A NEXT-GENERATION UNIVERSITY
Concordia University is among the largest urban universities in Canada and among the top-ranked universities founded within the last 50 years worldwide. Concordia defines next-generation education: nimble, holistic and inclusive in our approach to innovation.
That means we not only go beyond disciplines; our students and professors are also deeply integrated with their communities. Our research involves collaboration with other thinkers, Montreal-based companies and international organizations. This outward orientation and integrative thinking makes for an environment where ideas, talent and impact intersect.
As a result, our research spans boundaries while zeroing in on some of the biggest and most exciting issues of our times. A prime example: looking at how to build smart, sustainable and resilient cities by integrating social and natural science, engineering, design and culture across the built environment. Read more about our innovation and excellence hubs.
THE JOIE DE VIVRE IN THE WORLD’S BEST STUDENT CITY
Montreal is officially the top destination on the planet for students (Quacquarelli Symonds, 2017). It’s also first in the world for an international education, according to the Economist’s Intelligence Unit.
Factors that make Montreal the perfect place to be a student: a beautiful environment, a vibrant creative scene, the multiculturalism of a globally connected city, the low cost of living, and an open and welcoming atmosphere.
Just like Montreal, Concordia is known for offering an open-minded environment, one that encourages students to build the world they want to live in by creating outlets for positive social change.
Our student population is made up of 46,000 undergraduate, graduate, post-grad and continuing education students across hundreds of programs. Our undergraduate class sizes are small, with a student-to-professor ratio of 27 to one. Many of our students choose to join the Co-op program, to bridge university and the work world by completing a series of paid internships. Concordia also supports undergraduate students in taking on important research projects, with a stipend and faculty supervision.
Arts and Science: we are recognized for our programs and research in education, communication studies, journalism, human rights, exercise science, psychology and genomics. The Faculty is known for its small class sizes and the interdisciplinary nature of its schools and colleges.
Engineering and Computer Science: programs focus on energy, environment and infrastructure; aerospace and transportation; nanotechnology and materials; and information security and telecommunications. All Bachelor of Engineering programs are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.
Fine Arts: Disciplines include digital and cinematic arts and interactive media, electronic textiles and gaming, with specialization in the visual and performingarts, including art history, contemporary dance, design, film production, music, theatre and studio arts.
Our John Molson School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB). Accountancy and finance are in high demand. Unique graduate-level programs include the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program and the Goodman Investment Management Program.
TWO CAMPUSES AND AMAZING SPACES
Concordia’s steel-and-glass pavilions dominate the skyline of Quartier Concordia, in the heart of downtown Montreal. The Sir George Williams Campus is also home to the historic Grey Nuns student residence and reading room, and a newly transformed library, open 24 hours a day in the fall and winter terms.
The Loyola Campus, in the west end of Montreal, houses a science complex as well as the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics and the PERFORM Centre (Prevention, Evaluation, Rehabilitation, FORMation) dedicated to researching better health through prevention. It's also home to our students in the social sciences and communication studies and journalism.
Our spaces for hands-on learning are as diverse as the students who perform, create and do research here. We have labs of all kinds: hydraulics, machine-tool, chemistry, even a flight simulator. Ateliers and high-tech studios let our fine arts students bring their vision from inspiration to reality. We’ve got makerspaces and tools for designing and building a satellite or a drone. Our galleries and theatres offer unparalleled opportunities to reach a public audience.
Concordia also has its own startup incubator, District 3, where students can pitch their ideas, build prototypes and collaborate with business strategists, engineers and creative people, benefiting from the expertise, networks and encouragement of their own mentors.
OUR STUDENTS IN RESEARCH ACTION
This summer, a team of seven undergraduate mechanical engineering students launched a high-altitude balloon into the atmosphere to simulate and analyze the impact of static and dynamic forces on composite materials. The team called upon skills and expertise from outside their discipline — finding a way to design and build electrical and software subsystems for the balloon. Team member Jan Clarence Dee (BEng 17) is currently working at the Canadian Space Agency on its stratospheric balloon project, where he is applying the skills he learned at Concordia.
PhD candidate Navid Sharifi is also working as part of a team, collaborating with research engineers in Europe on developing weather–resistant coatings. Icing poses a great threat in aerospace and aviation sectors both in terms of damage to equipment and risk of accidents that can cost the lives of passengers and crew. A student in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering, Sharifi says he likes the dynamism and synergy of Concordians. “People are always supportive and open to collaboration, and that, in my opinion, is what gives the university an advantage in terms of education and research.”
Desirée De Jesus, a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies, focuses on female coming-of-age narratives in films and video games. A supportive culture has been an important part of her experience at Concordia. “My professors have been very affirming, which has helped me make that shift from being a student to taking my place in the field as an academic," she says. "They’ve encouraged me to be bolder, to talk to people about my work and to seek publication opportunities. There’s been lots of space for professional development.”