Destination 2020 is the University of Ottawa’s strategic plan for the years to come. It demonstrates our motivation to continually improve and excel by setting ambitious goals.
Our vision is to make the University of Ottawa one of the greatest universities of our time, with a reputation to match its achievements. We have made considerable progress towards realizing the vision and have established a broad foundation on which to build.
Learning in a unique cultural environment
A good university must do certain things well:
- Prepare young people to find their place in the world
- Enable faculty to share their knowledge and to pursue discovery
- Support its employees as they provide exceptional quality services to its students
A great university takes these ideals to heart, and then asks: What more can we contribute to our community and our world?
In the past decade, our university has grown in many ways. We are now the largest bilingual university in the world, our programs have increased to more than 450, in every field of human endeavour, and our plan for the future aims to strengthen every element of student connection.
At the University of Ottawa, we offer our students a truly unique educational and cultural experience.
A culture of discovery
The University of Ottawa is a top 10 Canadian research university.
Our people can be found working on the frontiers of virtually every field of human endeavour, making us top of mind for industry and government when they seek special expertise and fresh insight.
Our curiosity keeps the University's brilliant minds engaged, as they grow from students to scholars, citizens and specialists.
We believe that curiosity is at the heart of every academic pursuit. A desire to learn, the courage to question and a passion for discovery are present in everything we do.
Open to the world
The University of Ottawa embodies the Canadian spirit. We believe in measured, intelligent choices, democratically made by people who are thoughtful and well informed.
We debate issues with passion and openness while respecting each other's views.
Our university is the place where students discover how they can make their contribution to these Canadian ideals.
The richness of bilingualism
Canada's commitment to bilingualism is fundamental to what we are as a country. The University of Ottawa has nurtured this vision of bilingualism.
We offer outstanding programs in French, in English and in both languages. Our campus lives, learns and plays in both languages.
No other major university in Canada can say the same; this duality makes our students uniquely prepared to shape our country and to live out its values.
An idea that moves people, especially in more than one language, is a truly powerful idea. These are the ideas that are forged at the University of Ottawa.