Green path to success
UTSC’s Green Path program graduated 225 students this summer—the largest cohort in its nine-year history. The 12-week program helps students from the People’s Republic of China adjust to life and study in Canada.
“Green Path has matured from the time we started with only 15 students to the point where we are recruiting top students from all over China,” says Jack Martin, director of business development and international programs at UTSC.
Over the summer, Green Path students experience a Canadian-style classroom environment that includes the expectation of active participation. They work on academic skills such as English reading, writing and grammar, and get help as they adapt to life in Canada. Once students successfully complete the program, they go directly into first-year undergraduate studies at U of T.
The program’s success has played an important role in deepening the relationship between UTSC and the People’s Republic of China, leading to co-op opportunities for Green Path students with companies across the country, including the Bank of China, the State Grid Corporation of China and Nanjing New City Group.
“UTSC has worked to establish meaningful relationships with government, business and education leaders in China to ensure our Green Path students get off to a great start in Canada,” says UTSC Principal Franco Vaccarino. “I am personally delighted to see the program’s continued growth.”
Ten new scholarships were awarded to students at the recent graduation ceremony. The scholarships are made possible by a $450,000 commitment over three years by E Fund Education Foundation of Guangzhou, China—the first scholarships to be given by the foundation to students studying outside the country. In addition, two Jiangsu scholarships are made available by the Nanjing New City Group.
This was also the first year that Taiwanese students could take advantage of a similar program. Nineteen top students were recruited from high schools in Taiwan through UTSC’s new FAIR-Taiwan program (Facilitated Admissions International Recruitment—Taiwan).