University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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University of Ontario
Institute of Technology
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Coat of Arms.png
Latin: Universitas Ontario Instituto Technologiae
Motto Cogitando et Agendo, Ducemus
Motto in English
"By thinking and doing we shall lead." [1]
Type Public
Established 2002
Endowment C$18.1 million [2]
Chancellor Noreen Taylor
President Dr. Steven Murphy
Provost Dr. Robert Bailey
Academic staff
868 [3]
Administrative staff
404 [3]
Students 10,000 [4]
Undergraduates 8,685
Postgraduates 518
55 [5]
Location Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
43°56′41.45″N 78°53′30.13″W / 43.9448472°N 78.8917028°W / 43.9448472; -78.8917028Coordinates: 43°56′41.45″N 78°53′30.13″W / 43.9448472°N 78.8917028°W / 43.9448472; -78.8917028
Campus Urban/Suburban

blue      &

lighter blue     [6]
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, COU, CIS, OUA, Fields Institute, Ontario Network of Women in engineering, CBIE, CARL,
Sports Hockey, Soccer, Lacrosse, Rowing, Curling, Tennis
Mascot Hunter the Ridgeback
UOIT Logo 2014.svg

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as UOIT, is a public research university located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 2002 by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002 passed by the Government of Ontario,[7] and its first students were accepted in 2003, making it one of Canada's newest universities.

UOIT offers a range of undergraduate programs, and graduate programs in science, engineering, health and information technology (IT) from its main campus, co-located with Durham College on approximately 400 acres (160 ha) of land in the northern part of Oshawa. It operates a secondary campus in Downtown Oshawa offering programs in social sciences and teacher education.

The enabling legislation of UOIT includes the implementation of a "Technology-Enriched Learning Environment" (TELE), which emphasizes the usage of computing resources through the student experience.[8] Faculty members encourage students to use laptops or other computing devices to complete assignments, perform laboratory research and interact with faculty during lectures. Previously, all undergraduate programs required students to lease a laptop PC from the university as a condition of enrollment, although in recent years, many faculties have adopted a "bring your own device" approach, accommodating flexibility among users while continuing to provide necessary software and support.[9]


UOIT was founded in 2002 by the passage of Bill 109, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002, by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on June 27, 2002. It is a public university emphasizing science and technology, and a part of the Ontario government’s initiative to create more spaces in post-secondary institutions for the double cohort. UOIT's slogan, "Challenge, Innovate, Connect", was unveiled in June 2006.[citation needed]

UOIT offered graduate and post-graduate programs and research opportunities[10] to the first 947 students in September 2003[11] and total enrolment was over 5,000 in the 2007–2008 school year, making it, at the time, the fastest-growing university in Ontario. The student population by 2012 was 9203 students.[12] Teaching and research have long been considered the two pillars of the university's endeavour.[13]

UOIT Library.

Construction on the university's first buildings began in 2002. Facilities include a library shared with Durham College, buildings for science, business, and IT, and a virtual hospital for nursing students. The Ontario Power Generation Engineering Building opened in September 2006, and the connected Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) opened in 2011; this is a multi-level testing and research centre that allows for climatic, durability and life cycle testing. It has a range of testing facilities including a five-storey high wind tunnel.[citation needed]

Plans have been announced for the Centre for Cybercrime Research which will be a separate, permanent location on campus and will be dedicated to research and the training of graduate and undergraduate students in various aspects of cybercrime.[14]

An expansion to the athletic facilities, funded largely by students, was completed in September 2007.[15][16]

The university has established a downtown campus. It purchased and renovated the Regent Theatre to be used as a lecture theatre during the week and as a community stage on the weekends. The university renovated the former Alger Press building which opened in January 2011 as the headquarters of the UOIT downtown campus. UOIT has initiated plans to renovate Victoria St. (between King St. and Bond St. and beside Bordessa Hall) into a pedestrian, social and lounge area. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Faculty of Education are located downtown. The residences for UOIT are Simcoe Village and South Village.[citation needed]

In 2018, UOIT came under scrutiny for a pamphlet apparently disparaging able bodied, Christian, cisgendered, heterosexual, male, English speaking, Canadian citizen, and white students over a pamphlet distributed on the campus. </ref>[17]


The University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks are members of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), and compete in sports including rowing, curling, golf, badminton, and men's and women's hockey and soccer.[citation needed]


Automotive Centre of Excellence[edit]

General Motors of Canada Automotive Centre of Excellence

The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) is located on the university’s north campus location.

It is divided into two sections: a core research facility (CRF) and an integrated research and training facility (IRTF), with a total area of approximately 16,300 square metres.

The CRF has full-size chambers for full climatic, structural durability and life cycle testing including a climatic wind tunnel. In this test chamber, wind speeds can exceed 240 kilometres per hour, temperatures range from -40 to +60 °C and relative humidity ranges from 5 to 95 per cent. The climatic wind tunnel has a variable nozzle that can optimize the airflow from 7 to 13 square metres (and larger) allowing for a range of vehicle and test property sizes. Coupled with this feature is a large flexible chassis dynamometer that is integrated into an 11.5-metre turntable, so that vehicles and test properties can be turned into the airstream under full operating conditions to facilitate crosswind development. The large open chamber has a readily reconfigurable solar array that will replicate the effects of the sun and is hydrogen-capable, allowing for alternative fuels and fuel cell development.

The IRTF spans five floors with space for research, education and training. In addition to conventional automotive applications, ACE is suitable for testing alternative fuel, hybrid and electric vehicles. It is large enough to accommodate trucks, tandem drive systems, full coach buses, light rail transit, aerospace, military and agricultural applications, wind turbines and solar panels.

ACE was developed in partnership with UOIT, General Motors of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE). The total cost of the facility was approximately $100 million.

Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre[edit]

The Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) is a 9,290-square-metre facility that houses UOIT's unique-in-Canada education programs and research in geothermal, hydraulic, hydrogen, natural gas, nuclear solar and wind energy technologies. The ERC enables research in clean and green energies and technologies, and promotes Canada's entrepreneurial advantage through public-private research and commercialization partnerships.

Undergraduate, graduate and second-career training enrolment of energy scientists and nuclear engineers is projected to climb from 364 students in 2009-2010 to approximately 650 in 2012. These programs are complemented by Energy and Environmental options in UOIT’s Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Science programs.

  • The ERC is the result of a joint $45.4-million investment from the federal and provincial governments as part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Full ERC operations commenced with the 2011-2012 academic year;
  • The construction phase of the ERC November 2009 through August 2011 created 225 direct and 315 spinoff jobs;
  • The ERC is home to UOIT’s Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science (FESNS). In addition to providing administrative space and offices for staff and faculty, the ERC features a network of teaching and research labs of various configurations, which support the Cameco Research Chair in Nuclear Fuels and UOIT’s membership in the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering;
  • The four-storey ERC has a glass-covered atrium, a 72-seat lecture theatre, three 50-seat classrooms, two 30-seat tutorial rooms with flexible seating, 12 labs, 11 student-study (breakout) rooms, dedicated working stations for graduate students and offices for faculty and administration;
  • The ERC has indoor connections to the adjacent Faculty of Business and Information Technology building on the second, third and fourth floors;
  • Teaching space within the ERC is equipped with multimedia capabilities that provide opportunities to expand the current roster of programs, allowing for future growth in new energy-related programs, further development of part-time distance learning opportunities and the expansion of the online degree completion option now offered;
  • UOIT’s Bachelor of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering program is the first accredited program of its kind in Canada;
  • UOIT’s Nuclear Engineering program features the most extensive nuclear power plant computer simulation of any engineering program in Ontario;
  • UOIT is located in Durham Region, which is home to 10 nuclear generating units;
  • FESNS professors Dr. Igor Pioro and Dr. Glenn Harvel are working on creating a fuel-channel conceptual design for a Generation IV Supercritical Water-Cooled Reactor, which will increase the efficiency of current technologies and lower energy production costs; and
  • FESNS has a close relationship with industry partners in provincial, national and international programs including: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited; Bruce Power; Cameco Corporation; Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission; Ontario Power Generation; and SNC–Lavalin.

Student Union[edit]

Demographics of student body (2015–16)[18][19]
Undergraduate Graduate
Male 58.8% 61.1%
Female 41.2% 38.9%
Canadian student 94.2% 76.7%
International student 5.8% 23.3%

As of the 2017/2018 academic year students of UOIT are represented by the UOIT Student Union (UOITSU). This organization provides advocacy and student services for the students across several campuses. Pre-2017 the student of UOIT were represented by the UOIT DC Student Association; in early 2017 UOIT students voted in a court mandated referendum in favour of forming their own representative body separate of Durham College.[20] The services provided by the UOITSU and previously the UOIT-DC SA include a food centre, a Pride + LGBTQ Centre, a sexual health resource centre, a Women's Centre, intramural and extramural leagues, Riot Radio (a student-run radio station), and a number of campus clubs and societies, including the UOIT Engineering Students' Society.

The Student Association is known for the annual CampusFest events including the CampusFest concert. Past concert performers include Avicii, 20 Amp Soundchild, Monster Truck (band), Tommy Trash, The Chainsmokers, and Wolfgang Gartner.[citation needed]

Fraternities at the university include Tau Kappa Epsilon, Zeta Psi, and Delta Lambda Phi. Sororities include Alpha Gamma Delta, Delta Psi Delta, Delta Phi Nu, and Kappa Sigma Psi.[citation needed]

Board members[edit]


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Financial Statements 2016" (PDF). Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "UOIT Fast Facts" (PDF). University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "UOIT enrolment surpasses 10,000 students". University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Common University Data Ontario". University of Ontario Institute of Technology - Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Logo colours - Logo". 
  7. ^ "University of Ontario Institute of Technology Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 8, Sched. O". Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Profile of University of Ontario Institute of Technology - Ontario, Universities in Canada". 
  9. ^ "CHANGES TO THE TELE PROGRAM 2017-18". UOIT. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Pound, Richard W. (2005). 'Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates'. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. 
  11. ^ "History". About UOIT. University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  12. ^ "Durham Region Breaking News - Durham Region's Online Newspaper -". 
  14. ^ UOIT unveils plans for Centre for Cybercrime Research
  15. ^ "Campus Athletic Centre expansion well underway". 
  16. ^ UOIT celebrates grand opening of Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre expansion | 2007
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  18. ^ "A5 - FEMALE ENROLMENT BY PROGRAM". University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018. 
  19. ^ "A6 - TOTAL ENROLMENT BY PROGRAM". University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 2018. Retrieved 4 March 2018. 
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