Turning Launches Work on Guelph-Humber Building
SuperBuild-funded construction slated for completion
by fall 2003
in at the ceremonial sod turning for the University of Guelph-Humber
building are, from left, U of G students Mike Stephenson
and Natalie Ross; Dianne Cunningham, minister of training,
colleges and universities; students Kendra Holliday, Kathleen
Duncan, Vance Mcpherson and David Hornsby; and president
PHOTO BY DAVID LUI, HUMBER COLLEGE AV GRAPHICS
Ground has officially been broken for the new $45-
million University of Guelph-Humber building.
A symbolic sod-turning ceremony was held Nov. 29 at Humber
College's northwest Toronto campus, attended by Dianne Cunningham,
minister of training, colleges and universities; president
Mordechai Rozanski; Humber College president Robert Gordon;
and student leaders and officials from both institutions.
The Ontario government committed close to $29 million from
the SuperBuild fund for the four-storey building, scheduled
to open at Humber in fall 2003.
Guelph-Humber will be the first institution in Ontario
to offer both an honours university degree and a college
diploma to its graduates in just four years of study.
"I know that I am the envy of all the provinces -
you cannot imagine how proud I am to be here today,"
Cunningham said, adding that such a university-college partnership
has been needed for decades.
She congratulated U of G and Humber on their "great
spirit of collaboration" and said the project is also
"about staying ahead of everyone else and about innovation"
because it offers students a wider range of choices in high-quality
"We have to focus on what the students need, what
the community needs and where the jobs are," Cunningham
said. "These students will hit the pavement running
and be out ahead of many students in North America. . .
. It's a great time to be a student in Ontario."
Guelph-Humber will accept 200 students next fall into three
programs: business, computing and media studies. Additional
program offerings - including early childhood services,
gerontology, family and community social services, and justice
studies and police foundations - will be added in 2003.
By 2005, the university will accommodate about 2,000 students.
Tuition will be comparable with that of other Ontario university
programs in the Toronto area, and courses will be taught
by faculty from both Guelph and Humber.
"Today's groundbreaking ceremony is an important milestone
in the ambitious goal we set for ourselves more than two
years ago," said Rozanski. "Our goal was to provide
an innovative third path to post-secondary education in
Toronto, one that faithfully combined the individual strengths
and traditions of the University of Guelph and Humber College
into a seamless curriculum."
Guelph-Humber delivers the best of both educational sectors,
he said. "At its core, Guelph-Humber is all about students,
focused on expanding student accessibility and opportunity."
Gordon agreed, adding: "We have developed a curriculum
that meets the emerging needs of employers for strategic
skills and will enable students to pursue post-graduate
studies if they choose to continue their education."
The new building will have specialized laboratories and
classrooms, an Internet café, a learning commons
and an atrium for major events.