The Universite de Sherbrooke will celebrate 50 years of educating the francophone community on May 4, 2004. It has grown into a university recognized nationally for its extensive co-op program and its tight-knit and collegial campus. Canada Post is proud to honour this historic institution of higher learning with a 49c stamp to be issued on the anniversary of the day the university first opened its doors.
With more than 30,000 students and a staff of more than 5,000, the university is an important part of Sherbrooke, located in the heart of the Eastern Townships.
The three campuses of the university allow students to obtain a French post-secondary education in nine faculties – Business, Law, Education, Physical and Sports Education, Engineering, Arts and Humanities, Medicine, Science and Theology, Ethics and Philosophy. Sherbrooke was the first francophone university (and the second in Canada) to adopt a cooperative education program, and it is considered a leader in this teaching method.
The program lets students not only obtain classroom knowledge, but also allows them to apply that learning through workplace internships. It was also the first in the world to offer a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in French.