uOttawa to build $55-million photonics facility

February 27, 2012

The University of Ottawa's new $55-million centre for advanced photonics and environmental assessment, for which ground-breaking is slated to begin next month, is expected to attract students and researchers from across the globe and be operational by the end of 2013, says uOttawa president Allan Rock. This initiative, along with a forthcoming brain and mind institute and a planned School of Government, are not expected to significantly increase the size of the student body, which has grown rapidly in recent years to the point that Rock says the institution must begin curtailing its growth. Approximately 8,000 students graduate from uOttawa each year, but over the last 5 years the institution has simultaneously admitted an average of 9,250 to 9,500 new students -- a number that will be limited to 8,500 in future years, says Rock. Ottawa Business Journal