Lakehead University – Description
Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, we acknowledge all of our students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to our institution. Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia promise the total university experience: a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. We also promise excellence in research; Lakehead is the proud host to nine Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as our world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and our Biorefining Research Institute.
The Lakehead University has developed gradually from Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology and Lakehead Technical Institute. Lakehead Technical University was introduced to fulfil the need for higher education in Ontario. It was founded by an Order-in-Council of the Province of Ontario in the year 1946. Lakehead College of Arts, Science and Technology were established in the year 1956 by an Act of Ontario Legislature. Later this institute came to be known as “Lakehead University” when the Lakehead University Act came into force in the year 1965. Norman McLeod Paterson was the first Chancellor of the university.
The university offers 57 undergraduate and 30 graduate and doctoral programs through nine faculties that include Education, Business Administration, Engineering, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine and Graduate Studies, Science and Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management and Science and Humanities. The largest department is the Social Science & humanities with over 30% of students getting admissions in the undergraduate program. With less than 2% enrollment of students, Medicine and Natural Resources Management are the small faculties of the university.