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Green Path celebrates 10 years of memories at UTSC

Camellia Tian and Kobe Sun, both graduates of the Green Path program, met each other at a Green Path social event. (Photo by Ken Jones)

When Kobe Sun and Camellia Tian reflect on their time in the Green Path program, the memories go beyond building academic skills or adjusting to life in a new country.

It was during a Green Path class trip to Wonderland in 2010 that the couple would meet and start dating. They are now happily married.  

“It’s such a great program because it made the transition to a new country so much easier,” says Sun, who graduated from UTSC with a degree in Computer Science and currently works at Amazon Canada.  “But the trip we took to Wonderland will always stick out as something special,” he says with a smile.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Green Path program, a 12-week summer preparatory program that invites top high school students from China to build their academic skills while adapting to life in Canada. Once students successfully complete the program, they go directly into first-year undergraduate studies at U of T.

“Green Path is a reflection of the increasingly connected and diversified world we live in,” says UTSC Interim Principal Bruce Kidd, who addressed the graduates.

“Each student brings with them a valued perspective that serves to strengthen and enrich our understanding of our complex world. I encourage you to learn from each other as you become responsible, mature and socially conscious adults.”

To celebrate the anniversary delegates from the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China, Bank of China Canada and U of T’s School of Continuing Studies were in attendance. There were live musical and dance performances while scholarships were also awarded to 14 students.

When the program began ten years ago, most of the students were enrolled in business administration, computer science or math programs. Today, the newest group represents a wide range of academic disciplines including 120 enrolled in various science programs, 92 in business administration including management co-op and 42 enrolled in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

More than 1,400 students have completed the program since its inception in 2005. Many of the students go on to achieve a high level of academic success at U of T, with all of the students earning at least a 3.0 GPA or higher.

For 16-year-old Linwen Huang the memories made over the past few months are just the beginning. Her academic journey will begin in a few weeks when she starts her undergraduate studies in business management.

“Green Path is like a family and it’s made me feel very comfortable about coming to a new city and a new country for the first time,” she says. “It’s been an awesome experience and I can’t wait to start the semester.” 

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