Over 350 people gathered on Thursday to mark 20 years of university life in the building at 3000 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine, inaugurated in the fall of 1996.
This ultra-modern building, with its bold architecture and cutting-edge technology, marked the beginning of a new era when it went up 20 years ago.
“HEC Montréal was the third university in North America – and the first in Quebec – to integrate information technology into its programs,” recalled HEC Montréal Director Michel Patry. “Today computers are a fact of life at all universities, but back then we were true pioneers. It required courage to take on that kind of challenge.”
*Photos of the construction of the 3000 chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine building
Over the past 20 years, HEC Montréal has been home to nearly 115,000 students and some 416 professors. Today the School has 13,700 students, representing 50% in overall growth since 1996. It is a more global place, too, where the number of international students has also skyrocketed/soared, from 12% to 35% in 20 years. The gender balance, on the other hand, has not changed much: in 1996 there were already as many women as men attending the School.
* Photos of the commemorative evening HEC Montréal - 20 years - Côte-Ste-Catherine building