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Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology is one of the largest colleges in Ontario, Canada. Its campuses are located in London, Simcoe, St. Thomas and Woodstock, with additional locations in Southwestern Ontario. Offering more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate, graduate certificate and apprenticeship programs, Fanshawe has approximately 43,000 full-time, part-time and online students each year. The College attracts students from approximately 65 countries and has more than 174,000 alumni living and working around the world.

Research at Fanshawe - The Centre for Research and Innovation (CRI) is Fanshawe College’s Research Office and Industry Innovation Centre (IIC). The Centre works with industry and community partners, and with Fanshawe researchers, to develop innovative research projects and programs, and serves as the College’s liaison to external funders.


The London campus was founded in 1962 as the Ontario Vocational Centre (OVC). The first classes were held September 28, 1964, and initially there were 300 students enrolled. In 1967 it became Fanshawe College, one of a province-wide system of colleges of applied arts and technology. Regional campuses were subsequently established in Woodstock, St. Thomas, and Simcoe. The origin of the word Fanshawe is old English and is a combination of two words: fane (meaning temple or building) and shaw or shawe (meaning woods). Hence “temple in the woods." The College's current logo was adopted in 2014.

The original three buildings were the Main Building, the Automotive Building, and the Applied Arts Centre, which subsequently became buildings "B", "C", and "A", respectively. The "D" block was completed as an extension of the "B" building in the early 1970s, followed by "E" in 1975, "F" (with a bookstore) in 1980, and "G" in 1984. Fanshawe's library was temporarily located on the first floor of "B" building, soon moved to room A2015. In 1982, a new library was built on the north side of campus adjacent to "F" building, which is still used to this day. Numerous expansion to college facilities have taken place at the London campus since the 1990s.