Université de Moncton

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Université de Moncton
MottoSurge illuminare[1]
Motto in English
Arise, Shine
Established1963 (Merger of Collège Saint-Joseph, Collège du Sacré-Cœur and Collège Saint-Louis)
ChancellorLouise Imbeault[2]
Vice-ChancellorDenis Prud'homme[3]
RectorDenis Prud'homme[3]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
ColoursBlue and Gold    
NicknameBlue Eagles (French: Aigles Bleus (men), Aigles Bleues (women))
SportsAtlantic University Sport
MascotSuper Blue (French: Super Bleu)
1 From the Rapport Annuel 2005–2006

The Université de Moncton (abbr. U de M, transl. University of Moncton) is a French-language university located in Edmundston, Moncton and Shippagan, New Brunswick, Canada serving the Acadian community of Atlantic Canada. It is the only francophone university in New Brunswick and is one of only two such universities in the Maritimes, the other being the Université Sainte-Anne in Pointe-de-l'Église, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is also the largest French-language university in Canada outside Quebec.[5]


Founded on 19 June 1963, the modern Université de Moncton is the result of the merger of three colleges: Collège Saint-Joseph (Memramcook, 1864), Collège du Sacré-Cœur (Caraquet, 1899 then Bathurst, 1915), and Collège Saint-Louis (Edmundston, 1946).[6] In 1989, the Université of Moncton founded undergraduate degrees in adult education. Alan Beddoe designed the university coats of arms.[7]

The National Film Board of Canada documentary Acadia Acadia ?!? (1971), co-directed by Michel Brault and Pierre Perrault, documents how student protests at the university in 1968–69 sparked an awakening of Acadian nationalism.[8]

In 2013, the Université de Moncton became involved in the scandal surrounding the falsified academic credentials of Louis LaPierre, a former professor of ecology and then professor emeritus at Université de Moncton.[9] The director of the International centre for Academic Integrity at Clemson University in South Carolina, said the Université de Moncton had to explain what happened when it accepted LaPierre's credentials.[10]


The university is divided into three campuses


The Moncton Campus features the following buildings:


The university is a member of L'Association des collèges et des universités de la francophonie canadienne, formerly L'Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne (en: Association of Colleges and Universities of the Canadian Francophonie, formerly Association of Universities of the Canadian Francophonie), a network of academic institutions of the Canadian Francophonie.


Université de Moncton Shippagan campus
Université de Moncton – Moncton campus
Université de Moncton – Moncton campus

The main campus at Moncton is home to eight university-wide faculties:

  • Administration
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering (includes Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering)[13]
  • Graduate Studies
  • Health Sciences and Community Services
  • Sciences
  • Law[4]

Faculty of Law[edit]

The University of Moncton's Faculty of Law is one of only two French-language common law schools in the world. (The University of Ottawa also offers a common law education in French.) The school was founded in 1978 in order to respond to the needs of francophone communities outside Quebec. As Quebec practices civil law, there was a need to instruct francophone lawyers in common law to practice in other parts of Canada. The University of Ottawa law school teaches both common and civil law, as does McGill; thus the University of Moncton's Faculty of Law is the only exclusively French, exclusively common law school in Canada.[14]

U de M offers both the JD and the graduate LLM. The school also offers joint degrees: the JD-MBA (Masters of Business) and JD-MEE (Masters of Environmental Studies). As well, students who already possess a civil law degree (an LL.L or a BCL) from a Canadian school can enroll at U de M for two semesters to complete an LLB.[15]

Medical Training Centre[edit]

The University of Moncton's Medical Training Centre is the first francophone school of medicine in Atlantic Canada. It is a joint medical programme, offered by the Université de Sherbrooke which administers it. It is not technically a faculty of the University of Moncton.

Faculty of Health Sciences and Community Services[edit]

The School of Food Science, Nutrition and Family Studies within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Community Services has an accredited dietetic program. The program is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice, the accrediting body in Canada, and the program's graduates may subsequently become registered dietitians.

Faculty of Sciences[edit]

The faculty of Sciences is located in the Rémi-Rossignol building and covers all cores science subjects, such as: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, as well as Computer Science.

Edmundston Campus[edit]

Programmes at the Edmundston Campus are grouped in the following sectors: business administration, arts and letters, education and kinesiology, nursing, forestry, and social sciences. Administratively, all sectors except foresty are under the campus dean of studies. Foresty is its own school, the only faculty level unit not to report to Moncton.

Shippagan Campus[edit]

Programmes at the Shippigan Campus are grouped under the following sectors: business administration, arts and social sciences; nursing; and, science. All programmes fall under the campus dean of studies.


There are six libraries and resource centres across the three campuses: Bibliothèque Champlain (Moncton), Bibliothèque Michel-Bastarache (Moncton), Centre d'études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson [fr] (Moncton), Centre de ressources pédagogiques (Moncton), Bibliothèque Rhéa-Larose (Edmundston) and Bibliothèque Shippagan.[16] All records from these libraries are gathered into one catalogue: Catalogue Éloïze.[17]

Two of these libraries, Michel-Bastarache and Centre de ressources pédagogiques, are special libraries, catering to the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Education, respectively. The Centre d'études acadiennes, found on the lower level of Bibliothèque Champlain, is a world-renowned and primary resource and archive centre for Acadian studies.[18]


The university is represented in U Sports (Atlantic University Sport conference) by the Moncton Aigles Bleu. The Aigles Bleus have a male and female ice hockey team, a male and female soccer team, a male and female athletics team, a male and female cross country running team and a female volleyball team.[19]

Noted faculty and alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Le nouveau magazine web de L'alUMni est en ligne". Université de Moncton - Nouvelles (in French). 13 June 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2021. Ce nouveau projet reflète la devise de notre université : Surge, illuminare / Lève-toi, rayonne
  2. ^ Cochrane, Alan (12 June 2018). "Louise Imbeault named Chancellor of UdeM" (PDF). Moncton Times & Transcript. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Université de Moncton. Rectorat. Biographie du recteur et vice-chancelier
  4. ^ a b c "Université de Moncton". Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  5. ^ About U de M
  6. ^ Clément Cormier. "Université de Moncton". Canadian Encyclopedia.
  7. ^ Alan Beddoe collection at Library and Archives Canada[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ National Film Board of Canada. "Acadia Acadia?!?". NFB.ca. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  9. ^ Moncton university says LaPierre won't harm reputation, cbc.ca, Sep 23, 2013
  10. ^ Teresa Fishman, the director of the International centre for Academic Integrity at Clemson University in South Carolina, said the University of Moncton must explain what happened when it accepted LaPierre's credentials. "It appears someone dropped the ball in checking his credentials," she said.: Alward government downplays impact of LaPierre resignation, cbc.ca, Sep 19, 2013
  11. ^ Léopold-Taillon Building Registry of Historic Places of Canada
  12. ^ "umcm-ceps". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  13. ^ Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation – University List Archived 24 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Université de Moncton, Campus de Moncton – Faculté de droit". Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Université de Moncton". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 April 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ "Équipes – umcm sports". Retrieved 28 August 2015.

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Coordinates: 46°06′18″N 64°46′55″W / 46.105°N 64.7819°W / 46.105; -64.7819