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).
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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|