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Published on January 26, 2019 with No Comments

Niagara University expands to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

I have been determined to bring a university to Vaughan. Working closely with Niagara University President Rev. James J. Maher, this is a commitment I have proudly delivered for the people of our city. With the arrival of Niagara University to the City of Vaughan, we have secured an important investment in our community and in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. Vaughan has made history by attracting the first-ever university to our city and to York Region. As Mayor, I believe that improving access to knowledge, training and education is fundamental to building a more promising future for the citizens of our municipality and the entire Greater Toronto Area,” Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua

This marks a historic day for the citizens of our community as classes begin at Niagara University’s modern new site located in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC). Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua formally welcomed students, professors and members of the administration on the first day of studies at the university’s new location, adding that he has “proudly delivered on a transformational city-building commitment to bring the first-ever university to the city of Vaughan.”

“It has been my dream to bring a university to Vaughan. With focus, discipline and excellent partners, this dream has come true. Today is the manifestation of what can be achieved through hard work, dedication and perseverance. It is a great day for our city and Niagara University as we take steps to take charge of our future,” Mayor Bevilacqua added.

Founded in 1856, Niagara University, with its main campus located in Lewiston, N.Y., has relocated its bi-national presence with this new site in Vaughan. Mayor Bevilacqua helped lead negotiations between the university and community leaders. The site is in the heart of the city’s emerging downtown core, located in the Cortel Group’s Expo City complex. The 12,000-square-foot addition includes seven classrooms, faculty and administration offices and student lounge areas. Niagara University’s Vaughan site is walking distance from the VMC TTC subway station and further connected by vivaNext bus rapid transit service.     

Students studying in Vaughan can enroll in either the bachelor of professional studies in education or the Master of Science in education programs. These programs are fully accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and prepare aspiring professionals for careers in primary-junior and intermediate-senior teacher positions, among other education-related employment opportunities. Programs at this site operate under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

 The new Vaughan site is home to Niagara University in Ontario, which has been offering outstanding teacher training, education and opportunities to Canadian students since 1984. This move will see its more than 300 students, in addition to faculty and administrative staff currently in two other locations, relocate to Vaughan. Niagara University, Vaughan’s first university, has an extensive and proud history in Ontario.  

 “Niagara University is vested in the creation of the school’s new VMC site. The VMC is the largest and most ambitious project in the city’s history and its downtown is a natural place for Niagara University to be located,” Mayor Bevilacqua said. He added, “Building a complete city means having a post-secondary institution in an urban setting, walking distance from homes, businesses and amenities and connected by regionally-integrated transit.” The Vaughan Centre PwC Tower, Transit City, The MET and the KPMG Tower are among some of the many other developments shaping Vaughan’s rapidly growing skyline.


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