One of Canada’s most respected universities, Dalhousie has an international reputation for academic excellence, innovation and rich student experience. Beyond teaching and learning, our faculty and students are leaders in their communities, across the country and around the world.

A leading research university and member of the U15, our researchers conduct groundbreaking work in fields such as ocean studies, life sciences, sustainability, clean energy, agriculture, material sciences, and information and communications technology. We are a key driver of economic growth and knowledge generation regionally, nationally, and internationally. In the fall of 2016, Dalhousie announced the opening of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), thanks to a $94-million federal investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. OFI brings together elite researchers and institutes from around the world to create safe, sustainable solutions for ocean development.

Founded in 1818, Dalhousie is one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,500 students, including over 3,500 international students from more than 130 countries. The university blends world-class academic programs with breakthrough thinking and leading-edge research.

Dalhousie has been located at the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia—a lively coastal city of nearly 400,000 people—for almost 200 years. The university features historic, tree-lined urban campuses and a rural agricultural campus, located in Truro, Nova Scotia, about an hour from the city. Dalhousie combines a welcoming atmosphere with the stature and substance of a long-established university.

Research Strengths

Dalhousie University inspires and supports discovery, creativity, and innovation across all disciplines, with a focus on multidisciplinary research areas including:

  • Ocean Studies
  • Advanced Materials and Clean Technology
  • Health and Wellness
  • Governance, Society and Culture
  • Information Science and Communication
  • Agriculture and Food Technologies
  • Energy and the Environment
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