The U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities, abbreviated as the U15, is a group of 15 public research universities in Canada. This organisation, headquartered in Ottawa, was founded in 1991.
U15 – Universities in Canada
The U15 is a consortium of Canadian research universities that includes the following institutions:
British Columbia University
Dalhousie University is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
McGill University is located in Montreal, Quebec.
McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario.
The University of Queen’s
Western University is a public university in Western Canada.
What Impact Does The U15 Have On Canada?
These universities not only provide cutting-edge research and innovation to Canada, but they also help to strengthen the economy. U15, which has 15 member universities across Canada, provides critical advice and analysis on higher education, as well as research and development.
What Exactly Does Canada’s U15 Team Do?
Above all, Canada’s U15 is a member of the Global Network of research-intensive university organisations dedicated to advancing university research worldwide. Also, Canada’s U15:
Collaborates with federal policymakers to improve our environment for fundamental research.
Connects leading experts (from a variety of fields of study) with those in need of assistance.
Collaborations with the public sector, government, and industry are being investigated.
Analyzes and creates high-impact data products.
Finally, Canada’s U15 works tirelessly to contribute more than $36 billion to the Canadian economy each year by conducting 80 percent of all competitive university research in Canada. Besides, they conduct $8.5 billion in research each year and account for roughly 75% of all doctorates awarded in Canada. Essentially, the U15 of Canada owns 85 percent of Canadian university technology licences and 81 per cent of Canadian university patents (U15).
University of Alberta
Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the University of Alberta is one of the leading Canadian research universities. The university is ranked 113th in the world and among the top 5 public research universities in the country by QS world ranking in 2020. It is also deemed as a ‘Comprehensive academic and research university because of the wide array of professional and academic programs the university offers.
University of British Columbia
Established in the year 1908, the University of British Columbia is one of the top 50 public research universities in the world. In 2020, UBC was ranked as the second-best university in Canada by Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The university has two main campuses one in Vancouver and another one in Okanagan with twelve and seven faculties respectively.
University of Calgary
A member of the U15, the University of Calgary is one of the top Canadian research universities situated in the Alberta province of Canada. The University of Calgary was started in 1944, as a Calgary branch of the University of Alberta, and became an autonomous university in 1966. It comprises 14 faculties and more than 85 research centres and institutes. The University of Calgary was ranked the 9th best university in Canada, by QS rankings in 2020.
Located in the eastern province of Nova Scotia, Canada, Dalhousie University is one of the major public research universities in Canada. The university offers 4,000 courses, 180-degree programs and twelve faculties in its four campuses across Nova Scotia. This university is an active member of the U15 – a group of Canada’s 15 research-intensive universities.
University of Manitoba
Founded in the year 1877, the University of Manitoba is the first research university in Western Canada and one of the oldest universities in Canada. The U of M has a reputation for being one of the top Canadian public research universities and offers more than a hundred programs and dozens of faculties.
McMaster University is a distinguished public research university located in the city of Hamilton in Ontario. McMaster runs six major academic faculties like the School of Business, Engineering, Science, Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Science with over 30,000 students studying at the university. This university is a member of the U15 group of public research universities in Canada.
Established in the year 1821, McGill University is one of the oldest and most prestigious public research universities of Canada, located in Montreal, Quebec. McGill has been consistently ranked in the top 1% of the universities to study in Canada and among the top 50 universities in the world. A member of U15, the university offers degrees in nearly 300 fields of study across five major faculties.
University of Ottawa
The University of Ottawa is one of the most popular bilingual public research universities in Canada, located in Ottawa, Ontario. It is also known as the largest English-French bilingual university in the world. The university offers a variety of programs that are operated by its ten faculties, for both domestic and international students who wish to pursue their higher education in Canada.
The Queen’s University of Kingston is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario. Queen’s is a co-educational institute with over 25000 students studying in various faculties ranging from business to medicine. A member of U15, the Queen’s University is also the first university in the west of Canada’s maritime province to admit women.
University of Saskatchewan
Found in the year 1907, the University of Saskatchewan is a member of U15 and one of the top Canadian public research universities in the Saskatchewan province of Canada. The university is particularly renowned for its contribution to the field of medical research, especially vaccines, infectious diseases, and industrial science and technology. It is also a major participant in the research studies conducted by the U15.
University of Toronto
The University of Toronto is a highly prestigious Canadian university located in Toronto, Ontario. A member of U15 Group of Canada’s Top 15 Public Research Universities, it was ranked as the 29th in the world by QS world rankings of 2020. It offers world-class programs in various fields related to literature, law, engineering, medicine and political science. It is also the alma mater of many famous world leaders and personalities.
University of Waterloo
Established in 1956, the University of Waterloo is a reputed public research university in Ontario province of Canada. The university has its main campus in Waterloo, three satellite campuses and four affiliated university colleges. A member of U15, the university was also ranked among the top 10 universities in Canada by QS world ranking, 2020.
University of Western Ontario
The University of Western Ontario, commonly known as Western University, is a public research university based in London, Ontario. Originally founded in 1878, the university currently has over 24,000 students studying in twelve different faculties and schools. It is a constituent member of the U15 group of Canadian Research universities.
Laval University is one of the oldest universities in Canada founded by a royal charter issued by Queen Victoria in 1852. A member of U15, it is a French-language public research university located in Quebec City, Quebec. In terms of research funding, Laval University is ranked as one among the top 10 Canadian research universities and holds four Canada Excellence Research Chairs.
University of Montreal
Université de Montréal or the University of Montreal is one of the leading Canadian research universities located in Montreal in the Quebec province of Canada. The university is known for its French-medium programs and courses. Established in 1878, as a satellite campus, the university currently offers 650 undergraduate programs and graduate programs, including 71 doctoral programs. It is also ranked among the top 10 universities to study in Canada by QS rankings of 2020.