A thriving downtown, a growing population, new infrastructure and an award-winning city known for being home to an active, caring community ... what better place for a growing university campus to flourish.
That’s why Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area’s announcement at city council this week is such an exciting development. Following Oshawa’s commitment last June to donate 1.8 acres of land to Trent Durham to expand its presence, Trent’s board of governors just approved plans to expand and add several new facilities and amenities. To accommodate growing demand for the campus’s expanding list of innovative new programs, this is a development that will benefit the entire community.
A welcoming new gateway to Trent University Durham GTA, the planned expansion will meld academic and residential space, lecture halls, classrooms and faculty offices in a full living/learning community built on the same “college system” Trent University is known for. Based on the Oxford model, Trent’s unique integration of academic, administrative and student living space ensures a scholarly community experience, positive for students and community members alike.
This week, Trent University Durham GTA celebrated convocation, honouring more grads than ever, a sign of the popularity of the personal, purposeful and transformative learning experience at its campus in our community. With a rich 43-year history in the city of Oshawa and 1,200 students at the Durham GTA campus alone – students from countries around the world, and students who have grown up right here in our own backyard — the University is an expanding presence in the region. With innovative program development, including the introduction of a new professional master of management, a dual law and arts/business degree and new co-op, career and experiential learning opportunities, Trent will continue to bring career-ready, entrepreneurially-equipped, social justice-oriented graduates to our companies, organizations and neighbourhoods.
Trent University Durham GTA looks forward to sharing more details with the community as plans continue to unfold for the expansion of the Durham campus and the popular programs we offer on Thornton Road South in Oshawa.
Joe Muldoon is head of Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area