Building on the suc­cess of its regional campus net­work in selected U.S. cities, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will launch its first inter­na­tional campus in 2016. North­eastern, the global leader in expe­ri­en­tial learning, will open a loca­tion in Toronto, Ontario, where it will offer pro­fes­sional grad­uate pro­grams that are industry-​​aligned and tai­lored to meet the spe­cific needs of learners and employers in the region.

North­eastern is the first com­pre­hen­sive research uni­ver­sity to be granted approval by the Ontario gov­ern­ment to offer mul­tiple degree pro­grams in Ontario without a local edu­ca­tional partner.

The campus in Toronto will expand Northeastern’s growing global foot­print, which includes its flag­ship campus in Boston; regional cam­puses in Char­lotte, North Car­olina, Seattle, and Sil­icon Valley; and more than 3,000 industry part­ners worldwide.

Because of co-​​op, a North­eastern edu­ca­tion has never been lim­ited to the campus. This ini­tia­tive is a more inten­tional approach to taking our edu­ca­tional model around the world.
— North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun

No uni­ver­sity can be con­fined to a single campus,” said North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun. “Because of co-​​op, a North­eastern edu­ca­tion has never been lim­ited to the campus. This ini­tia­tive is a more inten­tional approach to taking our edu­ca­tional model around the world. Toronto’s cul­ture of inno­va­tion and increased demand for a highly skilled work­force make it an excel­lent regional partner for North­eastern. We are excited to build a bright future together.”

The ini­tial pro­gram port­folio in Ontario, begin­ning in 2016, will focus on fields in high demand from employers in the region, including master’s degree pro­grams in project man­age­ment; infor­ma­tion assur­ance; and reg­u­la­tory affairs for drugs, bio­logics, and med­ical devices. The pro­grams will be offered through online and hybrid delivery, pro­viding learners—particularly working professionals—with flex­i­bility and acces­si­bility to grad­uate pro­grams without having to leave the workforce.

Northeastern University to open regional campus in Toronto

The Toronto region boasts a pop­u­la­tion of more than 6 mil­lion people; a strong, diver­si­fied con­cen­tra­tion of major cor­po­ra­tions; and a robust knowl­edge economy with a rising demand for graduate-​​​​educated pro­fes­sionals. Photo from iStock

This is great news for the city of Toronto,” added John Tory, mayor of Toronto. “Toronto is already known for having a diverse, knowl­edge­able, and inno­v­a­tive work­force, and by joining a net­work of cities like Boston, Char­lotte, Seattle, and Sil­icon Valley with our very own North­eastern Uni­ver­sity campus, we will enhance that reputation.”

The Toronto region boasts a pop­u­la­tion of more than 6 mil­lion people, along with a strong, diver­si­fied con­cen­tra­tion of major cor­po­ra­tions. The area fea­tures a robust knowl­edge economy with a rising demand for graduate-​​educated pro­fes­sionals, which will be the focus of Northeastern’s edu­ca­tional offerings.

Efforts are well advanced to iden­tify the loca­tion of the down­town Toronto campus and a sys­tem­atic search of the market has yielded wide interest and a strong list of can­di­dates for the Toronto campus founding dean and chief exec­u­tive officer.

We are pio­neering new ways to incor­po­rate expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion into our degree pro­grams, not only through our co-​​op model, but also through real-​​world, project-​​based work with our industry part­ners.
— Philomena Man­tella, senior vice pres­i­dent and CEO of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Global Network

The university’s Toronto cur­riculum will pro­vide learners with expe­ri­en­tial oppor­tu­ni­ties that leverage the edu­ca­tional power of their work­place experiences.

We are pio­neering new ways to incor­po­rate expe­ri­en­tial edu­ca­tion into our degree pro­grams, not only through our co-​​op model, but also through real-​​world, project-​​based work with our industry part­ners,” said Philomena Man­tella, senior vice pres­i­dent and CEO of the North­eastern Uni­ver­sity Global Net­work. “As a global, expe­ri­en­tial, urban research uni­ver­sity, North­eastern is uniquely posi­tioned to sus­tain and grow an edu­ca­tional pres­ence in Toronto and to meet the needs expressed by employers and learners in the region.”

Northeastern’s expanding regional-​​campus net­work pro­vides graduate-​​level edu­ca­tion for learners in regions across North America. The port­folio of degrees offered at the university’s Char­lotte campus has increased three-​​fold since the 2011 launch, and enroll­ment at both the Char­lotte and Seattle loca­tions con­tinues to climb—including increases of 44 per­cent and 8 per­cent in Seattle and Char­lotte, respec­tively, over the past year. The university’s pres­ence in those regions has also pro­duced a spike in the number of under­grad­uate appli­ca­tions to the Boston campus, with increases of 57 per­cent from the north­west and 46 per­cent from the south­east regions.

The university’s selec­tion of Toronto as the loca­tion of its first inter­na­tional campus resulted from a three-​​year process of research and exten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with industry part­ners, as well as com­pre­hen­sive pro­gram and orga­ni­za­tional reviews com­pleted by Ontario’s Post­sec­ondary Edu­ca­tion Quality Assess­ment Board.