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University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa (U of O) was established as the College of Bytown in 1848 by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and is now a major bilingual university of Canada. Located in Ottawa, Ontario (the national capital), it has made a unique place for itself among Canada's leading universities. Originally a liberal arts college, it has been teaching pure and applied sciences in both French and English since the 1800s.
The university is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Ottawa University, which is in fact the name of an unrelated institution in Kansas. "Ottawa University" is never a correct designation for the University of Ottawa.
Its nine faculties (administration is no longer available) offer an array of undergraduate and professional programs in a wide variety of disciplines:
- Health Sciences
- Social Sciences
Masters and doctoral degrees are also offered in most disciplines by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The U of O offers the second-highest number of doctoral programs in Ontario. The U of O houses Ontario's second-largest graduate studies and co-operative education program.
The academic and other needs of about 30,000 students are facilitated by a fully bilingual support staff and programmes that include everything from physical resources security to health, sports and teaching and learning support services.
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