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An explosion of post-secondary options has transformed the Oshawa- Whtiby area into a university powerhouse, boosting the local economy and widening educational options for area residents in the process.

Back in the eighties and nineties, residents of Oshawa and Whitby looking to pursue a university education had to look down the road to Toronto, or Peterborough. Durham Region had the distinction of being the most highly populated municipality in Ontario without a university located within its boundaries.

Sure, there were a few university courses and degree programs offered by Durham College in partnership with a handful of out-of-town schools, but the choices were limited.

Flash forward to 2011 and the story is completely different. The area is now home to a full fledged university in the form of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, as well as a satellite campus of Trent University. Both options mean that Oshawa and Whitby residents don't have to leave town to get a full fledged university experience.

The story of Oshawa and Whitby's conversion into 'university towns' began on May 9, 2001 when the provincial government announced plans to create the first brand new university in Ontario in four decades. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology came into being officially on June 27, 2002.

Sharing a campus with Durham College, the university welcomed its initial class of 947 students in September, 2003.

By 2010 full-time enrolment reached 6,500 students at the Oshawa campus. UOIT has quickly become known for its Engineering and Applied Science faculties, among the top in Canada. This is in large part to a multi-million dollar partnership with Ontario Power Generation, which resulted in the opening of the OPG Engineering building in 2007. The 40,000 square foot building is home to 17 state-of-the art labs, and gives UOIT students access to top-notch industry-specific technology.

In October of 2010, another university option was created for area students with the opening of the new Trent University campus in Oshawa on Thornton Road. This $11.5 million facility is designed to delivery full-time and part-time programs to over 1,600 students over the next seven years. 

The Trent campus offers Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees in Anthropology, English Literature, Environmental and Resource Science/Studies, History, Psychology and Sociology.

For more information on the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, visit their website at http://www.uoit.ca
For more information on the Trent University Oshawa campus, visit http://www.trentu.ca/oshawa/