University of Victoria

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University of Victoria
motto יְהִי אוֹר (Hebrew, "Let there be light") and
multitudo sapientium sanitas orbis (Latin, "A multitude of sages is the health of the world")
founding 1903 (Victoria College), 1963 University
Sponsorship state
place Victoria , BC , CanadaCanadaCanada 
president David H. Turpin
Students 19.193
Employee 5,028
Networks AUCC , CARL , IAU , CWUAA

The University of Victoria ( UVic ; German University of Victoria ) is a state university in the capital of the province of British Columbia , which is one of the most important universities in Canada . However, it is not part of the U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities , a group of 15 Canadian universities that focus on research. The predecessor institution of the UVic was Victoria College , which was renamed the University of Victoria in 1963 .

Medical science building on campus
Entrance to the department of the engineering and IT building


Victoria College was affiliated with McGill University in Montreal from 1903 to 1915 and offered courses in the arts and sciences. However, it was administered by the local Victoria School Board . 1903–1908 EB Paul, 1908–1915 SJ Willis took over the management.

According to the plans of the federal government, a state university should be established in each province, a decision that led to the establishment of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1915 . In 1920 Victoria College changed its affiliation from McGill University to the University of British Columbia. The administration remained with the School Board, but the premises of Victoria High School were no longer used, and instead they moved to Craigdarroch Castle , a building built in the 1890s by coal tycoon Robert Dunsmuir . The facility was directed by EB Paul and PH Elliott. The focus of the training was on medicine, law and theology.

Under the direction of JM Ewing and WH Hickman, the facility was gradually converted into a full university (1945–63). The Victoria College Council represented the University of British Columbia. The Department of Education and the Greater Victoria School Board also promoted this development.

In 1946 the Craigdarroch Institute moved to the Lansdowne campus, now the campus of Camosun College, founded in 1971 . The Provincial Normal School there was integrated into Victoria College as an educational faculty in 1956. With the help of the Department of War and the Hudson's Bay Company , 110 hectares of land at Gordon Head was acquired and converted into campus. In 1961 the first bachelor's degree was achieved.

A separate law, the University Act of 1963, created the legal requirements for the replacement of the provincial university. In accordance with the general principles of Canadian universities, a chancellor was elected, as well as a board of governors. This appointed the president. The Senate in turn represented the faculties and the general assembly of the university.


  • Education - Department of Education
  • Engineering - Engineering department
  • Fine Arts Includes departments of History in Art, Music, Theater, Visual Arts and Writing. - Department of Arts and Theater
  • Graduate Studies (Various Faculties) - Master's degree programs
  • Human & Social Development - Department of Social Sciences
  • Child and Youth Care - children and youth education
  • Dispute resolution
  • Health Information Science - health information science
  • Nursing
  • Public Administration
  • Social work.
  • Humanities - Cultural Studies with areas of: English, French, German and Russian Studies, Greece and Romania Studies, Hispanic and Italy Studies, History, Linguistics, Pacific and Asian Studies, Philosophy.
  • Continuing Studies
  • Political Sciences & Economics - Political Science and Economics
  • Medical Sciences - Medical Sciences
  • Sciences - with departments of: Biochemistry and Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Marine Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy.
  • Social Sciences - Anthropology, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Psychology, and Sociology.

The campus

Today the campus covers around 160 hectares. The departments for geology and oceanography , chemistry , climatology and astronomy (Bob Wright Center), biologists (Cunningham), doctors (Medical Sciences Building), microbiology and biochemistry (Petch Building ) are located in its own buildings ), Geography , Political Science and Mathematics (Social Sciences and Mathematics). In addition, there are the engineering sciences (Engineering Buildings) and the economics (Business and Economics Building), as well as the humanities (Clearihue), anthropologists , psychologists and sociologists (Cornett) and legal scholars (Fraser), finally education and music (MacLaurin) as well as an own first Peoples House for the research and representation of the indigenous people of Canada, i.e. the Inuit , First Nations ( Indians ) and the Métis .

Bus on campus

In addition, there are student dormitories for around 3,200 students, a theater, a cinema and various research initiatives such as the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI), the Center on Aging ( Gerontology ), the Center for the Study of Religion in Society , which deals with the role of religion in society, or the Center for Global Studies . Most of them are based in Sedgewick. In the north of the campus there are also army shelters that were built in 1940 and are under monument protection.

Since the campus was built on the grounds of Finnerty Gardens and Mystic Vale , i.e. on heavily forested, natural terrain, white-tailed deer , owls and numerous rodents are frequent visitors, and rarely also pumas .


Web links

Commons : University of Victoria  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files


  1. A photo of Paul can be found here .
  2. The former name Begbie , after a judge who played an ambiguous role during the Cariboo gold rush , was no longer tenable.

Coordinates: 48 ° 27 '48 "  N , 123 ° 18' 42"  W.