Ten years of Green Path memories
When Kobe Sun and Camellia Tan first met on a Green Path class trip, little did they know it would be the start of remarkable journey together.
Despite being from the same high school in China the couple only met for the first time at Canada’s Wonderland in 2010. Today, more than four years later, they are happily married.
“Green Path is such a great program because it made the transition to a new country so much easier,” says Sun, who graduated from UTSC with a degree in Computer Science and currently works at Amazon Canada. “But the trip I took to Wonderland will always stick out as something special,” he says with a smile.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Green Path program, a 12-week summer preparatory program that invites top high school students from China to build their academic skills while adapting to life in Canada. Once students successfully complete the program, they go directly into first-year undergraduate studies at U of T.
When the program began 10 years ago most of the students were enrolled in business administration, computer science or math programs. Today, the newest group represents a wide range of academic disciplines including 120 enrolled in various science programs, 92 in business administration, including Management Co-op, and 42 enrolled in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
“It’s remarkable and truly speaks to the maturity of the program,” says Rick Halpern, UTSC Dean and Vice-Principal. “When the program began we couldn’t even dream it would become this successful.”
More than 1,400 students have completed Green Path since its inception. Many of the students go on to achieve a high level of academic success at U of T, with all students earning at least a 3.0 GPA or higher.
To celebrate the anniversary delegates from the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China, Bank of China Canada and U of T’s School of Continuing Studies attended the recent Green Path graduation ceremony. There were live musical and dance performances, and scholarships were awarded to 14 students.