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University recognizes 50th anniversary of Ontario college system

University of Ontario Institute of Technology students

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) joins the Council of Ontario Universities in congratulating the Ontario college system on its 50th anniversary.

Ontario universities and colleges have an established history of partnering for the benefit of students, communities and the province.

The partnership between UOIT and Durham College (DC) is one example of successful collaboration between two institutions on many levels. The university and college share a campus location in north Oshawa. In addition, in July 2016 the university and college announced a new Innovative Initiatives Fund (IIF), which will support collaborative projects proposed by staff and faculty at both institutions. Six projects have been selected to receive funding through the IIF in 2016-2017, the fund’s pilot year.

The university also partners with DC and other Ontario colleges to offer college-to-university transfer programs, which enable graduates from many different Ontario colleges to turn their college credentials into university degrees in as little as two years.


“As we join in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ontario college system, we reflect on the value our partnerships with colleges across Ontario. These partnerships enable us to offer programs and initiatives that will enhance our students’ access to education and expand their career opportunities. Together we can ensure students will graduate as innovative thinkers and citizen-leaders who are equipped with advanced skills to succeed in the workforce.”
- Tim McTiernan, PhD, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

“Congratulations to Ontario’s colleges for their work and achievements in the last 50 years. We know we will continue to collaborate for the benefit of our students in order to educate, inspire, and engage students while helping to develop the talent pipelines for the workforce of tomorrow.”
- David Lindsay, President and CEO, Council of Ontario Universities