Report of the first year of operation of the Université de l’Ontario français
Major advances of a University well underway
Toronto, November 21, 2018 – Today the Université de l’Ontario français (UOF) released the report of its first year of operation. This report is an overview of the considerable work that, day after day, has made the UOF an undeniable reality and kept the University on track to meet the target of welcoming its first cohort of francophone and francophile students in September 2020. A previous version of this report was submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as a progress report on September 30, 2018.
The Université de l’Ontario français is built on the considerable expertise and talent of its Board of Governors, interim president, administrative team, working groups, national and international consultants, and numerous other partners who are all committed to opening an innovative and attractive university of the 21st century for Central-Southwestern Ontario.
Working under tight deadlines and limited budgets, the UOF is proud of its many accomplishments over this past year, including the adoption and implementation of its governance mechanisms, the drafting of its first bachelor’s degree programs, the selection of physical site locations for the short and medium term, the creation of a student advisory group accompanying the University in its implementation, the consolidation of partnerships around the Francophone Hub of Knowledge and Innovation, as well the creation and launch of an academic journal entitled Enjeux et Société.
The UOF’s first year of existence
On November 22, 2017, the UOF Technical Implementation Committee was created to set up a French-language university, followed by the establishment of the University on December 14, 2017 under the Université de l’Ontario français Act 2017, which was enforced on April 9, 2018.
« Since April 9, 2018, we have never stopped building the University, » said Mr. Normand Labrie, the UOF’s interim president, whose meetings, exchanges and conferences have only increased since his appointment on July 1, 2018. « Our actions have strengthened the credibility of the UOF with the Ontario community, our partners, and our future student clientele. The Université de l’Ontario français has already positioned itself as an important institution in the province and in Canada. »
Driven by the major advances in its first year of existence, the UOF has consolidated its activities to fulfill its mandate to be ready for students in September 2020.
In its first year of operation, the University consists of:
- 13 members of the Board of Governors
- an administrative team of 10 individuals, including Mr. Normand Labrie, interim president
- 6 committees of the Board of Governors
- an advisory group of 30 students who are consulted on the UOF’s developing projects
- 4 administrative by-laws and 5 academic by-laws
- 4 programs of study, formally submitted to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and PEQAB on October 1, 2018
- 11 private partners
- consultants from more than 25 universities and colleges in Canada and internationally
The Université de l’Ontario français is a resolutely 21st century institution; it prepares students for the practice of citizenship and professional activities of the future. Governed by and for Ontario’s Francophone community, its operates in French and is firmly connected to the world. All of UOF’s activities are guided by the values of pluralism, innovation, collaboration and excellence. Knowledge lies at the heart of its mandate. It facilitates creation, mobilization and circulation in transdisciplinary inductive learning and research efforts that are based on experience.
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