The University of Ottawa and the world

Posted on Monday, November 27, 2017

Classroom full of students.

What should the University of Ottawa do in order to remain among the best universities in the world? Here’s an opportunity to express your views on how we should position ourselves strategically at the international level in regards to our teaching and research duties.

Members of the University community are invited to take part in developing a new internationalization policy by sharing their comments and suggestions regarding the key strategic elements put forth by the President’s Committee on International Policy.

At the request of President Jacques Frémont, the working group has been tasked with implementing a more effective and current strategy, to enable the University to better tackle the issues of a more globally oriented society, interdependent, competitive and constantly changing.

Chaired by Sanni Yaya, full professor and director and associate dean of the School of International Development and Global Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Committee has submitted the first draft of its report.

This document presents a series of objectives as well as guiding principles for a future internationalization strategy, which recommends that the University implement a transformative vision in order to assume its place among world-class institutions. The committee also proposed a shared responsibility model as well as a restructuring of campus internationalization efforts.

“Our Committee has worked thoroughly and developed a methodology for members of the community to share their views. Through systematic benchmarking, we have proposed a dynamic, forward-looking approach to a University internationalization policy. With this report, we hope to encourage more rapid internationalization at the University of Ottawa, as to date, it has been quite fragmentary. By proposing a set of principles to guide the University, we hope that this report will allow us to effect a major shift, which has the potential to bring a new era of creativity and innovation to the campus,” says professor Yaya.

Students, professors, researchers and support staff are now invited to comment on this report and submit their ideas at two information sessions taking place December 4 and 5.

“This is an important process, because not only will it shape this new policy, but it will also provide food for thought leading up to the next University strategic plan, for 2030,” says Frémont.

The committee will take into consideration the comments it receives during these information sessions, to put the finishing touches on its report. The document will then be presented to the Senate and the Board of Governors for final approval.

Information sessions on the future internationalization policy

  • December 4, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.| Tabaret Hall, Room 083
  • December 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.| Roger Guindon Hall, Amphitheatre A (room 2005)

Members of the University Community can also submit comments by e-mail at by December 15, 2017.

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