President's report 2021-2022

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As president and vice-chancellor of the University of Ottawa, I am delighted to share with you my annual report for 2021–2022 which highlights some of the remarkable work that was accomplished across our campus.
Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor
Overcoming challenges

“The past few years have produced many challenges for our community. But our compassion and resilience have enabled us to carry on with our core mission of teaching and research.”

Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor

uOttawa at a glance



383 M$

Awarded in research



The University of Ottawa and COVID-19

Our response to the pandemic highlighted numerous achievements in our community, ranging from our speed and adaptability in the face of an evolving situation to our scholarly contributions to fighting the pandemic, and our efforts to reduce the impact of COVID-19 for our students, faculty and staff.

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Students working in a classroom

Adapting teaching methods to meet students’ needs

The bimodal approach: More flexibility for our students.
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Student working in a laborarory
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Tracking COVID-19 levels in communities

OPH looks to CHEO/uOttawa research to help community fight against Coronavirus.
Media | Newsroom
Close-up view of virus
Media | Newsroom

Bolstering research on COVID-19 variant

uOttawa led CoVaRR-Net to bolster research on Omicron variant thanks to $9M grant from CIHR.

Research excellence

Research and innovation are key to changing—and improving—our world. Our researchers are global leaders in fields such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, health, the Francophonie, medicine, photonics, public policy and social justice. In fact, the University of Ottawa ranks among Canada’s top 10 research intensive universities.

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Media | Research
Trinity glacier
Media | Research

Mapping the rapid retreat of tidewater glacier

uOttawa Study Shows Widespread Retreat and Loss of Marine-Terminating Glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere.
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uOttawa professor Burak Kantarci
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Steering the future of autonomous vehicles

Drones, bots and self-driving cars: How this new Kanata North innovation centre will help drive the future of autonomous vehicles.
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Professor in class with students
Faculty of education

Improving teaching practices in French-language schools

Launch of the Observatory on education in minority language contexts.

Agents of change in our community

To respond to new trends and changing realities, we are reaching out beyond our community, not only to attract talent and revenue, but also to be an active part of the world around us. The University of Ottawa is driven by our change agents, individuals who demonstrate the skills, determination and creativity to contribute to society.

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Research | AI
Céline Castets-Renard
Research | AI

Exploring the risks of artificial intelligence

Recognizing the risks of artificial intelligence: Professor Céline Castets-Renard explores a comprehensive legal framework for AI in Canada.
Research | Rankings
Students working in a laboratory
Research | Rankings

Moving up in the national university research rankings

The University of Ottawa has climbed to eighth place overall on Canada’s Top 50 Research Universities list for 2021.
Research and innovation
Paul Corkum
Research and innovation

Bringing home a coveted international physics award

Paul Corkum receives prestigious Frontiers of Knowledge Award in basic science.

A university for the future

This is a pivotal moment for the University of Ottawa. We are working to become a world-class institution that is not only research-oriented, agile and sustainable, but also a university whose future is grounded in being an educational community of equity, diversity and inclusion. Our Transformation 2030 strategic plan sets us on a path to achieve this.

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Education | Indigenous
Students walking on campus
Education | Indigenous

Securing Indigenous rights in education

Indigenous Rights in Education, enacting our responsibilities. Year of Action 2021-2022
Research | Cybersecurity
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Research | Cybersecurity

Addressing Canada’s cybersecurity talent gap

The uOttawa-IBM Cyber Range will deliver security training, professional development and partnering opportunities.
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Fauteux Hall
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Revitalizing the student experience with a transformational $5M gift

The University of Ottawa announced today one of the largest individual philanthropic gifts in its history.
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Download the full report

Learn more about the progress our community and its people have made over the 2021-2022 academic year.
President's report (PDF 2,3 MB)

Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. 


We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. 


We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Affirmation.