & Associate Director, Dietetics, Ryerson School of Nutrition,

Mustafa Koc, PhD, Professor, Ryerson Department of Sociology,

The industrial world has reached a point in its development where the undisciplined exploitation of natural resources and the predominant generation of energy utilising fossil fuels is no longer an option.  Coupled with continued population growth and expanding industrialisation, new solutions regarding the management of our natural resources and the means and methods for generation of energy are urgently needed.  Furthermore, the impact of climate change requires nations to create a new model for the consumption and generation of power which necessitates a change in methodology and strategic planning.  The consortium of universities of the WC2 University Network is committed to addressing these issues and the Eco-campus group of WC2 is engaged in research designed to find specific solutions.

The goal of the Eco-campus group of WC2, in its commitment to addressing the global issue of environment management and the challenges of climate change, is to develop the “Zero Emissions Urban University Model.”  WC2 universities have the unique opportunity to apply their intellectual capital to developing a systematic scientific model for a university that could achieve zero carbon emissions performance. This model can be a working demonstration of technological, engineering, and political solutions that deal with the pressing global issues of climate change and sustainability.

Adding more green buildings is only one piece of the sustainable city. Configuration of the urban physical environment to achieve the goals of minimizing environmental damage, elevating social inclusion and operating with fiscal responsibility, requires cross-disciplinary thinking and collaboration. The WC2 Eco-campus group is committed to fostering meaningful debate and visioning of how global cities can achieve these pillars of sustainability.

At Ryerson University, WC2 2018 will bring together faculty, students, industry and government with intellectual capital in the fields of architecture, engineering, urban planning and the social sciences for the purpose of envisioning and re-envisioning sustainable urban design from the perspective of how city space is used, to the function and efficiency of its built infrastructure. Participants in the WC2 Eco-campus program will explore and create a community plan for Ryerson University, through field excursions, discussion and team projects. This plan will complement the current vision outlined in the university’s master plan, where human-scale design emphasizes function, inclusivity, building excellence, and uses aesthetics to cultivate inspiration and vitality in a downtown urban centre.


For more information, please contact the Ryerson Eco-Campus theme leads: 

Andrew Millward, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor & Undegraduate Program Director (EUS), Ryerson Department of Geography & Environmental Studies,

Nicholas Reid, MSc, Executive Director, Ryerson Urban Water Center,

WC2 Conference Knowledge, Culture and Urban Affairs Group

Ryerson University, August 13-16, 2018



At the 2018 WC2 conference in Toronto, the Knowledge, Culture and Urban Affairs (KCUA) group will explore the connections between the city, the university and migration. The group will examine how diverse cultural perspectives transform urban environments as well as the challenges associated with these transformations. Session themes include the role of the city and the university in refugee resettlement, LGBTQ+ refugees and migrants, urban Indigenous experiences, and urban policies which respond to and shape migration at the local level. Additionally, through site visits and walking tours, the group will explore the material culture, histories and narratives of migration in the culturally-diverse neighbourhoods of Kensington market and the Ward. The KCUA group will bring together many unique viewpoints from around the world in order to further our understanding of complexities of migration within the urban context. If you have questions about the sessions or about how to participate, please contact John Shiga at


Participation Form and Submission Deadline

Please read the session descriptions below and fill out the online participation form to let the organizing committee know which sessions you will be involved in as a speaker/presenter. KCUA participants are encouraged to attend all sessions and each participant is encouraged to give a presentation in one the panel sessions. If you do not have work related to migration to present at the conference, we encourage you to sign up for one of the cultural or creative activities, such as the Poster Contest and the Under the Tent: Home without Home event. The participation form is available here – please submit your response no later than Wednesday June 20th: google form, external link


Panel Sessions

Refugee Resettlement (Part I): The Role of the University in the City

The vast majority of resettled refugees live in urban areas. This session will examine the role of universities located in major world cities, in refugee resettlement. For instance, Ryerson University has played a pivotal role in Syrian refugee resettlement as part of LifeLine Syria project. This session will focus on the strategies and initiatives through which universities around the world are contributing to refugee resettlement and integration.  The session will identify challenges faced by universities, researchers and students in the resettlement process as well as emerging strategies and initiatives developed by universities and partner organizations to address these challenges.

Refugee Resettlement (Part II): Research on Policy, Practice and Lived Experience

The main aim of this session is to showcase research conducted by WC2 network universities on refugee resettlement policies and practices. It will include presentations and will facilitate an exchange of views on research about private and/or governmental sponsorship programs, with a critical analysis of their implementation in various countries. To that end, academics, researchers and students will be joined by a small group of government representatives, private sponsors, resettled refugees and community organizations serving refugees who will be invited to provide feedback and share their experiences.

Sanctuary Cities: Policies, Practices and the Role of the University

This session will discuss municipal policies that offer protection and/or access to basic services for migrants who are undocumented or have precarious legal status, such as temporary foreign workers. Over the past decade, as immigration and refugee systems have become more restrictive across the world, sanctuary city movements have proliferated. This session will examine, compare and contrast these movements. It will highlight research done in this field and the other ways the university is involved in sanctuary policies and practices. Toronto became the first sanctuary city in Canada in 2013. A representative from the City of Toronto’s Newcomers Office will be invited to make a presentation on Toronto’s sanctuary city and the challenges they face in implementing the policy.

Democratic Engagement and Political Power: Stories from the front lines

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with moving from engaging newcomers in the formal democratic structures to newcomers gaining meaningful political power and influence in those structures. The session aims to enhance the exchange of ideas and experiences between researchers and practitioners working on political engagement programs and similar initiatives.

Rethinking Education and Migration

This session will highlight the role of universities in refugee resettlement and integration. We will begin the session with a question: How can urban universities better engage and support their immigrant students? Bringing together faculty, administrators, and graduate students, the seminar will address key challenges that immigrant students face, explore inclusive pedagogical tools, and strategize ways to amplify rather than marginalize the unique experiences and perspectives of immigrant students. One of the initiatives featured in this session is the Canadian World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Student Refugee Program which combines resettlement with opportunities for higher education. We welcome presentations from other WC2 participants which explore similar initiatives in other regions of the world.

Narrating Migration: Diasporic Media, Art and Cultural Identity

This session will focus on the ways in which immigrant communities construct their identities in the context of their diasporic experiences. It reflects on the social practices and singularities of immigrants and the multiples ways in which the diasporic identities and experiences are lived, understood and explained by immigrants, particularly racialized immigrants. It also explores how marginalized voices recount their immigration stories through diasporic media, social media, music, literature and photography, among others. The notions of power, representation, agency and identity are key elements in this session as it analyses how these elements intersect and impact both diasporic communities and the urban spaces in which they reside. We also welcome submissions that employ narrative analysis as a means of interrogating how stories are told within artifacts, such as speeches, policy deliberations, fictional portrayals of characters, and news media.

LGBTQ+ Migrations

This session will examine the unique experiences and challenges of LGBTQ+ migrants in trying to navigate immigration and refugee system in various countries. It aims to discuss research conducted on the topic in WC2 network universities. The session will be moderated by Dr. Art Blake, Associate Professor at the Department of History and will include participants from Rainbow Railroad, a non-governmental organization “helping LGBTQ+ people as they seek safe haven from state enabled violence, murder or persecution” in Canada, as well as participants from different partner universities.

Urban Policy and Migration

While migration policies are typically the province of national governments, localities can also play an important role in the quality of life for new arrivals. Many large cities in particular have a vested interest in making sure that migrants, irrespective of documentation, keep themselves and their families healthy, contribute to the local economy, avail themselves of appropriate educational opportunities, and otherwise participate in their communities. Local choices in policing, in providing municipal identification, in supporting NGOs dedicated to engaging immigrants and immigrant communities, and a host of other areas can have substantial effects on immigrants. This panel aims to compare local perspectives on migrant services among WC2 member nations.


Creative and Cultural Activities

Kairos Blanket

The Kairos Blanket exercise is an interactive learning experience that builds understanding and teaches the Indigenous rights history. The Kairos Blanket exercise was developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation. Standing on blankets that represent the land, participants engage on an emotional and intellectual level by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. The Blanket Exercise is followed by a debriefing session to discuss the experience as a group.

Under the Tent: Home Without Home

Under the Tent: Home Without Home is a live, co-creative multi-disciplinary presentation featuring a number of curated stories and creative performances centred around a symbolic campfire for an ephemeral, shared experience. This WC2 transmedia Tent, will live temporarily in the heart of the city at Ryerson University. Produced by Cyrus Sundar Singh (PhD Candidate, Communication & Culture, Ryerson University), Under the Tent fuses together storytelling, music and poetry into a live, multimodal event that engages with experiences of migration. Students and faculty participating in the WC2 conference are invited to share their stories about migration as part of this event. Students in the KCUA strand are particularly encouraged to contribute to this event, as it will provide opportunities to collaborate with students across the WC2 network as well as skills-development opportunities in the design and production of live, multimodal events. Ideally, we would like to have at least one participant from each WC2 university. To participate, please sign up using the Google Form link above.

The Sidra Project

The Sidra Project is a unique collaboration between the United Nations and Artscape that is designed to sustain interest and support for refugees to ensure their successful resettlement in Canada. The Sidra Project is an innovative and interactive film experience that simulates a refugee crisis on familiar soil allowing participants to take part in an unforgettable emotional journey.

Film Screening & Discussion

This session will feature a documentary film related to migration, followed by a discussion of the film through the lens of the concepts and issues introduced in our panel sessions. Film title and location TBA.

Student Poster Display and Contest

Students participating in the KCUA strand are encouraged to enter the poster contest. The objective is to visually represent aspects of migration, or research on migration, in your city in a manner that is accessible to a broad audience. The posters will be displayed in the common area during lunch. Additional contest details will be provided closer to the date of the conference.  


Site Visits

Kensington Market Tour (led by Heritage Toronto)

Located in the heart of Toronto, Kensington Market is Toronto's most vibrant and diverse neighbourhood. “The Market,” as it is known among locals, is packed with funky vintage shops and bohemian fashion, fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, one-of-a-kind gifts, jewelry, decorative accessories, and artwork. For food and drinks, Kensington offers many unique cafes (such as the Ojibway Pow Wow Café), cuisine from around the world, and great little pubs with sidewalk patios. Our walking tour of Kensington will highlight the area’s significant role in the history of migration in Toronto.  If you are in Toronto before or after the WC2 conference, we encourage you to visit the Kensington Market on a Sunday when the entire Market area is car-free!

Old Chinatown/Ward District Tour (led by Heritage Toronto)

Toronto’s first Chinatown took root in the Ward, which was both the city’s worst slum and its gateway for immigrants arriving from East Europe, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, and Macedonia. In the late 19th century, as the predominantly Jewish population relocated to other areas of the city, the Chinese community began to move in. By the 1920s, Toronto’s Chinatown was flourishing but the impact of the head tax imposed on Chinese immigrants was evident in the predominantly male population. Now the smallest of the three Chinatowns in the city, this historic neighbourhood survives as a reminder of the humble beginnings of what is now a thriving and successful Chinese community in the Greater Toronto Area. Our tour of Old Chinatown will highlight key elements of the neighbourhood that made it the backbone of the Toronto Chinese community for nearly a century. 


For more information, please contact the Ryerson Knowledge, Culture and Urban Affairs theme leads: 

Pamela Sugiman, MA, PhD, Professor & Dean of Arts, Ryerson Department of Sociology, (please direct all communications for Pamela regarding WC2 to Alexandra Orlova, see below) 

*Alexandra Orlova, LLB, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Ryerson University, (on behalf of Pamela Sugiman) 

John Shiga, MA, PhD, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, School of Professional Communication, Ryerson University,

Idil Atak, PhD, Associate Professor & Graduate Program Director, Department of Criminology, Ryerson University,


Transport is at the heart of the development of world cities, as the advantages in carrying out economic activities in proximity (often called “economies of agglomeration”) justify the very existence of cities. Transport is the means to achieving this proximity and increasing the extent to which a city’s activities are easily linked to each other, and therefore, in a world of many competing cities, those with more efficient transport systems have an advantage.

However, providing an efficient transport system in a city to enable the smooth mobility of people and goods does not come without a cost. In many cities today the existing transport infrastructure cannot cope with the steadily increasing demand, and the continuous rise of urban population has rendered many transport systems obsolete, which affects not only the economic aspects of city life but also the quality of life of the residents.

World cities today face a number of problems, which result from their objective of providing efficient transport while at the same time ensuring sustainability and a high standard of living. These include congestion, car dependence, pollution, land use, safety, economic prosperity, as well as political issues, and given that these are all naturally interrelated, the isolated treatment of a single problem without consideration to the others gives rise to additional complexity. A holistic approach is, therefore, required for tackling the transport problems and challenges of world cities.

The development of methodologies and tools to address the transport problems of world cities with simultaneous consideration of all the problem areas is the aim of the WC2 Transport club. Subject areas of focus include:

  • integrated transport planning
  • traffic management and operations
  • transport safety and security
  • Intelligent Transport Systems
  • railway operations
  • transport modelling
  • travel behaviour
  • transport and public realm
  • transport impacts assessment
  • pollution and environmental sustainability


Incorporating the need for sustainable growth, the main focus this year is exploring the various challenges associated with moving away from traditional transportation models and implementing the electrification of public and private modes of transportation. Participants will visit TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) and Go Transit facilities to gain a greater first hand understanding of the challenges.


For more information, please contact the Ryerson Transport Theme Lead: 

Bala Venkatesh, PhD, Academic Director, Centre for Urban Energy & Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Ryerson University,

Globalized Universities, Internationalized Universities: The Future of Higher Education

Ryerson University will host the 4th Annual Symposium of the WC2 network in Toronto, ON, Canada under the overarching theme: Migration, the City and the University.  The WC2 Network brings together top universities located in the heart of major world cities to address culture, environment and political issues of common interest to world cities. 

This year, a short symposium on issues of globalization and internationalization as it applies to higher education is included. The purpose of this symposium is to act as a first step in bringing together faculty and higher education administrators to discuss their perspectives on globalization and internationalization of higher education and to achieve recommendations for practice.  We are welcoming community, university and WC2 participants to join in this teaching symposium.

The teaching symposium on globalized and internationalized universities will take place from Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 to Thursday, August 16th, 2018. If you are interested in also attending the full WC2 symposium, you will be offered the opportunity to register for that event following registration for this.

Please complete this google formregistration form, external link, if you are a Ryerson University affiliated participant attending tis program.

For all international participants wishing to register for this program, please complete the regular google formregistration form, external link and indicate under the Parallel Program section that you wish to attend this theme. 

PDF fileWC2 2018 Parallel Program Schedule for download.


For further information, please contact the Program lead:

Maureen Reed, PhD, Professor, Psychology, Ryerson University,

Globalized Universities, Internationalized Universities: The Future of Higher Education

Date: Wednesday August 15, Thursday August 16, closing symposium for WC2 Friday August 17, 2018.

Time: Wednesday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Thursday 9:30AM-3:00 PM and Friday 9:00-11:30 AM.


Ryerson is a member of the WC2 network which includes ten universities from cities around the world. Each year these universities meet to discuss issues of collective interest. This year, a short symposium on issues of globalization and internationalization as it applies to higher education is included.  All WC2 members are welcome, as well as local and international higher education experts. The purpose of this symposium is to act as a first step in bringing together faculty and higher education administrators to discuss their perspectives on globalization and internationalization of higher education and to achieve recommendations for practice.

Proposed Time:
The event runs from for 1.5 days during the WC2 meeting.

We expect approximately 30 to 40 individuals. These include faculty members, college/university administrators, and students (graduate and undergraduate).

Suggested Program


8:30 am

Registration and light snack.

9:00 am

Welcome from the Vice Provost Academic (Marcia Moshe) and, Dean of Arts (Pamela Sugiman) and Vice President International (Anver Saloojee).

9:15-9:45 am

Program Begins: Morning Focus: Globalization.

Maureen welcomes and describes our purpose, background from literature, including cultural capital, critical race theory, challenges and barriers of globalization and internationalization of higher education curriculum. What is the gap? Does a gap matter? Why internationalized and globalized curriculum? Followed by a 10 minute discussion (What are the learning outcomes for globalization and internationalization in higher education).

9:45-10:15 am

Higher Education in South Africa: Cultural capital and implications for educational globalization.

Mandivavarira Maodzwa – Taruvinga, Elizabeth S. Ndofirepi, Raazia Moosa

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

10:15-10:20 am


10:20-11:15 am

Globalization in practice.

International University Partnerships: Developing Equitable Relationships.

Mark Hertlein, City University, London, England.

Indigenous Peoples, Inter-national Diplomacy & the University.

Hayden King, The Yellowhead Institute, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.


11:15-11:40 am

Small group break-out to share globalization strategies and methods to overcome barriers
Guided Discussion: Group sharing to create a picture of globalization from differing perspectives, particularly at the institutional level.


11:40-1:00 pm


1:10-1:30 pm

Internationalization of curriculum, typical practices: challenges and barriers.

David Begg, Ryerson International, Toronto Ontario.

1:30-2:40 pm

Internationalization in Practice

The Global Classroom, Lon Appleby, Durham College, Canada.

Creating Authentic Global Learning Opportunities, Lori Beckstead, Professor and Director, Allan Slaight Radio Institute, Ryerson University.

Diversity, international perspectives and cultural inclusion in curriculum, Rana Latif, International Development Manager, Ryerson University.


2:40-3:05 pm

Small Group break out-sharing internationalization strategies, barriers, challenges and methods to overcome.

3:05-3:30 pm


3:30-4:00 pm

Guided Discussion: Group sharing to create a picture of internationalization from differing perspectives, at the classroom and curricular level.

3:00-4:15 pm

Day wrap-up.

5:00 pm

Dinner for presenters.



9:30-10:00 am

Review points from the previous days discussions, highlighting most important issues from the group at the global level and at the internationalization level.

10:00-10:30 am

Based on previous days discussion questions posed to groups about global and internationalization strategies and practices.

10:30-11:00 am

Learning outcomes again: What is the purpose of globalization and internationalization, small and full group discussion.

11:00-11:30 am

Equity diversity and inclusion: How can strategies be made equitable, lessons from South Africa (South African delegation leads a discussion).

11:30-1:00 pm


1:00-3:00 pm

a.       Discussion: Where do we go from here?

b.       Tour of local higher education internationalization projects.



9:00-11:30 am

Closing symposium.

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As the Summer Symposium takes place in August, the weather in Toronto is pleasantly warm with average temperatures between 22℃ and 29℃ (72℉ and 84℉).


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