Students and Durham Region to benefit from new university

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Students and Durham Region to benefit from new university

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

TORONTO, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is moving forward with its intent to establish a new university in Durham Region to support economic growth and prosperity in the region, Dianne Cunningham, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, said today as she introduced an Act to Establish the University of Ontario Institute of Technology 2001.
If passed by the legislature, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) would develop innovative degree programs that link curriculum directly to the needs of the local business community, providing students with both academic and hands-on experience.
"UOIT is part of our government's plan to ensure that we have the skilled people we need to attract investment to this province," Cunningham said. "This new approach to university education would give students greater choice and flexibility in programs tied directly to the changing needs of the marketplace."
"The Ontario government's $60 million investment in this unique new institution will not only result in an innovative and market-driven approach to post-secondary education but it will have a major impact on the economic development of the Durham Region," said Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance. "The new university will help to boost the local economy in terms of jobs, housing and community resources."
UOIT would offer students a number of market-driven programs ranging from advanced manufacturing to nuclear technology and safety. UOIT would provide one-stop shopping for students looking for a mix of academic and hands-on experience, and offer a range of opportunities to help them complete their degree programs.
"With new concepts like UOIT and programs that address the pressing needs of employers and learners of all ages, we are working to ensure future generations of students will be ready to seize the opportunities of a changing world," Cunningham said.
In the May 2001 Ontario Budget, the province announced it would invest $60 million to establish the UOIT. The investment, made through Ontario's SuperBuild Corporation, will support construction of facilities for up to 6,500 students, furniture, equipment, information technology and a library for degree-level studies.
To ensure the highest quality from UOIT and its programs, each degree program will require an assessment by the Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board and the consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities under the Post-Secondary Education Choice and Excellence Act.

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For more information visit www.edu.gov.on.ca
For further information: Dave Ross, Minister's Office, (416) 326-1625; Tonya Cholakov, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-7526