With the year coming to a close, we want to re-live and share some of the outstanding events, announcements and news highlights that made a splash in our community and beyond. Here’s a look back at a few of the stories that made 2016 a year to remember.
Trent Tops the Rankings
The rankings are in, and Trent University has been named #1 undergraduate university in Ontario for the sixth consecutive year in the 2017 Maclean's University Rankings and has moved up to the #2 undergraduate research university in Canada in the Re$earch Infosource rankings. Trent also climbed the ranks of the world’s leading top universities, placing within the top 3.6% of all universities worldwide in the Center for World University Rankings.
A New School of Business
Students in the School of Business at Trent don’t just navigate the business world, they question it, challenge it, and lead it. The new School of Business, which launched this fall, prepares the next generation of business leaders, and equips graduates for success in careers as entrepreneurs, accountants, HR professionals, marketing experts, and more.
Growing Roster of Dynamic Academic Programs
Trent University continues to develop new innovative programming for our students. This year we announced a unique new Law & Arts dual degree in partnership with Swansea University, a new Environmental Geoscience B.Sc. within the School of the Environment, a new Medical Professional Stream for students interested in pursuing a medical professional program after their undergrad at Trent, and a new Child and Youth Studies B.A. exclusive to Trent’s GTA campus in Durham. A postgraduate certificate in Marketing & Entrepreneurship was also launched.
Student Centre Taking Shape
Trent University alumni demonstrated their generous spirit this year by unleashing $750,000 in matching funds from an anonymous alumni donor, through the Alumni Student Centre Challenge as part of the $50 Million Campaign: Unleash the Potential. Construction also began this year on the highly-anticipated Student Centre, which is set to open in fall 2017.
New Canada Research Chair’s Named
Trent University offers all the benefits of a high performing, research-intensive university with faculty focused on providing exemplary teaching in a personal, close-knit community. This year we welcomed the announcement of two new Canada research chairs (CRC), Dr. Paul Szpak, a new Anthropology professor at Trent, was named a tier 2 CRC in Environmental Archaeology and Dr. Mark Skinner, a professor of Geography at Trent University, was named CRC in rural aging, health, and social care. Dr. Aaron Slepkov’s CRC in the Physics of Biomaterials was also renewed for a five-year term.
Library of the Future
Two floors of Trent University’s iconic Bata Library will undergo a $14 million transformation into the Bata Research and Innovation Cluster as a result of $8.1 million in funding announced this fall from the federal government’s Strategic Investment Funds and additional provincial contributions. The new Bata Research and Innovation Cluster will include multiple centres dedicated to research and innovation, interactive student spaces, and design elements to promote environmental sustainability all while maintaining the historically-significant building designed by one of Canada’s most renowned architects, Ron Thom.
Campus Developments: Looking to the Future
This has been an exciting year of milestones for new developments at Trent and in the growing north end of Peterborough. This summer we celebrated the official opening of the Trent Sports Fields, and, recently, initial work has begun along Pioneer Rd. in preparation for the installation of services for the new twin pad arena complex and the new Trent Research and Innovation Park. Each project has a key role to play in the future of Trent and the Peterborough Region.
A Durham Convocation First
For the first time in its 42 year history, Trent University Durham- GTA hosted a dedicated convocation ceremony in the Durham Region, celebrating the accomplishments of its newest class of graduates, and welcoming students and their families, as well as faculty, staff and special guests to the Ajax Convention Centre. The dedicated ceremony was a milestone for Trent University Durham –GTA, marking the first time that a class graduated as a distinct cohort.
The Evolution of Traill College: Undergraduate Residences Return
In September, a new class of undergraduates arrived and moved into the residences at Catharine Parr Traill College – a first for the downtown Peterborough campus in over eight years. The return of undergraduate residence spaces at the vibrant downtown college is one piece of the comprehensive Traill College Review, undertaken last year, and finalized earlier this summer, which called for a renewed focus on the traditions of the college system Trent is known for.
Trent Excalibur #BleedGreen
An Ontario University Athletics (OUA) gold medal for the Trent Excalibur Women's Lacrosse team, five Trent Excalibur rowers named to Rowing Canada National Teams, a gold at the Canadian National Rowing Championships by Trent student, Trevor Jones, and another epic Head of the Trent Regatta weekend are just a few of the many highlights coming out of Trent this past Athletics this season. We don’t doubt our Trent athletes will continue to make us proud in 2017.