Founded in 1857, the University of Windsor was Ontario's first independent degree-granting university. Today, the University is looking at ways to create and extend partnerships with the private sector for research and funding purposes such as the establishment of the $770 million University of Windsor/Daimler Chrysler of Canada Limited Automotive Research and Development Centre; which is the only facility of its kind in North America. After record growth in enrollment in 2003, the University of Windsor undertook a $50 million expansion project erecting new on-campus residences along with the Anthony P. Toldo Health Education Centre, the Jackman Dramatic Art Centre, and the upgrading of research facilities.
The University of Windsor offers undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Human Kinetics, Inter-Faculty Programs, Law, Nursing, and Science and the Odette School of Business. The University also offers 7 certificates of 1-year or less in duration in Arts Management, Business Administration, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Labour Studies, Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner, Public Administration, and Women's Studies, and a 2-year diploma in Church Music for those interested in directing and/or leading a church’s music program. Additionally, the University has 9 co-op programs, administered by the Office of Co-operative Education and Career Services; which afford students the opportunity to mix classroom education with real world, practical experiences in an institution relevant to their respective fields of study. International co-op options are available. The University also has distance education/off-campus courses and programs. Currently, through this option, students may earn a Bachelor of Arts in General Liberal and Professional Studies, a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Commerce for University Graduates, a Bachelor of Business Studies in the General Accounting Track, and a Bachelor of Science in General Science, and certificates in Arts Management, Business Administration, and Labour Studies. Additionally, the University has a unique set of courses and programs for managerial and professional employees designed to enhance and/or upgrade their respective skills and education and which are delivered through what is known as “Executive Education.” Among the latter’s more notable offerings is the “Master's of Business Administration for Managers and Professionals” (MBA-MP) whose aim it is to allow individuals to fulfill their academic needs without hindering their current career situation. A new international option is currently being proposed through Executive Education, pending final approval by the University, which will see individuals being able to earn a Master's of Nursing, Master of Management in both International Accounting and Finance, or the Master of Manufacturing Management, in a another country.