Jan. 28, 2019Print | PDF
Wilfrid Laurier University remains committed to bringing its high-quality academic and student experience to Milton, enhancing its strength as a multi-campus, multi-community institution. This commitment includes developing an academic plan approved by the university’s Senate, a business plan approved by its Board of Governors, and government endorsement of the academic and business plans.
The university presented at Milton Town Council Jan. 21, where council approved the fourth extension to the Memorandum of Understanding between the town and the university, which had previously been approved by the university’s Board of Governors. This extension demonstrates the continued interest and enthusiasm for a Laurier presence in Milton.
Laurier, with input from the Town of Milton and Milton Chamber of Commerce, business leaders, as well as Conestoga College and other partners, is preparing a business case for the province and to outline a path forward that strengthens Wilfrid Laurier University as a high-quality academic institution with a strong focus on student success and community-engaged research and outreach.
Laurier’s focus remains long-term: pending the development of a suitable business plan moving forward, Laurier plans to offer sector-leading programs in STEAM (science, technology, mathematics and the arts, along with plans for complementary engineering undergraduate programs and research collaboration opportunities). This enhanced programming will serve the students of the future – and ensure that they are ready to seize emerging opportunities in STEAM and beyond.
The university has committed to a two-phased approach to development in Milton, which will allow Laurier to continue offering unique programs that make each campus its own, while retaining the essence of the strong community culture that binds all of Laurier’s locations together.
Laurier’s first-phase presence in Milton will focus on offering existing part-time degree and non-degree courses in the existing Milton Education Village Innovation Centre. The university anticipates offering courses for fall 2019 and winter 2020 and will share further details as plans are finalized.
The Town of Milton intends to establish a Milton Education Village (MEV) with Laurier as an integral element of the plan. Working alongside the Town of Milton, the university has retained Diamond and Schmitt Architects to develop the campus master plan for the 50 acres gifted to the university, which includes planning and design for the first permanent building in the MEV in support of STEAM education.