First-ever University to be Established in the City of Vaughan and York Region
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Niagara University formally unveiled its new location in Vaughan, Ontario, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 15, 2019. The site, in the Vaughan Metropolitan Center, is also the first-ever university to be established in the City of Vaughan and York region, and supports Niagara University’s commitment to becoming the premier binational university within the Province of Ontario.
“We are pleased to continue to strengthen our binational relationship with the Province of Ontario by becoming a permanent part of the Vaughan community,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M, Niagara University president. “This new location will provide opportunities to better serve our students and faculty, while developing a learning environment that fosters research, teaching, and service to work with the community to make a positive impact on the lives of others.”
Officials from Niagara University and the Province of Ontario cut the ribbon to officially unveil Niagara’s permanent location in the city of Vaughan.
The nearly 12,000 square-foot site, located in the heart of Vaughan’s emerging downtown core, includes seven classrooms, faculty and administration offices, and student lounge areas. Nine full-time faculty and administrators, as well as a number of part-time faculty and supervisors, staff that location, where more than 300 students are pursuing Bachelor of Professional Studies and Master of Science in Educational Leadership programs. In addition, approximately 50 practicing teachers take Additional Qualification course work each year.
Since 1984, Niagara University has offered programs in Canada which operate under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. The university has maintained strong partnerships with Catholic and public school boards in Ontario, as well as with many of the colleges in the province. The opening of a permanent location in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre for the university’s Niagara University in Ontario program will give students and alumni a place to call their Niagara University home, and continue the 35-year legacy of Niagara alumni who take on professional levels of leadership across all professions in Canada.
While the location is new, educators will continue to be prepared in an embedded model that places them directly within schools through university-school partnerships. This robust model of educator preparation has been highly researched in terms of the qualifications and experiences of teachers who begin their careers and remains an important part of Niagara’s programs.
In addition to Father Maher, officials from Niagara University and the Province of Ontario offered their remarks, including member of Parliament Francesco Sorbara, Vaughan Woodbridge; Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario; Hon. Stephen Lecce, minister of education; Hon. Michael A. Tibollo, associate minister of mental health and addictions; Hon. Maurizio Bevilacqua, mayor of the city of Vaughan; Dr. Michael Salvatori, CEO and registrar for Ontario College of Teachers; and Dr. Vince Rinaldo, Niagara University director of Ontario administration: academic. The Rev. Stephen M. Grozio, C.M., Eastern Province of the Congregation of the Mission, gave the closing blessing before the ribbon was cut. Tours of the site followed.
Classes started in Vaughan on Jan. 21 for Niagara University in Ontario’s Bachelor of Professional Studies in Education program, which is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers, and the Master of Science in Education program. Both prepare aspiring professionals for careers in primary-junior and intermediate-senior teacher positions, among other education-related employment opportunities.
ABOUT NIAGARA UNIVERSITY
Founded by the Vincentian community in 1856, Niagara University is a comprehensive institution, blending the best of a liberal arts and professional education, grounded in our values-based Catholic tradition. Its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management offer programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral level. The university also offers a Bachelor of Professional Studies in Education and a Master of Science in Education degree in Ontario. For 35 years, Niagara University has offered programs in Canada which operate under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As the first Vincentian university established in the United States, Niagara prepares students for personal and professional success while emphasizing service to the community in honor of St. Vincent de Paul. Niagara’s institutional commitment to service-learning has led to its inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since its inception in 2006, and its recognition with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.
The City of Vaughan is one of Canada’s fastest growing cities with a population of more than 335,000. Incorporated in 1991, Vaughan includes the communities of Concord, Kleinburg, Maple, Thornhill and Woodbridge. This culturally diverse municipality is located in the heart of York Region and the Greater Toronto Area.