From the beginning, UQAR has sought to train people who will actively contribute to building a better world and has devoted itself to creating and spreading universal knowledge. After several decades, the results speak for themselves: over 32,000 graduates have acquired the skills required to help build a future for their respective regions, wherever they are in the world.
Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) is a comprehensive French-language institution of higher learning firmly rooted in the local community. Since its establishment by a group of visionaries in 1969, UQAR has helped to develop and spread knowledge across a vast area. The Rimouski campus where UQAR is headquartered meets the training and research needs of the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Côte-Nord regions in particular, while the Lévis campus mainly serves the riverside communities of Quebec City and Chaudière-Appalaches.
UQAR is part of Université du Québec, the biggest university network in Canada with over 86,000 students. The university is truly dedicated to serving the people of its vast territory and the students who choose to study there. With its attractive undergraduate and graduate research and teaching programs, UQAR welcomes some 6,500 students every year, more than 400 of whom are international students from over 35 countries. It has one of the province’s highest success rates and its graduates are widely sought after by employers who recognize the quality of their training.
UQAR is present in various fields of knowledge and is actively involved in many teaching and research partnerships. Over the years, UQAR has developed special expertise in several areas of research that have significantly contributed to the institution’s international reputation, notably marine sciences, regional development, and nordicity.
UQAR also has a tradition of decentralizing its activities. Professors and lecturers travel to various communities throughout the region to offer continuing education programs in a variety of fields. In addition to its campuses in Rimouski and Lévis, UQAR has offices in Gaspé and Rivière-du-Loup. It also works closely with the Centre universitaire du secteur ouest de la Côte-Nord and the Centre d’études universitaires des Appalaches. Certain research activities are also conducted off campus, notably in the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands.
Studying at UQAR means choosing a university with strong community ties, an institution on a human scale where student success is a priority.
On both campuses, UQAR offers easy access to professors, community services and personalized support services. With an average class size of 30, new students can more easily adjust to university life and succeed in their studies.
Instead of cavernous lecture halls filled with hundreds of students, UQAR features small classes and accessible teaching staff.
In addition to their emphasis on academic success, many undergraduate degrees also include hands-on fieldwork and internships. Graduate programs stand out for their multidisciplinary approach and their links to institutional research programs and to tangible local, national and international issues. This speaks volumes about the spirit of mutual assistance that animates UQAR researchers and students.
At UQAR, students enjoy a friendly environment and access to teaching and research facilities that enable them to satisfy their thirst for learning.