Global Citizenship

An important component of the UTS mission is a commitment to educating our students to become socially responsible global citizens. There are many co-curricular endeavours that support this aspect of our mission and that build on the school’s strong tradition of debate and public speaking, and awareness of global issues and public affairs.

Notable among these is the Southern Ontario Model United Nations Association (SOMA). This conference, which was founded in 1972, sees hundreds of students from local public and independent schools in the GTA gathering to go head to head with some of the thorniest international relations issues facing the world today. The conference is run and staffed entirely by UTS students and is held on the University of Toronto St. George campus.

UTS students excel at the local, provincial and national level at the business competition DECA. This is particularly impressive given that there are no formal business courses in the UTS curriculum and all preparation is done in a co-curricular forum.  In addition, students can hone their public speaking skills through mock trials, speech and debate clubs and competitions. Our students regularly meet with great success at events and competitions, and also go on to represent the school and Canada internationally.