New legislation proposes OCAD name change

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto—April 27, 2010) New legislation is being introduced today by the Government of Ontario that, if passed, will officially change the name of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) to “OCAD University.”

“This is truly a remarkable day in OCAD’s proud 134-year history,” said OCAD President Dr. Sara Diamond. “The change in OCAD’s name is important not only for the university, but also for Ontario. It will provide clarity to prospective students, both in Canada and internationally; improve our ability to attract and retain high-calibre faculty; and strengthen our ability to partner with other universities in Ontario in delivering joint degrees.”

“We thank the Ontario Government and the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities for leadership in recognizing OCAD’s evolution,” said Robert Montgomery, Chair of OCAD’s Board of Governors. “The new name reflects OCAD’s role as a leader in art and design education and research, sustainability and digital culture. This change will ensure OCAD’s strategic position within a highly competitive, global post-secondary education marketplace."

OCAD has operated as a fully accredited university offering undergraduate degrees since 2002, and graduate degrees since 2008. In 2006, the institution was granted membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, which represents 95 public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges across Canada. Today, OCAD has approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 650 faculty and staff, and a 12-building campus in downtown Toronto.

“This is important recognition of the work we have undertaken in research, graduate studies and ensuring high standards in our curriculum,” said Diamond. “It is a phenomenally important day for OCAD, one that not only respects the institution’s rich history and legacy of art and design education, but also acknowledges where the university is headed.”

Government of Ontario News Release

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
 

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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto—April 27, 2010) New legislation is being introduced today by the Government of Ontario that, if passed, will officially change the name of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) to “OCAD University.”

“This is truly a remarkable day in OCAD’s proud 134-year history,” said OCAD President Dr. Sara Diamond. “The change in OCAD’s name is important not only for the university, but also for Ontario. It will provide clarity to prospective students, both in Canada and internationally; improve our ability to attract and retain high-calibre faculty; and strengthen our ability to partner with other universities in Ontario in delivering joint degrees.”

“We thank the Ontario Government and the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities for leadership in recognizing OCAD’s evolution,” said Robert Montgomery, Chair of OCAD’s Board of Governors. “The new name reflects OCAD’s role as a leader in art and design education and research, sustainability and digital culture. This change will ensure OCAD’s strategic position within a highly competitive, global post-secondary education marketplace."

OCAD has operated as a fully accredited university offering undergraduate degrees since 2002, and graduate degrees since 2008. In 2006, the institution was granted membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, which represents 95 public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges across Canada. Today, OCAD has approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 650 faculty and staff, and a 12-building campus in downtown Toronto.

“This is important recognition of the work we have undertaken in research, graduate studies and ensuring high standards in our curriculum,” said Diamond. “It is a phenomenally important day for OCAD, one that not only respects the institution’s rich history and legacy of art and design education, but also acknowledges where the university is headed.”

Government of Ontario News Release

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
 

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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)