Set over 65 hectares, the main campus of the University of Montreal looks down over Quebec’s largest city from the heights of Mont Royal. The 138-year-old university is one of the world’s leading francophone institutions and is first among Quebec’s teaching and research universities. It was established in 1878, and has campus locations in Terrebonne, Laval, Longueuil, Saint-Hyacinthe and Mauricie, beside two affiliated schools: Polytechnique Montréal, a specialist engineering school, and HEC Montréal, a business school.
With more than 67,000 students at the university and its affiliated schools, one in five people studying in Quebec attend UdeM. Its 16 faculties and schools offer 600 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and students are ably managed by an academic staff of over 7000, including 2700 professors and researchers.
It has also established itself as one of the principle research universities in Canada, with over half a billion dollars' annual research revenue, more than any other Quebecois university. Its research prowess has been exemplified through academic accolades. Roger Guillemin, who took his PhD at the university, won the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine in 1977. Another graduate and teacher at UdeM Armand Frappier, was a pioneer in vaccination and particularly in the fight against tuberculosis in the country. Hubert Reeves, one of Canada’s foremost astrophysicists was an undergraduate and faculty member at UdeM.
Besides academics, UdeM has produced numerous notable alumni from all occupations. Michaëlle Jean was Canada’s governor general between 2005 and 2010, and Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the country’s 15th prime minister and father of Canada’s current leader, Justin Trudeau.