The provincial ministry of training, colleges and universities recently announced a 10 per cent tuition reduction and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) recognizes the change as a positive step in improving education accessibility for Ontario’s university students while balancing the provincial government’s fiscal challenges. The tuition reduction will come into effect for the 2019-2020 academic year with a freeze in the following year.
“We know the announcement will create new challenges for us, but the university was founded with a mandate to do things differently by being innovative,” said Dr. Steven Murphy, president and vice-chancellor. “During our brief history, we’ve demonstrated new ways of thinking that can be disruptive, more efficient and enhance the quality of education. We need to look at this as an opportunity to build on the quality learning experiences we provide for our students.”
The university will further assess the impacts of the changes announced as details become available, particularly Ontario Student Assistance Program and student fees. The university is committed to policies that guarantee student assistance to those most in need. Concurrently, the university launched a new initiative that encourages campus community members to explore and share innovative ideas, which will help the university realize efficiencies.
“We’re open to any new ideas that can help us be more resourceful in providing students with the supports and services they rely on,” said Murphy. “We’re committed to finding ways to thrive through this latest challenge.”
Photo: University of Ontario Institute of Technology north Oshawa campus.