|Motto||Deo favente haud pluribus impar|
Motto in English
|By the grace of God, to no one equal|
December 8, 1852 (
|Red and Gold|
Université Laval (English: Laval University) is a
During the French Regime the institution mainly trained priests to serve in
The Séminaire de Québec was granted a royal charter on December 8, 1852, by
In 1878, the university opened a second campus in
By 1925, the university had outgrown its location. The Old City was very crowded, making it difficult to add new buildings to the campus. The university moved to
Université Laval is governed by a board of governors and a faculty senate. This structure was modelled on the provincial University of Toronto Act of 1906, which established a bicameral system of university government consisting of a senate (faculty), responsible for academic policy, and a board of governors (citizens) exercising exclusive control over financial policy and having formal authority in all other matters. The president, appointed by the board, was to serve as a link between the two bodies and lead the institution.:306
In the early part of the 20th century, the need for higher education expanded beyond the classical fields of theology, law and medicine, and the university introduced science and social-science departments such as forestry and household science.:1904 In addition, graduate training based on the German-inspired American model of specialized course work and the completion of a research thesis was introduced.
"Laval", a waltz by French-Canadian ragtime composer,
The university opened its department of social, political, and economic sciences in 1938, signalling a change of approach that continued into the 1960s, based on an idea of higher education as the key to social justice and economic productivity for individuals and society.
The royal charter that founded Université Laval in 1852 was designated a National Historic Event in 1972.