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The Université Française en Vue Baie was established in 1815 during the Jean Delaveau era. The university was originally called l'Université Française en Blixe, but was renamed when Vue Baie became its own province. The university has always been a provincially-run venture, operating with low-to-no tuition since its founding. UFVB has "cité universitaires" in four cities: Nouvelle Montréal Sud (the largest university campus on earth in population, and highest-ranking cité ), Nouvelle Montréal Nord, L'Anjou-sur-Carsonne (the second highest ranking cité), and Nouvelle Paris. The sister university of UFVB, the English University of Harbourview, is situated in Ferry Hills.

The university is internationally reputed for its work in almost all areas: the humanities, sciences, mathematics, fine arts, engineering, etc. The institution is by far the most prestigious french-language institution for all of those areas. However, their Départemente de Langues is recognised as one of the greatest literature faculties on earth in French (1st), English (1st), Russian (1st), Chinese (2nd), Japanese (2nd), Arabic (2nd), Hebrew (4th), Korean (5th), Latin (5th), and Classical Greek (6th).

Campuses

Each cité universitaire is independent of one another with their own dean and budgets, while all are operated under the UFVB administrative umbrella in Nouvelle Montréal Sud. Each cité universitaire is composed of several campuses.

Cité universitaire Campus Population Location
L'Anjou-sur-Carsonne Campus urbaine 23,000 La Cité, L'Anjou (1er Arrondissement)
L'Anjou-sur-Carsonne Campus rural 1,320 34e Arrondissement, L'Anjou
Nouvelle Montréal Nord Campus est 64,000 1er Arrondissement, NMN
Nouvelle Montréal Nord Campus Yvelines 21,000 2ème Arrondissement, NMN
Nouvelle Montréal Nord Campus ouest 12,000 4ème Arrondissement, NMN
Nouvelle Montréal Sud Campus d'Havre 331,000 Quartier d'Havre, NMS
Nouvelle Montréal Sud Campus Blancqui 310,000 Quartier Universitaire, NMS
Nouvelle Montréal Sud Campus Delaveau 246,000 Mur Est, Le Mur, NMS
Nouvelle Montréal Sud Campus de l'île 103,000 L'Île Créteil, NMS
Nouvelle Montréal Sud Campus d'Orléans 71,000 Orléans, NMS
Nouvelle Montréal Sud Campus Parc 20,000 Coté Parc, NMS
Nouvelle Montréal Sud Campus Rowling 10,000 Quartier Universitaire, NMS
Nouvelle Paris Campus Champigny 72,000 Nicosse, Nouvelle Paris
Nouvelle Paris Campus Mont d'Auchtoch 14,000 Luigi, Nouvelle Paris

La grande séparation

In 1983, several cités decided to leave the UFVB infrastructure to develop a "modern university." The UFVB lost, on average, one cité per month during these difficult times. The cités decided to leave in referendums. While most students and faculty supported the separations, there were many cases of faculty-members returning to the UFVB infrastructure as the new universities were found to be of sub-par.

As a result, the cités in Toulosse (Université Toulosse), Rivère-Seine (Collège Seine), St. Jean (Collège St. Jean), Lac Pourtoi (Université Vue Baie à Lac Poutoi), Bludonc, Ferry Hills (Université Franco), Reigneville (Université Vue Baie à Reigneville), Mouston (Université Vue Baie à Mouston), Château-du-Main (Université Newland) were all lost (in chronological order, with their current name in brackets). While the loss of these massive cités were devasting to the UFVB's very existence, the loss of two of the largest campuses (which became their own universities) was perhaps even more disastrous for the UFVB. The Campus au Mur (which became the Université de ville Nouvelle Montréalais Sud) and the Campus au Cirque (Université Vue Baie à NMS)

Several campuses of the remaining cités decided to leave the UFVB system as well: Campus Limogues in L'Anjou (Université Limogues), Campus L'Angevine in L'Anjou (Université Angevine), and the Campus Lévesque (Université Nouvelle Montréalais).

While la grande séparation was a massive hardship for the UFVB, it led to one of the most prosperous times in the university's history by the 2000s as many of the campuses of lower-academic calibre had left the UFVB infrastructure, and the new University President Mylène Boivin implemented many wide-reaching reforms after her appointment by the Minister of Education in 1993. Boivin remains President today at 71, but has announced her intentions to retire by June 2018.

Administration

Years Président(e) Notes
1815-1824 Dr. Marc Broussard First president, appointed by Jean Delaveau's cabinet. Builds Campus Blancqui, Campus Delaveau, Campus L'Angevine (L'Anjou), Campus au Mur. Opens university to men and women in 1819.
1824-1837 Jean-Françoise Delaveau, M.A. Son of Jean Delaveau and noted academic. Establishes the UFVB cité system. Expands to Nouvelle Paris, St. Jean, Reigneville, Ferry Hills, Rivère-Seine.
1837-1842 Dr. Alexandrine Lamouré (née Delaveau) Daughter of Jean Delaveau and internationally-renowned academic. First female university president in the world. Expands to Nouvelle Montréal Nord.
1842-1851 Dr. Thomas Gothier Grandson of Jean Delaveau (via Jean-Françoise). Expands to all other cities.
1851-1856 Dr. Marci Anne Blix Noted academic in English and French Literature; founded the Département de Langues; wife of Ronald Kay Blix. First coloured university president in North America. Builds Campus d'Havre.
1856-1868 Dr. Mathieu Laporte Known as the "saviour" of the Faculty of Sciences (although it has existed since 1815). Builds Campus au Cirque.
1868-1874 André Blanchette Builds Campus Mont d'Auchtoch on indigenous lands. He is one of the least-liked Presidents due to this.
1874-1901 Guy St-Denis Not well-liked. Misogynistic. Stayed in power to avoid what he called an "imminent female coup" of the university administration once he left. First president to die in office.
1901-1907 Maurice Montblanc Introduces free tuition and a bursary programme for residences.
1907-1921 Hoang Lee Builds campus rural in L'Anjou, campus sud in Bludonc, and campus newland in Château-du-Main.
1921-39 Marie Lemieux Establishes first Women's Studies degree, establishes an "honours" and "joint honours" programme.
1939-1945 Bébé Cartier
1945-1952 Anjoe Yvelines Post-war boom leads to the construction of every single campus not already built.
1952-1958 Timien DeLaConcorde Opens first Sienfield campus; the first french-language university in Sienfield.
1958-1962 Ramiq Muhammad Ends free tuition programme due to the Great Blix Depression's toll on the budget. Allows corporations to open stores on campuses, and reaches an agreement to have a corporation manage UFVB's cafeterias.
1962-1970 David Montblanc
1970-1983 Charles Fortier Closes Sienfield campus due to low attendance. Increases tuition fees making UFVB most expensive university on the Blixian Peninsula. Oversees the beginning of "la grande séparation"
1983-1987 Albert Tesla "La grande séparation" continues, university attendance drops to lowest levels. Massive student migration from french universities to english universities as a result of increasing tuition fees. This forces provincial legislation banning english-language schools (universities AND public schools) from Vue Baie. This leads to high Anti-Vue Baie sentiment in Sienfield.
1987-1993 Yann Deslautels Tuition fees are frozen by the national government, forcing the closure of several campuses and hundreds of lay-offs of Professors.
1993-2018 Mylène Boivin Implements many wide-reaching reforms, rebuilding the UFVB to become the world's largest university and one of the highest-ranking in the world.
2018- Simone Choquette

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