The University of Guelph and Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning are exploring opportunities to expand into the City of Brampton.

U of G was approached by the City of Brampton’s University Blue Ribbon exploratory panel to discuss options for a potential university campus.

This comes on the heels of The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) indication that it will call for proposals for a new campus to serve the Peel and Halton regions.

“Today is the beginning of a dialogue,” says U of G president Franco Vaccarino. “We are discussing potential opportunities for collaboration. We see this as a possible way to expand the highly successful University of Guelph-Humber.”

The university of Guelph-Humber is the only one of its kind in Canada and is unique in that it allows students to earn a university honours degree and a college diploma in four years.

Guelph-Humber’s innovative education model has managed to successfully address the changes in higher education and the shortage of practical skills in the workplace.

An expansion to Brampton could include new programs and facilities in the city. “In many ways, Guelph-Humber is already Brampton’s local university,” says Humber president Chris Whitaker.

One in four GH students live in Brampton and the University actively works with over 200 Brampton employers providing work placements internships and co-ops for students.This would make for a strong partnership were GH to proceed with opening a new campus in the city.

University of Toronto has also been exploring potential opportunities to expand within the Brampton community.