Founded in 1873 as a university entirely dedicated to engineering, Polytechnique Montréal is among the three largest engineering universities in Canada – and the largest in Quebec.
With nearly 57,000 graduates, Polytechnique currently has more than 10,000 students, with nearly one-third of the student body made up of international students from 128 different countries.
In 2020, for the first time in its history, 30.2 per cent of Polytechnique’s engineering bachelor’s degree recipients were women, making it the first French-language university in North America to achieve that objective – a decade ahead of the “30 by 30″ goal set by Engineers Canada to raise the percentage of newly licensed female engineers to 30 per cent by 2030.
Offering 120 programs in numerous engineering specialties, Polytechnique is responsible for nearly one-quarter of the total university research in those fields in Quebec and ranks first in the province in terms of the scope of its research. The university also conducts some of Canada’s most intensive research activities through its approximately 60 research units, 32 Industrial Research Chairs, 24 Canada Research Chairs, and a faculty comprising more than 300 world-renowned experts. Polytechnique’s overall annual budget is $300-million, including a $100-million annual research budget.
As a world-class science and technology hub, Polytechnique has more than 300 agreements with institutions around the globe.
Polytechnique Montréal is located on the campus of Université de Montréal, the largest French-language university campus in North America.
By volume and quality of research, expertise and knowledge, Université de Montréal, with its affiliated schools – HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal – is the leading hub of higher education in Quebec and ranks fourth in Canada. Close collaborations among the three institutions strengthen their capacity for innovation and accelerate discoveries.
A true city within a city, the Université de Montréal campus extends over 65 hectares of greenery, roads and paths. This provides an exceptional backdrop to student life, part of the reason why Montreal, for the sixth year in a row, was named Canada’s top university city and number two in North America, according to the QS Best Student Cities index.
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