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Vic One: Celebrating 10 Years of Innovation in Education

April 8, 2013

TORONTO, ON — Join Vic­to­ria Col­lege in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to as it cel­e­brates the first decade of suc­cess of the pre­mier Vic One pro­gram with alum­ni, cur­rent stu­dents and fac­ul­ty from the pro­gram.

Vic One is cred­it­ed with trans­form­ing the first-year, under­grad­u­ate expe­ri­ence at Vic­to­ria Col­lege in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. The first of the “One” pro­grams on U of T’s cam­pus, it intro­duced the notion of small group sem­i­nars, lec­tures and tuto­ri­als led by promi­nent pro­fes­sors.

“Vic One has trans­formed Vic­to­ria Col­lege and influ­enced the aca­d­e­m­ic offer­ings across all Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to col­leges and at oth­er uni­ver­si­ties in Cana­da,” says Pro­fes­sor Angela Ester­ham­mer, prin­ci­pal of Vic­to­ria Col­lege.


What: Vic One: Cel­e­brat­ing 10 Years of Inno­va­tion in Edu­ca­tion

Who: Pres­i­dent David Nay­lor, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to; Pres­i­dent Paul Gooch, Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty; Chan­cel­lor Wendy Cecil, Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty.

When: Wednes­day, April 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to,
Isabel Bad­er The­atre, 93 Charles Street West (Map:

About Vic One:

What makes Vic One unique is the week­ly ple­nary ses­sion which brings togeth­er stu­dents from all six streams of the pro­gram. This cre­ates an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach, where the stu­dents hear from not­ed sci­en­tists, thinkers, indus­try lead­ers, artists, writ­ers, ambas­sadors and oth­er pub­lic fig­ures. Ple­nary speak­ers have includ­ed notable Vic grad­u­ates, Ken Tay­lor, Nor­man Jew­i­son, Mar­garet Atwood and Robert Bate­man, as well as oth­er well-known Cana­di­an fig­ures includ­ing James Bartle­man, June Call­wood, Jean Chré­tien, James Orbin­s­ki and Ann-Marie Mac­Don­ald.

The Vic One pro­gram is divid­ed into six streams of study, each named after a dis­tin­guished fig­ure from Vic’s his­to­ry: The Northrop Frye Stream (human­i­ties); The Nor­man Jew­i­son Stream (arts); The Lester B. Pear­son Stream (social sci­ences); The Egerton Ryer­son Stream (edu­ca­tion); The Arthur Schawlow Stream (math and phys­i­cal sci­ences); and The Augus­ta Stowe-Gullen Stream (life sci­ences).

Class­es are capped at 25 stu­dents to fos­ter a per­son­al­ized learn­ing expe­ri­ence which allows stu­dents to know their pro­fes­sors and peers while hav­ing the ben­e­fits of study­ing at U of T, one of the top research uni­ver­si­ties in the world. Stu­dents under­take orig­i­nal research assign­ments and some have pub­lished co-authored aca­d­e­m­ic arti­cles with their pro­fes­sors.

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For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Jen­nifer Lit­tle
Man­ag­er of Mar­ket­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Office of Alum­ni Affairs and Advance­ment
Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­si­ty in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel: 416–585-4489
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