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The University of Victoria at 50

The University of Victoria was established in 1963, built on the dual foundation of Victoria College and the Victoria Provincial Normal School. Over the 50 years of its history, UVic has emerged as one of Canada’s leading research universities, ranked among the world’s top institutions. Our success is built on excellence in the provision of a high-quality education and student experience, in research and in the integration of that research with teaching. Our undergraduate programs and teaching enjoy a well-established reputation and we have flourishing research programs and a wide array of graduate programs, professional schools and continuing studies activities.

Located in Victoria, the province’s capital and one of the world’s most beautiful cities, UVic serves the people of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada and the world. We take pride in our inclusive and increasingly diverse community of students, scholars and staff. We remain committed to a personally engaging and intellectually stimulating learning environment that supports the development of students through a responsive curriculum and a variety of co-curricular activities and services. Our strength continues to be grounded in the quality and accessibility of faculty and staff, the excellence of the university’s programs, particularly their interdisciplinary and international focus, a commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship, and the opportunities we offer for civic engagement and experiential learning in every faculty.

UVic distinguishes itself from nearly every other research university in the country. First, most of our students come from outside our immediate region, creating an opportunity for a residential focus and a strong sense of community. As a destination university, we guarantee our first-year students a place in residence and we capitalize on our sense of community by nurturing a collegial, vibrant, student-centred culture. Second, through co-op, practica, work-study, field schools, clinical education and other initiatives, our students have the opportunity to participate in one of the largest experiential learning programs in the country. Furthermore, our university exhibits a strong focus on civic engagement, locally and internationally. This is reflected through community-based research, co-operative and continuing education, artistic collaboration, community-based internship and clinical programs, athletic opportunities and our knowledge transfer initiatives.

As we celebrate UVic’s 50th anniversary, our renewed strategic plan will guide us into a successful future. Our commitment to excellence in all that we do will continue to build the University of Victoria’s unique, high-quality broader learning environment, recognized across Canada and around the world.

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