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In retrospect: Ontario Tech University in 2020


As Ontario Tech positions itself for the promise of new opportunities and innovative approaches in post-secondary education, and in the discovery and application of knowledge in 2021, the university reflects on moments and milestones from the past year.

“The past year will be remembered as a challenging one for everyone,” says Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University. “As a campus community, we quickly pivoted our curriculum to an online e-learning mode in March, thanks to our remarkable capacity and strength with technology, and of course the creativity and resilience of everyone on our team.”

“Our faculty and staff answered the call to adjust our operations faster than any other university to ensure the success of our students,” says Dr. Murphy. “Our researchers have been hard at work all year, coming up with countless solutions to help meet society’s COVID-19 challenges, including such endeavours as wastewater sample testing protocols for Durham Region, and responding to requests for rapid development of personal protective equipment, and critical health-care supply donations. We graduated our nursing students early, getting their expertise on the frontlines of health care. We received incredible support for our Student Relief Fund. I am very proud of our entire campus for pulling together through this very difficult time. We are stronger for the experiences we’ve gone through and ready to tackle future challenges.”

A sampling of 2020 highlights:

Student success
Recognition of new university brand
Awards and recognition
Leadership and new growth
Community connections
Equity, diversity and inclusion
Partnerships and research to deploy ethical applications of technology
Influential research and development
Learning re-imagined
Creating a ‘sticky’ campus
Building academic partnerships
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