A year of innovation and bold initiatives
In a year marked by groundbreaking initiatives, the University of Ottawa made significant strides that underscore its commitment to cutting-edge research and innovation. The Faculty of Medicine introduced a new research centre, the AMRC, which aims to address the evolving challenges of medicine today, as detailed in . The University also forged strategic partnerships with IBM Canada, which selected uOttawa as home for its , reflecting a major leap in cybersecurity education and research. Another partnership with Ericsson established a at uOttawa, positioning the institution at the forefront of quantum technology.
The inauguration of the reflects the University’s commitment to providing diverse educational opportunities. To further interdisciplinary research, uOttawa also unveiled a , which will foster collaboration across disciplines and advance research at the intersection of health and well-being.
Collectively, these announcements highlight the University’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and innovation across various domains.
Funding for Francophone research
As the world’s largest bilingual (French-English) university, uOttawa plays an important role in Francophone higher education, both in Canada and internationally.
In 2023, were added, in keeping with the University’s commitment to nurturing diversity and scholarly research in the French language. Moreover, a was secured to fortify and enhance French-taught programs at the University of Ottawa. The establishment of the —a product of a partnership between the University of Ottawa and the Embassy of France in Canada— became official with the signing of a memorandum of understanding that took effect on April 24, 2023, as part of renewed scientific collaboration between France and Canada. Built on the expertise of researchers at the University of Ottawa and in France, the program seeks to address novel challenges related to science diplomacy.
Global Recognition – In The News
The University of Ottawa reached for the stars in media coverage! The top media stories that grabbed the most attention centred on our space research. The University contributed innovative studies that garnered global attention. One notable research project, detailed in an article entitled , revealed how space travel impacts gene expression in white blood cells, thereby weakening the immune system.
Another space-related breakthrough at uOttawa was described in an article entitled , which describes how red blood cells and bone are depleted during space travel. The research suggests that bone marrow fat may play a crucial role in mitigating these effects, highlighting its impact on space physiology.
The University of Ottawa has achieved outstanding recognition in global rankings. In the , the University secured an impressive 72nd position globally in sustainability, underscoring its commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible practices. Additionally, the University climbed an impressive 34 positions in the .
Research InfoSource listed uOttawa among . For the third year in a row, uOttawa placed eighth in the category of universities with a medical school. Furthermore, in the esteemed , the University achieved top five status in the category of medical-doctoral universities in Canada.
These accolades confirm the University’s global standing and commitment to world-class education and academic achievement.
Chancellor’s Installation: A Historic Moment
The University celebrated a historic moment with the , uOttawa’s First Indigenous Chancellor. Ms. Commanda, an Algonquin Anishinaabe from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation and a graduate of the University’s law school, became the University’s 15th chancellor. During her studies at the University of Ottawa, she founded a First Nations student association to improve representation on campus and also established an Indigenous resource centre, now called the . Ms. Commanda is committed to building a strong, enhanced relationship between the University and Indigenous communities, especially Algonquin communities.
Our 175th Year comes to a close
In 2023, the University of Ottawa and St. Paul’s University turned 175. As we look back over , ranging from its humble beginnings with fewer than 100 students to its present student population of over 47,000 hailing from 150 countries, we can be truly impressed by the institution’s achievements as a bilingual university and global leader in research.
To mark the 175th anniversary, the City of Ottawa officially declared September 26, 2023, as Bytown College Heritage Day in honour of the college that gave birth to the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University. The flags of both universities were flown in front of City Hall to celebrate two institutions that are central to the lives of Ottawa’s citizens and their city.
The end of the year offers an opportunity not only to review and celebrate the past, but also to look ahead to the future. And there is much to look forward to at uOttawa. From construction of the Advanced Medical Research Centre to ongoing and new ventures at Kanata North, 2024 will surely see us continue to advance vital research, improve our communities, and achieve academic excellence.