History, Affiliations & Rankings
Algonquin College was established in 1967. It was formed as a part of the Ontario College System under the college of applied arts and sciences. It is a public-funded college located in Ottawa, Ontario. The Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology (commonly known as Algonquin College) is a member of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association.
It is one of the first colleges to gain accreditation from Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning, Canada. Most of the programs offered by Algonquin College hold accreditation from the Association of Community College Trustees. It has been ranked as the top 50 research colleges in Canada.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
Algonquin College has 3 campuses in Ontario, namely, Ottawa Campus, Pembroke Campus and Perth Campus. The main campus of Algonquin College is the Ontario Campus which features digital classrooms, libraries, cafeterias and auditoriums. The campus has an on-campus accommodation of approximately 1050 students.
Algonquin College offers various undergraduate and postgraduate programs alongside the certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas. It has a wide range of courses to offer. The most popular courses are commerce, IT, Nursing, Tourism Management, Design, etc. It offers 11 bachelor degrees. It also has university partnerships to deliver programs in collaboration with Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
Accomplishments & Alumni
Algonquin College has recently announced that it will receive $2.3 million over five years ($460,000 per year) to fund a new Data Analytics Centre which will work with local and national partners to harness the power of big data for the purposes of data mining, machine learning for predictive analytics, and distributed intelligence. Partners of Algonquin College’s centre include regional innovators such as Gnowit, Global Advantage, CHEO, Newborn Screening Ontario, Ocular Mobile Innovations, Community Ingenuity, IBM, Cumulus Dental, Paradigm Technologies, GaitTronics, RealDecoy, bitHeads, TyQuest, Discoverly, Mitel, Carleton University, The University of Ottawa, Invest Ottawa, Ontario Centers of Excellence, CANARIE, and Research Data Canada.
Algonquin College has some of the very successful and famous alumni in their network. The alumni list includes names like Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed (Somalia PM), Jason Blaine (Canadian Musician), Frank Cole (Filmmaker), Norm Macdonald (Comedian), Dan O'Toole (Television Host) and many more.
Student Diversity & Visiting Companies
As of 2019, it holds an enrolment of 20,000 students out of which 4,000 are international students from over 100 countries.
Algonquin College enjoys a great network of employers and has a great reputation among the students for its placements. It has a 97% employment rate. Some of the recruiters are Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, MicroSystems International, MKC Networks, Ogilvy's, PlaSmart and various others.
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