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Concordia University is an urban university which is responsive to the needs of a diverse student population as well as to the bilingual and multicultural environment in which it resides. It is a welcoming community where values of equality, non-discrimination and tolerance of diversity are appreciated and actively promoted. Furthermore, Concordia is committed to responsible and innovative leadership in fulfilling the mission of universities to develop and disseminate knowledge and values and to act as a social critic.
The University seeks to achieve this end by offering its students inclusive and accessible academic programs which stress a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning, by fostering an environment of academic and pedagogical freedom, as well as by a dedication to superior teaching supported by the best possible research, scholarship, creative activity and service to society. Through these means, Concordia prepares its graduates, at all levels, to live as informed and responsibly critical citizens who are committed to learning and to the spirit of enquiry.
Concordia University's nearly 300 undergraduate programs are provided by four faculties: Arts and Science, Engineering and Computer Science, Fine Arts, and the John Molson School of Business. Students are enrolled in one of these faculties, but they may take courses from any of the others as part of their studies. Many programs also offer a “co-operative” component, through the Institute for Co-operative Education, whereby students get work experience while they study. In addition, the School of Graduate Studies offers more than 200 graduate programs leading to Master’s and doctoral degrees, or to a variety of graduate diplomas and certificates for professionals seeking to upgrade their knowledge and skills.