On Congratulating York University on their 60th Anniversary

Published on March 26, 2019

MPP Anand's fourteenth Members' Statement was on the topic of "Congratulating York University on their 60th Anniversary", delivered on 26 March 2019.

See full transcript below:

"Mr. Speaker, 60 years ago today, the York University Act was passed here at Queen’s Park. In the fall of 1961, with only 76 students, York moved to its first campus, Glendon College, and began to emphasize liberal arts and part-time education. In 1965, the university opened a second campus, the Keele campus.

I stand here today as a proud York University alumnus. Today, York University is Canada’s third-largest university, home to over 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff. With over 300,000 alumni across the globe, York is graduating leaders in all areas of society.

The university offers many experiential learning opportunities to equip students with job-readiness skills, provides training in areas that are highly sought after by employers, and has expanded entrepreneurship offerings that empower students to start and grow businesses—businesses that meet market and society needs. York is helping to develop Ontario’s talent pipeline and is an important partner in helping us grow Ontario’s economy.

Mr. Speaker, as a graduate of the Schulich School of Business, I’m proud to say that my post-secondary school is ranked among the leading business schools in the world, and number one in Canada. I’m also thrilled to share with you that York University is also a key NASA and Canadian Space Agency partner. York University has accomplished many things over the past 60 years and I’m proud to be a York U Lion.

On behalf of all York University stakeholders, I would like to say, happy 60th anniversary, York University."