Université du Québec à Rimouski

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Coordinates: 48°27′10.46″N 68°30′46.02″W / 48.4529056°N 68.5127833°W / 48.4529056; -68.5127833

University of Quebec at Rimouski (Université du Québec à Rimouski)
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Established 1969
Type Public
Rector Michel Ringuet
Academic staff 180 professors on campus + 300 lecturers, 50 distance learning professors[1]
Admin. staff 400
Students ~5400
Undergraduates ~4500
Postgraduates ~750
Doctoral students ~110
Location Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
Campus Urban(Lévis and Rimouski) and Distance learning
Colours Red      and ultramarineblue     
Affiliations UACC
Website http://www.uqar.ca/english
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The Université du Québec à Rimouski (commonly referred to as UQAR) is a public university located in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1969 as a satellite campus of the Université du Québec, UQAR provides access to higher education for the people of Bas-Saint-Laurent and the Gaspé Peninsula. It is the furthest north of any university in Québec. While it offers a wide variety of academic programs, UQAR is particularly well known for its multidisciplinary research in marine science, regional development, and nordicity. Approximately 6,500 students attend UQAR.[2] While most UQAR students are from eastern Québec, the university boasts a burgeoning international population, mostly drawn from the countries of the Francophonie.[3] Over 40,000 students have graduated from UQAR since it opened in 1969[4]

Founded on the site of an Ursuline monastery, UQAR has maintained and expanded upon the Ursuline commitment to teaching and learning. The university opened a second campus in Lévis, in Québec's capital region in 1980 and operates extension centres in Gaspé and Rivière-du-Loup.[2] The university's athletics teams are known as the Nordet,[5] a French word used to refer to a northeasterly wind (and a reference to UQAR's location in Québec).[6]


UQAR's Rimouski campus

Founded by Angela Merici in Italy in 1535, the Ursulines were the first Catholic order of nuns to arrive in the New World. Taking as their mission the education of girls, the Ursulines established schools and colleges throughout North America. The first Ursuline monastery opened in Rimouski in 1906, perched on a hill overlooking the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.[7] The building housing the monastery burned down in 1937 but was rebuilt the following year.

Religious and community leaders first proposed establishing a university in Rimouski in the 1930s. By the 1950s, the Seminaire de Rimouski had begun offering postsecondary level courses in partnership with Université Laval.[8] The onset of the Quiet Revolution in Québec reinvigorated efforts to expand postsecondary access in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region. The Parent Commission report established that education was a right, not a luxury, and Québec's citizens were entitled to enhanced educational opportunities at all levels.[9] Implementing the report's recommendations necessitated secularizing the province's educational system, which had largely been run by religious organizations.[9] An act creating the Université du Québec was passed by the provincial legislative assembly in 1968. One year later, the Université du Québec à Rimouski opened on the grounds of the old Ursuline monastery.

UQAR Today[edit]

Bird's eye view of UQAR's Rimouski campus

Today, UQAR is a mid-sized university of approximately 6,500 students. While it draws students primarily from Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie, its research strengths in marine science, regional development, and nordicity attract students from across Québec and the Francophonie. Institutional research has shown that most UQAR students opt to stay in the region after graduation, thus contributing to efforts to promote economic development in eastern Québec.[4] Additionally, UQAR has concluded agreements with postsecondary institutions and research centres in over 20 countries.[10] These agreements provide opportunities for scholarly exchanges, joint research activities, and other academic programs deemed to be of mutual interest to both partner institutions.

The new campus of Levis

UQAR also has longstanding partnerships with nearby research centres, like the university-affiliated Institut des Sciences de la Mer (ISMER). In a study published by the independent firm Re$earch Infosource, UQAM has experienced the fastest growth in research funding and activity of any Québec university. Over a ten year period from 1999 to 2009, UQAR's research funding increased from $3.8 million to $17.4 million, placing the university as one of the most active centres for research in the country.[4]

UQAR opened its own satellite campus in 1980 in Lévis, on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River opposite Quebec City. UQAR-Lévis offers programs in management science, science education, science, health, ethics and social work, including several graduate level programs of study. The campus student population at UQAR-Lévis has grown rapidly and is now home to nearly half of the university's total enrollment.[4]

Programs of Study[edit]

UQAR offers a wide variety of academic programs across the disciplines at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

They include :


UQAR's main areas of research

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Ferretti, Lucia. L'Université en réseau: les 25 ans de l'Université du Québec. Sainte-Foy: Presses de l'Université du Québec, 1994.


  1. ^ See Téluq
  2. ^ a b The University - The university - UQAR
  3. ^ Student Life With A World View - The university - UQAR
  4. ^ a b c d Rimouski: plus de 40 000 diplômés de l'UQAR | Carl Thériault, collaboration spéciale | Éducation
  5. ^ Équipes compétitives - Rimouski - Service des activités physiques et sportives (SAPS) - UQAR
  6. ^ Dernières nouvelles - UQAR-INFO - UQAR
  7. ^ Ursulines - Quebec History
  8. ^ Index, Histoire du Séminaire de Rimouski, des origines (1863) à l'ouverture du Cégep (1968)
  9. ^ a b Education in Québec, before and after the Parent reform | Thematic Tours | Musée McCord Museum
  10. ^ Ententes de coopération internationale - Ententes de coopération internationale - UQAR
  11. ^ Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation - University List

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