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Details for future university in Brampton emerging


BRAMPTON, ON: The City of Brampton is tightening its work plan as new details around a university in Brampton emerge.

Deputy Premier, Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, spoke at a Brampton Board of Trade breakfast event on January 17, and made it clear that the Province of Ontario is looking to support the creation of an entirely new approach to post-secondary education in Brampton. Her remarks added more context to a staff update to Committee of Council on January 18 on work being done to further the development of a university in Brampton.

Through the City’s discussions with provincial representatives, universities and Brampton businesses, it is clear that all stakeholders are looking for something beyond a traditional university campus. All prospective partners are keenly interested in a centre that combines education with innovation and collaboration – a facility Deputy Premier Matthews referred to as “something that we have never seen anywhere else in the world.”

“We want to build some forward-looking partnerships to collaborate on the best university for Brampton,” said Mayor Linda Jeffrey.  “We also have an opportunity to look outside our borders, which provides us a great opportunity to build meaningful relationships with global institutions.”

Deputy Premier Matthews also announced that the Province’s Call for Expressions of Interest (for a university to submit a proposal to establish a university in Brampton) will be available on January 18 on the Province’s website (www.ontario.ca), and she laid out a brief outline of the process that will result in the selection of a university proposal in the Fall of 2017. She explained that as the successful institution is determined by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, partnerships are strongly encouraged and are necessary to a successful proposal, and the municipality has a key role to play.

With the release of the Call for Expressions of Interest, the City’s work plan will be further refined. Next steps include work to deepen Brampton’s working relationship with the Province, strengthen the City’s position with interested institutions, and develop a partnership strategy that includes the business community, existing post-secondary institutions and international opportunities.

The province’s plan is to create new postsecondary facilities focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics – skills important to current and future employers, and often grouped together under the acronym STEAM.

Quick facts:
• Brampton is a partner in one of North America’s largest municipally-owned fibre-optic networks, boasting more than 700 kilometres of cable ready to download inspiration
• More than 76 people move to the Region of Peel every day, and 50 of those choose to locate in Brampton
• Population projections estimate Brampton’s population will be near 900,000 in 2041
• A survey commissioned in 2016 by Brampton Library found that Brampton’s top community aspiration is academic achievement and development

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Natalie Stogdill
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City of Brampton
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