Brampton lays groundwork for city's university

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The City of Brampton has released a preview of key strategic elements of its proposal to bring a full, accredited university to the city. 

The City has worked closely with stakeholders and internationally-renowned educational institutions over the past year to help inform a plan for its own university, BramptonU.

These institutions include Ryerson University, University of Guelph-Humber, The London School of Economics and Political Science, Queen Mary University of London, D2L and Algoma University.

The province of Ontario’s updated Major Capacity Expansion Policy Framework for Ontario's colleges and universities, which was announced last week, opens the door for these types of expansions.

Work is now underway to build out the full proposal, which will be submitted to the province later this fall.

Brampton University will be established as an autonomous public institution by an Act of the Province of Ontario and will aim to become a fully-comprehensive public university with close to 30,000 students by 2040. 

The proposed university's governance committee would include existing educational partners, members from local government, business stakeholders and primary to secondary education partners.

The university’s programming focus will prioritize key growth sectors, including in Digital Transformation, Innovation and Sustainability.

Additionally, it will align with the City's economic areas of priority, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Innovation and Technology, Food and Beverage Processing, and Health and Life Sciences.

"Over the past few months, the job market and world that we work within has completely changed - amplifying the conversation around the skillsets most needed for the future,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

As one of the largest and fastest-growing cities in Canada, it is critical Brampton have its own standalone university to help foster our talent who are an integral part of our economy's resilience and success, especially during this critical time. I appreciate the Province's recognition of the evolving and crucial role postsecondary education plays and look forward to more discussions on how we can best invest in our future workforce."

From August 17 to 19, Mayor Patrick Brown, Councillors, and City officials will participate virtually in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Annual Conference and Bramtpon council will continue to advocate for funding and increased collaboration on key projects for the city, such as BramptonU.

For more details on BramptonU, visit www.bramptonu.ca.

Photo courtesy of the City of Brampton 

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