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Enrolment Growth of 19% at Saint Paul University

Ottawa (Ontario), Thursday, September 24, 2020 — This academic year, Saint Paul University is experiencing the strongest growth in its history. In fact, the number of registered students rose from 1,057 in 2019 to 1,255 in 2020, an increase of 19%.

"Accustomed to a steady annual increase of 4% to 5% since 2011, this is a spectacular achievement for us,” explains Chantal Beauvais, Rector of Saint Paul University. “The renewal of our institution, particularly through the creation of programs of study that take into account the needs of today's society, are factors that have contributed to this growth."

The new programs, particularly the Certificate in Ethics and Contemporary Social Issues: Immigration and Integration, the Graduate Diploma and Master's Degree in Social Innovation, the Graduate Diploma in Catholic Bioethics and the Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Research in Contemporary Social Issues, have attracted a good number of students. In addition, some of our established programs have experienced significant growth, notably the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Conflict Studies and the Master's degree in Public Ethics.

This growth has occurred among both Canadian (+17%) and international students (+23%). In addition, the linguistic balance between Anglophones and Francophones remains the same.

"The future looks promising for Saint Paul University, especially with the arrival of other new programs, including a doctorate in social innovation and the recent creation of a series of undergraduate micro programs," says Beauvais.

"The need for all of our programs is obvious given the growing complexity and seriousness of the challenges facing humanity. This is true locally, nationally and globally,” continued Beauvais. “Society needs people who can understand today's reality, look beyond it and devise strategies to resolve immediate dilemmas in a way that will truly enhance human and environmental well-being. Our programs equip students with the knowledge and skills to do just this."

For more information, please contact:

Julie Bourassa
Communications Officer, Saint Paul University
613-236-1393, ext. 2310


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