University of Ottawa, Faculty of ScienceBy Asian Correspondent Mar 15, 2013 1:47AM UTC
The University of Ottawa is ideally located in the downtown district of the Canadian capital. This is the world’s largest bilingual university, with coursework available in French and in English. For students from Asia, the university offers a prime opportunity to earn top-tier credentials through a North American university, while gaining competency in two of the most important languages in the Western hemisphere.
The university’s Faculty of Science dates to the 1950s and now supports a full complement of more than 140 full-time professors and 99 support staff. It has a new lineup of cutting-edge facilities soon to open, and Asian students who enroll in one of the science programs today are poised to embrace a formidable head start in their academic careers.
Studying science at the University of Ottawa
The faculty’s science programs is comprehensive. Coursework is available in general science, or students can hone in on one of a dozen science streams that include programs in biology, biomedical science, biopharmaceutical science, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental science, mathematics and statistics and physics.
State-of-the-art equipment and laboratories are a matter of course here, with showpieces such as the world-class biosciences complex, the Earth Sciences microscopy laboratory and a chemistry lab that can accommodate nearly 200 students at once. This is backed by eight research centres and teams of graduate students that explore everything from Neural Dynamics to Bio-pharmaceuticals.
Co-operative education is available through most of the university’s science streams. This gives students the chance to alternate study with real experience, bolstering their professional marketability and earning them some additional income at the same time. By the time they graduate, students who have participated in a co-operative know their particular field inside and out – both from an academic and a practical perspective.
A leader in research
The University of Ottawa is a leading research institute, ranked among the global top 200 universities in this category. The Faculty of Science’s achievements are even more impressive, weighing in as the fourth-strongest science research institute in the country.
Furthermore, the faculty’s research status only stands to improve in the near future. The Advanced Research Complex will be complete in 2014 and will focus on geosciences and photonics and take its place alongside the Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics and the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation.