Government Infrastructure Investment Positions UTSC to Lead in a New Era for Post-secondary Education in the Eastern GTA



    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) has
received $70 million to fund the development of the new Instructional Centre.
The announcement is a result of the investment by the federal and provincial
governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.
    This facility will be the first building in a new phase of development
planned for the northwest area of the campus. With the university campus
positioned in a growing area of the eastern GTA and demand for post-secondary
education increasing, UTSC plans to respond through significant capital
expansion over the coming years.
    "This is a major announcement for UTSC and for the region," says
Professor Franco Vaccarino, Principal, UTSC. "Recent unprecedented growth at
the campus has created a critical mass of programs and scholarship and this
infrastructure project allows us to build on this exciting momentum. With few
universities in the eastern GTA, this new facility, paired with our scope and
breadth across the arts and sciences, positions UTSC to lead the burgeoning,
innovation economy of our region."
    The new Instructional Centre will increase teaching and research space at
UTSC by approximately 25 per cent. This significant increase begins to address
the critical space shortfall on campus and will have a dramatic impact on the
quality of the student experience. The facility will include classrooms, labs,
study areas and offices as well as provide dynamic community gathering places.
It will also accommodate expansion of high demand programs including the
flag-ship co-operative education programs that span all disciplines and bridge
theory with practice.
    "This investment in University of Toronto Scarborough will provide a
significant short-term economic stimulus to this community and will create
jobs in this region," said Wayne Arthurs, MPP Pickering-Scarborough East.
"Investing in the skills and knowledge of Ontarians is a cornerstone of our
government's plan to strengthen the economy. Our government is investing in
innovation to create jobs, provide more opportunities for students, and to
help our economy recover quickly and to improve the quality of life for
Canadians."
    "We are grateful that the provincial and federal governments recognize
the value of post-secondary education as a major contributor to Canada's
economic stability, and cultural and intellectual evolution," says Vaccarino.
"This investment strengthens UTSC's role in the University of Toronto
tri-campus system, and ensures it continues its strong platform of academic
excellence and its ability to provide a high quality student experience."
    At 13,990 gross square metres, the Instructional Centre, designed by
Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc., is being developed according to LEED
Silver Standards. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
standards are voluntary sustainable standards for green building design,
construction, and operations.

    UTSC offers undergraduate programs in all areas of the arts, sciences and
management, and is expanding opportunities for graduate research, new and
emerging areas of scholarship and experiential learning. Known as an
innovator, UTSC has built cutting-edge programs including the co-operative
education programs, joint programs with Centennial College and a new
professional master's degree in environmental science. Recent growth has
transformed UTSC into a comprehensive, mid-size university campus and provided
a platform on which we are redefining our path in post-secondary education.
Our faculty lead discoveries and scholarship that have a lasting influence on
our world. We are launching exciting and distinctive programs that will give
our students a head start as scholars, scientists, and global citizens.





For further information:

For further information: OR PHOTOS CONTACT: Melissa Joseph, University
of Toronto Scarborough, (416) 287-7089, joseph@utsc.utoronto.ca; Laura
Matthews, University of Toronto Scarborough, (416) 287-2797,
lmatthews@utsc.utoronto.ca

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