The Founding of Université Laval

To improve the level of education offered to the public, the Séminaire founded Université Laval in 1852, the first French-language university in North America. This new vocation had major repercussions for teachers. Some priests, such as Thomas-Étienne Hamel, sought training abroad to acquire the knowledge needed to instruct at the university level. During his travels, Abbé Hamel purchased several scientific instruments that he would add to the collection in the physics cabinet, a source of pride and status for the new university.
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