Giants in Discovery: University of Toronto

Originally founded in 1827 as King’s College, UToronto was the first institute of higher learning in Upper Canada, and is forty years older than the country itself.


Mission_Mark-smallerOriginally controlled by the Church of England, King’s College took the name of University of Toronto after breaking ties with the church in 1850. In response to blockade threats, in the 1860’s the university formed the University Rifle Corps, which actually fought in 1866 on the Niagara border against the Fenians.

UToronto has always made a practice of gathering to itself knowledgeable people and affiliates. Its Faculty of Medicine opened in 1843, although they did not fold into their ranks the Toronto School of Medicine until 1887. Likewise in 1887, the school opened the Faculty of Law, and the following year the Faculty of Dentistry.

UToronto continued to grow in scope and ability, weathering a massive fire that destroyed more than thirty three thousand books, and managed to recuperate and rebuild its losses in only two years. While growth was slowed somewhat during World Wars one and two, it was never halted, and today UToronto continues to provide excellent education and lead the world in research into some of the most compelling questions in academia.

Nobel Laureates

Great contributors to the overall betterment of mankind have been alumni or staff of the University of Toronto. These include:

  • Fredrick_bantingFrederick Banting (1923, Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine)
  • John James Richard Macleod (1923 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine)
  • Lester B. Pearson (1981 Nobel Prize in Physics)
  • Walter Kohn (1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
  • Oliver Smithies (2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine)


A great many notable people over the last century had their roots in Economics, Management, and Political Sciences sourced from UToronto. David A. Rosenberg (former chief economist of Merrill Lynch), Lorie Tarshis (economist and professor of economics at Stanford University), Malcolm Knight (vice-chairman of Deutsche Bank, professor of finance at LSE, and other notable achievements and positions) and many other influential and esteemed persons can claim their academic roots in UToronto. The university holds a high reputation for producing graduates of exceptional caliber.


The University of Toronto is well known for its research contributions, and has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America. Unquestionably the top educational institution in Canada, university_of_torontoUToronto is consistently shoulder to shoulder with the top five universities in the United States whose discoveries are cited worldwide.

UToronto has a long track record of influential and ground breaking research. The original location of insulin and stem cell research, the site of the first practical electron microscope, the theory of NP-completeness, and more can all be attributed to UToronto’s work. It is one of only two universities belonging to the Association of American Universities that is located outside of the United States. The university proudly lays claim to ten Nobel Laureates, and is host to ground breaking research in a broad variety of topics and subjects.


UToronto boasts a multilayered educational experience, both academically and socially. With more than a thousand clubs and extracurricular activities available, students are encouraged to broaden their experience, helping avoid collegiate burnout. Despite these extracurricular availabilities, University of Toronto maintains a reputation for teaching strength and commitment to graduate supervision. This combination of traits helps attract students from around the world.

Pride of the North

With so many positive attributes and its consistent record of excellence in research, University of Toronto has earned and maintained a well deserved reputation as the premier University in Canada. With a devoted and wide economics department that has a long and varied history of outstanding students, UToronto earns its place as one of the finest learning institutions in the world.


Higher education is becoming an increasingly vital part of our lives. With more and more knowledge required to stay competitive in commerce and government, the importance of selecting good colleges has become paramount. Second rate education is not merely a problem on paper, but can hamstring the career of a student for the rest of his or her life.