Université du Québec à Montréal

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Université du Québec à Montréal
Université du Québec à Montréal Logo.svg
MottoPrenez Position
(French: Take a Stand)
ChancellorRéal Raymond
RectorMagda Fusaro[1]
Academic staff
1,049 professors[2]
Location, ,
Sport teamsUQAM Citadins
ColoursWhite and blue          

The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) 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 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 French-language universities, along with the Université de Montréal, and only 1% of its student population is of English-speaking origin.[citation needed]


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 the Chapel 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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]


Judith-Jasmin pavillon

UQAM's campus was designed by Dimitri Dimakopoulos and is located in downtown Montreal, with most of its buildings in the Quartier Latin neighbourhood near the Berri-UQAM Metro station and the newer Complexe des sciences Pierre-Dansereau near Place des Arts. The University is also involved in the troubled Îlot Voyageur project, a 13-storey student residence and intercity bus terminal, but has had to scale back its involvement due to financial problems.[6] In September 2013, the university announced that it had acquired the National Film Board of Canada's former CineRobotheque facility for its communications faculty.[7]

The University provides training on its campus in Montreal and its four regional centers: UQAM Lanaudière, UQAM Laval, UQAM Montérégie and UQAM Ouest-de-l'île.

A three part virtual exhibition was made to showcase the university's history.[8]



UQAM Président-Kennedy building, Montreal.
  • 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[edit]

Interior of the Judith Jasmin building
  • 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

The University is represented in Canadian Interuniversity Sport by the UQAM Citadins.

Distance and online learning[edit]

UQAM is part of the Université du Québec network, which has a distance learning component called Télé-université (Teluq). It offers courses and degrees in computer science, education, communication, environmental science, and management. University of Québec has improved geographical accessibility through multiple campuses spread throughout the province and by offering distance education by Télé-Université.[9]

Notable people[edit]


University rankings
Global rankings
ARWU World[10]601–700
U.S News & World Report Global[11]533
Canadian rankings
ARWU National[10]21
U.S News & World Report National[11]20
Maclean's Comprehensive[12]12
Maclean's Reputation[13]27
  • Charles-Rousseau competition in international law. Third victory in a row (2007)[14]
  • NMUN Outstanding Delegation Award: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010; Distinguished Delegation Award 2015 [15][16]
  • International NATO Simulation 2014: Distinguished Delegate Award NPG, Distinguished Delegate Award DG, Superior Delegation Award [17]
  • International NATO Simulation 2015: Committee Leadership Award [18]
  • School of business is ranked 6th in Canada by EFMD-EQUIS[19]


A commissioned report by PricewaterhouseCoopers has called for cost-cutting measures at UQAM to help the university out of a financial crisis, brought on by $100 million in construction cost overruns for its sciences centre and costs for Îlot Voyageur, which soared from $226 million to more than $400 million when the Quebec government pulled out of the project, citing unauthorized design changes. The Quebec government has said that unless UQÀM cuts costs, the university's total project-related debt could be $500 million by 2012.[6] The Îlot Voyageur has been bought back by the government of Quebec in November 2010, thus solving a painful financial problem for UQAM.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rectorat" (in French). Université du Québec à Montréal. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "L'UQAM en chiffres". A propos de l"UQAM (in French). 2016-06-15. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  3. ^ "LaPresse.ca - Actualités et Infos au Québec et dans le monde". La Presse. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ Rencontre avec le recteur Roch Denis : Vers la plus grande université bimodale de la francophonie - Le Devoir, November 26 -27, 2005. Retrieved, October 2006.
  5. ^ "Divorce entre la TELUQ et l'UQAM". Le Devoir. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b Hustak, Alan (2008-03-06). "UQàM report lays out plan for downsizing". Montreal Gazette. Canwest. Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  7. ^ Lévesque, François (9 September 2013). "L'UQAM établit ses quartiers à la CinéRobothèque". Le Devoir (in French). Montreal. Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  8. ^ "Se laisser raconter l'UQAM - 1960 à 2008". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-03-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ "The Canadian Encyclopedia". Thecanadianencyclopedia.ca. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Best Global Universities in Canada". U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report, L.P. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  12. ^ "University Rankings 2019: Canada's top Comprehensive schools". Maclean's. Rogers Media. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Canada's Top School by Reputation 2019". Maclean's. Rogers Media. 11 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  14. ^ RFDI (2007-09-18). "Palmarès". Le réseau francophone de droit international. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  15. ^ "Simulations internationales de la Faculté de science politique et droit de l'UQAM". Simulations science politique et droit. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ "Des Uqamiens se démarquent au concours de simulation de l'OTAN - UQAM". Actualités UQAM. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-16. Retrieved 2017-07-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  19. ^ UQÀM (2008-02-28). "Accréditation EQUIS : l'ESG UQAM se classe au Top 100 mondial et au Top 6 canadien des meilleures écoles de gestion". L'UQÀM au quotidien. UQÀM. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  20. ^ Canoe.ca (2010-11-17). "Montréal — L'UQAM se libère de l'Îlot Voyageur". Fr.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-02.

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.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 45°30′50″N 73°33′37″W / 45.51389°N 73.56028°W / 45.51389; -73.56028