Some 94,000 students in 750 undergraduate and graduate programs study at Université du Québec network institutions across the province: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP), École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), and Télé-Université (Téluq). Every day, some 6,780 professors and lecturers and 4,100 regular employees help fulfill the network’s university education and research mission. In 2011–2012, member institutions brought in $297.4 million in research revenue. The network comprises 360 research groups and laboratories, including 156 research chairs. Since its founding, Université du Québec has conferred more than 537,000 degrees.
Created in 1968 by an act of Québec’s National Assembly, Université du Québec has a threefold mission:
With its active presence across Québec’s 1,667,441 km2 of territory, Université du Québec offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate university programs to all students through a network of ten universities and satellite facilities in 50 cities and towns across the province.
In addition to its primary educational mission, the Université du Québec network actively promotes Québec’s scientific development through research and participation in international research networks. Member universities pay particular attention to innovations in science and technology sectors linked to Québec’s specific territorial, economic, and social realities. Independent basic, applied, and participatory research promoting the acquisition and advancement of knowledge is central to Université du Québec’s mission.
To foster regional vitality and sustainability, Québec relies on effective, province-wide land occupancy strategies that promote synergies between rural areas and major urban centers. Firmly rooted in their communities, Université du Québec institutions attract and retain a critical mass of researchers, professors, and students in fields aligned with the universities’ individual strengths. This encourages the creation of regional clusters and specialty niches that drive development and stimulate entrepreneurial activity.