Trent University and Loyalist College Explore Partnership Opportunities


Journalism, biosciences and opportunities for international students are identified as key areas of mutual interest

Thursday, May 12, 2011, Peterborough

Trent University and Loyalist College are pleased to announce the signing of a letter of intent, 2011, with a goal to provide students in the Quinte region with more options for postsecondary pathways.

Recognizing significant commonalities in their educational objectives and philosophical perspectives, with an aim to explore goals over the next year, the two institutions have identified a number of areas of mutual interest. These include a strong focus on two-way pathways between college and university, a commitment to supporting student success, and a desire to increase opportunities for international students.

Key goals to be explored in the next year are the establishment of a Trent University presence at Loyalist College and the exploration and development of pathways/joint programming in the areas of journalism, biosciences, general arts and sciences, and any areas of mutual strength and societal need for which the two institutions are well poised to deliver joint programming.

“The common goals of Trent University and Loyalist College to prepare students for brighter futures in communities at the local and global levels make this partnership a natural fit,” said Dr. Steven E. Franklin, president and vice-chancellor at Trent University. “With a goal to be one of Ontario’s most transfer-credit friendly universities, Trent will always remain committed to academic excellence and will continue to respond to the needs of students and researchers by providing high-quality academic programming.”

Loyalist president Maureen Piercy emphasized the important opportunities that this partnership provides to Loyalist students, graduates and the community. “Loyalist is delighted to work with Trent to expand the menu of options for our students,” she said. “We believe that this agreement endorses the high quality of our programs. Pursuing pathways between college and university is very important to us, and contributes to our strategic goal of providing increased opportunities for our students. We look forward to the partnership progressing in the coming months.”

Loyalist College and Trent University acknowledge the value of clearly articulating a vision for this partnership and the strategies associated with the realization of their common goals.


For more information, please contact:

Karen Maki, director, Post-Secondary Partnerships, Distance Education and Curriculum Development, Trent University, 705-748-1011 ext. 7133,

Dianne Spencer, executive director, College Advancement and External Relations, Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2235,