Why choose INRS
Professor Patrick Labonté (INRS–Institut Armand-Frappier) with one of his students. © Christian Fleury
FOR ITS HUMAN SCALE AND STIMULATING ENVIRONMENT
INRS is a small but excellent research university that offers highly personalized educational opportunities. Every year our university welcomes more than 600 students, with 30% coming from over 40 countries. Master’s and doctoral students at INRS hone their skills in a unique, stimulating training and research environment and get the chance to live and study in major metropolitan areas. For example, the Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre is located at the heart of a fully revitalized neighbourhood of Quebec City, North America’s only fortified city and the cradle of French America. The « old capital » is a jewel of world architectural and historic heritage and was designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. With its European feel, Quebec City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre is located in the heart of Montreal. Multicultural, bilingual Montreal is a global hub for business, arts, and technology.
FOR ITS RESEARCH FACILITIES AND TEAMS
INRS is a state-of-the-art university capable of supporting scientific and technological innovation thanks to its cutting edge facilities, such as:
→ The Environmental Technology Laboratories of the Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre have amassed an impressive array of sophisticated equipment, which can be used for large scale testing of the technology developed at INRS.
→ The National Experimental Biology Centre, which was built in 2007 at the INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Centre in Laval, concentrates its efforts on developing new vaccines and medications to prevent emerging infectious diseases.
→ The Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre is the only research facility of its kind in Canada. The Nanostructures and Femtosecond Science Facility (INF) includes the Femtosecond Science Laboratory, also known as the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) and Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory.
FOR ITS MULTIDISCIPLINARITY APPROACH TO FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED RESEARCH
Our 150 professors are regularly called on to share their knowledge and expertise in order to foster a multidisciplinary approach to solving concrete and often complex problems. INRS contributes to advancing knowledge in many areas including the environment, health, telecommunications, energy, photonics, nanotechnology, new materials, urbanization, populations, culture, and society. Nearly 20 of our professors hold major Canada Research Chairsin fields such as ecotoxicology, environmental decontamination, and ultra high speed photonics, among others. Year after year, INRS continues to be one of Canada’s top universities in terms of research intensity (funding per faculty member).
FOR ITS TRAINING THAT PUTS STUDENTS AT THE HEART OF RESEARCH
With our expertise in the fields of materials and natural, biomedical, and social sciences, INRS helps train the next generation of highly skilled scientists in 22 master’s and doctoral programs. At INRS, each student is part of a multidisciplinary research team. Students receive personalized training from the entire team working under a research professor who acts as research advisor. This enables students to learn to handle all the tasks associated with a career in research. Integrating students from the very beginning of their studies assures that students gain the necessary knowledge and skills, because throughout the program they get a first-hand look at the dynamics of scientific research and are able to take part in every stage of the process, from production to disseminating research findings.
FOR ITS OUTSTANDING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
Throughout their time at INRS, students benefit from generous scholarship programs that allow them to concentrate on their studies. INRS also provides its students with financial assistance for scientific or academic projects and encourages them to take advantage of scholarships from public and private organizations.
FOR ITS MANY COLLABORATIVE AND RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS
At INRS, we work closely with research partners at the local, regional, provincial, national, and international levels. Our university plays a major role in several interuniversity partnerships in strategic sectors for economic, social, and cultural development in Quebec. We have also signed international collaboration agreements with 78 academic institutions in some 30 countries. INRS also offers our services to the local community.