27 Facts About Dalhousie University


Dalhousie University is a large public research university in Nova Scotia, Canada, with three campuses in Halifax, a fourth in Bible Hill, and a second medical school campus in Saint John, New Brunswick.

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Dalhousie University was founded, as the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia George Ramsay, 9th Earl of Dalhousie University, desired a non-denominational college in Halifax.

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In 1821, Dalhousie University College was officially incorporated by the Nova Scotia House of Assembly under the 1821 Act of Incorporation.

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Dalhousie University fought with the government in Halifax for more equitable and non-sectarian education in Nova Scotia.

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In 1838, the board of Dalhousie University College was able to convince McCulloch leave Pictou Academy and take on the floundering Dalhousie University.

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Dalhousie University has three campuses within the Halifax Peninsula and a fourth, the Agricultural Campus, in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.

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Buildings at Dalhousie University vary in age from Hart House, which was completed in 1864, to the Collaborative Health Education Building, completed in 2015.

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Dalhousie University is actively involved in sustainability issues and has received a number of sustainability awards and recognition for academic programs, university operations, and research.

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Dalhousie University is a signatory of UNEP's International Declaration on Cleaner Production.

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Dalhousie University's international award-winning College of Sustainability offers an undergraduate Major in Environment, Sustainability and Society integrating with seven bachelor's degrees and 40 subjects across five faculties.

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Dalhousie University offers $3 to $6 million in bursary funding for both domestic and international undergraduate students.

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The 2023 QS World Dalhousie University Rankings ranked the university 308th in the world, and twelfth in Canada.

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Dalhousie University was ranked in spite of having opted out – along with several other universities in Canada – of participating in Maclean's graduate survey since 2006.

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Dalhousie University placed in a number of rankings that evaluated the employment prospects of its graduates.

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In 2007 Dalhousie University topped the list of The Scientist's "Best Places to Work in Academia".

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Marine research at Dalhousie has become a large focus of the university, with many of the university's faculty members involved in some form of marine research.

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Notably, Dalhousie University is the headquarters of the Ocean Tracking Network, a research effort using implanted acoustic transmitters to study fish migration patterns.

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Dalhousie University is one of the founding members of the Halifax Marine Research Institute, founded on 2 June 2011.

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The organizations and clubs accredited at Dalhousie University cover a wide range of interests including academics, culture, religion, social issues, and recreation.

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Until 25 July 2016, Dalhousie University offered a website named "Tiger Society" which listed all current clubs and societies that were available for students to join.

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Dalhousie University has six competitive sports clubs and 17 recreational clubs.

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Dalhousie University has a number of athletic facilities open to varsity teams and students.

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Dalhousie University seal is based on the heraldic achievement of the Clan Ramsay of Scotland, of which founder George Ramsay was clan head.

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One major difference between the Ramsay coat of arms and the university seal is that the Ramsay seal features a griffin and greyhound, and the Dalhousie seal has two dragons supporting the eagle-adorned shield.

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The shield and eagle of Dalhousie University's seal have been used as the logo since 1987, with the present incarnation in use since 2003, which includes the tagline "inspiring minds".

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Dalhousie University graduates have found success in a variety of fields, serving as heads of a diverse array of public and private institutions.

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Prominent business leaders who studied at Dalhousie University include Jamie Baillie, former CEO of Credit Union Atlantic, Graham Day, former CEO of British Shipbuilders, Sean Durfy, former CEO of WestJet, and Charles Peter McColough, former president and CEO of Xerox.

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