Université Laval

Université Laval

Université Laval will host the first edition of the International Student Summit on Climate, in the summer of 2021. This event will welcome 300 university students and recent graduates from all over the world. It represents an opportunity to share their vision and accomplishments related to climate action.

Université Laval is a leader in sustainable development, the very first Quebec university and the first in Canada to present, without legal requirement, a zero balance of its greenhouse gas emissions. The institution has also earned the international STARS accreditation – gold level in sustainable development, awarded by The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). This recognition is all the more important in that Université Laval ranks 1st in Canada and 2nd in the world among some 800 registered universities.

Inspiring, green, intelligent, safe and open to the World, Université Laval is taking action to preserve and improve the quality of life of people without compromising that of future generations.

  • Founded in 1663, Université Laval is the oldest French-language university in North America and the 6th largest in Canada.
  • A 1.8 square km campus comprising 40 buildings connected by footpaths and more than 5 km of underground tunnels and green spaces
  • A library with over 6 million documents and thousands of electronic resources available online
  • Nearly 500 regular, personalized, continuous and distance learning programs
  • 43,000 students, 25% of whom are graduate students
  • A dynamic and diverse community, with nearly 4,600 foreign students
  • Over 1,600 full-time faculty members and 2,100 other teaching and research staff
  • Some 275 research centers, chairs, institutes and other groups
  • Over $ 375 million in research funds (ranking sixth among the 50 best research universities in Canada)
  • Partnership agreements with some 500 universities in nearly 70 countries
  • Over 230 student associations
  • Nearly 270,000 graduates since the foundation of the University


Institut Hydro-Quebec en environnement, développement et société (EDS Institute)

Created in 2005, the EDS Institute helps pool and drive efforts to improve the dissemination of interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of environment and sustainable development. It is home to researchers, students, and research centers and groups from almost all Université Laval departments and faculties.

The mission of the EDS Institute is to promote a 360-degree vision of environmental and sustainable development issues through activities geared at furthering, integrating, and disseminating knowledge.


The EDS Institute is a hub of ideas, dialogue and interdisciplinary exploration in  research and social innovation, associated with governance and sustainable development.