The University of Ottawa welcomes professors from all around the world. You might be wondering why we are asking you to strive to be bilingual in Canada’s two official languages, French and English. The reason is rooted both in the present-day intellectual culture and mission of the University of Ottawa and in the history of Canada.
Canada was founded by two European colonial powers, France and England. The French were here first but the English won the conflict for the territory on the Plains of Abraham in 1759 and subsequently became the majority.
Without deliberate efforts, the francophone minorities seemed destined to disappear. Measures, acts and laws were put in place by francophone advocates to protect francophone culture and heritage in Canada.
The University of Ottawa is an institution which keeps the spirit of these measures alive in order to protect the language and the culture of Francophones in Ontario and to promote official bilingualism across Canada. Conveniently located in the national capital, the University of Ottawa aims to prepare young people for bilingual positions in the Canadian workforce.
By making bilingualism a part of your academic life, you are helping the University of Ottawa to fulfill this important mandate. Accepting this challenge, many professors find that embracing bilingualism is a personally and intellectually rewarding journey. OLBI is here to support you as you accept this enriching opportunity to help create a campus and an intellectual community that are at the same time international and uniquely Canadian.
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