The Université de Montréal (English translation: University of Montreal) (UdeM) is a public research university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The francophone institution comprises thirteen faculties, more than sixty departments and two affiliated schools: the École Polytechnique (School of Engineering) and HEC Montréal (School of Business). It offers more than 650 undergraduate programmes and graduate programmes, including 71 doctoral programmes. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2012-2013 ranks the Université de Montréal at 84th place globally .
The university has Quebec‘s largest sponsored research income and the third largest in Canada, allocating close to $524.1 million to research conducted in more than 150 research centres as of 2011. It is also part of the U15 universities. More than 55,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs, making it the second largest university in Canada in terms of student enrolment.
As an institution, the university was first founded when the Université Laval in Quebec City founded a new branch in Montréal in 1878, which became known as the Université de Laval à Montréal. This initially went against the wishes of Montréal’s prelate, who advocated an independent university in his city.
At the time of its creation, less than a hundred students were admitted to the university’s three faculties, which at that time were located in Old Montreal. These were the faculty of theology (located at the Grand séminaire de Montréal), the faculty of law (hosted by the Society of Saint-Sulpice) and the faculty of medicine (at the Château Ramezay).
Scientific development and the advancement of knowledge at the Université de Montréal are part of a long tradition of research that dates back to its early years. Basic or applied, theoretical or practical, research at Université de Montréal covers the full range of modern thought and encourages interdisciplinary research.
The Université de Montréal, which ranks second among Canada’s most active institutions of higher learning in terms of research and development, with more than $500 million in research funding, enjoys an outstanding reputation in the international scientific community.
With over 7,000 foreign students enrolled last year, UdeM is considered one of Canada’s most cosmopolitan universities. Its foreign student office (Bureau des étudiants internationaux) provides guidance and information to foreign students, while English-speaking students from other Canadian provinces receive help and advice from the coordinator of the Anglophone Student Support Program. UdeM students who wish to complete their education abroad can obtain information at the Maison internationale on our many exchange programs with universities around the world.
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