Local business leaders and politicians recently celebrated the announcement of a significant education infrastructure project that will transform the city.
Mitzie Hunter, Ontario advanced education and skills development minister, along with Brampton-Springdale MPP Harinder Malhi announced the establishment of a new Ryerson University campus, with Sheridan College as an academic partner, in downtown Brampton.
Slated to open for classes in the fall of 2022, the new campus will focus on providing students data-driven science and business programming paired with experiential learning. Plans include the new campus, a partnership for a National Centre for Cybersecurity, and a centre for innovation – a joint-use facility, which will include public and academic libraries and an innovation zone. The new campus will be built adjacent to the downtown GO station. The centre of innovation will be located on the land surrounding the existing Nelson Square parking garage.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Brampton, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with two leading institutions – Ryerson University and Sheridan College,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “Today’s exciting announcement marks the start of transformation for Brampton and new opportunities for our residents. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent partnership with Ryerson and Sheridan to make Brampton a destination for learning and innovation.”
Bringing a new university to Brampton has been a key priority for the city. In September 2017, Brampton city council made a historic commitment of up to $150 million for a new university and centre for innovation.
This is Ryerson’s first expansion of academic programming outside of its iconic downtown Toronto campus. Ryerson has a reputation as a city-building institution and is globally recognized for its business-focused innovation zones. With a focus on career-oriented education, Ryerson receives the most applications, relative to spaces available, of any university in Ontario.
“In expanding to Brampton, Ryerson will provide much-needed university programs to students in one of the fastest-growing and most diverse communities in Canada,” said Dr. Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson University president and vice-chancellor. “We are looking forward to working with Sheridan to provide students in the region with innovative academic programs that offer the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed and thrive in the modern economy.”
Sheridan has a long history in Brampton and a strong track record of developing and delivering leading programming. Brampton is already home to the Davis campus and the Centre of Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technology.
“Sheridan is exceptionally proud to partner with Ryerson University on this exciting venture,” said Dr. Mary Preece, Sheridan president and vice chancellor. “For 50 years, we’ve been proud to call Brampton home and today marks the beginning of a new era. We’re building on Sheridan’s strength in teaching creative problem solving, the established track record of both of our institutions for incubating innovation and our shared belief in the value of experiential learning. Together, we’ll provide even more opportunities for students to gain an education that’s highly relevant for the times.”