Welcome to the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. We are delighted you have joined us at the Canada’s top school of social work, ranked number two globally. Our international ranking reflects not only the expression of our core professional values; it also reflects the quality of FIFSW’s research, leadership, teaching and service and the international impact of our work. I began my own academic journey as an international student more than three decades ago, and I know firsthand the power that access to a high quality education provides.
Nearly a third of our faculty members are engaged in studies, collaboration or service in global settings, working with communities and academic peers within the field of social work and across disciplines. Our faculty and students contribute to the University of Toronto’s position as Canada’s leading global university and one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions.
FIFSW’s global students enrich the academic experience for all students and faculty. They are also part of a larger international community within the University of Toronto. International students comprise 21 percent of the student population at U of T, creating a global microcosm representing over 160 countries.
Over the past year, we have been working to increase support for international students within the Factor-Inwentash Faculty to bolster that offered across the university and respond to your unique needs. This past year, for example, we created an International Liaison position within our faculty, now held by Professor Izumi Sakamoto. Izumi, together with our programs staff, complement the extensive work at U of T’s Centre for International Experience, which provides information, services and support unique to international students at U of T.
We hope you find the information on our website useful. (See the menu to the left for more links.) I would like to encourage you to reach out anytime, with your questions, concerns or suggestions for making your experience at U of T richer, more accessible and more engaging.
Dean & Professor