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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

The name of Ryerson University has been changed to Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University has been renamed Ryerson University.

Key Takeaways:

  • Ryerson University has changed its name. The new name of the university is Toronto Metropolitan University, and it will take effect immediately.
  • Finally, Toronto Metropolitan University was selected to reflect the university’s strong desire to link its name to its location.

Ryerson University has taken on a new moniker. The institution will now be known as Toronto Metropolitan University, which will take effect immediately.

Following a months-long investigation into the university’s namesake and his role in Canada’s residential school system, the board of governors overwhelmingly approved the new name on Tuesday.

President and Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Lachemi said, “This is a very important time in our university’s history as we move forward with a title that better symbolizes our beliefs and can lead us into the future.”

On Tuesday evening, Lachemi told CP24 that the new name represents the university’s “aspiration to create chances for collaboration” as well as “creating connection and community.”

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“That’s what we do here in downtown Toronto and throughout the GTA,” he explained.

Protests that erupted last summer, including the toppling of the campus’ Egerton Ryerson statue, sparked a movement toward this change.

Following the discovery of the bones of 215 students buried in gravesites on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., protests intensified.

An appointed committee was in charge of reviewing the input of 30,000 community members and 2,600 prospective ideas as part of the renaming process.

Finally, Toronto Metropolitan University was chosen to express the university’s strong desire to tie its name with its location.

Toronto Metropolitan University has been renamed Ryerson University.
Toronto Metropolitan University has been renamed Ryerson University. Image from Yahoo

“Through our community engagement, we heard a strong desire for the new name to reflect our place or location across all categories of students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” Jennifer Simpson, chair of the University Renaming Advisory Committee, stated.

Before announcing a new name, the university stated that all degrees, certificates, and diplomas issued under the previous name would be valid.

“The value of the education, experience and certifications obtained will not be impacted by the university’s name change,” the institution told CTV News Toronto in November.

“Physical signage will take time,” Lachemi said. “We anticipate having the implementation approach in weeks and months.”

Source: Global news

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