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Dalhousie Universtiy

Dalhousie University is one of Canada's top research and teaching universities. It provides nearly 12,500 students from Nova Scotia, Canada and abroad, with a first-class post-secondary education in more than 125 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs.

Dalhousie University was founded as a non-denominational institution in 1818 - with the help of booty captured during the War of 1812 - by the Earl of Dalhousie, at the time Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. But, the university did not function as such until the 1860s, when it was reorganized.  The first degrees were awarded in 1866.

In addition to excellent arts, science, management, architecture, engineering and computer science degree programs, the university provides professional and specialized training in a variety of health professions, medicine, dentistry and law. Its Lester Pearson International institute is a leader in international development programs.

On April 1, 1997, Dalhousie and another Halifax-based university, the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), amalgamated, strengthening the university's ability to explore new applied technologies. This includes a newly created Faculty of Computer Science, which builds on the combined strengths of each institution to form a new centre of expertise in the exploding world of computing and information technology.  The name of the amalgamated institution will continue to be Dalhousie University. TUNS, now known as DalTech, became a college within the larger institution.  Total student population will rise by an additional 1,400, to about 12,500.

Dalhousie University is located in the south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada.  The campus occupies more than 60 acres of lush grounds in a primarily residential area and is only a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the south, and the city centre to the east.  DalTech, also referred to as the Sexton Campus, occupies land in the hub of downtown Halifax, about six blocks away from the main campus.

Due to its proximity to the ocean, it should come as no surprise that one of Dalhousie's areas of special emphasis is Ocean Studies - the other is Health Studies.

Dalhousie's teaching and research strengths go hand in hand.  A strong core of talented and internationally recognized researchers conduct basic and applied research -- to enrich the world's body of knowledge and the community in which we live.  Other research tied to industry helps the economy of the province and the region while expanding the knowledge of humankind.  Imparting that knowledge in class provides our students with the kind of cutting edge information that can't be found in text books.

There are more than 70,000 Dalhousie alumni.  They include two Canadian prime ministers, many provincial premiers, federal and provincial politicians, countless judges, lawyers, musicians and writers, 71 Rhodes Scholars (eight in the past 11 years).

To find out more about Dalhousie University today, please browse through their award-winning World Wide Web site.