University of Guelph-Humber Exploring Brampton Options
The University of Guelph and Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning are exploring educational opportunities in the City of Brampton.
“U of G was approached by the City of Brampton and asked to meet with its University Blue Ribbon Exploratory Panel. A meeting with officials from U of G and Humber was held today” says a press release by the University of Guelph. .
The panel, headed by former Ontario premier Bill Davis, was created by the City of Brampton last spring to explore options for establishing a university campus there.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has indicated it will call for proposals for a new campus to serve the Peel and Halton regions.
“Today is the beginning of a dialogue,” said U of G president Franco Vaccarino.
“We are discussing potential opportunities for collaboration. We see this as a possible way to expand the highly successful University of Guelph-Humber.”
The only one of its kind in Canada, the University of Guelph-Humber allows students to earn both a university honours degree and a college diploma in four years.
The partnership was created to address changes in higher education and skill shortages in the workplace.
Guelph-Humber is considered a model of innovative education and a successful collaborative venture.
Expansion options in Brampton could include new programs, facilities and academic pathways for students.
“Working together, Guelph and Humber have a proven model for a campus that fully meets the provincial government’s vision for greater access to high-quality education, preparing students to be innovative and successful in their fields,” Vaccarino said.
Guelph-Humber welcomed its first students in fall 2002. More than 6,200 students have graduated.
The institutions opened a dedicated $45-million facility on the Humber north campus in 2004. Today 4,700 students are enrolled in 10 academic programs at Guelph-Humber.
“In many ways, Guelph-Humber is already Brampton’s local university,” said Humber president Chris Whitaker.
About one in four Guelph-Humber students live in Brampton. The university works with more than 230 Brampton employers providing work placements, co-op positions and internships for students.
Adds Whitaker, “We are exploring ways to build on those relationships and provide new opportunities for students and for advancing development of the regional economy.”
Monday’s meeting follows an announcement from the University of Toronto earlier this month stating its interest in bringing a university campus to Brampton.