Ryerson University changing its name

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Dustin, May 12, 2022.

  1. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    Ryerson University's namesake has a rather unfortunate history with Canada's residential schools, so in 2021 the school voted to change the name. They decided on Toronto Metropolitan University, which I really dislike.

    Out of context, for a new school, it sounds fine. But given that Toronto's other universities are more distinctive, it kinds of blends in:
    • Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences
    • OCAD University
    • Toronto Metropolitan University
    • Tyndale University
    • University of Guelph-Humber
    • University of Toronto
    • Université de l'Ontario français
    • York University
    • Yorkville University (New Brunswick based but with 2 campuses in Toronto)

  2. JBjunior

    JBjunior Active Member

    I don't know the history but blending in may be the goal to allow time to distance from the previous namesake issues.
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  3. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    I just knew it was going to be something like Toronto Metropolitan University or Toronto City University, and the former more likely since the plan announced in March for the university to open a medical school in the neighbouring city Brampton.

    It does work in that if someone heard the widely publicized news that Ryerson would be changing its name, missed the news of the new name's announcement, then later saw "Toronto Metropolitan University" in use, they could easily figure it out. That's something?
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  4. Garp

    Garp Active Member

    Ryerson was a well regarded institution. TMU (Tee - Moo). Thinking a cow may work for a mascot (if they have mascots).
  5. Flelmo

    Flelmo New Member

    NED?! RYERSON?! Needlenose Ned, Ned the Head? C'mon buddy!
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  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I am led to believe that first step is a doozy.
  7. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I think the City University of Toronto sounds better :) Maybe because I am used to City University of NY, City University of Seattle, City University of Hong Kong, and City, University of London.
  8. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

  9. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    I think 'York University' can change its name too. It's too similar to UK's 'University of York' ... they're confusing :(
  10. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    York University (founded 1959) actually predates the University of York, founded in 1963.
  11. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    While my mom was a doctoral student at York University, she presented at a conference there. A fellow presenter was a British academic who had agreed to present at "York" thinking this meant the university a short train trip away for her. Instead it involved a plane trans Atlantic. But she'd agreed, and she fulfilled her commitment. And that's how my mom met one of her best friends in her life.
  12. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    Meanwhile, York College in York, Nebraska will become "York University" this summer. The college was established in 1890 and later affiliated and remains affiliated with the Churches of Christ (Stone-Campbell Restoration movement). York in Nebraska offers a few bachelor's and master's fully online. The MA in Organizational and Global Leadership has a bit of a distinctive subject title, with interesting optional concentrations including Business Information Leadership and Social-Emotional Leadership.

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