University of Toronto exploring expansion to Brampton
Mississauga/Sep 11, 2015
The University of Toronto is in preliminary discussion to explore the possibility of establishing a presence in Brampton. According to a statement released by Professor Deep Saini, vice president and principal of UofT’s Mississauga campus, the university has operated a campus in Mississauga for almost 50 years and is interested in expanding to Brampton.
University of Toronto officials are also scheduled to meet with members of a panel established to explore options for bringing a university campus to Brampton.
Recently the Ontario government announced its intention to invite proposals in 2016 for major capacity expansion to meet the growing higher education needs in the Halton and Peel regions. “As the leading university serving the western GTA through its Mississauga campus, the University of Toronto is well placed to respond to these community needs”, said Professor Deep Saini.
Brampton mayor Linda Jeffrey said during last year’s election campaign that she would like to see a university campus established in Brampton and after assuming the office she created a panel to research on options for bringing a university to the city.
Professor Saini said that we would like to explore if there are any other partners we can have in the city as we have an ongoing relationship with Sheridan College. According to some reports, about 1,630 of the 14,000 students studying at UTM live in Brampton.
And Ontario’s former premier and Brampton resident Bill Davis has also joined the push to bring university to the city. Bill Davis is the chair of a city panel to explore the possibilities of having a university campus in the city.
Lack of a university campus in the city became an election issue during last year’s municipal elections and politicians and community leaders have been clamoring for a university campus in the city.