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The Université de Montréal is a public research university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The francophone institution comprises thirteen faculties, more than sixty departments and two affiliated schools: the École Polytechnique (School of Engineering) and HEC Montréal (School of Business). It offers more than 650 undergraduate programmes and graduate programmes, including 71 doctoral programmes. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2014-2015 ranks the Université de Montréal at 113th place globally. The Université de Montréal made it to the 83rd position worldwide according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University rankings for 2014-2015 (undergraduate category).

The university has Quebec’s largest sponsored research income and the third largest in Canada, allocating close to $524.1 million to research conducted in more than 150 research centres as of 2011. It is also part of the U15 universities. More than 55,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, making it the second-largest university in Canada in terms of student enrolment.

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Faculty of Arts and Science

  • Canadian Centre for German and European Studies
  • Centre for Spanish Resources
  • Centre for Classical Studies
  • Centre for East Asian Studies (CETASE)
  • Centre for Ethnic Studies of Montreal Universities
  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Communications
  • Department of Demography
  • Department of English Studies
  • Department of French-Language Literatures
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of History
  • Department of Art History and Film Studies
  • Department of Computer Science and Operational Research
  • Department of Linguistics and Translation
  • Department of Comparative Literature
  • Department of Literatures and Languages of the World
  • Department of Literature and Modern Languages
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Sociology
  • Information Technology Education Centre (DESI)
  • Language and Foreign Cultures Education Centre
  • Language Centre
  • Montreal Centre for International Studies (CÉRIUM)
  • School of Library and Information Science
  • School of Criminology
  • School of Psychoeducation
  • School of Industrial Relations
  • School of Social Work
  • Support Service for Interdisciplinary Education and Student Success (SAFIRE)

Faculty of Continuing Education

Faculty of Dentistry

  • Department of Reconstructive Dentistry
  • Dentistry Department of Oral Health
  • Department of Stomatology

Faculty of Education

  • Continuing Education
  • Centre for Teacher Training
  • Department of Didactics
  • Department of Administration and Educational Foundations
  • Department of Psychopedagogy and Andragogy

Faculty of Environmental Design

  • Institute of Urban Planning
  • School of Architecture
  • School of Landscape Architecture
  • School of Industrial Design
  • Interior Design Program

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Medicine

  • Department of Anesthesiology
  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Department of Health Administration
  • Department of Medicine
  • Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Department of Nutrition
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department of Ophtalmology
  • Department of Pathology and Cellular Biology
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Pharmacology
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Department of Radiology, Radio-Oncology and Nuclear Medicine
  • Department of Social and Preventive Medicine
  • Department of Surgery
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Rehabilitation
  • School of Speech Therapy and Audiology

Faculty of Music

Faculty of Nursing

Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

  • Department of Veterinary Biomedicine
  • Department of Clinical Sciences
  • Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Department of Kinesiology

School of Optometry

History


As an institution, the university was first founded when the Université Laval in Quebec City founded a new branch in Montréal in 1878, which became known as the Université de Laval à Montréal. This initially went against the wishes of Montréal’s prelate, who advocated an independent university in his city. Certain parts of the institution’s educational facilities, such as those of the Séminaire de Québec and the Faculty of Medicine, founded as the Montreal School of Medicine and Surgery, had already been established in Montréal in 1876 and 1843 respectively. The Vatican granted the university some administrative autonomy in 1889, thus allowing it to choose its own professors and license its own diplomas. However it was not until 8 May 1919 that a papal charter from Pope Benedict XV granted full autonomy to the university. It thus became an independent Catholic university and adopted Université de Montréal as its name. Laval composed by Wilfrid Beaudry was dedicated to the students at Laval University and the Université de Montréal. The music for piano was published in Québec by J. Beaudry, circa 1906.

At the time of its creation, less than a hundred students were admitted to the university’s three faculties, which at that time were located in Old Montreal. These were the faculty of theology (located at the Grand séminaire de Montréal), the faculty of law (hosted by the Society of Saint-Sulpice) and the faculty of medicine (at the Château Ramezay).

Graduate training based on German-inspired American models of specialized course work and completion of a research thesis was introduced and adopted. Most of Québec’ssecondary education establishments employed classic course methods of varying quality. This forced the university to open a preparatory school in 1887 to harmonize the education level of its students. Named the “Faculty of Arts”, this school would remain in use until 1972 and was the predecessor of Québec’s current CEGEP system.

Two distinct schools eventually became affiliated to the university. The first was the École Polytechnique, a school of engineering, which was founded in 1873 and became affiliated in 1887. The second was the École des Hautes Études Commerciales, or HEC, which was founded in 1907 and became part of the university in 1915. The first francophone school of architecture in Canada opened in 1907 at the École Polytechnique.

Between 1920 and 1925, seven new faculties were added to the initial three: Philosophy, Literature, Sciences, Veterinary medicine, Dental surgery, Pharmacy and Social sciences. Notably, the Faculty of Social sciences was founded in 1920 by Édouard Montpetit, the first laic to lead a faculty. He thereafter fulfilled the role of secretary-general until 1950.

In 1965, the appointment of the university’s first secular rector, Roger Gaudry, paved the way for modernization. The university established the first adult education degree program offered by a French Canadian university in 1968. That year were inaugurated Lionel-Groulx and3200 Jean-Brillant buildings, the former being named after Quebec nationalist Lionel Groulx. The following year, the Louis Collin parking garage -which won a Governor General’s medal in architecture in 1970 – was erected.

An important event that marked the university’s history was the École Polytechnique massacre. On 6 December 1989, a gunman armed with a rifle entered the École Polytechnique building, killing 14 people, all of whom were women, before taking his own life.

Since 2002, the university has embarked on its largest construction projects since the late 1960s, with five new modern buildings planned for advanced research in pharmacology, engineering, aerospace, cancer studies and biotechnology.


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