Announcements from the City and the Province help create a
post-secondary cluster in core
WINDSOR, ON, May 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The University of Windsor will
relocate its Music and Visual Arts programs to the Armouries building
in downtown Windsor thanks to the City of Windsor's capital donation in
addition to $10 million in funding, and the provincial government's
contribution of $15 million. UWindsor also announced the launch of an
RFP process to investigate the feasibility of moving the School of
Social Work to the Windsor Star building located downtown at the corner
of Ferry and Pitt streets.
"We are delighted that the City of Windsor and the Provincial government
have come together in support of the University of Windsor," said Dr.
Alan Wildeman, President and Vice Chancellor of UWindsor. "With the
support of Mayor Francis and City Council, the belief of Minister
Duncan and Minister Pupatello in our University and this City, to
understand our capital needs and long term goals, we can now begin to
realize our aspiration to create inspiring spaces for our students in
the downtown, and facilitate in an unprecedented way the ability of our
University to contribute to the social and artistic fabric of our
The University of Windsor will engage architects to re-imagine the
Armouries as a new space for Music and Visual Arts, programs with close
to 500 students in addition to faculty and staff.
Eddie Francis, Mayor of the City of Windsor said, "Bringing the
University of Windsor in to the city core has long been a vision of
council; today we take another step to build upon the academic
footprint in our downtown. This is a major move in the revitalization
of our city centre. I'm proud to welcome the University and its
students in to the downtown. On behalf of Council, I want to thank Dr.
Alan Wildeman for his vision, the Province, and Ministers Duncan and
Pupatello, for their continued support."
Dwight Duncan, Minister of Finance and MPP of Windsor-Tecumseh said,
"Today's announcement is a clear example of our commitment to
postsecondary education, families and our strong partnership with the
City of Windsor. I look forward to working with the University of
Windsor to create exciting new facilities and to develop an education
cluster in the downtown core."
Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade and MPP for
Windsor West said, "I'm proud of the ongoing support our government has
provided to Windsor-Essex. These new facilities will enhance our
downtown core and will be enjoyed by families, faculty, students and
tourists. This is another good example of what can be accomplished when
we come together with a shared vision and partnership."
The School of Social Work is comprised of approximately 830 students,
faculty and staff who currently work with several agencies downtown.
Dr. Wildeman explained why this program will also be relocated, "Moving
the social work program downtown presents an opportunity to
significantly broaden the bandwidth between important academic
programming and the needs of our community." He also noted the central
location of the Windsor Star building between St. Clair College's
Centre for the Arts and its Mediaplex building as an opportunity to
create synergies between the two institutions.
"In the same way as our new Centre for Engineering Innovation has been
designed to transform the California and Wyandotte intersection into a
regional address for innovation and engagement with the manufacturing,
industrial, business and other sectors that are so vital to the future
of our region, there is no better place to position our arts and social
programs than in the heart of this caring and creative community of
Windsor," said Dr. Wildeman.
Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time
and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to
enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship,
research and engagement.
SOURCE University of Windsor
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