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Montréal (Que.) Education

McGill University

  • Corporate body
  • 1821-

Having roots as the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning (RIAL) created in 1801 under an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada (41 George III Chapter 17, An Act for the establishment of Free Schools and the Advancement of Learning in this Province), McGill University is a public university located in Montréal, Québec. McGill University was formally established March 31, 1821 with the passage of its royal charter, but was not activated until 1929 when the Montreal Medical Institution that had been founded in 1823, became the college's first academic unit and Canada's first medical school. Although it was referred to as a university during its early years, the name University of McGill College was used during the 1840s and 1860s and the name McGill College was used from the 1860s to about 1910 during the time McGill offered both high school and university courses.