As Glendon’s founding principal Escott Reid listened to Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson give his speech on the occasion of Glendon’s inauguration in 1966, he was no doubt confident that his vision of a bilingual liberal arts campus would soon come to be. Indeed, over the past half-century, Glendon has blossomed into an institution unique in Canada for its mission and its support of bilingualism.
It is safe to say that Glendon has now grown beyond the original mandate, deepening and expanding on it in exciting ways. From a Canada-centric vision, it is now turned resolutely towards the world – internationalization being one of its defining features. Still deeply rooted in its liberal arts tradition, Glendon now extends its mandate by infusing liberal arts thinking into professional programs such as translation, conference interpretation, and soon, more professional, as well as scientific disciplines. Bilingualism, too, has taken a significant step forward with Glendon’s designation as Southern Ontario’s Centre of Excellence for French-language and Bilingual Post-Secondary Education, and the ensuing development of new bilingual programs for the benefit of Francophones and Francophiles alike.
As a campus of York University, Glendon offers the best of both academic worlds. Located in the country’s most bustling metropolis, Glendon students have access to a wealth of resources provided by one of Canada’s largest universities, in addition to benefitting from a personalized experience within a small campus – the only one of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area. Our approachable faculty know our students by name and offer quality courses in small classes, all set on a beautiful campus, complete with a rose garden and rolling parkland. It is no wonder our students, faculty, and staff are so proud to call Glendon their own.
Glendon is a jewel, one that we wish to share with the world.