Civic leaders joined with Trent University students, faculty, staff and board members in Oshawa on Monday, October 18, to celebrate the official opening of the new Trent University Oshawa Thornton Road campus. The event included a plaque unveiling, ribbon- cutting ceremony and tours. The new $11.5 million facility will deliver full-time and part-time programs to over 1,600 students during the next seven years.
PHOTO – John Walker, President of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce addressed Trent University students, faculty, staff and board members at the opening ceremonies stating, “This is a great day for Oshawa as we welcome a dedicated home for the University and its students in our community.”
“This is a milestone moment in the history of Trent University and the City of Oshawa,” said Dr. Steven E. Franklin, President and Vice-Chancellor. “The University’s commitment to this community is strong and our investment is a signal that Trent believes in the future of Oshawa. Trent has been delivering courses in the Region of Durham for over 36 years. We look forward to building even more partnerships throughout the community, including with our education partners at UOIT and Durham College.”
The opening of the Thornton Road Campus elevates the 36 year history of Trent and Oshawa to the next level, investing in academia, Oshawa’s number one growth industry. The construction is complete, and now the doors are open to this hub of high quality post-secondary education, flexible learning options, innovation, and exploration.
“This new campus marks a milestone for Trent University, and Durham Region as a whole,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “The innovative ideas introduced into our community, by students and graduates, will help our Region to further enhance its economic potential.”
Trent University has emerged as a lead player that is contributing to the economic vitality of the City of Oshawa and the Region of Durham. In seven-years time, Trent’s new campus will inject over $175 million annually into the local economy and produce hundreds of new university graduates.
In January, 2010 Trent University announced its vision for a new campus site to allow for continued growth of its programs and delivery of services to more students. “Creating more spaces and giving more students access to a postsecondary education degree, closer to home, is a top priority for Trent University,” said Dr. Franklin.
New campus is accepting applications for courses beginning inJanuary, May and September 2011. Visit www.trentu.ca/oshawa for details.