Friday, September 27, 2013

2nd Toronto International Students Festival 2013: September 28

The City of Toronto would like to invite you, your faculty members and students to the 2nd International Students Festival to be held on September 28th at David Pecaut Square, Toronto. This festival is organized to celebrate the presence of international students and to recognize their contribution in various fields. On this occasion, three students from the University of Toronto will also be presented an International Student Toronto Excellence Award. For more information about the event, please see the attached note and an event flyer. Promotional video:

We hope you can attend and will appreciate if you can invite and encourage faculty members and students (both Canadian and international) to attend this exciting event in support of international students and their families.

Thank you for your consideration and support.

Kind regards,


Jagdish Yadav, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Education
Economic Development & Culture
City of Toronto
City Hall, 9th Floor, East Tower
100 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5H 2N2

Phone: (416) 397-4950
Fax: (416) 392-3374


2nd Toronto International Students Festival 2013
September 28, 2013; 1:00 – 6:00 PM
David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street, Toronto
The City of Toronto is partnering with academic institutions and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to enhance the positive experiences of international students who come here to study and live. To kick off this annual initiative, from August 15th to September 8th, the City of Toronto hosted its Airport Welcome Program for all International students newly arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport, providing them with all the information they needed to get settled in their new home.

The City is now preparing to celebrate those International Students who have chosen Toronto as their academic hub with its 2nd annual Toronto International Students Festival. With over 59,000 international students in Ontario, Toronto has emerged as the largest centre of foreign students in Canada.

 Last year’s 1st Toronto International Students Festival 2012 had over 1,500 people attend at Nathan Philips Square. At this year’s festival close to 3,000 international students, their families and friends, civic leaders, senior officials and staff of the partner universities and colleges and representatives of some top countries, which are the source of most of Toronto’s international students, will be attending.

The Festival will feature speeches, cultural performances, award presentations, arts display, agency display booths and prizes. Event will be a prime networking spot for students from different countries, universities and colleges will find networking and integration opportunities among themselves and with business and community groups, employers, government and foreign government representatives. One the main events at this year’s festival: Eight students from Jamaica, Russia, India, United States, China, Ukraine and Mexico will receive Toronto Excellence Awards in the categories of community services, entrepreneurship, Academic excellence, sports, arts & culture, and student services.

Come out and join in on the celebrations:

v  See diversity of nations on display (live performances, art & cultural exhibitions);
v  Meet Excellence Award Winner International Students and learn about their unique contributions to communities and businesses;
v  Meet representatives from universities and colleges from all over Ontario; foreign country representatives;
v  See local and provincial agencies coming together to welcome and support international students from around the world

Purpose of this event is to:
v  To celebrate international students and their achievements;
v  To directly listen to the views of civic, academic and student leaders;
v  To make international students feel welcome, supported and appreciated in Toronto;
v  To expose students to diverse cultural and entertainment activities and motivate them to participate and develop fond memories; and
v  To promote Toronto, Ontario and Canada as the global educational destinations.

Interviews and meetings with award winners, government and institutional representatives and others, can be facilitated via our media table. Please contact us in advance so interview times can be arranged.

Promotional video via Youtube link is:

More information about programs at:

For more information and to set up interviews:
Contact: Jagdish Yadav, Senior Advisor Education Sector, Economic Development & Culture Division, City of Toronto at:

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