2023 President’s Annual Report

21st Century Learning

Right the Future

In a world defined by rapid change, York University remains at the forefront of preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. 

With leading edge programs such as work-integrated and experiential learning, hyflex courses, technology-enhanced learning, microcredentials, innovative continuing education programs and inventive pedagogical approaches, we are addressing emerging issues and market needs while providing our students with the skills and tools they need to thrive in a rapidly evolving economy.

By the Numbers

undergraduate students reported they found employment within two years of graduation
the number of York’s OSAP-eligible micro-credential programs offered since 2020
undergraduate students enrolled in flexible programs (an 76% increase in 2021 and 80% increase in 2022, with 52 Hyflex courses added in Fall 2022)
number of classroom upgrades. The Classroom Evergreening Program successfully completed renovations for 245 rooms and completed 70 Hyflex classroom retrofits
students enrolled in experiential education courses (7% increase since 2021)
 I was a student at York University 50 years ago, when it was an emerging institution in North York. Since then, York has grown into an internationally recognized university, and I am so proud to be a part of York’s further expansion with a campus in the heart of Markham. Markham’s city centre is a thriving, rapidly growing neighbourhood that is a perfect match for York’s entrepreneurial spirit and curriculum. I care deeply about this community and institution and am so excited to see this project progressing towards opening day.”
Howard Sokolowski
Founder and CEO, Metropia; donor
Dedicated to the UN SDGs and sustainable education, I drive impactful change through resource sharing, knowledge mobilization and collaborative endeavours with York faculty and across Canadian and global academic communities.”
Tracy Bhoola
Academic Innovation Fund Project
SDGs Project Coordinator/Curricular Expert
The SDGs-in-the-Classroom Curricular Innovation Hub
Student leadership empowers students to take active roles in contributing to a thriving and inclusive school community that nurtures positive impact.”
Ana Kraljevic
Student, Glendon & Faculty of Education 

Advancing quality education and hands-on learning 

York University continues to foster a seamless connection between academia and the professional world through its innovative Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and experiential education (EE) programs. In the past year, 2,634 students have had the opportunity to participate in paid WIL experiences, while 27,249 EE placements were made available across 772 courses. 
4. Quality Education
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth

Indigenizing the curriculum

In August 2022, York University’s Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) invested $40,000 in Biskaabiiyaang: The Indigenous Metaverse, an Indigenous-led metaverse that provides Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) language and First Nation cultural competency programs within a virtual world.  
4. Quality Education
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
10. Reduced Inequalities

Exploring ecological justice in Costa Rica through art 

Starting in May 2024, students in York’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) will have the opportunity to participate in a Global Eco-Arts Residency at the Las Nubas EcoCampus in Costa Rica. During the residency, students will gain critical professional skills as they learn about and develop community engaged art projects focused on ecological justice concerns. 
4. Quality Education
13. Climate Action

Partnership expands French experiential education opportunities

York University’s Glendon College and the Toronto French School (TFS) have partnered to create a full-year, professional work placement course. The partnership builds on York’s commitment to expand experiential education across all campuses.
4. Quality Education
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
15. Life on Land
17. Partnerships for the Goals

Opening the doors to innovation  

With the building’s structure now completed, York’s new Markham Campus is on track to officially welcome students in Fall 2024. The campus will offer leading edge, future-focused programs in technology and entrepreneurship, among others, which will equip students with the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly-changing economy.  
4. Quality Education
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
11. Sustainable Cities & Communities

Responding to workforce demands with innovative new programs 

York University, known for its commitment to academic excellence and innovation, has developed new academic programs tailored to meet the ever-evolving demands of the workforce. 
4. Quality Education
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth

York’s proposed School of Medicine will train a new generation of primary care physicians

York University is creating a bold new medical school that will take a preventative approach to health care, including an understanding of the social and economic determinants of health – with the goal of keeping people healthier for longer in their communities.  
3. Good Health & Well Being
4. Quality Education

Responding to the needs of lifelong learners  

York University is redefining 21st century learning by responding to rapidly changing workforce needs with a wide range of flexible programs which provide students at all career stages the opportunity to upskill, retrain and gain the current, in-demand skills that employers want. 
4. Quality Education
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
11. Sustainable Cities & Communities