The University of Ottawa is a bilingual (English and French) post-secondary institution founded by the Missionary Oblates of the Mary Immaculate in 1848, and is considered to be the premier centre of bilingual education in North America. There are two weekly student published papers on campus, one in English, 'The Fulcrum,' and one in French, 'La Rotunde.' The University is consistently ranked in the top 10 of comprehensive universities in Canada by Macleanís Magazine and annually receives over $150 million in funding for research. Research in medicine and science is what the University is world renowned for, which includes its 'Heart Institute,' a global leader in the fight against heart disease. The University of Ottawa has the third largest co-op program, with students having over 95% placement success, and one of the largest graduate schools in Canada. As of January, 2005, the University is undergoing 'Vision 2010,' a strategic plan to question the University's current academic offerings, its missions, values, and goals to determine whether they are still relevant to today's world and to change them accordingly.
The University of Ottawa offers over 300 programs including a full range of undergraduate degrees in over 69 disciplines in the Faculties of Arts, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Law, Management, Medicine, Science, and Social Sciences. Graduate degrees are offered from all of the Universityís faculties including masterís programs from 57 departments and doctorate options from over 8 departments; in addition, the University offers graduate-level interdisciplinary and joint degree options of which the latter are provided in partnership with Carleton University. Graduate level certificate and diploma programs are also available in 14 areas of study including Canon Law (GCCL), Canonical Practice (GCCP), E-Business, E-Commerce, Ecclesiastical Administration, Enseignement postsecondaire, Health Services and Policy Research, Information Technology Project Management, Internet Technologies, Orchestral Studies, Piano Pedagogy Research, Population Health Risk Assessment and Management, Public Management and Governance, and Systems Science. However, graduate certificates are available only to students holding a bachelor's degree with honours or its equivalent while diplomas are only to be taken in conjunction with a master's or doctorate degree. Additionally, the University has postdoctoral fellowship opportunities for individuals who have recently, that is, within 5 years, received a PhD. Fellowships are opportunities for those with a doctorate degree to become full-time, professional scholars; these fellowships are not offered directly by the University but by individual researchers.. Individuals wishing to pursue a fellowship must contact the University of Ottawa researcher of his/her choice to inquire about a possible fellowship opportunity.