Niagara University’s Board of Trustees held its September meeting at the university’s Vaughan, Ontario, campus site, where they learned more about the vision, direction, and economic strength of the region and discussed partnership opportunities with stakeholders and colleagues.
On the first day of their visit, the trustees heard from Raphael Costa, the director of economic development for the City of Vaughan. Dr. Costa shared details about the amazing growth and development that is currently underway in Vaughan, as well as thoughts on how Niagara can contribute to that growth.
The trustees also heard from David Agnew, president of Seneca College, who shared valuable insights into the post-secondary landscape in Ontario. In 2022, Niagara University entered into an agreement with Seneca College that allows Seneca graduates to pursue Niagara University master’s degrees at the college’s Newnham campus. The partnership with Seneca also allows graduates of a variety of Seneca degree programs to matriculate with advanced standing into Niagara’s MBA, Master of Science in Finance, and Master of Science in Information Security and Digital Forensics programs.
After visiting the current Vaughan campus space, the board members had the opportunity to tour the 18,000 square foot, three-level addition that is currently under construction. The new space will greatly enhance the student experience in Vaughan, adding nine new high-tech classrooms, individual and collaborative working spaces, and a variety of other amenities. The new campus extension will also serve as a hub for community events in the Vaughan area.
More than 500 students are enrolled in graduate and post-baccalaureate programs at Niagara’s campus in Vaughan, including the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Science in Information Security and Digital Forensics, the Master of Science in Finance, the Bachelor of Professional Studies (Teacher Education), and the Master of Science in Educational Leadership. In May 2023, more than 200 students received their degrees at the 16th commencement in Ontario, becoming the fourth class to graduate from Niagara’s Vaughan location.