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Infrastructure growth since 2003

By September 2014, the university's enrolment had grown to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Through Convocation 2016, the university had conferred more than 14,000 degrees – bachelor’s, master’s and PhDs. 

The university’s first two state-of-the-art academic buildings – the Science Building and Business and Information Technology Building – as well as its architecturally award-winning Campus Library were completed by Fall 2004. Each was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.   

Thanks in part to a $10-million, multi-year partnership with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the university officially opened the OPG Engineering Building in March 2007. The large three-storey building housed 17 state-of-the-art labs that were carefully equipped to provide innovative and industry-specific technology for the university's Engineering students.

On June 1, 2007, the university celebrated its historic first all-faculty Convocation. The ceremony saw the conferring of nearly 700 degrees to next-generation scientists, engineers, IT security specialists, health-care professionals, criminal justice experts, teachers and business leaders.

In September 2007, the 8,400 square metre Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) opened, featuring a huge cardio, weight and fitness centre overlooking Oshawa Creek and green space. The CRWC also houses a triple gymnasium for intramural and varsity sports; a 200-metre indoor jogging track overlooking the gym space; two large aerobic/dance studios; as well as other training rooms, lounges and club offices.

Also in 2007, the campus expanded north across Conlin Road, thanks to the estate of industrialist E.P. Taylor and the donation of a portion of Windfields Farm, a world-class thoroughbred racing operation that once nurtured the great champion Northern Dancer. On this land stands the Campus Ice Centre (featuring two NHL-size ice pads, 10 change rooms, a sports retail outlet, offices, a community room, and full-service restaurant); along with the year-round Campus Tennis Centre (transformed into the Campus Fieldhouse in 2016).

The university has also developed a significant presence in downtown Oshawa. In 2008, the Faculty of Education relocated to a refurbished building at 11 Simcoe Street North. Two years later, the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities moved into Bordessa Hall at 55 Bond Street East. the university’s downtown Oshawa footprint also includes the 61 Charles Street Building, the Regent Theatre at 50 King Street East, and sixth-floor space at 2 Simcoe Street South.

To further support its expansion efforts, the university received $73.4 million in funding through the joint federal and provincial Knowledge Infrastructure Program toward the construction of two buildings at the north Oshawa location. The Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) and the Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) both opened in 2011. ACE is the first commercial research, development and innovation centre of its kind in Canada, and the ERC serves as the premier training ground for future energy scientists and nuclear engineers while fostering research in the development of clean and green energy and technology.

In 2014, the university officially opened the UOIT-Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre at the downtown Oshawa location. The Centre recognizes and celebrates Indigenous histories and cultures, enhancing the university’s unwavering commitment to the success of all students.

The second phase of the university’s Campus Master Plan (launched in Fall 2014) examined expansion proposals for the development of 190 acres of property to the north and west of the Simcoe Street/Conlin Road intersection.  

In 2015, the Government of Canada announced a $26.9 investment in the university's future Centre for Advanced Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE). CARIE will act as a catalyst for a new cluster of advanced manufacturing research and development in strategic industries such as nuclear, electrical and alternative energy systems, automotive and transportation, new materials and robotics. CARIE will integrate and co-locate the university's information technology, gaming and predictive analytics strengths with its advanced manufacturing expertise and facilities. The university is seeking further partners and supporters to facilitate construction of CARIE.

In 2016, construction began on the Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC) a new hub for research in health and business analytics, IT security, networking, gaming, and software engineering. SIRC will promote interdisciplinary and experiential learning for students in computer science, IT and engineering. SIRC will also enable e-learning and more e-guest lectures and interactions with industries through innovative digital and conferencing technology.

Also in 2016, the former Campus Tennis Centre was transformed into the Campus Fieldhouse, a multi-sport turf centre featuring two playing fields that can accommodate a variety of intramural sports and activities.

The university's short history has been marked by tremendous accomplishment and growth–and an exciting future lies ahead.

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