Through its strategic connections with the Region of Durham, Trent University Durham GTA is endeavouring to meet local economic needs with academic programs and initiatives that equip talented graduates for career success.
Community partners and support key to making expansion a reality
In 2020, Trent Durham opened the doors to a brand-new residence and academic building, providing students with the opportunity to live on campus for the first time in the University’s 45 year history in Durham.
The expansion was made possible in part through strategic partnerships with community stakeholders including the Region of Durham, which donated $1.42 million to the Campaign for Trent Durham.
“It’s been exciting to see the growth of Trent University Durham GTA over the years,” said Regional chair John Henry. “Trent is not only a significant contributor to our local economy, but the University also shapes our leaders of tomorrow and gives them the tools they need to succeed here in Durham. It’s a big reason why Durham Region is known for our innovation, talent and creativity. We are excited to be developing the highly skilled, agile and adaptable workforce of the future. I am looking forward to more growth and partnership in the years to come.”
Alignment of programs to meet the growing needs of the local economy
Since the opening of the Thornton Road Campus in 2010, Trent University Durham GTA has experienced remarkable growth. Enrolment has doubled, and many new in-demand degrees have been launched including Social Work, Communications, Policing & Community Well-being, Computer Science, Journalism, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and a Master of Management. These new degrees complement popular humanities programs in English, History and Media Studies, as well as professional programs such as Business Administration.
“Our aim is to develop academic programs to meet the changing economic goals of the community and support the broad and deep talent pipeline that exists in the Region,” explained Dr. Scott Henderson, dean and head of Trent University Durham GTA. “The Region has been supportive on many levels—from urban development and infrastructure investments, to their partnership with us on experiential learning opportunities and contribution for our expansion. We are thrilled to see the positive impacts on campus.”
Cultivating hands-on opportunities and enhancing civic engagement
In early 2021, new experiential learning opportunities with the Region are lined up as part of the new CityStudio Durham initiative.
Students will be matched with Trent faculty and staff at the Region of Durham—in traditional work-integrated learning placements; in Human Resources to analyze the impact of COVID-19 on corporate human resources practices; and with the Finance Department for an analysis of the economic impact of municipal investments.
Dr. Yi Liu, of Trent’s School of Business, is looking forward to undertaking research in partnership with students and the Region’s finance team.
“This type of career-boosting experience will not only provide students with an opportunity to solve real-world issues, but they will be able to better understand the civic engagement process with the support of our community partners.”