U of T Process for Master’s Programs Seeking Vector Institute Recognition (PDAD&C #93)

From: Sioban Nelson, Vice-Provost, Academic Programs
Vivek Goel, Vice-President, Research & Innovation
Luc De Nil, Acting Vice-Provost, Graduate Research & Education, and Acting Dean, School of Graduate Studies
Date: May 18, 2018
Re: U of T Process for Master’s Programs Seeking Vector Institute Recognition (PDAD&C #93)

The Vector Institute, established last year to support research and cross-sector collaboration in artificial intelligence, has published information to guide programs seeking Vector Institute recognition for their Master’s programs. Information and submission forms are available on the Vector Institute’s website.

Students in Vector-recognized Master’s programs “will be eligible for scholarships, have access to paid internships through Vector’s network of industry partners, and be provided with networking opportunities.”

Vector-recognized programs must meet listed “essential requirements” and may be:

  • Either “core technical” (STEM) or “complementary” AI-related programs;
  • Existing programs (either “as is”, or modified to meet the essential requirements, e.g., through the pairing with a collaborative specialization) or new programs (these are likely to be self-funded).

Please note that no new government-funded spaces have been made available to support increased enrolment in existing offerings or new offerings.

U of T programs interested in seeking Vector Institute recognition should contact their Dean’s Office to discuss and secure any required governance or external approvals (e.g., major or minor modification; new program) prior to completing the Vector Institute’s submission forms.

Dean’s Offices should send completed submission forms to the Office of the Vice-Provost, Academic Programs at vp.academicprograms@utoronto.ca, which will coordinate the required signatures of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Provost. The Vector Institute has not set a deadline for submissions from programs seeking recognition; U of T submissions will be approved internally on a rolling basis.