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Université Laval

Laval University
Université Laval
Motto Deo favente haud pluribus impar
Motto in English By the grace of God, to no one equal
Established 1663 Séminaire de Québec now Université Laval (1852-present)[1]
Type Public
Endowment $108.3 million
Rector Denis Brière
Undergraduates 28,902
Postgraduates 8,689
Location Quebec City, QC, Canada
Campus Urban/Suburban
Sports teams Rouge-et-Or
Colours Red      and gold     
Affiliations AUCC, CARL‎, IAU, AUFC, UArctic, ACU, CIS, QSSF, CBIE, U15
Website ulaval.ca
Ulaval Logo.svg

Laval University (Fr: Université Laval) is the oldest centre of education in Canada and was the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French. Its main campus is located in Quebec City, Quebec, the capital of the province, on the outskirts of the historic city.

The university is ranked among the top ten Canadian universities in terms of research funding.[2]



François de Laval

The origins of the university are the Séminaire de Québec founded in 1668 by François de Laval, the first bishop of New France. [3]

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 instance of Lord Elgin, then governor-general, creating Université Laval with 'the rights and privileges of a university'.[4] 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.[5]

  The Old Séminaire de Québec today

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.[4]

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.[6]

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.

  Marie-Victorin laboratory at Université Laval in 1925

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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[7]

The establishment of Laval University by Royal Charter in 1852 was designated a National Historic Event in 1972 and plaqued in 1975. [8]

  Buildings and features

Maurice Perrault designed Laval University on St. Denis Street, 1893-94.[9]

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)[10]

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, 20 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.

  Université Laval School of Architecture

  Faculties and schools

* 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.

University rankings
Université Laval
ARWU World[12] 201-300
Canadian rankings
ARWU National[13] 9-18
Maclean's Medical/Doctoral[14] 12

  Book publishing

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.[15]

  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.


  Université Laval Rouge et Or Logo

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 are the 2010 Canadian champions and have won the past five of eight Vanier Cups.

  Notable alumni

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:

  Rhodes Scholars


  View of Quebec City from Laval University, 1895.
  A view of Université Laval east campus
  Rose Garden at Roger Van den Hende botanical garden
  Water Garden at Roger Van den Hende botanical garden
  Louis-Jacques-Cassault building.
  Palasis-Prince building.
  Abitibi-Price building.
  Gene-H.-Kruger building.
  View of Quebec City from Alphonse-Marie-Parent building.
  Université Laval Underground

  See also


  1. ^ http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?title=Laval_University_of_Quebec Catholic Encyclopedia Laval University of Quebec
  2. ^ Université Laval. "Université Laval at a Glance". (accessed 17 April 2007)
  3. ^ The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History, by Various 2010
  4. ^ a b c d Laval University/Université Laval
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Laval http://amicus.collectionscanada.gc.ca/ourl/c.php?id=16182129&l=eng&s=amicus
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/lhn-nhs/det_E.asp?oqSID=1378&oqeName=Laval+University&oqfName=Universit%E9+Laval National Historic Event
  9. ^ Maurice Perrault
  10. ^ Joseph Simeon Bergeron (architect)
  11. ^ Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation - University List
  12. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2011". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 2011. http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2011.html. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Canada Universities in Top 500". ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 2011. http://www.shanghairanking.com/Country2011Main.jsp?param=Canada. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Maclean's 2011 University Rankings". Maclean's. 2011. http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2011/10/26/macleans-2011-university-rankings-2/. Retrieved 26 October 2011. 
  15. ^ University Presses

  External links

Coordinates: 46°46′48″N 71°16′29″W / 46.78°N 71.27472°W / 46.78; -71.27472



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