As academics we are both in the world and of it, and today that world is becoming ever more densely tangled and interconnected.

In truth, the ivory tower was always more metaphor than reality, but we can no longer maintain even the illusion of the University as an aloof and privileged sanctuary. Our successes as collaborative researchers, as educators of skilled professionals and creative thinkers, as a destination for the best students and the best faculty, as well as our ability to attract results-based funding, are largely dependent upon the quality and character of our connections with the world around us.

The University of Ottawa enthusiastically embraces this highly networked future and commits to deepening and expanding its connections nationally and internationally to ferry resources, expertise and opportunities to and from uOttawa. We also commit to enriching local connections, notably by strengthening existing relationships with the Franco-Ontarian and Algonquin Anishnaabe communities, as well as with Canada's preeminent technology cluster in Kanata North and with ministries and agencies of the federal government headquartered in Ottawa.

Ahmad Tidjani Niang

Student in Conflict Studies and Human Rights (BSocSc)
Faculty of Social Sciences

Knowing that the university has an international vision means there is more opportunity for me, especially in what I want to achieve following my studies. This global orientation is really important and needed for a foreign student, but especially for the changing professional market.

Objective 1

Connect with the world: Increase the scope and scale of our international presence and influence


Bringing the world to uOttawa: adopt a differentiated approach to recruitment to foster diversity and excellence


  • Focus on Francophone/Francophile regions to continue diversifying (student) recruitment
  • Develop partnerships in order to expand recruitment in developing countries and diversify the set of targeted countries

Objective 2

Connect with our identity: Create and promote a distinctive national and international identity that emphasizes our uniquely Francophone and bilingual status among research-intensive universities


Strengthen our Francophone heritage and bilingual character


  • Expand the scope of French immersion programs to also include some immersion programs at the master’s level
  • Develop English immersion programs for Francophone students
  • Develop and promote more fully bilingual academic programs for all students in a wider range of disciplines
  • Reinforce and promote scholarly dissemination in French, including through the promotion of Open Access publishing
  • Develop Open Education Resources (OERs) in French
  • Implement selected recommendations in the report of the presidential advisor on Francophone affairs
  • Increase the capacity and quality of language services across the University
  • Enhance the impact and outreach of Francophonie research chairs

Objective 3

Connect with partners: Foster community engagement, as well as educational, research, and industrial partnerships with both the public and private sectors


Connect with local, national and global partners for research and knowledge mobilization


  • Strengthen and expand the uOttawa presence in Kanata North
  • Develop a coordinated partnership strategy with government, civil society, and industry that supports knowledge transfer, technology development, commercialization, and corporate philanthropy
  • Implement an institutional knowledge mobilization strategy

Objective 4

Connect with Indigenous Communities: In light of the recommendations contained in the Indigenous Action Plan, make our commitment to Indigenous peoples fully visible, sustainable, and real


Engage the University community to transform campus, culture, and community


  • Implement selected recommendations contained in the Indigenous Action Plan

Objective 5

Connect with technology: Develop a holistic digital vision and roadmap that will enable the transformation of higher education capabilities


Ensure technology investments are institutionally driven and strategically aligned to reduce administrative burden


  • Further develop the Enterprise Architecture practice and refine the IT and information governance structure
  • Create an innovation hub to experiment and validate emerging ideas

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