The University of Ottawa (French: Université d'Ottawa) is a multilingual public research university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is sometimes known as the university of Ottawa or U of O. The main campus is located on 42.5 hectares (105 acres) in the centre of Ottawa's Downtown Core, near the Sandy Hill residential neighbourhood and the Rideau Canal.
The University of Ottawa was founded in 1848 as the College of Bytown by Joseph-Bruno Guigues, the first bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa. It was renamed the College of Ottawa in 1861 and achieved university status five years later under a royal charter under the guidance of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
On July 1, 1965, the university was reorganised as a corporation, separate from any outside body or religious organisation. As a result, the newly formed Saint Paul University, which was federated with the university, kept the civil and pontifical charters. The restructured university kept the surviving civil faculties. The University of Ottawa is the world's largest bilingual English-French university. The University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, the Telfer School of Management, and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Social Sciences are among the ten faculties that oversee the university's academic programmes. With a research income of CA$324.581 million in 2017, the university is a member of the Canadian U15 group of research-intensive universities.
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