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Durham College and UOIT applaud McGuinty government's commitment to education and training

OSHAWA, Ont. - Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology welcome Hon. Chris Bentley's appointment as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and applaud the McGuinty government's ongoing commitment to maintaining a skilled and educated workforce.

"Premier Dalton McGuinty and his government are to be congratulated for taking a long-term approach to training and education," said Gary Polonsky, president of Durham College, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. "We look forward to working with the government to produce greater numbers of highly skilled and highly educated graduates for today's high-tech economy. This is critical to increasing Ontario's productivity and ultimately our prosperity."

In May, the government announced a long-term funding commitment to post-secondary education as the centerpiece of its 2005 budget. As well, the government is moving forward with key policy initiatives from the post-secondary review that will make it easier for more students to obtain post-secondary education.

Durham College and UOIT support Premier McGuinty's commitment to innovation and research. Colleges and universities have an important role to play in research and working with the private sector and other partners to bring new innovations and technology to the marketplace.

"The Ontario government's focus on improving productivity through education and training will create a stronger economy and allow us to better compete in the global market," said Polonsky. "We are committed to producing the skilled and educated workforce that is critically needed now and in the future."

About the University of Ontario Institute of Technology
As the province's newest university, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology provides a unique combination of academic knowledge, vibrant student life, leading edge research, and hands-on skills. The university offers career-focused undergraduate degree programs in the fields of business and information technology, sciences, engineering, nursing, social science, and education, we well as a Master's degree in Information Technology Security. It is also developing leading edge research and graduate programs, and is Ontario's first laptop-based university. Sharing facilities and selected services with Durham College, UOIT has attracted over 1,800 students since its inception in 2003. To find out more, visit or call 905.721.8668.


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