Office of the President

Allan Rock

The University of Ottawa is a unique Canadian success story.

It celebrates excellence in teaching, putting the student above all, and recognizes the importance of a supportive learning environment.

It values research, knowing that our labs and libraries are where we'll discover our future.

So far, we may sound like a handful of other research-intensive Canadian universities. But there are two other things you should know about uOttawa that set us apart.

First, we are the world's largest French-English bilingual university. Our students, including those who choose to learn in just one of those languages, benefit from the enriching experience of living and working at the crossroads of two cultures and traditions. They also discover some of the special things about Canada as they ready themselves for careers in a diverse and complex world.

The other distinguishing feature of uOttawa is our deep commitment to service. We have woven into our very mission statement the principle that each of our students, staff members and professors has a responsibility to devote their talents and energy to the betterment of other people. Our Centre for Community and Global Engagement finds ways for each person to meet that responsibility, whether here in Ottawa, across the country or around the world. So we combine scholarship with social purpose in ways that no other Canadian university does. Our graduates are not just educated—they are inspired and prepared "from day one" to make their contribution to Canada and beyond.

The world has begun to notice all of this. Our international reputation has grown, and uOttawa is ranked among the world's top 200 universities by the prestigious Times Higher Education and is one of only seven Canadian universities in this coveted category.

As a uOttawa graduate myself, I take great pride in the achievements of my university. As president, I know that this is just the beginning. Our strategic plan, Destination 20/20, sets out our ambitious goals for the years ahead. By working together, our students, staff and faculty will achieve them!

Welcome to the University of Ottawa. Let's discover the future together!

Allan Rock



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