Eves government launches new university, expands college in Durham
OSHAWA, ON, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The Eves government's plan to ensure that every willing and qualified student continues to have a place in college or university is taking another step forward with the start of construction at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and the opening of the South Wing created jointly for Durham College and UOIT, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"It is a top priority of our government to ensure that every student has access to the fullest range of high quality postsecondary education and training programs they need to reach their full potential," Cunningham said. "With the creation of UOIT -- Ontario's first new university in 40 years -- and the expansion of Durham College, we are preparing for the increased enrolment beginning with the double cohort and meeting our commitment to prepare students and workers of all ages for the changing demands of today's workplace."
Through SuperBuild, the Ontario government has contributed $60 million for the construction of UOIT and $28.75 million for the expansion at Durham College. The first phase of UOIT will create 2,870 new student spaces by 2005.
The new South Wing building is part of the overall SuperBuild project at Durham College that will create space for an additional 3,434 new students. This building is the largest component of the college's SuperBuild project and will house a learning commons with classrooms, 154 computer stations, health science labs and offices.
"We're building a new university that will prepare students for careers that demand both practical skills and theoretical grounding," Cunningham said. "By working with our partners at UOIT and Durham College and in the private sector, we are accommodating increasing enrolments, and ensuring that Ontario students will be prepared to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing economy."
"The University of Ontario Institute of Technology has been nearly 15 years in the making. I'm thrilled that the government of Ontario took the bold step to provide students with the new choice of a high-end university, located in the GTA and focused on professional schools and research, that adds value to Ontarians and makes a difference in the world," said Gary Polonsky, founding president and vice-chancellor of the university and president of Durham College. "In less than 10 months we'll be welcoming our first class of students to our first-class campus."
"This innovative project provides new opportunities for students through a wider range of choices in high-quality postsecondary education and supports future economic growth in Durham Region," said John O'Toole, MPP for Durham.
As part of its plan for the double cohort, the Ontario government, with its partners, is investing $2.2 billion in 61 projects to create over 79,000 new student spaces at campuses across Ontario through the SuperBuild initiative. Since SuperBuild was established in 1999, the Ontario government has invested $337.5 million to modernize and renew existing college and university facilities to accommodate additional students.
The government has also committed $368 million in increased operating grants for postsecondary institutions by 2003-2004.
In addition, in the 2002 Budget the government announced that it would commit to new postsecondary SuperBuild proposals to increase the number of student spaces in the areas where they are most needed.
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