- University of Québec Montréal
University of Québec Montréal
The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) is a public university based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is a French-language university and is the largest constituent element of the Université du Québec (UQ), a public university system.
UQAM was founded on April 9, 1969 by the government of Quebec, through the merger of the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, a fine arts school; the Collège Sainte-Marie, a classical college; and a number of smaller schools. Although part of the UQ network, UQAM possesses a relative independence which allows it to print its own diplomas and choose its rector.
In 2015, UQAM had a student population of 43,314 in six faculties (Arts, Education, Communication, Political Science and Law, Science and Social science) and one school (Management). It offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees. It is one of Montreal’s two francophone universities, along with the Université de Montréal, and only 1% of its student population is of anglophone origin.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
- Faculté des arts (Faculty of Arts)
- Faculté des sciences de l’éducation (Faculty of Education)
- Faculté de communication (Faculty of Communication)
- Faculté de science politique et de droit (Faculty of Political Science and law)
- Faculté des sciences (Faculty of Sciences)
- École des sciences de la gestion (School of Management Sciences)
- Faculté des sciences humaines (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Schools and institutes
- École supérieure de mode de Montréal (Montreal Graduate School of Fashion Design)
- Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (Institute of Feminist Studies)
- Institut des sciences cognitives (Institute of Cognitive Sciences)
- Institut des sciences de l’environnement (Institute of Environmental Sciences)
- Institut d’études internationales de Montréal (Montreal Institute of International Studies)
- Institut Santé et société (Health and Society Institute)
- École supérieure de théâtre (Graduate School of Theatre)
- École des langues (Language School)
- École de travail social (School of Social Work)
- École des arts visuels et médiatiques (School of Visual Arts and Media)
- Institut du patrimoine (Heritage Institute)
- International Research Group on Animal Law
UQAM was created on April 9, 1969 by the Government of Quebec, following the merger of the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, the collège Sainte-Marie and three colleges.
In mid 1970, construction on UQAM’s campus began in the Saint-Jacques neighbourhood. The old St. Jacques Cathedral was condemned and the worshipers were moved to theChapel of Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes. The architect of the university, Dimitri Dimakopoulos, chose to respect the plans of John Ostell and Victor Bourgeau by deciding to graft the new construction around the wall of the nave of the church overlooking Saint Catherine Street and highlighting the bell tower and its gateway. These remains are classified as historic monuments by the Quebec government. The new campus of UQAM was inaugurated in September 1979.
In November 2006, UQAM underwent a major financial crisis. It was revealed that the former president, Roch Denis, was partially responsible for the financial mismanagement of the Science Complex and the Ilot Voyageur real estate projects. A recovery plan, required by the Ministry of Education, Sport and Leisure, is still in progress, raising significant challenges from groups of employees, students, lecturers and professors.
With the addition of the Télé-université in June 2005, UQAM, with a student population of close to 60,000, was the largest French-speaking university in the world. On 13 January 2012, it was announced that the TELUQ would again become a separate university from UQAM, but would remain in the Université du Québec system.
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