The Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) is part of the Université du Québec (UQ), the only public university network in Canada. The UQO’s main campus is located in the Outaouais region.

Founding and Background

On 10 March 1981, the Québec government established the Université du Québec à Hull as part of its expansion of the Université du Québec public university network. Following the amalgamation of Aylmer, Buckingham, Gatineau, Hull and Masson-Angers in 2002, the university was renamed Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) to reflect the location of the main campus in the Outaouais administrative region.

Since its inception, UQO has contributed to the dissemination and advancement of knowledge among francophones in the region — a community with distinct characteristics and needs resulting from its proximity to Ottawa. Over the years, UQO has supported the economic, social and cultural development of the Outaouais and the surrounding area by increasing its program offerings and forging many local and international partnerships. Building on this growth, in January 2010, UQO extended its reach to Saint-Jérôme, where its newest campus now serves over 1,600 students.


UQO offers programs in 14 fields of study: arts and heritage, administration, education, computer engineering, computer science, psychoeducation, psychology, translation and writing, labour relations and human resources, accounting, nursing, natural sciences, social sciences, and social work. The broad range of these fields of study and the variety of undergraduate and graduate programs offered at UQO reflect the expertise of nearly 200 experienced instructors and 610 dynamic lecturers. More than 6,100 students benefit from this expertise, as well as from personalized coaching and an environment that encourages interpersonal interaction. A hub providing access to knowledge for over 30 years, UQO has produced nearly 40,000 graduates.


UQO’s faculty is distinguished in research and innovation. Furthermore, UQO is home to nine innovative research chairs: the Canada Research Chair in Clinical Cyberpsychology, the Canada Research Chair in Community Organization, the Canada Research Chair in Photonics, the Canada Research Chair in the Study of Child Abuse, the Canada Research Chair in Family Psychosocial Health, the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Governance of Territory, the Canada Research Chair in Distributed Computing, the Chaire de recherche en développement des collectivités (a research chair in community development) and the Chaire Senghor de la francophonie (Senghor chair on La Francophonie).

Innovation and scientific research are led by the university’s Décanat de la recherche and also undertaken within a number of highly regarded research units, including 11 departments, one school (the École multidisciplinaire de l’image), 3 institutes and research alliances, 7 research centres, 4 research groups, 8 laboratories and 3 monitoring centres.