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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 education 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 Chaudière-Appalaches.

UQAR is part of Université du Québec, the biggest university network in Canada
with over 86,000 students. 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.

With its attractive undergraduate and graduate research and teaching programs,
UQAR welcomes some 5,500 students every year, more than 230 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.

So if you have a thirst for knowledge, discovery, and success, or simply a thirst to
push your own limits, look to UQAR to help satisfy your thirst. But remember—
learning often makes you hungrier to know even more...

a Decentralized University
Studying at UQAR means, first and foremost,
opting for all the advantages of a university
with a human face. UQAR has two campuses
on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River:
one in Rimouski, the other in Lévis. These two
regional centers offer a lively cultural and
sports scene typical of university towns, all in
perfectly safe surroundings.                             Rimouski campus

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 (education, administration, nursing
science, regional development, and more).
Certain research activities are also conducted
off campus, notably in the Gaspé Peninsula
and the Magdalen Islands.

                                                         Lévis campus

The administrative center of the Bas-Saint-Laurent region and a bustling maritime
community, Rimouski is also a genuine “student city” that hums with the
activities of over 15,000 students every year (all levels considered). The label is
no exaggeration when you stop to consider that students represent nearly one
in three people living in this town of 50,000. TELUS Québec, a major commu-
nications company, is also headquartered here.

Whether you’re interested in culture or sports, you’ll be spoiled for choice!
Cinemas, shows, cafés, theaters, museums, art galleries, and concerts—every
week brings its lot of activities and new faces to Rimouski.
With its superb natural setting and wide open spaces, Rimouski is the ideal
spot for outdoor adventure—just outside the city center! Bike paths, sailing,
golf, skiing, kayaking, hikes through the forest or alongside the water’s edge,
everything is within easy reach, including indoor sports!

Rimouski also offers an outstanding range of social, cultural, and sporting
activities: Festi Jazz, the Carrousel international youth film festival, Cinéma 4,
an improv league, the Océanic hockey club, and much more!

Voted Québec’s City of the Year in 2005, Lévis is renowned for its social and
economic vitality and is also home to the headquarters of the Desjardins financial
cooperative. Located directly opposite Québec City, it offers its 125,000 residents
breathtaking views and all the benefits of living right beside the river.

The city and surrounding area are also home to a wide variety of social, cultural,
and sporting venues, services, and activities sure to meet the needs of students
who choose to study in Lévis. These include historic Old Lévis, the bike path
along the river, restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafés, golf, shows, and cinemas, to
name but a few. And nothing could be easier than a short trip across the river
to visit any of the countless attractions and museums in Québec City, the
provincial capital that is celebrating 400 years of history.

UQAR’s new Lévis campus is based in a brand new building. The state-of-the-art
facility has an interior design that takes full advantage of natural sunlight and
renewable energy (geothermy and solar panels). Those studying at the Lévis
campus enjoy a living environment that is geared to success.

                 THIRST FOR PROGRESS: Research
                 The drive and creativity of UQAR’s hard-working faculty have earned the
                 university an international reputation for research. UQAR professors have
                 obtained a number of research chairs, and the university is well ranked among
                 institutions in its category for grants and major project funding.

                 Over time, certain multidisciplinary fields have become areas of research
                 excellence around which UQAR has made a name for itself. Marine sciences,
                 regional development, and nordicity are the university’s three main areas of
                 research and they leave a distinctive stamp on many of the teaching and
                 research programs offered by UQAR.

                 In marine sciences UQAR contributes to knowledge of the marine environment,
                 not only in the vast St. Lawrence Estuary, but also at the North and South poles,
                 thus furthering comprehension of global warming. Institut des sciences de la
                 mer de Rimouski (ISMER) has propelled UQAR to the forefront as a leader in
                 ecotoxicity, aquaculture, and marine acoustics. ISMER boasts a hard-working
                 team, well-equipped building, research vessel, and its own laboratory supplied
                 with seawater. A scientific team from UQAR has also taken part in a Sedna IV
                 expedition to Antarctica.

Marine science                               Regional development                                    Nordicity

In the regional development field, UQAR strives to gain a better understanding
of the issues and problems that regions face due to changes to our contempo-
rary economy and society. UQAR researchers and students analyze socioterritorial
dynamics affecting the regions and come up with development assistance tools.
Topics of reflection include the social acceptance of windpower, social aspects
of resource development, and the realities of rural and island life.

As for nordicity, the basic objective is to better understand the workings of
continental environments in cold climates in order to respond to major issues
in conservation and sustainable management. Acclimation of wildlife and
forests to climate change and the phenomenon of bank erosion are two of
the main issues under investigation.

New research initiatives in innovative fields such as design engineering, wind
turbines in northern environments, historical regional literature, school persistence
among young people, and school adjustment have also taken off at UQAR.

The multidisciplinary approach to teaching and the synergy between basic and
applied research also play the unique role of catalyst within the institution.

Multidisciplinary expertise, quality research laboratories, state-of-the-art equipment,
a rich natural environment, partnership projects, opportunities for fieldwork,
and hands-on internships combine to make UQAR an ideal study and research
environment for guest researchers, students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Together, they share the same desire to move forward and advance the state of
knowledge in cutting-edge fields.

UQAR is renowned for the approachability of its faculty and its small class sizes,
which help foster discussion and dialog. It also puts special emphasis on quality
teaching and provides student support that is second to none.

Undergraduate and graduate training programs offered by UQAR cover a broad
spectrum of disciplines. They include education, administration, accounting,
history, literature, psycho-sociology, social development and the analysis of social
problems, biology, chemistry, geography, engineering, computer science, nursing
science, oceanography, regional development, ethics, maritime resource
management, personnel management, project management, wildlife
management, and environmental studies.

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 and exchange 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.

In Rimouski and Lévis alike, UQAR offers a stimulating campus environment
characterized by top quality teaching and research facilities, an exceptional
natural setting, and a vibrant cultural and sporting scene that is open to the
entire community. Both communities also provide their populations with a
wide variety of services.

The university is also involved in various international cooperation and
exchange programs with a number of different countries. Every year UQAR
welcomes several hundred foreign students, whose presence further enriches
daily life at UQAR.

Whatever your reasons for considering UQAR, whatever your thirst for discovery,
knowledge, freedom, or excellence, our university will provide you with the
ideal conditions to satisfy your thirst for success.

By choosing UQAR, not only will you help yourself grow, you’ll help build
a better world.

Photographic sources: Jean Albert, Mario Bélanger, Antoine Devouard, Dominique Arseneault,
and François Prévost.

In 2006, a team of scientists from UQAR took part in a mission to the South Pole to document

the effects of climate change on Antarctica. Two members of Institut des sciences de la mer de

Rimouski (ISMER) were on board the SEDNA IV for several months, keeping in regular contact

with a team in Rimouski. UQAR’s expertise played a key role in this extraordinary mission.
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              Université du Québec à Rimouski
              Campus de Rimouski                              Campus de Lévis
              300, allée des Ursulines, C. P. 3300, succ. A   1595, boulevard Alphonse Desjardins
              Rimouski (Québec) G5L 3A1, CANADA               Lévis (Québec) G6V 0A6, CANADA
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