|Motto||Deo favente haud pluribus impar|
|Motto in English||By the grace of God, to no one equal|
|Location||Québec City, QC, Canada|
|Colours||Red and Gold|
|Affiliations||AUCC, CARL, IAU, AUFC, UArctic, ACU, CIS, QSSF, CBIE, U15|
Laval University (French: Université Laval) is the oldest centre of education in Canada (4th oldest in North America), and was the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French. Its main campus is located on the outskirts of the historic city in Quebec City, the capital of the Province of Quebec. The university is ranked among the top ten Canadian universities in terms of research funding.
Bishop Bourget of Montreal suggested interesting the Séminaire de Québec in the establishment of Université Laval. The Principal, M. Louis Casault, visited Europe to obtain a Royal charter, and studied the best university systems.
The Séminaire de Québec was granted a Royal Charter on December 8, 1852, by Queen Victoria, at the insistence of Lord Elgin, then governor-general, creating Université Laval with 'the rights and privileges of a university'. The charter was signed in 1852. Pope Benedict XV approved the scheme, and authorized the erection of chairs of theology and the conferring of degrees.
In 1878, the university opened a second campus in Montreal, which later became the Université de Montréal on May 8, 1919, by a writ of Pope Benedict XV. In 1971, a second charter vesting supreme authority in the Université Laval council was proclaimed.
Laval composed by Wilfrid Beaudry was dedicated to the students at Laval University and the University of Montreal. The music for piano was published in Québec by J. Beaudry, circa 1906.
While the main campus moved out from the Séminaire de Québec since then, the school of architecture returned to this heritage building (now affectionately referred to as Le Vieux Séminaire) in 1989.
The governance structure at Laval incorporates the powers of board and senate. The governance was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906 which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to provide a link between the 2 bodies and to perform institutional leadership. In 1911, the Medical Faculty of Université Laval set up courses on public hygiene.
In the early part of the 20th century, professional education expanded beyond the traditional fields of theology, law and medicine. Graduate training based on the German-inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced.
The policy of university education initiated in the 1960s responded to population pressure and the belief that higher education was a key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and for society.
The establishment of Laval University by Royal Charter in 1852 was designated a National Historic Event in 1972 and plaqued in 1975.
Buildings and features
Joseph Simeon Bergeron (architect) designed several buildings at Laval University including: School of Chemistry, (1923); Ste. Famille Street, major addition, 1931; Mining School (1938) and cafeteria building (1945)
Université Laval's main campus covers 1.2 km2 and has over 30 buildings, all linked by 10 km of underground walkways, which are frequently used, particularly in the winter, when temperatures drop below the freezing point. Of the campus lands, 56 per cent are wooded areas, grasslands, and sports fields. The campus is home to the Roger-Van den Hende botanical garden and a plethora of different flora and fauna, including some 67 species of deciduous and coniferous trees and 60 different species of birds.
Laval University also hosts the "Archives Gouvernementales du Québec".
As of 2002, Université Laval offers over 350 programmes to more than 38,000 students, 83 per cent of whom are studying at the postgraduate level. The university also attracts more than 2,500 foreign students annually, and has close to 1,000 students drawn from Canadian provinces outside of Quebec. Many students also come to the university for the Français pour non-francophones programme that offers instruction in French as a second language to students from Canada and around the world. It is also the only university in Quebec which trains forestry engineers. From the mid-80s, Université Laval also offers distance learning. As of now over 30 programmes and over 400 courses are offered by distance learning, of which 80% are accessible from the internet.
Faculties and schools
- Administrative Sciences
- Agriculture and Food sciences*
- Architecture, Urban planning and Visual arts
- Faculté de droit (Faculty of Law)
- Faculté des lettres (humanities)
- Forestry, Geography and Geomatics**
- Institut Québécois des Hautes Études Internationales (HEI)
- Postgraduate Studies
- Science and Engineering
- Social Sciences
- Theology and Religious Studies
* The Département des Sciences des Aliments et de Nutrition has an accredited dietetic program. The university is accredited by a professional organization such as the Dietitians of Canada and the university's graduates may subsequently become registered dietitians. See also: List of universities with accredited dietetic programs
** The Faculty is part of the AUFSC and has accredited baccalaureate of science programs with specializations in forestry & environmental management; forestry operations (co-op) and forestry engineering.
|ARWU Life Sciences||101–150|
|ARWU Clinical Medicine||101–150|
Les Presses de l'Université Laval, which was founded in 1950, deals with Canadian civilization, literature, medieval studies, law, social sciences, physical sciences and engineering.
Coopérative de l'Université Laval
The Coopérative de l'Université Laval is a cooperative engaged in the sale of products to customers throughout the university, such as books, lecture notes and computers.
Athletics take place at the vast PEPS complex. Laval's varsity sports team are named the Rouge-et-Or (Red & Gold). The men's football Laval Rouge-et-Or were the 2013 Canadian champions and won seven Vanier Cups in ten years from 2003 to 2013.
Numerous public figures, including Prime Ministers of Canada, Premiers of Quebec, Supreme Court Justices, federal Cabinet Ministers, Senators, and Lieutenant-Governors as well as national and international athletes. Some of the more prominent today are:
- Prime Ministers of Canada Louis St. Laurent, Brian Mulroney and Jean Chrétien
- Premiers of Quebec Lucien Bouchard, Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, Edmund James Flynn, Jean Lesage, René Lévesque, Pauline Marois, Simon-Napoléon Parent and Louis-Alexandre Taschereau
- Supreme Court Justices Louis LeBel, Claire L'Heureux-Dubé, Charles Fitzpatrick, Arthur Cyrille Albert Malouin, Lawrence Arthur Dumoulin Cannon, Louis-Philippe Pigeon, Julien Chouinard, Robert Taschereau, Henri-Elzéar Taschereau, Thibaudeau Rinfret
- Mahamat Ali Adoum, permanent representative of Chad to the United Nations; former Minister of foreign affairs (1992–93)
- Jacques-Édouard Alexis, prime minister of Haiti from 1999–2001 and 2006–2008
- Marcel Aubut, president of the Canadian Olympic Committee
- Louis-Nazaire Bégin, a Canadian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church
- Édith Butler, Acadian singer
- Conrad Black, former media magnate
- Gérard Bouchard, Academic and public intellectual
- Charles Sandwith Campbell, benefactor of Montreal; Governor of McGill University
- Lawrence Cannon, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2008 to 2011
- Carme Chacón, Spanish Minister of Defence from 2008 to 2011
- Thomas Chapais, lawyer and federal politician
- Raoul Dandurand, lawyer, federal politician, diplomat, president of the League of Nations Assembly for 1925
- Charles De Koninck, philosopher and theologian
- Stéphane Dion, former minister of the environment and former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
- Yves Dufresne, Vice President, Air Canada
- Gilbert Finn, 26th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick
- Eugène Fiset, former Surgeon General of Canada, 18th Lieutanant Governor of Quebec
- Michael Fortier, senator
- Wilfrid Gariépy, Alberta cabinet minister
- Louis Garneau, Olympic cyclist and businessman
- Paule Gauthier, Lawyer, arbitrator, corporate director, former chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee 1996–2004
- Léon Gérin, lawyer and president of the Royal Society of Canada
- Gustave Guillaume, linguist, philologist and Volney Prize laureate
- Habiba Zehi Ben Romdhane, Tunisian Minister of health
- Pierre Harvey, Olympic cyclist and cross-country skier
- Louis de Lotbiniere-Harwood, Dean of Medicine at Université de Montréal; President of the Hôpital Notre-Dame
- Samuel William Jacobs, lawyer, Member of Parliament and a leader of the Canadian Jewish community
- Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
- Matthew Kalkman, author of New Liberalism (book)
- Larkin Kerwin, physicist, first president of the Canadian Space Agency, 1989–1992
- Fernand Labrie, physician and medical researcher
- Gérald Lacroix, ISPX, cardinal, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec and Primate of Canada
- Marc Laliberté, CEO, Via Rail Canada
- Jean Leclerc, chairman, Leclerc biscuits and former provincial politician
- Marc Lortie, diplomat
- Pearlette Louisy, Governess-General of Saint Lucia
- Frederick Edmund Meredith, lawyer and businessman, 8th chancellor of Bishop's University
- Ed Millaire, professional hockey player Montreal Canadiens
- Gaston Miron, poet and author
- Michael Meighen, senator
- Ben Mulroney, television host and son of former prime minister Brian Mulroney
- Marc Ouellet, cardinal, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America
- Aimé Pelletier, surgeon and like Bertrand Vac, influential Quebec novelist, particularly in the 1950s.
- Laurent Picard, academic, former president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- Louis J. Robichaud, 24th premier of New Brunswick
- Adolphe-Basile Routhier, judge and writer
- David Saint-Jacques, astrophysicist and astronaut for the Canadian Space Agency
- David Servan-Schreiber, physician and author
- Raymond C. Setlakwe, senator
- Charles Sirois, businessman and venture capitalist
- Réjean Thomas, physician, Médecins Sans Frontières
- Arthur Tremblay, senator
- Rodrigue Tremblay, economist
- Gérard Veilleux, former senior civil servant, president of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (1989–1993)
- Gilles Vigneault, artist
- Webster, rapper
- Niklaus Wirth, computer scientist, Turing Award winner
- Jean-Charles Gille, engineer, psychiatrist and professor of medicine.
- Marius Barbeau 1910
- Julien Chouinard 1951
- Roger Gaudry 1937
- Gregory Kates 1966
- Edgar Rochette 1914
- Jean-François Garneau 1982
- List of rectors of Université Laval
- List of colleges and universities named after people
- List of universities in Quebec
- List of universities in Canada
- Group of Thirteen (Canadian universities)
- List of oldest universities by region
- Quebec City
- Canadian university scientific research organizations
- Higher education in Quebec
- CHYZ campus radio station
- Université Laval. "Université Laval at a Glance". (accessed 17 April 2007)
- The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History, by Various 2010
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- http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/tlctd10.txt The Project Gutenberg EBook #6466 of 'The Intellectual Development of the Canadian People, A historical review' by John George Bourinot, House of Commons, Ottawa, February 17th, 1881
- Laval http://amicus.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ourl/c.php?id=16182129&l=eng&s=amicus
- Behiels, Michael, "Le père Georges-Henri Lévesque et l'établissement des sciences sociales à Laval: 1938–1955", Revue de l'Université d'Ottawa 52, no. 3 (juil.-sept. 1982). Appears in English translation in "Youth, University, and Canadian Society", edited by Paul Axelrod and John G. Reid. Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen's University of Press, 1989.
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- Joseph Simeon Bergeron (architect)
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- Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval
- Université Laval Foundation
- Faculty of Forestry and Geomatics Website
- "Laval University of Quebec". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.