Montréal is internationally renowned as a city of knowledge and talent. Its institutions of higher education directly contribute to its economic and community development as well as its reputation as a leader in research and innovation.
Montréal is a dynamic and open-minded city. It is a choice destination for nearly 320,000 post-secondary students, and it welcomes more than 35,000 university students each year. Its institutions of higher learning offer quality educational programs in cutting-edge fields that are recognized worldwide. They include:
- 11 universities
- 13 colleges and public educational centres
- 15 college-level technology transfer centres
- More than 100 private college-level institutions
Montréal is Canada’s foremost university research hub, with:
- More than 150 centres and 1,500 research and development institutes
- 6,000 university researchers
- Investments of 1.2 billion dollars each year
This innovation ecosystem is favourable for small businesses, entrepreneurs, startups and other employers, who enjoy a highly qualified labour force. These companies and organizations also get the benefits of cutting-edge research in fields with tremendous added value, including:
- Life sciences and health technology
- Advanced manufacturing
- Video games
The city has created the Carrefour de la Recherche Urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) to strengthen its ties with institutions of higher learning.
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