The Université de l’Ontario français in the news

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The Université de l'Ontario français (UOF) is another step closer to opening. 

This week the university’s board of directors named André Roy as the UOF’s new president. Roy, who is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University, will start in the job on August 1st.

Over the coming months, Roy and his team will hire teachers and prepare for the two hundred students expected to start classes in September 2021.

The university’s unique transdisciplinary curriculum will reflect the major social issues of our century: studies in human plurality, globalized economy, urban environments, and digital culture. Its 50,000-square-foot facility is under construction in the Daniels Waterfront complex on lower Jarvis Street in the heart of Toronto’s Innovation Corridor. 

A 2019 study predicts over 2,000 UOF students by 2027, rising to 3,000 by 2032. This will increase Ontario’s GDP by $56-79 million by 2024-2025 and create an economic impact of $198-240 million. 

The UOF is the result of four decades of work by Franco-Ontarians to develop an autonomous French-language university in that province. 

 

Catherine Fisher, blogger