Trent University and Centennial College Announce Collaboration with new Academic Partnership

September 8, 2016

Trent and Centennial announce official partnership to enhance and expand diploma to degree opportunities for students


A new collaborative partnership between Trent University and Toronto’s Centennial College was made official with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that will lead to new post-secondary pathways for students of both institutions.

Signed by Dr. Leo Groarke, president and vice-chancellor of Trent University, and Ann Buller, president and CEO of Centennial College at Trent’s Symons campus recently, the MOU outlines potential opportunities for collaboration between the two institutions, including: the creation of innovative student pathways, with particular focus on business and social sciences programming; potential opportunities for development of integrated joint diploma/degree programs, as well as data sharing. Particular focus of the agreement will be on projects between Centennial and Trent’s expanding Durham GTA campus, located in Oshawa.

“Trent University is pleased to be establishing a new academic partnership with Centennial College,” said President Groarke. “We believe it will be highly beneficial for students at both institutions and look forward to collaborating on a range of programs that will allow students to combine the best of college and university education.”

“Centennial is proud to be expanding our partnership with Trent,” stated Centennial President Ann Buller. “Working together, we are able to provide students with a more fulsome educational experience that gives them the practical experience, critical thinking skills and knowledge that today’s employers demand.”

Committed to improving access to post-secondary education, the new partnership will expand on the already existing relationship between the two institutions, which includes transfer agreements into Communication and Critical Thinking, Bachelor of Arts, Computing Systems and Forensic Science at Trent. 

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

Centennial College

Established in 1966, Centennial is Ontario's first public college, serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and two satellite locations. Its record is one of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building. The college enrolls roughly 20,000 full-time students and 20,000 part-time learners annually. It’s recognized as one of the most culturally diverse postsecondary institutions in Canada, with almost 100 ethno-cultural groups represented and 80 languages spoken on campus. Centennial offers more than 250 diploma, certificate and degree programs on a full- and part-time basis in business, media, community and consumer services, engineering technology, health care and transportation. These programs promote experiential learning with laboratory instruction, co-op education and industry placements Centennial aims to be an internationally recognized education leader that places a strong emphasis on global citizenship and social equity. Centennial strives to impart in its students an understanding of diversity, equity and social justice issues, embedding these principles into its curriculum to give students cultural competencies that prepare them for a changing world. Likewise, Centennial’s Global Citizenship and Equity Learning Experience (GCELE) provides opportunities for students to travel overseas to develop leadership skills while working on projects to instill positive social change in underdeveloped regions.


Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, 705-748-1011 extension:6180 or