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The Durham Advantage


The Region of Durham is home to post-secondary institutions that have been recognized for their research, leading-edge thinking, as well as academic programs that have been shaped by market needs.

Durham also boasts a highly skilled and educated workforce as a result of the dynamic universities and colleges available in the region.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s (UOIT) mandate has been to deliver market-oriented academic programs, conduct innovative research that addresses societal and industry needs, and provide students with the real-world skills they need to succeed in the evolving 21st-century workplace. In the past decade, UOIT has grown to more than 9,800 students who are enrolled in a diverse array of 46 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs. Some of these programs, such as the Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering, are unique in Canada.

UOIT currently has six priority research areas. These include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing for 21st-century innovation;
  • Education for the 21st century;
  • Energy and the Environment;
  • Human Health and Community Wellness;
  • Information and Communication Technology and Informatics; and
  • Life Sciences and Biotechnology.

Collaborative research with UOIT also provides access to research experts, equipment, ideas and information to help clients run a more profitable business and solve technical problems. It provides interactions with students who study in a technology-enriched learning environment, as well as significant financial leverage when seeking government research and development grants and support. The university also conducts interdisciplinary research, development that addresses many other social, environmental, health and economic problems.

The UOIT Management Development Centre helps managers meet the competitive challenges of today's dynamic business environment by combining the latest business concepts with practical managerial skills. The MDC’s programs in executive education, management and leadership are developed by industry professionals who have the expertise and experience to provide up-to-date, hands-on and relevant information.

Trent University - Oshawa Campus

A innovative university, Trent is known for its supportive community environment and a shared commitment to academic rigor. With campuses in both Peterborough and Oshawa, Trent has more than 27 academic departments, offering a vast array of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Named Research University of the Year in October 2009 by Research Infosource Inc., Trent's world-renowned faculty is committed to research from all disciplines including natural sciences, social sciences and humanities and holds 10 Canadian Research Chairs.

Building on it’s 50 year presence in Oshawa, the university opened its dedicated new campus on Thornton Road in the fall of 2010 for the delivery of programs for more than 1,300 full and part-time students. This bright and modern facility provides capacity for the introduction of new academic programming.

Durham College

Durham College

Since opening its doors in 1967, Durham College (DC) has been providing high-quality post-secondary education and producing outstanding graduates in a variety of established, emerging and dynamic fields. In fact, each year employers who hire DC grads report an employer satisfaction rate in excess of 90 per cent, as measured by the Ontario provincial government’s Key Performance Indicator survey.

The college is home to more than 12,000 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students, over 1,500 full and part-time staff, more than 63,000 alumni, and a third-party review found that in 2012-2013 the college had an economic impact of $816 million on Durham Region.

With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and the Pickering Learning Site, the college is able to offer more than 140 full-time post-secondary programs (the vast majority offer work placement opportunities), along with online study options and courses for both academic and personal development through its School of Continuing Education. In addition, DC offers Community Employment Services in locations across Durham Region and Northumberland County. All of this directly benefits local students and employers.

Innovation and student success are at the heart of what DC does and the college is proud to be taking a leadership role in the development and realization of the Durham Learning and Business (dLAB) district ( This involvement is anchored by the college's new green-certified Centre for Food (CFF) at its Whitby campus, just west of dLAB.

DC’s Office of Research Services and Innovation has been placed 25th for the last two years in a national ranking of Canada’s Top 50 research colleges. The office provides applied research services to business and industry in the community to help them innovate, solve technical problems and become more competitive and commercialize ideas. The college also offers Corporate Training Services, which provides customized business training solutions for organizations and corporations.

Finally, DC has more than 1,000 business and industry leaders, along with college staff and students, participating in Program Advisory Committees (PAC) for all its programs. The PACs meet regularly each year to ensure programs reflect the current and future needs of both private and public employers.

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Centennial College

Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation. It is now offering selected post-graduate programs and continuing education courses at a new site located at 1340 Pickering Parkway, operated jointly with Durham College.

The Pickering Learning Site offers the following courses:

  • Corporate Communications & Public Relations;
  • Book & Magazine Publishing;
  • Project Management;
  • Creative & Critical Thinking;
  • Performance Management; and
  • CPR/First Aid.

Queen's-Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge (QBOL)

Each year, eight new residents begin their training in the Queen's-Bowmanville-Oshawa-Lakeridge Family Medicine Program. Their academic home in the Durham Region is the Lakeridge Health Education and Research Network (LHEARN), located at Lakeridge Health hospital. The program provides learning opportunities in Oshawa and Bowmanville, in addition to rural rotations in Port Perry.

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