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Destination 2020

With Destination 2020, the University of Ottawa's strategic plan, we came together as a community to set ambitious goals for the future. Our vision is to make the University of Ottawa one of the great universities of our time, with a reputation to match its achievements.

The time has come to start another dialogue, this one about the changes we need to put in place in order to maintain our momentum, while managing our finances and responding to the province's challenge to differentiate.

Let's decide, together, how we can achieve our common goals given changing circumstances. This is about building our future, building the University we want.

This is why we are launching Roadmap@Destination 2020 (highlights), an open and responsive dialogue which will enable us to achieve our ambitious goals while addressing new realities. This is an inspiring vision.  

Roadmap@Destination2020 is an opportunity for all voices to be heard.

Over the coming months, everyone will be encouraged be a part of it. In the meantime, please share your ideas at

Student experience

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.

Research excellence

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.

Francophonie and Bilingualism

The richness of francophonie and bilingualism

Canada's commitment to francophonie and bilingualism is fundamental to what we are as a country. The University of Ottawa has nurtured this vision of francophonie and 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.

Learn more about Francophone affairs, designation and bilingualism at the University of Ottawa.

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